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Infection Prevention and Control MSc

Infection Prevention and Control MSc

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Infection Control: Awareness Infection Control Nursing

Course type


Course Summary


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.

Course detail

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.

Study & career progression

Career options may include senior roles within the field of infection prevention and control or public health. You could also study for a PhD or Professional Doctorate.


This module enables the practitioner to explore complex factors that affect human behaviour, the principles of improvement and implementation science, strategies to detect and manage outbreaks of infection and governance systems for preventing and controlling infections. Students will apply improvement science methods to an infection prevention problem and develop strategies to improve practice.
Evidence Based Implementation of Improvement methods - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

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).

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more