Lancaster University

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Innovation and Improvement Science

Lancaster University

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Typology Master
Methodology Distance Learning
Duration Flexible
Start Different dates available
Online campus Yes
Support service Yes
  • Master
  • Distance Learning
  • Duration:
  • Start:
    Different dates available
  • Online campus
  • Support service

This course allows you to explore how to make better use of research and innovation to improve ways in which healthcare is organised and delivered for patient benefit.

It is a work-based course, requiring you to identify and implement service improvement projects in your own work context.

The course is designed to focus on key concepts:

Improvement science concepts
Evidence-based approaches
Quality improvement and measurement

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Where and when
Starts Location
Different dates available
Distance Learning
Starts Different dates available
Distance Learning

To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate focuses on the development of key underpinning knowledge and skills. There are progression routes to Postgraduate Diploma and MSc with increased emphasis on bespoke learning related to the delivery of innovation and improvement projects and you can choose from a range of optional modules in line with your specific needs.

· Requirements

Applicants working in a health care context. Usually three years work experience (clinical or nonclinical), which allows for the scope to undertake innovation and improvement projects. All applications require employer/ stakeholder support. For the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc, a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Improvement Science is required.

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What you'll learn on the course

Learning and Development
Improvement Method

Course programme


Postgraduate Certificate
  • Personal Learning and Development
  • Understanding Improvement Methods and Techniques
  • Work based Improvement Project (20 credits)
  • Plus two optional modules
Postgraduate Diploma/ MSc
  • Work-based enquiry methods for investigating innovations and improvement projects
  • Work-based healthcare innovation and improvement projects, varying in size and scope

Assessment: Coursework, including learning contracts, project proposals, reports, reflective commentary, and oral presentation.

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