Taught course

Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Working in a health or social care setting or associated agencies. Applicants will normally have 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable. The philosophy of this 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 advocates and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care – and enables you to apply 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.

What you study

You study issues related to the transition to master’s level. You explore 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, using 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.

How you learn

The programme is taught in short study blocks spread across the academic year and comprising a total of 14 contact days. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures and workshops, student-led seminars, action learning, interactive and online learning activities, directed and self-directed study activities. You are supported by the module tutors with extensive experience in this subject area and the programme leader who is a member of the founding cohort for the NHS England and Health Foundation Q Initiative.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment modes throughout the programme. These include written assessments such as an essay on the nature and use of evidence and a business case for change. Other modes of assessment include developing and presenting an environmental analysis and oral presentation/defense that is formally assessed. 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. It ensures that this person-centred approach extends to all aspects of the programme, maximising employer/organisational benefit.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme are equipped with a range of knowledge, expertise and experiences such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. They are able to work collaboratively, present, research and have strong ICT skills that are highly sought after by employers today.

The programme is relevant for staff working in, or aspiring to undertake, specialist quality, safety or governance roles as well as those facing these issues as part of a wider role.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Oral presentation and defence40

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care
+44 (0) 1642 384176