M.Sc. Infection Prevention and Control

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR13805 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Oxford Brookes University | Oxford, United Kingdom
Effective infection control is essential to safeguard the welfare of patients and the staff that care for them. This course is designed to equip health care practitioners with the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to lead innovative and effective practice in infection control.

Description of Infection Prevention and Control


Effective infection control is essential to safeguard the welfare of patients and the staff who care for them. This course is designed to equip health care practitioners with the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to lead innovative and effective practice in infection control both within hospitals and the community. In order to achieve this, it is important that you are already a registered health care practitioner and are working in an appropriate setting.

Infection control is now an integral part of all healthcare workers roles. During the course, you will enhance your knowledge base and develop safe practice in infection control.

Key features of this course are:

  • blended learning, using workbooks and the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lecture discussions, handouts, information and learning exercises), which will give you the opportunity to participate in taught sessions and online learning
  • practical laboratory sessions in the microbiology module
  • a focus on a variety of clinical practice settings
  • the opportunity for you to network and share experiences of investigating and managing outbreaks of infection
  • a global perspective on infection control and prevention
  • clinical governance, issues explored in relation to infection prevention and control and risk management.

Why Brookes?

  • We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.
  • We have our own osteopathic clinics: Mill Court in Headington, Oxford and at Ferndale Campus in Swindon, offering a full range of osteopathic treatments to students, staff, NHS staff and the general public.
  • Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
  • We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
  • Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
  • We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
  • Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.
  • Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13805 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 14260 Year (EEA)

UK/EU £905 per single unit; International £11,600

Start date January  2016, September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Course length

Full-time: PGCert: 9 months, PGDip: 9 months, MSc: 12 months
Part-time: Up to 36 months for all awards. January entry only available as part-time study.

The compulsory modules for the Infection Prevention and Control course are:

P44618 Introduction to Microbiology and Immunology

20 credits at M Level
Semester 1
Thursdays, 9:30 to 16:30

This module will introduce you to the agents of infection and infectious diseases. A series of lectures, practical laboratory work and organised visits to areas related to applied clinical microbiology will all be included. Specimen collection and laboratory culture methods will be an integral feature. The body's natural response to infection and the action of antibiotics will be included. The development of antibiotic resistance and associated concerns will be discussed and related to the global situation. The increased knowledge will assist in the development of informed practitioners who will have a much greater understanding of how and why infection occurs and how it may be prevented.

P44617 Infection Prevention and Control

20 credits at M Level
Semester 2
Taught sessions on alternate Fridays, 9:30 to 16:30

This module will enable you to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the complexity of infection prevention and control. It will be applicable to students working in acute, community and mental health sectors. Influential factors such as clinical governance, risk management and change will be included. This will enable practitioners to make informed decisions that are cognisant of the many factors that will influence the outcome.

P44615 Communicable Diseases and Public Health

20 credits at M Level
Semester 2
One week course, Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 17:30

This practice-focused module will examine the history, causes and epidemiology of communicable diseases from a broad public health perspective. Associated morbidity and mortality, both nationally and globally, will be considered together with trends in established and emerging infections. Methods to prevent and control infection will be discussed, including surveillance, screening and vaccination strategies. Practitioners will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of public health practice.

Additional compulsory modules for the PGDip and MSc:

P44612 Epidemiology

20 credits at M Level
Semester 2
Taught sessions on alternate Thursday mornings 9:30 to 13:00

This module provides you with an introduction to the concepts and methods of epidemiology and its application in primary and community health. It includes an introduction to epidemiology research, including different methods of statistical measurements used in epidemiology. Critical appraisal of the research evidence is an important feature of the module and students are encouraged to consider the uses of epidemiology in clinical decision-making, service development and health planning.

P49210 Advanced Research Design 20 credits at M Level
Semester 1 or 2
Blended learning module (1) Blended learning module (2)

This module is designed to help you develop greater independence in your ability to engage in your own investigative work. It aims to develop decision-making skills related to research design. You will also explore the theoretical and philosophical context relevant to a study of research methodology and consider its implications for research design. A broad and eclectic approach is taken to the study and choice of research paradigms and designs and their use in the investigation of contemporary health care problems. Learning will take place from a wide range of perspectives.

Acceptable modules for the Infection Prevention and Control course:

P49213 Work Based Learning in Infection Prevention and Control 20 credits at M Level
Semester negotiable, no timetable hours. Students will be linked with a facilitator.

A single module designed to develop a range of work-based learning skills. It enables you to build on your professional knowledge and experience by studying in depth an aspect of health care pertinent to your own areas of practice. Assessment is by a portfolio of evidence of learning. You may carry out individual or group projects and must negotiate an overall plan that includes the evidence and method of assessment with an appointed supervisor. This option provides useful, practical public health work experience.

P49214 Independent Studyin Infection Prevention and Control 20 credits at M Level
Semester negotiable, no timetable hours. Students will be linked with a facilitator.

This module allows you to undertake a negotiated individual study, focused on an Infection Prevention and Control topic that is pertinent to your area of practice. You are able to enhance your reflective and analytical abilities and build on existing knowledge and experience. An interdisciplinary/professional project would be particularly encouraged.

P44614 Advanced Health Promotion 20 credits at M Level
Semester 2
Taught sessions on alternate Thursday afternoons, 14:00 to 17:30

This module will explore practical aspects of health promotion, including how to develop strategic and action plans for health promotion. You will be introduced to behavioural theory as it relates to changes in health behaviour and lifestyle, as well as looking at the larger social dimensions related to lifestyle. The module will also provide tools for assessing community health needs, planning health promotion activities, using participatory methodologies that engage communities in developing their own healthy lifestyles, while also examining the pitfalls of participatory processes.

P44611 Foundations in Public Health 20 credits at M Level
Semester 1
Taught sessions on alternate Thursday afternoons, 14:00 to 17:30

A module that explores the grounding in public health theory, practice and leadership and enables students to deepen their understanding of; historic and current trends in public health, with emphasis on examining the key determinants of health; environmental, behavioural, socio-economic, cultural and disease factors; inequalities across groups, populations and countries; links between health inequalities and race, gender, employment status and class. You are encouraged to explore the different roles you, and others, have in the multi-disciplinary nature of the 'new' public health, and the creation of flexible and effective learning opportunities about past and current Public Health issues, whether this is formal, classroom settings or in non-formal practice settings.

P44820 Leadership in Health and Social Care 20 credits at M Level
Taught sessions on alternate Thursday mornings, 9:30 to 12:30

The module offers you the opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge, conceptual and practice skills needed to be an effective leader within health and social care environments, both in the public and private sector. Through a range of assessment and learning opportunities such as coaching, seminar/group work and guided personal study, you will deepen your awareness of key theories and the research evidence on leadership practice and its application at a personal, organisational and inter-organisational level.

Additional compulsory modules for the MSc in Infection Prevention and Control course:

P49215 Dissertation for Infection Prevention and Control 60 credits at M Level
Semester 1 or 2
10 hours of negotiated supervisor-student contact

This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of investigative research which allows you to demonstrate the development of your skills in scholarship and your ability to focus on a specific research question(s). In addition, it provides sufficient scope to display a wide appreciation of the context of your chosen topic within the infection prevention and control field. The research questions posed by students are expected to vary considerably; however, you will be required to justify an appropriate methodology. Support will be given to you through the allocation of an academic supervisor for the duration of the dissertation. The investigation undertaken will encompass a systematic collection and analysis of data and reflect awareness of the implications of the research for practice, theory, education, management and future research within the infection prevention and control field.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Infection Prevention and Control

Applicants should normally hold a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution, or an equivalent professional or other qualification. The course is open to practitioners who meet the following criteria. You must:

  • be registered as a health or social care professional
  • normally have twelve months' post-qualifying experience.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level - IELTS 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.

Work Experience for Infection Prevention and Control

No work experience is required.

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