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Risk Management in Health and Social Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Course Description

A modular programme of study leading to a Certificate, Diploma or Master of Science in Health and Social Care Risk Management.

The MSc in Risk Management in Health and Social Care is designed to equip students with the advanced skills to promote patient and client safety in health and social care settings. The course will lead students towards outcomes that truly impact upon the safety of their organisation. All teaching methodology and assessment is based in and around practice. Students will be expected to apply learned theory in the form of work-based projects where an emphasis is placed upon identifying a sound evidence base to support innovative development.

The programme offers:
A chance to gain a thorough understanding of state-of-the-art risk management and governance theory and principles
An introduction to practical approaches and techniques that support the implementation of positive change in practice
Part-time study with online teaching support to minimise time away from the workplace
The opportunity to join multidisciplinary study groups to gain a wider perspective of practical issues
Student-centred continuous assessment ensuring your practice evolves over the course of your study
Modular courses that can stand alone or yield credits that build up to qualifications at 3 levels; Certificate, Diploma and MSc
A chance to develop risk management initiatives within your own area of practice.
Who will benefit from this course?
Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals
NHS directors
NHS managers and supervisors
Risk managers and coordinators
Governance managers and coordinators
Healthcare staff from the private or voluntary sector
Every member of staff working within the healthcare field has a responsibility for risk management. We therefore welcome enquiries from all healthcare staff about their suitability for the course.

Distance learning support
The course is delivered on a part-time basis. Each module involves traditional face-to-face delivery over the course of 2 or 3 induction days held at Bangor University. Students are then given access to an online community to support their study. This is an essential aspect of our programme and students will be expected to access materials and participate in online seminars throughout the course of their study.

The partnership
Expertise within the University is combined with the front line knowledge of NHS staff to deliver this cutting edge MSc in Risk Management in Health and Social Care:

The course is based within the School of Healthcare Sciences; a caring and learning organisation which values people as individuals. The School strives to establish and maintain standards of quality and excellence in teaching and learning processes; in continuing professional development for staff and students; and in health-related research activity.

The Institute of Medical and Social Care Research (IMSCaR) aims to enhance the health and welfare of the people of Wales, the UK and the rest of the world through Research and Education in Medicine and Health and Social Care.

The Welsh Risk Pool (WRP) and their advisers, the organisation responsible for the pooling and paying out of monies for litigation in the NHS, contribute to course content and delivery throughout the course. WRP staff hold front line knowledge of developing risk management practice in the NHS.

Programme structure
Core Modules:

Fundamental Principles of Risk Management – aims to develop understanding of history and underpinning theories and the process of risk management and their application within complex health and related contexts.
Influences On Risk Management – examines the nature and behaviour of open systems in order to identify the key influences on risk management practice and policy within the learner’s own context and contemporary health and safety law in relation to healthcare standards and financial constraints
MDT Working For Risk Management – examines key features and challenges to interprofessional working and collaboration, how to effectively co-ordinate inter-disciplinary teams and the influence of policy, guidelines and work dynamics.
Leadership, Quality, Innovation and Change – aims to develop the skills and knowledge required by health care professionals to creatively lead the cultural change required to place patients and clients at the centre of care delivery.
Work-based learning – enables learning and personal development through individual work based activities and the dissemination of practice that will improve patient care.
Research Methods or e-Research Methods – an introduction to research methods and presents a platform for students to engage in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches and develop an ability to utilise specific research techniques.
Dissertation – supervised research project (20 000 words)
Course structure
Students will normally complete 60 credits per year.

Assessment is 100% coursework and concentrates upon work-based initiatives, developed by each individual student within their own practice, to improve risk management practice.

Visit the Risk Management in Health and Social Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Bangor University website for more details!

Student Profiles

125th Anniversary Scholarships - 20+ Awards

125th Anniversary Research Scholarships£5M investment for up to 125 research studentships and bursaries from Sept ‘09To celebrate our 125th anniversary, Bangor University is launching a five year programme of postgraduate expansion. This starts in 2009-10 when we will invest around £5M in up to 125 research studentships and bursaries, with further expansion and more opportunities to apply for in the future. The new Scholarships scheme offers opportunities to the very best students to work with our leading academics and rising stars across each of our six Colleges: Arts & Humanities
Business, Social Sciences & Law
Education and Lifelong Learning
Natural Sciences
Health & Behavioural Sciences
Physical & Applied SciencesThe majority of the Bangor 125th Anniversary Scholarships will be fully-funded studentships, covering all fees for three years plus an annual maintenance allowance. A number of research studentships will specifically be available for outstanding international students. In addition, there are a large number of Bursary awards worth £6,500 a year and a variety of targeted awards.For further information, and to register your interest at the earliest opportunity, follow the web link below.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fully-funded research studentships + maintenance allowance


The new Scholarships scheme offers opportunities to the very best students to work with our leading academics and rising stars across each of our six Colleges.

Application Procedure

Initially, follow the web link below to register your interest. Further information will be sent directly.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2(ii) undergradute degree in a relevant subject, and/or mature student status with appropriate professional qualifications.

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