Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Innovation and Improvement Science

This course allows students 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 students to identify and implement service improvement projects in their own work context. The course is designed to focus on key concepts: Improvement science concepts; evidence-based approaches; quality improvement and measurement. The programme includes: Work-based enquiry methods for investigating innovations and improvement projects; work-based healthcare innovation and improvement projects, varying in size and scope depending on the target award.

Entry requirements

Applicants working in a health care context. Usually 3 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 PgDip/MA a PgCert in innovation and improvement science is required.

Course modules

Modules include: Personal learning and development; evidence based improvement science; plus optional modules and projects.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on coursework, including learning contracts, project proposals, reports, reflective commentary, and oral presentation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 6 months
PgCert Part-time - 6 months
PgDip Part-time - 6 months

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