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Health Sciences - Healthcare Quality Studies

Programme Description
The interest in continuous professional development and further education related to quality improvement and patient safety in health and social care continues to rise in light of legislative, regulatory, public and organisational demands across private, public and voluntary services within the region. The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Health Care Quality Studies) is to prepare registered nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals to assume a leadership role for quality and safety, as well as gaining knowledge and skills in quality improvement methods across a variety of health and social care settings.

Entry requirements

Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register*
And be currently employed in healthcare or social care, either in: clinical practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific discipline related area. This is specified in modules descriptions.

Applicants will normally have gained:
• A primary degree (health science/studies or social science/studies related) level 8 or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.
• International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 7 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required.

*For those required to register with a professional body


All modules must be completed within three years of registering for first module to be eligible for award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies).On successful completion of this Postgraduate Diploma; you may progress to the one year research based Master of Health Sciences programme (see details on page 10). In order to be eligible you will require an aggregate of 60% in your Postgraduate Diploma.

Careers or further progression

Research/Employment Opportunities
Students are empowered in their work arena to respond actively to changes in their current place of work and become key drivers in the development of safety and quality improvement within health and social care organisations. This Postgraduate Diploma programme will support employment and promotional opportunities within nursing and health and social care practice, management and education. This programme is a pathway to progressing to Masters level education. Postgraduate Administrator

Further enquiries

Louise McMonagle
Department of Nursing,
Health Sciences and Disability Studies
St Angela's College Lough Gill, Sligo
T: 071 9135612

Mary Cooke (Course Co-ordinator)
T: 071-9135602

Subjects taught

Programme Content & Structure
The programme content is tailored to meet the student's needs. A total of six modules can be completed over a 2-3 year period. A large proportion of the modules are delivered in a blended learning/e-learning format; hence requiring limited college attendance. The Healthcare Quality Studies programme consists of six modules of which two are core (Advanced Research skills and Ethical Practice). Students can select the remaining four modules from the following; Healthcare Risk Management, Clinical Audit, Quality in Healthcare Management, Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting or Enhancing Evidence Based Practice.


Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies)

Application date

Application Process:
To receive an Application Form, or to answer further queries please contact the Postgraduate Administrator below.

Alternatively, you may download an Application Form (link below)

Enrolment and start dates

Programme modules commence at various times during the academic year. See individual modules for start dates and attendance dates.

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