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MSc Implementation and Improvement Science

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
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 Tuition fee

17550 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

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Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

MSc Implementation and Improvement Science is a practical and innovative course for anyone who is interested in improving health services and wants to know how to do it well. It has been created by implementation and improvement science experts working together under the auspices of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.

Key benefits

  • The course has been created by implementation and improvement science experts working together under the auspices of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.
  • Taught by leading researchers and specialists in the field, including implementation and improvement science experts from NIHR CLAHRC South London and from King’s Improvement Science (KIS) at King’s Health Partners, with renowned visiting speakers.
  • A free two-day Implementation Science Masterclass run by the CLAHRC South London with international experts in the field.
  • The programme combines both theory and practical experience giving you the opportunity to really put into practice what you have learnt.
  • Opportunities to join a thriving research community and to participate with active researchers in a range of extra-curricular events, such as reading groups, round-table discussions and workshops.
  • Taught within a world-class institution that conducts innovative research that influences national and global health policy.
  • Opportunities to engage with the worlds of policy-making, non-governmental agencies and health research.
  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London.

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Eligibility Criteria

BSc Hons 2:1 or above in medicine, psychology, nursing, any Allied Health Professional discipline, social science, or other mental or physical health related field, or an equivalent qualification awarded by a European or International University.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Required Modules

The content covers the full range of core competencies, subjects and skills viewed as central to the implementation and improvement science fields. The content is broad (covering improvement and research skills involving quantitative and qualitative methods) and highly specialised for the relevant fields. Students acquire broad knowledge of health-related implementation and improvement research as well as specialist understandings that result from the pursuit of in-depth research on topics of their own choosing.

  • Principles of implementation and improvement science (30 credits)
  • Measurement and evaluation in healthcare practice (15 credits)
  • Issues in the conduct of health services research (15 credits)
  • Implementation and improvement science dissertation (60 credits)

The total credit value of compulsory modules is 120.

The January intake is for students wishing to undertake the course part-time. For the first two terms, part-time students will spend every Monday in college. After this, the amount of time in college will vary depending on the optional modules chosen.  The September 2016 intake will offer students the choice to undertake the course on a full-time or part-time study basis. Applications will open next year.

Optional Modules

Students can choose from a range of optional modules, including:

  • Advanced qualitative research methods (30 credits)
  • Advanced statistical methods in psychiatric epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Comparative public policy analysis (20 credits)
  • Engaging publics in health research: theory, politics and practices (15 credits)
  • Evidence based decision making (30 credits)
  • Foundations, methods and practices of international development evaluation (20 credits)
  • Health economics and health policy (15 credits)
  • Health policy and healthcare system in emerging economies (20 credits)
  • Key issues in health policy (15 credits)
  • Leadership in change management (15 credits)
  • Leadership in health and social care (15 credits)
  • Mental health economic evaluation (15 credits)
  • Qualitative research methods in mental health (15 credits)
  • Quality and patient safety (15 credits)
  • Social research methods for public health (15 credits)
  • Sociology of health and illness (15 credits)
  • Strategic health management (15 credits)

The total credit value of your chosen optional modules must not exceed 65 credits.

The ‘Leadership in change management’ module is taught at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London. All other modules are taught at King's College London.

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How to Apply

Application procedure

A minimum of a 2.1 degree from a UK university from any discipline, or an equivalent qualification awarded by a European or overseas university. Admission is at the discretion of the programme leader.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree but feel you have relevant work experience that would enable you to successfully complete the course you may wish to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). APEL is a process where learning achieved outside education is assessed and recognised for academic purposes (i.e. you have learnt from experience but this learning has not been formally assessed).

All applicants will be interviewed. During the interview your rationale and motivation for wishing to undertake the course will be assessed alongside relevant skills and work experience you have in the field of implementation and improvement science.

All successful applicants will also be offered a free place on a two-day Masterclass in Implementation Science run by world-leaders in the field.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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