Taught course

Improvement Science

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

Entry requirements

You must be:

  • based in a healthcare setting
  • recognised by the organisation you work for as competent and capable to care for patients
  • have an idea for how to improve your healthcare service/setting.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Learn how to ensure safe and effective patient care through the application of research-based improvement strategies.

Career options

Improvement Science is an emerging field in which many healthcare providers are starting to invest. Your skills and knowledge will be in high demand from employers addressing the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) agendas.

Course overview

Our course will provide you with a high level of pragmatic research capability and knowledge applicable to your workplace. Designed for experienced, qualified healthcare staff, working both in the UK and internationally, it is delivered in partnership with the NIHR Applied Health Research Collaboration (ARC) Northwest London.

The course champions evidence-based implementation and evidence-based practice. It focuses on understanding care from the perspective of patients and carers, and engaging them in its future design and development. Bringing research more rapidly into everyday practice, different improvement methodologies and rigorous evaluation of clinical and cost-effectiveness will also be covered.


  • The Policy Context of Improvement
  • Leading and Sustaining Improvement
  • Engaging Patients and Relationship Management
  • Implementation of Improvement Methods
  • Improvement Project

40 credits of optional modules focusing on current issues of organisational or professional relevance.

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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

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