Human Factors and Ergonomics


This module introduces core areas of HF/E practice and competence, with the twin aims of optimising work system performance and human wellbeing.

  • Study topic 1: The scientific discipline of HF/E
  • Study topic 2: The Systems approach
  • Study topic 3: The design intent of HF/E
  • Study topic 4: Applying HF/E for health and care system improvement 
Academic credits
Delivery method
Distance learning
160 hours self-directed study with 40 hours of contact time
Off campus

13 weeks 

Start date

Monday 22nd April 2024

Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

A degree from a UK university or equivalent is desirable but not essential. We also welcome students with relevant professional experience plus evidence of ability to successfully undertake the course and benefit from it.

International English Requirements: A minimum overall IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0, with 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as administered by the British Council in most countries or equivalent.

The course is subject to Staffordshire University’s Admissions Policy:

A wide range of qualifications are accepted from around the world

Due to the applied science that is the basis of the course, there is a requirement to be employed (or professionally engaged) in an area of health or social care systems.




Dr Al Ross

Associate Professor

I am a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors expert and a Chartered Psychologist with a wide-ranging research and teaching interest in system safety and improvement.

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Dr Paul Bowie


I am a chartered ergonomist & human factors expert and a healthcare safety and improvement researcher. My research mainly focuses on safety investigation practices and translation and evaluation of human factors concepts and methods to healthcare.

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