Apply now for September

Course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK/EU fee

£800, £900 or £1,000 per 20 credits* (2020/21)

Course level



PG Cert

Start dates

January, September



Course description

Studying towards our innovative Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Improvement at Derby will:

Increase your knowledge, improve your practice

If you’re an advanced practitioner involved in high level decision-making and problem-solving, this course will help you to increase your knowledge, think innovatively and practically, and improve your practice.

Develop a deeper understanding of your role and practice

We’ll encourage you to gather evidence, which you will then critically evaluate, in order to develop your understanding of the impact that changes could have on your role and practice. You’ll also gain an insight into the dilemmas and conflicts associated with introducing improvement plans, enabling you to think strategically about planning service improvement activities.

Finally, you will take forward an improvement cycle in your workplace and use your experience to reflect on future service improvement.

Examples of previous workplace improvement programmes include:

On successful completion, you can expect to work confidently as an improvement practitioner, capable of planning and implementing service improvements in your field of practice. You may wish to continue studying at masters level, for example our MSc Advanced Practice or MSc Health and Social Care.

During this course you will develop your critical thinking, decision making, and autonomous practice skills.

This course is flexible, with all modules available online, so you can study at a time and place to suit you. You’ll need to be working within a health care environment before you start this course.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

What you will study

You’ll study these modules:

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Side-on black and white portrait of a young student looking to the sky for inspiration with bokeh lights

Postgraduate Live Online Event

Over two days we’ll be running a range of interactive sessions to help you decide if the University of Derby is right for you. Learn about our courses from our expert teaching staff and discover what it’s like to be a Derby student, all from the comfort of your own home.

Book your Live Online EventBook your Live Online Event

How you will learn

Both modules within the PG cert are assessment based on work related improvement project.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need a degree or equivalent qualification, and you must already be working in a healthcare environment.

As this course is an interim award of MSc Advanced Practice, you'll need to apply for the MSc. However, you don't have to go on to complete the full masters if you don't want to, you can stop after you've completed your PG Cert.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)



£800, £900 or £1,000 per 20 credits*




*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional Fee Information

Module fees on this programme are either £800, £900 or £1000 per 20 credits depending on the module selected.

How to apply


You may wish to complete the full masters and move on to doctoral level study when you've finished this course. However, many students go on to develop, specialise in and lead, the implementation of health care improvement services. This course is diverse so you could use the skills and knowledge you've gained to work in other areas of the public and private sectors.

Contact us

Course: Kirsty Wood (Programme leader) +44 (0)1332 593087

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

Contact us Contact us

Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.