Taught course

Human Factors for Patient Safety

Staffordshire University · Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

A degree from a UK university or equivalent is desirable but not essential. We also welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds and professional experience with evidence of your ability to successfully undertake the course and benefit from it.

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries or equivalent.

It is essential that you have access to computer facilities and internet access.

Months of entry


Course content

Patient Safety is an essential part of health and social care that aims to reduce avoidable errors and prevent unintended harm. Human Factors looks at the things that can affect the way people work safely and effectively, such as the optimisation of systems and processes, the design of equipment and devices used and the surrounding environment and culture, all of which are key to providing safer, high quality care.

New for September 2020, this course focuses specifically on Human Factors within the Health and Social Care sectors with the aim of helping health and social care professionals to improve performance in this area.

The PgCert provides you with the skills to apply Human Factors to reduce the risk of incidents occurring, as well as to respond appropriately to health, safety or wellbeing incidents. Through the study of Human Factors, you will be able to demonstrate benefit to everyone involved, including patients, service users, staff, contractors, carers, families and friends.

The PgDip extends your insights and capabilities, providing you with a deeper understanding of the philosophy, theories, science and application of Human Factors within Health and Social Care sectors. This will be achieved by addressing Human Factors principles for both management and physical elements of the systems that you work within. The PgDip will also provide you with an in-depth critical understanding of research methodology and methods for use within Health and Social Care settings. Together, these elements will help you to develop the necessary skills to undertake your MSc dissertation project or evaluation of a project-based change.

Upon completion of the MSc, you will have achieved a comprehensive understanding of the subject area and be able to undertake a critical evaluation of Human Factors in your workplace and elsewhere. You will have developed your reflexive ability to undertake Human Factors research and to deliver achievable Human Factors solutions.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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