Taught course

Quality & Safety in Health and Social Care

York St John University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

2:1 or above first degree in a Health and/or Social Care related area (with or without relevant experience working in Health and/or Social Care) or 2:1 or above first degree in an unrelated area plus relevant experience working in Health and/or Social Care

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Whilst improvements in quality and safety are being made, there are still a number of high-profile incidents occurring within health and social care services. Evidence of improvements in quality and safety is lacking, with quality often established through indirect measures or indicators that are unable to capture and incorporate the complex nature of health and social care practice. Critical engagement with this subject at master’s level is therefore imperative.

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 identified in the (Francis) Report of The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and the developments that will follow the publication of Patients First and Foremost (The Initial Government Response to the Report of The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry).

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.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University. An IELTS score of 6.5 with no component less than 5.5 is required for this programme. In-sessional support within the Faculty is intended for all international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

MSc Programme Administrator
01904 876431