Taught course

Improvement Science

University of West London · College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need:

  • to be based in a healthcare setting
  • to hold a degree in a relevant subject*
  • to be recognised as a as competent and capable carer by the organisation you work for.

You should also have an idea of how to improve your healthcare service/setting.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you work in the health sector? Is there an aspect of your workplace that you would like to improve but need extra support and training to manage this? Would you like to ensure the changes and improvements are sustained in the longer term?

Our MSc in Improvement Science is a work-based learning course designed for experienced healthcare staff, both in the UK and internationally. It will help you develop your knowledge of the latest methodologies in healthcare and provide training and support so you can make a positive impact within your place of work.

The course is delivered by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London, specialists in improvement science.

This course is designed to develop practical research skills and knowledge that you can use in your professional employment role and workplace setting. You will study improvement science methodology and theory as you work so that you can directly put into practice what you learn, as you learn.

The course focuses on:

  • understanding care from the perspective of patients and carers, through engaging patients and communities with the design and development of care

  • using rapid-cycle research, improvement methodologies and careful evaluation of clinical and cost effectiveness to bring research more rapidly into practice

  • adopting an industrial standard of quality in the NHS through applying evidence-based research to support evidence-based practice
  • increasing staff capacity to bring about change and improvements across professional and organisational boundaries.

This is a part-time course and you will generally study three modules a year. These will be spread over the academic year, as we recognise that you will be working full-time alongside studying for this qualification.

How does this course meet your employer’s needs?

We work with partner organisations to ensure that the course meets the needs of employers.

  • We address the Department of Health’s Quality, Innovation, Productivity & Prevention (QIPP) agenda and Commissioning for Quality & Innovation (CQUIN) agenda in the context of the age of austerity.

  • Cost-effective provision is of paramount importance to CEOs of NHS organisations. Our training emphasises streamlined, lean methodology to meet these requirements.
  • Some of the work already embedded within NIHR CLAHRC NWL activity has become CQUIN targets. Through activities on this course, you will explore approaches to meeting these targets.

Staff and resources

This course is run by the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education. You will learn from highly skilled staff, many of whom conduct new research in their specialist areas, ensuring that your studies are both challenging and rewarding.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0800 036 8888