Infection Prevention and Control (PGDip/ PGCert), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #361 (QS) Online
This open learning MSc in Infection Prevention and Control (PGDip/ PGCert) from Oxford Brookes University is a practice-focused course for health professionals.


It aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to devise appropriate strategies for the prevention and management of infection in a variety of clinical settings. These include specialist evidence-based knowledge, awareness of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI), clinical governance principles, and current approaches to infection prevention and control (IPC).

The MSc in Infection Prevention and Control (PGDip/ PGCert) from Oxford Brookes University is delivered by dialogue-based open learning, which means that you can interact and discuss topics of interest with course tutors and fellow students.

Why choose this course?
  • Graduates have a strong record of career progression, such as to Director of Infection prevention and Control.
  • Our tutors have established links with organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
  • The course builds your professional network and expertise through sharing experiences of investigating and managing outbreaks of infection.
  • There is a strong focus on practice, allowing you to integrate theoretical perspectives and practice, and to use your professional practice as a source of knowledge.
  • We offer flexible learning, designed to allow health care professionals to study while working.

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Microbiology and Immunology
This module will introduce you to the agents of infection and infectious diseases. Specimen collection and laboratory culture methods will be included. Natural response to infection and the action of antimicrobials will be fully explored. Development of antimicrobial resistance and associated concerns will be discussed and related to the global situation. This module will assist your understanding of how and why infection occurs and how it may be prevented.
  • Evidence-based Practice
This module aims to explore and critique theories, models and strategies for evidence-based practice, with application to the health and social care setting. You will, examine the purposes, uses and limitations of various approaches to evidence-based practice, consider the concepts of decision making from the practitioner, purchaser, provider and consumer perspectives, explore some available tools for critical appraisal and the transfer of evidence to professional knowledge, and share the work of experts, researchers and the student group for discussion and critique.
  • Infection Prevention and Control
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 those working in acute, community, pre-hospital, aged care, hospices and the mental health sector. Influential factors such as clinical governance, risk assessment and management and implementing change will be included. This will enable practitioners to make informed decisions that address the many factors that will influence outcomes.
  • Communicable Diseases and Public Health
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. You will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of public health practice.
  • Applied Epidemiology for Infection Prevention and Control
This module is designed to promote an understanding of the principles, uses and applications of epidemiology and its contribution to the study of the causes and prevention of disease and the promotion of health. Supported by the study of the statistical concepts used in the analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data, the module will deliver a thorough grounding in epidemiological research and the basis for selecting appropriate research designs. Critical appraisal of research is an important feature of the module and you will be encouraged to consider the uses of epidemiology in clinical decision making, service development and health.
  • Independent Study
This module is a study (normally literature based) of a topic of your choice that is relevant to your programme but not formally offered as part of the taught course. Your chosen topic will normally extend the learning achieved during earlier modules.
  • Advanced Health Promotion
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. It 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.
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care
The module offers you the chance 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 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.
  • Applied Research Methods
This module aims to advance your knowledge of research methodology and its application to research-related activity in professional practice. It focuses on research as part of a body of evidence used for professional practice and provides an overview of methodologies and methods commonly used in research in health and social care working environments. It will equip you with the skills to locate, appraise and use research, and to plan and execute your own research. By the end of the module, you will be able to prepare a rationale for your chosen research project.
  • Dissertation for Infection Prevention and Control

This module provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of investigative research to demonstrate the development of your skills in scholarship and your ability to focus on a specific research question(s). It provides sufficient scope to display a wide appreciation of the context of your chosen topic within the infection prevention and control field.

Students' research questions 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. Your investigation 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 field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

You should normally hold a UK honours degree at 2.2. or above, OR equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution, OR an equivalent professional or other qualification.

Other qualifications may be considered when accompanied by relevant professional experience.

You should be employed in current clinical practice in a healthcare setting and should have at least one year's post-qualification clinical experience.

You will need to be proficient in the use of internet-based resources and other interactive technologies eg Moodle, Skype, Google video. You should have reliable and stable access to the Internet and a headset is required.

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, with appropriate writing skills. You will need an IELTS score of 6.5-7.0 overall, or equivalent.

International applications
  • Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply
  • You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Applications received electronically through UKPASS will be forwarded directly to the Admissions Office. Supporting documentation should be forwarded using the email addresses indicated on the UKPASS application form.

Note for International applicants: This course does not
  • lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • have a practice-based component
  • lead to employment within the UK while studying or after the course is successfully completed.
Also, International applicants are asked to
  • apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas if offered a place
  • pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course.

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1430 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1430 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1000 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £1,000 per single module
  • Home / EU open learning fee: £1,000 per single module
  • International part-time on-campus fee: £1,430 per single module
  • International open learning fee: £1,430 per single module

Where part time or open learning fees are quoted there will be approximately a 2% increase on fees each year. For information there are 9 single modules to pay for in a full masters programme


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