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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA Patient Safety Management (Sept 2009 entry onwards)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA/ PGCert/ PGDip
Programme title Patient Safety Management
Programme code BSPT55
Length of programme The programme is normally offered on a part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MA is thirty-six calendar months. The minimum period of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is twelve and eighteen calendar months respectively.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Entrance Requirements to the programme are:

i) possession of a degree or equivalent


ii) possession of the academic requirements for corporate membership of

a British Chartered professional institution;


iii) hold any other relevant qualification and experience as determined by the Programme Director together with a reasonable level of formal academic education.

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:15:55 BST

1. Programme Aims

This multi-disciplinary Postgraduate Programme in Patient Safety Management is aimed at professional patient safety managers, those wishing to move from another field within healthcare and those working in other healthcare management areas wishing to broaden their expertise.

The programme is delivered as a series of short courses for part-time study and aims to:

  • Provide a current view of patient safety management encompassing both organisational issues and specialist areas. It particularly focuses on the integration of patient safety management into strategic and operational planning for the provision of a high quality health service;
  • Develop participants knowledge, increase job competencies and develop professional potential; and
  • Suit the needs of working professionals who do not have an opportunity for full-time study.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Programme conforms to the benchmarks published by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in respect of Masters awards in business and management in 2002. Specifically the programme meets the requirements of a specialist Masters degree (Type 1) for career development.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The framework of patient safety management
  • Tools and techniques used in patient safety management
  • Specialist risk management relevant to the healthcare sector including
    • clinical,
    • health and safety
    • environmental
    • infrastructure
  • Strategy and policy development
  • Research techniques for patient safety management (MA only)

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Identify methods for establishing an effective and integrated patient safety management system
  • Assess a range of patient safety management assessment tools and select the most appropriate for use in given situations
  • Critically analyse patient safety management issues and present possible intervention strategies
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of any intervention
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Produce patient safety management policies for their organisation
  • Use a range of risk assessment tools and carry out risk assessment within their own organisation
  • Devise and maintain systems for the collection of data on untoward incidents
  • Develop effective risk control strategies for patient safety
  • Design a research tool appropriate to patient safety management
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Establish management systems
  • Communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Motivate others to take action
  • Present technical and complex concepts in a form which is understandable to managers
  • Use information and communication technology appropriately in acquiring, analysing and communicating information
  • Develop research skills, including data collection and analysis

4. Programme structure

4.1 Modules



Modular Weight


Role of the Patient Safety Manager






Practical Patient Safety Management






Clinical Risks, Competence Assessment and Training






Business and Reputation Aspects of Patient Safety Management including Business Continuity Management






Patient Safety and Organisational Development






Research Methodology






Masters Project





 * by distance learning 


4.2 For full details of the specific assessment requirements for each module see the Module Specification.


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also:

5.1.1 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate candidates must have accumulated 60 credits. Specifically, candidates must complete BSP651 and two other modules from BSP652 to BSP655. 

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma candidates must have completed modules with a total modular weight of 120.  Specifically, candidates must have completed BSP651 to BSP656.

Candidates, who having completed the full Certificate programme elect to transfer to the Diploma programme, will be required to complete a further 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must have completed BSP654 to BSP656.

Candidates must also have accumulated at least 100 credits and achieved module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a total module weight of 20.

5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of MA candidates must have satisfied all of the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits from BSP657, the Masters Project.


5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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