Teesside University

Teesside University

Advancing Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

The philosophy of this new programme is that for excellence to flourish every member of staff must be committed to, and play their part in, an integrated governance approach; where people-centredness and people centred approaches to care are afforded the same esteem and recognition as finance, performance, risk management, safety and quality. The programme is designed to develop and equip critical champions and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care and enables you to apply your comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to lead the evidence based enhancement of quality, safety and governance in health and social care settings. The programme is suitable for individuals from the public, independent and voluntary sectors, from any professional background, including clinical and support services.

Entry requirements

Working in a health or social care setting or associated agencies; plus a an Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent work-based experience. Applicants with other qualifications may be considered if they can provide evidence of the ability to study at Master�s level.

Course modules

Year 1 focuses on the transition to mastery and explores the context of safety, quality and governance in terms of policy, theory and experience, at a personal/local, national and international level. You also study different types and sources of evidence and use these to identify a quality, safety or governance issue of relevance to your role based on an in-depth study of the principles, practices and tools of safety and governance in health and social care. You then develop and justify a business case for change based on this. In year 2, you plan and implement a change project based on the business case presented at the end of year 1. To enable you to achieve this you study topics such as a Human Factors approach, strategic change management, action learning, leadership and evaluation methodologies. This enables you to develop an evaluation study proposal in year 2 which you take forward during the dissertation module in year 3.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment modes are used throughout the programme. These include written assessments, such as an essay on the nature and use of evidence, analysis of a quality safety or governance issue using a Human Factors approach, a business case and the final dissertation evaluating the change you have implemented. Other modes of assessment include a poster presentation/defence and an oral presentation/question and answer. The programme is supported by a Critical Friends Stakeholder Support Forum which consists of service users and carers, employer representatives and academic staff. Members of this group participate in student assessment as well as supporting programme design and delivery as a means of ensuring the person centred approach pervades all aspects of the programme and to maximise employer/organisational benefit.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

Key information

School of Health and Social Care
Telephone number: 
01642 384176