York Saint John University

York St John University

Quality and Safety in Health and Social Care

Delivering high quality, safe care is at the forefront of health and social care policy in the UK, with the white paper �Equity and Excellence (Liberating the NHS)� stating that the government�s objectives are to increase safety and improve patient experience and outcomes. This programme has been developed to support professionals working, or aspiring to work, in health and social care to deliver high quality �harm free� care and is in part a response to the crisis in the assurance of patient safety and quality of care. The programme refines the ability of students to critically appraise sources of evidence and judiciously synthesise information to design a tailored implementation plan for change. Content specific modules focus respectively on the related dimensions of quality and safety in practice. A secure, broad-based approach to research methodology is achieved through inter-disciplinary engagement and the programme exploits synergy between teaching and research expertise so students will be able to work on ecologically valid work-based research leading directly to improvements in care, aspiring to an academic standard fit for publication and wider dissemination.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant health and/or social care area from an approved university or institution, or an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in an unrelated area plus relevant experience working in health and/or social care. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Safety and risk; evaluating evidence and effecting change; quality and quality improvement; research methods; research paper.

Assessment methods

Assessment is linked to the use of evidence and research, applied to a practice context. Each module is assessed individually, examples include practical examination, research proposal, written assignments, making presentations and leading discussions.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
York St John University York YO31 7EX Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Telephone number: 
01904 876598