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Nursing and Social Care

MSc Quality and Safety in Healthcare / MSc Quality and Safety in Social Care

This programme is now closed for applications and will re-open on 1st September 2018.

Discipline: Nursing and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: H2.2 in a level 8 degree in any health or social care discipline or recognised cognate professional qualification and 1 full-time year relevant experience which must be in the last 5 years

Places: 16

Why Study?

This programme is applicable across the public, private and voluntary sector with participants from multi-professional backgrounds including social care, clinical, administrative and practitioner levels.

On completion, students will have developed enhanced contextual, cultural and professional insights into quality, safety and governance.

Graduates will be equipped with a set of skills that will have a direct impact in the safe delivery of health and social care.


Programme Structure:

This programme is a Master of Science in Health and Social Care leading to the exit award of either MSc Quality and Safety in Healthcare or MSc Quality and Safety in Social Care. 

The exit award will depend on the student’s area of professional practice.

The programme is designed around five key themes:

  1. Towards a new understanding of quality care in contemporary health and social care.
  2. Improving service user safety
  3. Enhancing the care experience of service users
  4. Developing a systematic approach to quality improvement methodology
  5. Leadership and management as quality improvement drivers in health and social care

Programme Modules

Year 1 – 6 Modules (60 ECTS)

  • Governance and Compliance for Quality
  • Safer Systems
  • Quality and Innovation
  • Person Safety
  • Critical Thinking & Decision Making
  • Applied Research: Theory

Year 2

Year 2 of the MSc is achieved by successful completion of a thesis by research. (30 ECTS)

Students will be directly supported in advancing their research skills by research supervisors and will have the opportunity to align their research and professional interests.

Career Opportunities

This programme offers an invaluable opportunity for eligible graduates to benefit from enhanced level of competencies which will instruct excellence in quality and safety in health and social care.

Graduates will particularly benefit in pursuing a career path in quality management, compliance, general management and person safety roles.

These roles vary across the emerging spectrum of health and social care.

Graduates will advance their career prospects in terms of promotion eligibility and post-graduate training.

This may be in management and or specialist areas such as clinical risk or quality improvement within the health and social care environment.

Essential Information: 

This is an exciting blended learning approach which includes four residential sessions across each semester in year one. This offers an opportunity for ongoing networking with your fellow students without placing onerous demands on your employment responsibilities



This is a two year Masters programme costing €6,000 in total. 

Fees are broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 (60 credits) - €3,960
  • Year 2 (30 credits) - €2,040


How to Apply

This programme is now closed for applications and will re-open on 1st September, 2018.

Contact Us


Margaret Prendergast

Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care

Telephone: +353 (0)94 9043152

Email: Margaret Prendergast