Taught course

Infection Prevention and Control

University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering

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, in some cases with a bridging module - Infection Control or HAI Surveillance

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

Months of entry


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 available to study part time and 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
  • 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

Where can I study my course?


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; Antimicrobial Surveillance; 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

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) online: International £820


  • Tuition fee loans (for full-time and part-time students) and living costs loans (full-time students only) to study up to PgDip level may be available for eligible applicants from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), for more information visit: http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/postgraduate.htm

Please see the course website

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
48 -72 months
part time
48 -72 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600