Taught course

Infection Prevention and Control

University of West London · College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Entry requirements

You should have a first degree in a relevant field and already be working as an Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner (the latter must be at least 50% of your role).

If you do not have a first degree there may an alternative route to access the course. We look for students who show enthusiasm and a passion for the subject through previous study or professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

They say prevention is better than cure – so join an important and growing area of healthcare to combat infection.

This course will help you develop specialist knowledge and become an expert practitioner in the field of infection prevention and control.

In addition, you will gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to be an IPCP (Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner) which enables you to translate and apply these core principles across different acute and secondary healthcare settings.

You will achieve the following qualifications in Infection Prevention and Control:

  • a Postgraduate Certificate after your first year
  • a Postgraduate Diploma after your second year
  • MSc after your third year – to be eligible for the MSc all the modules should be completed within four years.

It is also possible to take single modules but such arrangements need to be first discussed with the course leader.

This new programme combines specialist Infection Prevention and Control knowledge with skills in improvement science – both critical to the specialist role.

The first year is mainly delivered by face-to-face attendance format, which is a key advantage for facilitating the formation of peer networks. This is crucial for working in infection prevention as peer access encourages the sharing of best practice.

The portfolio-based learning approach enables you to develop the critical knowledge and skills relevant to your own workplace and ensures you develop appropriate competencies to meet the requirements of your role.

Additionally a proportion of the content is delivered by subject experts, ensuring optimal learning.

After the first year you will achieve a PGCert, having acquired the necessary expert knowledge and skills to operate effectively as a junior IPCP.

You then have the option to extend your studies through PgDip and MSc level developing your knowledge and skills in leadership, improvement science and project management in preparation for more senior IPCP leadership roles.

The two improvement science modules and project in Years 2 and 3 will be especially relevant as your role requires you to facilitate change and lead improvement across a wide range of healthcare settings.

It is possible to take individual modules without registering on the MSc programme, but this will need to be discussed with the course leader.

How is this course taught?

Study days vary in each academic year as follows:

Year One

Three specialist IPC modules:

  • Module 1 commencing October, 5 full and 2 half study days
  • Module 2 commencing February, 6 study days
  • Module 3 commencing May, 6 study days

Year Two

  • One module, 6 study days
  • Two modules, 4 study days

Year Three

  • Single module, 4 study days during the year.

Information for international students

For more information, please visit the UWL website.

Fees and funding

For information please visit the UWL website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Information
0800 036 8888