Patient Safety

Key information

Start date: October 2017
CampusSt Mary's

PG Certificate
8 months part-time
30 ECTS credits

PG Diploma
16 months part-time
60 ECTS credits

24 months part-time
90 ECTS credits

Course Director
Prof. the Lord Ara Darzi

Open to applications
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017
Professor Ara Darzi addresses the importance of education in patient safety
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The Patient Safety programme is designed for healthcare professionals, both medical and managerial, to provide a basis of the fundamentals of patient safety practices.

This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance. Read more about how this works in the how to apply section.

The Postgraduate Certificate focuses on quality improvement, how health systems and policies relate to safety, social impact and human factors.

The Postgraduate Diploma expands on these by including how to introduce innovation into healthcare, safety systems, decision making and leadership.

The MSc takes this further still with the development of a research project based in one of the many areas of patient safety.

MSc students may be able to carry out their research project in their own place of work. This will allow them to embed the knowledge and skills they have learned into their own area of practice.

Applicants must apply for the PG Certificate in the first instance. If you successfully pass the Certificate you may choose to progress to the Diploma. Passing the Diploma successfully allows progression to the MSc.

Having successfully completed the PG Cert, you can return in later years to complete either the PG Diploma or MSc as long as the PG Diploma is completed within four years of registering for the PG Certificate and the MSc is completed within five years of registering for the PG Certificate. 


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Postgraduate Certificate

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Improvement in Practice
  • Health Systems and Policy in Developed and Developing Countries
  • Human Factors in Organisations
  • Social Impact of Patient Safety

Postgraduate Diploma

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Decision Making
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Safer Systems

Master of Science (MSc)

If you progress to the MSc you will undertake an independent research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff. You will benefit from one-to-one meetings with your supervisor.

  • Research project

Teaching and assessment


  • Group discussions
  • Lectures
  • Practical workshops
  • Seminars
  • Site visits


  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Research project report

Self-directed learning will be required to build on the week of face-to-face teaching to develop a full understanding of the intricacies of the subjects involved. To do this, material will be provided as a basis for further learning.

There are a number of case studies and group work throughout the programme, which are not formally assessed, but which will allow you to receive feedback from group leaders and your peers.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
PG Cert £6,100
PG Dip £3,700
MSc £2,400

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
PG Cert £15,300
PG Dip £9,200
MSc £6,100


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

Normally a 2:1 UK Honours degree in a healthcare related subject, or management/policy related subject and/or a medical degree.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements above but who have substantial relevant industry experience may be admitted following completion of a ‘Special Qualifying Exam’ (SQE).

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

How to apply

This course is divided into separate progressional levels of study, read more in the choosing your course section below.

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level of study leads to a separate qualification:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert) – entry point for all students
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc – highest level of study

You must successfully pass each stage of study before you can progress to the level above.

Application process

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2017. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

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