MSc Infection: Prevention & Control



A small number of scholarships are available for students starting September 17 from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Further details are available in the Factsheet on the right hand menu
Applicants should be graduates, have a role in infection prevention and control, and have the ability to influence practice. Internet access is a necessity.
If English is not your first language we require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in any category) or an undergraduate degree taught in English.
To be eligible you must be able to attend a face to face induction at the end of August (date to be confirmed), in Accra, Ghana. A grant will be available towards the costs.

To apply please go to and submit your application via the Electronic Application System (EAS). The deadline for applications is the 12th May.

MSc Infection: Prevention and Control

Embedding high standards of prevention and control of infection into clinical practice to enhance quality and safety

This is a multi-disciplinary programme for nurses and other health professionals who have a responsibility for prevention and control of infection/infectious diseases.

The programme aims to enable students to understand the microbiological and environmental factors that contribute to the incidence, prevalence, transmission and control of healthcare-associated and communicable infection;  to assist students in the development of advanced skills, knowledge and understanding required to function effectively in infection prevention and control practice and enhance patient and public safety; and to empower students to enhance professional leadership, research and practice skills and in order to enable practice development, multi-professional teamwork and collaboration

Core practice modules

Content areas

  • Applied microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, infection prevention and control measures, outbreaks, antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Risk management,  Quality Improvement, management and leadership, decision-making, behaviour change, human factors, the environment, decontamination, multi-professional collaboration.
  • Screening, vaccination, epidemiology and surveillance, isolation, socio-cultural factors, environmental control, global health.

Key features of the pathway

  • Support from highly experienced Infection Prevention and Control academic educators and practitioners with significant clinical experiences across a range of healthcare settings.
  • Enables the application of theory to practice, peer-to-peer support and development of problem solving skills.
  • Work-based learning to enable the integration of learning with clinical practice, thus bridging the theory-practice gap.

Pathway enrolment and progression

  • Two core modules from a choice of Applied Microbiology and Evidence-Based Precuations for Infection Prevention and Control, Improving Quality and Safety through Infection, Prevention and Control, and Communicable Disease Control
  • Developing Research and Evaluation Skills OR Critical Appraisal Skills
  • One professional core module from a choice of Leadership OR Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Practice.
  • A dissertation double module that must focus on infection prevention or control

All modules are available on a stand-alone basis.

The content of the modules supports the domains of the IPS Competences (2011)

Programme requirements

  • Access to a personal computer and the internet are essential for these modules.
  • Students must be working in a role related to infection, prevention and control, communicable disease control or health protection.
  • For the post-graduate diploma/MSc pathways students are normally required to have a first degree. However, the School has a robust system of APL/APEL and applications are welcome from students with non-standard entry requirements.

For further information please contact

Academic Lead

Dr Karen Lee
Telephone:+44 (0) 01382 388651 Email:

Administrative contact

Postgraduate Office
Tel: +44 (0) 01382 388530  Email: