Taught course

Infection Prevention and Control

Institution
University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree in a health subject
  • Applicants with an ordinary degree or below, but with a minimum of three years relevant experience and/or successful completion of one of the following SCQF level 9 modules will also be considered
    • Infection Control
    • HAI Surveillance

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) may also be claimed.
  • All students should be in employment in a relevant area

Three years relevant experience and/or successful completion of one of the following SCQF level 9 modules Infection Control or HAI Surveillance will allow access to the PgCert level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Promoting and developing best practice in the field of infection prevention and control is a pressing issue for professionals and the community as a whole. The issues facing hospital and community staff one day may well be the same as those confronting environmental health officers the next.

This innovative postgraduate course in Infection Prevention and Control has been designed to help you deal safely and effectively with infection risks. You will develop your confidence and expertise in the management and implementation of infection control change.

If you have to deal with infection as part of your job, or if you’d like to widen your knowledge and be in a position to apply for more senior posts in infection control, the MSc Infection Prevention and Control can help you achieve these goals.

Special features

  • The course is delivered online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), enabling you to fit your study around your personal and professional commitments, wherever you are in the world
  • Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
  • You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
  • Specialist modules at PgDip and MSc level allow you to specialise in areas of particular relevance to your career
  • The course content contributes to the development of the core dimensions in the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF): communication; personal and people development; health, safety and security; quality; and equality and diversity
  • Students undertaking module Informatics in Health and Social Care can continue their studies in health informatics by completing the Embedding Clinincal Informatics in Education (eICE) programme free which is accredited by the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP)
  • Students can complete the university’s Skills and Employability Award where by you gain recognition (not academic credit) for a range of activities you takee part in addition to your studies to help you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate the skills you have, prepare for a real interview and impress prospective employers

Modules

PgCert: Core modules are: Micro-organisms and Disease; Decontamination; Epidemiology and Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections

PgDip: Core module: Host Defence and Protection

Option modules, from which you choose two, may include:

  • Advanced Infection Prevention and Control
  • Healthcare Outbreak Management
  • Informatics in Health and Social Care
  • Qualitative inquiry*
  • Research Methods and Techniques*
  • Introduction to Patient Safety in Integrated Health and Social Care Environment

*You must choose one of these modules if you wish to continue to MSc

Msc: To achieve the award of MSc Infection Control you must complete a research dissertation related to your professional field

Locations
This course is available online with support from Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

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Information for international students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. Please see our International pages

English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation
International students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): International online £852. Masters degree is 6 modules plus dissertation

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualification and course duration

MSc

distance learning
48 months
flexible
72 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
UHI Information Line
Email
info@uhi.ac.uk
Phone
0845 272 3600