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Master of Science (MSc) Infection Control

University of Essex

Overview

The MSc Infection Control online course has been designed for nurses and other health professionals who have an infection control role in their workplace but is open to anyone with an interest in this area. Delivered as an online course, the MSc Infection Control course gives you the flexibility to study whilst you continue to work full-time. It also allows you to interact with other infection control specialists spread throughout the UK and internationally.

The demand for Infection Control courses has increased in recent years due to multi resistant organisms and contagious illness outbreaks such as MRSA, swine flu and Ebola highlighting the need for more effective infection control. The fundamental underpinning of the MSc is that prevention is better than the cure and it is this mentality that will hopefully make outbreaks a thing of the past.

Preventing and controlling the spread of infection is one of the key priorities for hospital staff, environmental health officers and healthcare professionals not only in the UK but throughout the world. This advanced-level health masters course is designed to provide you with the latest knowledge and understanding of infection control practice, giving you the ability to develop and implement strategies to reduce the spread of hospital acquired infection and respond appropriately to an outbreak of infection within a community. You will also be able to advise policy makers and other clinicians on matters relating to infection control.

Course structure

The MSc Infection Control course is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:
Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (20 Credits)*
Communicable Disease Control (20 Credits)*
Infection Prevention and Quality Improvement (20 Credits)*
Research Methods (20 Credits)*
Dissertation (60 Credits)*

Optional modules**

Health Promotion (20 Credits)
Advanced Practice in Healthcare (20 Credits)
Epidemiology (20 Credits)
* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

** In addition to the core modules, students will take two optional modules.

Learning and assessment

The MSc Infection Control course can be studied over a period of time up to six years to suit your individual circumstances. Each module takes approximately three months to complete. The core components of the course ensure that you acquire the essential attributes and skills commensurate with the level of studies and award.

All of the University of Essex online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It is possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of the University of Essex courses have regular start dates throughout the year. The University’s academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style
The MSc Infection Control course is delivered entirely online and individual support is given to you in a number of ways. The programme leader is available for overall support via email and you are assigned a Student Adviser who is your first point of contact throughout your studies and serves as your mentor. A research supervisor is appointed for your dissertation.

All courses are delivered in English only and to ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, class sizes are capped at 20 students.

Assessment
Each stage of the MSc Infection Control course contains a number of formative (informal) assessments, including multiple choice questionnaires, short answer tests, and group activities. A variety of summative assessments are in place across the programme. Examples include, written assignments, discussions, presentations, case studies & outbreak responses.

Career prospects

The University of Essex is dedicated to improving employability amongst its graduates. Its online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

As an MSc Infection Control online student, you will typically be working as a specialist Infection Control Nurse, environmental health officer or other healthcare professional with responsibility for infection control in your role. Upon completion of the MSc course, you will be well placed to take up more senior posts in this area.

Entry requirements

The University of Essex has flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our MSc Infection Control programme:

1. Academic Entry Route
Applicants are usually registered nurses or health care professionals in full or part-time employment with a minimum of two years post-registration experience.

In addition, applicants normally have an Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant or appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution.

English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5. If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, your are required to pass a free online English test.

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in an English-speaking country.

2. Work Experience Entry Route
The University of Essex recognises that many people have a wealth of valuable skills and knowledge developed at work or through training. If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, but believe you have the potential to succeed on the MSc Infection Control course, your application will be considered on its individual merits.

English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5. If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification,  students are required to pass a free online English test.

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in English-speaking country.

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Course Information

Who should attend

This course is ideal for those in the healthcare professions who would like to specialise in Infection Control.

Programme
Tuition Fee
MSc Infection Control
£10,608 GBP

Entry requirements

Applicants are usually registered nurses or health care professionals in full or part-time employment with a minimum of two years post-registration experience. In addition, applicants normally have an Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant or appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution.

Programme
Tuition Fee
MSc Infection Control
£10,608 GBP

Progamme Overview

This course is made up of 7 modules equivalent to 180 credits and usually takes 24 months to complete.

Programme
Tuition Fee
MSc Infection Control
£10,608 GBP