Courses in

Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

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

We are now accepting applications for entry into this programme which is due to commence in September 2021

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Flexible Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Places: 16


Current fees are listed on our Fees Page


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


Entry Requirements

H2.2 in a Level 8 degree in any health or social care discipline or recognised cognate professional qualification, and one full-time year relevant experience which must be in the last five years.


How to Apply

Please complete and submit your application ONLINE at the following link:

Please click here to access a user guide (PDF, 336KB) to enable successful completion and submission of your application.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday 28th May, 2021.

Please note: Non-EU students cannot apply for part-time programmes, as per immigration regulations.


Residential Dates

Download indicative residential  timetable here.



Current fees are listed on our Fees Page

Contact Us

Dr Carmel Heaney

Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care