MSc Infection: Prevention & Control

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
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