Postgraduate taught 

Health Services Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Transforming care services MED5640

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

The course will enable the student to critically discuss the impact of policy and quality strategies on improving care delivery and provide the student with an opportunity to apply an economic assessment tool to inform potential changes in care delivery.


This course is delivered online and made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Excluded Courses





The summative assessment will take the form of a project where the student carries out an economic assessment within their own working environment and submits a 2,500 word report (plus necessary appendices) on the outcome (excluding references), relevant to the course learning outcomes. The work must be supported by the relevant literature.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The course will enable students to explore the impact of policy and strategies in relation to quality improvements in care delivery and to develop an evidence based economic assessment to inform service transformation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically discuss the impact of policy and quality strategies related to health and social care in a global context.

2. Apply skills in developing strategies to achieve outcomes/goals and implement policy in their own professional environment.

3. Evaluate the impact of quality strategies within the health and social care environment.

4. Apply an economic assessment tool to determine the value of an existing or planned aspect of practice or service provision.

5. Demonstrate critical awareness of risk and risk management in relation to health care provision.

6. Critically discuss approaches to managing budgets and balancing financial constraints with quality provision. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.