Postgraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

Course level



PG Cert

Start date


We are at a time of rapid change in the Healthcare sector, this is the ideal time to improve your leadership and management skills in the field of Quality and Service improvement, whilst using current research and improvement techniques to support your current improvement project endeavours.

The Covid-19 pandemic has bought about great change at a fast pace, this award can be used to systematically piece together the research and theory to support this change. Completing this award would give you the knowledge and skills required to ensure that your project has a long-term positive impact, is economically sustainable and is led and managed effectively.

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

Increase your knowledge, improve your practice

If you’re an healthcare 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 master’s level and work towards completion of the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care award.

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.

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Postgraduate Open Event

Join us at an upcoming Postgraduate Open Event, where you will get the opportunity to meet our expert academics and find out more about your course.

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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.

How you will learn

You will first study Quality Improvement- Principles and Preparation. No prior quality or service improvement experience is necessary. This module will guide you through the key elements required to construct a sound quality improvement project, to the point of implementation. 

Quality Improvement- Implementing follows on from the Principles and Preparation module. This module will support you as you bring your project to life, allowing you to critically appraise the challenges you face in clinical practice.

Both modules require you to reflect on your development throughout leading and managing your project, supporting your personal and professional development.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need a degree or equivalent qualification, and you must already be working in a healthcare environment. Please contact the module leader if you would like further guidance.

This programme is an interim award embedded within the MSc Leadership for Health and Social Care degree, therefore you will need to apply for the full degree and specify these modules on your application. You do not need to continue to complete the full degree, however you will receive support and guidance from the Health and Social care team to explore your aspirations and guide you to the most suitable route for you.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


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.

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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.