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Delivering Quality Healthcare MSc

Course Description

Surrey is one of the UK's top universities for nursing, ranked second by the Complete University Guide 2016 and top 15 by both The Guardian University Guide 2016 and The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.


Our Delivering Quality Healthcare MSc has been created for experienced healthcare professionals and is designed to empower you to operate at an advanced level within your field. The programme is informed by the current healthcare agenda and supports the transformation of healthcare, enabling more integrated care to drive the quality care agenda.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/delivering-quality-healthcare


Contemporary healthcare professionals require high level professional knowledge as well as in-depth understanding of the context within which healthcare is managed and delivered. This approach ensures safety in the clinical setting through the implementation of evidence-based practice. The delivery of high quality healthcare is as much about understanding the context and bigger picture, as it is about modern advances in healthcare. Often, problems affecting one area of practice may have their origins in another. This highlights the need to work in an integrated, solution-focused way.

The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for the professions to revalidate their registration with the regulatory bodies by demonstrating improvement in their care delivery through lifelong learning. Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches to further enhance professional knowledge.

The programmes aim to create managers and practitioners able to:

- Innovate in healthcare delivery to improve the patient experience

- Lead, commission or implement change that results in improved health outcomes for patients

- Understand how to measure quality, see patient safety as paramount and know how to recognise systems and processes that are more or less likely to have safe outcomes for patients

- Integrate care rather than work as unidisciplinary teams or organisations

- Take advantage of technology to improve direct patient care

- Make sense of the growing value of computerised health, social care and other ‘big data’ sources

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

The Faculty is the largest within the University with 2,000 full-time and nearly 2,000 part-time students. The Faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and research. In the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we were rated one of the top eight UK institutions for Biosciences, health and veterinary research (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/features/health-and-medical-research-rated-top-ten-uk).

Health Sciences at Surrey

The University of Surrey is a leading innovator and research hub for future technology in healthcare. The mission of the School of Health Sciences is to improve patient care experience and embrace the philosophy of integrated care and development of systems, to mobilise health technology.

We are devoted to ensuring that healthcare professionals are challenged educationally to enable them to deliver and support high quality healthcare for service users and carers. Our research and educational provision meets the needs of policy agendas in integrated care and eHealth.

Our programmes are designed to fulfil the requirements of educating innovative and leading health care professionals in both the United Kingdom and Internationally. Our nursing programmes are currently ranked second in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2016.

Our expertise is focused on:

- Cancer care
- Long-term conditions and the elderly
- Acute and emergency care
- Maternal and family health
- Health care systems and policy

Programme structure and modules

Our flexible programmes are designed to work around the demands of busy people. They can be undertaken part-time or full-time, and there are different exit points giving recognition for your academic achievement. Students can choose to exit the programme with:

- A Postgraduate Certificate after the successful completion of four core modules
- A Postgraduate Diploma with pathway endorsement after the successful completion of the first four core modules plus two pathway-specific modules and two optional modules

The starting date for programmes in 2015 is 29 September.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the Delivering Quality Healthcare MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Bolger

“Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey.”

Sarah, a Practice Development Midwife with 15 years’ experience as a qualified nurse and 11 years’ experience as a qualified midwife, explains how a Masters from the University of Surrey has boosted her career prospects.

“I wanted a course that would enable me to consolidate my previous experience and give me the qualification I needed for career progression. I chose the University of Surrey because it offers higher education as part of a contract with local Trusts. I was also looking to study at a university that could rival others at a national and even an international level.

The most challenging aspect of the course was juggling my academic work, working for the Trust and family life. The impact of studying for a Masters on family life can never be underestimated, so time management is key. For me, this often meant studying in the evening, which after a long day at work was gruelling.

Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey. The emphasis wasn’t on taking away my challenges, but providing me with guidance so I could find a path that enabled me to achieve my full potential.

Now I have completed the course, the sense of achievement I have is immeasurable. At Surrey, you’re encouraged to think outside the box and consider new ideas.

Based on the results of my Masters, I have been awarded a full-time funded PhD studentship at Surrey. It’s thanks to the experience I had during my Masters that I had the confidence to even apply.”


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Entry Requirements

Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 360 FHEQ Level 4-6 credits, of which at least 120 will be at FHEQ Level 6. Students should be working/ have recent experience in a relevant healthcare setting. Students who do not meet these requirements should seek advice from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences as it may not exclude you from applying for our modules and programmes of study. IELTS min overall 6.5 (excluding NMC accredited modules which can only be undertaken by applicants meeting the specific criteria).

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