M.Sc. Risk Management in Health and Social Care

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13800 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP6000 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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Bangor University | Bangor, United Kingdom
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.


MSc/Pg Diploma/Pg Certificate


Students will normally complete 60 credits per year on a part-time basis.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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  • There is no deadline for this start date.
Tuition fee
  • GBP 13800 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP 6000 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits 60 credits
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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.

English Language Requirements


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An undergradute degree in a relevant subject, and/or mature student status with appropriate professional qualifications.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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