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The University of Edinburgh: Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors (Online Learning)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Edinburgh Medical School
Study type Taught


Who is this programme for?

This three year, part-time online MSc programme in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors aims to support any graduate health care professionals - ranging from nurses to surgeons and anaesthetists - in using evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of everyday health care systems and processes.

As an applicant of this degree, you will be looking to distinguish yourself as being experienced in patient safety and looking to move towards specialising or taking a management lead in this field. The programme will draw on teaching materials from a global network of enthusiasts.

Due to the unique, completely online nature of the teaching, the programme is an attractive option if you are a professional wishing to secure academic credit or a higher degree in patient safety and are unable to commit to attend on-campus teaching.

Year 1

Year 1 will cover:

  • a broad introduction into the current state of safety in health care

  • how harm comes to patients

  • a detailed understanding of clinical human factors and ergonomics

Year 2

Year 2 will follow on from the state of healthcare to look at how we can improve safety in healthcare.

This involves examining how good teamwork influences patient outcomes, as well as improving healthcare and medicine management.

You will also focus on quality improvement research and methodologies.

Year 3

Year 3 will follow the highly successful iterative module used by the Masters in Surgical Sciences, involving:

  • submission of a project outline

  • abstract submission with poster preparation

  • completion of a dissertation


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