MSc Improvement Science

Course summary

The MSc in Improvement Science is a work based learning course providing you the opportunity to work on an improvement project in your workplace. You will study improvement science methodology and theory, directly putting into practice what you learn into making a change in your workplace.

This course is delivered by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London, specialists in improvement science and is designed for experienced qualified healthcare staff, working both in the UK and internationally.

Why choose this course?

The course will focus on:
  • understanding care from the perspective of patients and carers through engaging patients and members of the community with the design and development of care
  • bringing research more rapidly into everyday practice, utilising rapid-cycle research, improvement methodologies and rigorous evaluation of clinical and cost effectiveness
  • adopting an industrial standard of quality in the NHS through utilising information to drive evidence based implementation and support evidence based practice
  • increasing staff capacity to implement change and improvements across professional and organisational boundaries.
The course will enable you to meet the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) agendas, within your organisation.

For more information regarding this and the course please contact:
Course leader - Dr Rowan Myron
Tel: 020 8231 2071

What might your employer want to know?
The course aims to meet the needs of employer through working arrangements with partner organisations. The course also meets the requirements of NHS organisations to consider the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP), and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) agenda in the context of the age of austerity, to ensure that cost effective provision is of paramount importance to CEOs of NHS organisations.

The Department of Health driven QIPP agenda is directly addressed within the course and will provide employers with staff aware and effective in streamlined lean methodology. Some of the work already embedded within NIHR CLARHC NWL activity has become a CQUIN target and participant activity on this course will feed employer needs to meet these targets.

Career options
The course is designed to provide you with a high level of pragmatic research capability and knowledge that is directly applicable to your professional setting and applicable in the workplace.

Professionals with an independent, proactive, problem solving attitude with extensive knowledge bases are highly sought after in the workplace, and valued by employers.

Tutor Information
This course is run by the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.
You will learn from highly skilled staff, many of whom conduct cutting-edge research in their specialist areas, ensuring that your period of study is both challenging and rewarding. 

The College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare teaching staff includes:

Dr Rowan Myron who is an experienced researcher, writer, presenter and manager in the field of social science, with particular expertise in psychology, improvement science and knowledge mobilization in healthcare. She has wide-ranging experience in leading and managing research and education programmes and research staff, and extensive specialist knowledge in change theories, improvement methodologies and implementation in healthcare.

Course detail

This is a part-time course and you will generally study 3 modules a year. The start dates of the modules will be spread over the academic year to support your achievement, as we recognise you will be working full-time, alongside studying for this award.

The modules will provide you with the skills, competence and underpinning knowledge to be truly effective in your role and build your capability to apply the latest improvement models and tools to your work:

  • The Policy Context of Improvement
  • Leading and Sustaining Improvement
  • Engaging Patients and Relationship Management
  • 40 credits of option modules focusing on current issues of organisational and/or professional relevance
  • Implementation of Improvement Methods
  • Improvement Project
It is also possible to access the modules which comprise the MSc on a standalone basis (with the exception of the Evidence-based Implementation of Improvement Methods and Improvement Project modules).

We understand funding arrangements can be complex, especially if your employer is paying for some modules and you are paying for others. To make this easier we enable you to apply and pay for, one module at a time.

Our application process is an easy to use on-line system, so this won’t take you very long.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting course.

Entry requirements

You will:

  • Be based in a healthcare setting
  • Hold a degree in a relevant subject*
  • Be recognised by the organisation you work for, as competent and capable to care for patients in your appropriate discipline.
  • Have an idea for how to improve your healthcare service/setting

*If you are unsure if you meet the entry requirements please contact the course leader for further information.



Students may be funded by their employer or opt to self-fund.


For more information on fees and funding please contact Claire Anderson (

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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