Leading Quality Improvement MSc/PgDip/PgCert


Course facts

  • Name: Leading Quality Improvement
  • Qualification: MSc/PgDip/PgCert
  • Duration: One year as a full time student. Also available 3 years part-time.

This MSc in Leading Quality Improvement provides students with a rigorous framework for the development and synthesis of empirical, professional and organisational knowledge and skills as the basis for improving the quality of healthcare. The programme will adopt a broad perspective on healthcare quality encompassing three themes:

  • Effectiveness (e.g. the use of evidence)
  • Efficiency (e.g. service reliability);
  • Acceptability (e.g. the service user experience).

Attention will be paid to the full range of components of improving quality, including public policy and organisational strategy; governance and risk management; leadership; professional behaviour change; and service user involvement. The MSc will provide a focus for ‘research into teaching’ around the School of Healthcare Sciences’ research expertise in implementation.

A significant element of the course is structured around Prof. Rycroft Malone’s Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARIHS) framework giving students an insight into and understanding of cutting edge implementation issues in a modern healthcare environment.

Professor Christopher Burton, Head of School of Healthcare Sciences

“This new MSc in Leading Quality Improvement takes advantage of our expertise in teaching, research and the facilitation of quality improvement in health and social care. This will mean that you will be able to learn from the forefront of both theory and practice, drawing on current quality improvement and implementation projects.”

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

During this course you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of relevant research and scholarly approaches applicable to quality improvement in healthcare and an informed knowledge of how the results of this application may improve service processes and outcomes and develop research ideas/policy. This will enable you to drive forward improvements in a number of modern healthcare settings.

You will be able to effectively articulate the concepts and the context of your professional work in relation to different elements of quality and critically evaluate the different theoretical and empirical foundations for the different components of improving quality (e.g. Professional Behaviour Change, Governance, Risk Assessment, Quality Improvement Methods and Service User Involvement.) You will be taught to apply appropriate methods for advancing thinking and practice within the context of a healthcare quality challenge relevant your organisations priorities and learn how to resolve complex organisational and practice issues. You’ll also develop advanced technical skills in at least one approach to quality improvement (e.g. evidence synthesis and appraisal; performance measurement and feedback; and user engagement).


  • Advancing Professional Knowledge (L7, 20 credits)
  • Approaches in Health Quality (L7, 20 credits)
  • Leadership in Context (L7 20 credits)
  • Evidence for Improvement (L7, 20 credits)
  • Research Methods OR E-Research Methods
  • Dissertation (L7, 60 credits)
  • Work based learning (L7, 20 credits)

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

There are a variety of methods employed during this course focusing on-line learning, tutorials, seminars and group work and lectures. The programme also includes some elements of field study and lab work. There are no unseen exams as the assessment focuses on methods including essays and reports, posters, presentations and professional portfolios.

Research Thesis

You will need to successfully complete your research dissertation module to be awarded your MSc.

The dissertation is the final element of the programme. It provide the opportunity to complete a piece of research or scholarly enquiry related to your chosen pathway. Facilitating the synthesis of prior knowledge and professional or clinical experience. Focused on a specific topic, this detailed independent study could involve a research study undertaken independently by the student with the advice and guidance of an individual supervisor or a critical analysis of research in relation to the theory of your chosen pathway.

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. When available you’ll be able to view module details on this page.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Leading Quality Improvement Modules page.

Entry Requirements

2(ii) Honours degree or equivalent professional qualification or 3years professional experience with demonstrable ability to study at Level 7.

Credit transfer and Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (maximum 40 credits at Level 7) will be possible. If credit transfer is sought for taught research methods modules, then this should have been completed within the last 5 years.

International applicants – English language requirement - IELTS 6. No element below 5.5. (or equivalent) OR specific English language country requirement AND application must include personal statement.

Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made using Bangor’s online application system. Also see information under the Apply tab.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk.


If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Susan Metcalfe on +44 (0)1248 383112 or by emailing s.metcalfe@bangor.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

This course is intended to support the academic, professional and career progression of healthcare professionals working in, or aspiring to clinical leadership and quality roles within UK and international health care organisations. The learning within the programme will also be of key relevance to professionals from social care and related policy areas, especially those working in leadership roles.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this MSc have extensive research links with external bodies. The programme has been developed in consultation and collaboration with experts working in health and social care organisations and services, ensuring that the modules are relevant.

Further information

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