Infection Prevention and Control

UHI Inverness


Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


Promoting and developing best practice in the field of infection prevention and control is a pressing issue for professionals and the community as a whole. The issues facing hospital and community staff evolve quickly and IPC practitioners must be equipped to respond appropriately.

This innovative postgraduate course in Infection Prevention and Control has been designed to help you deal safely and effectively with infection risks. You will develop your confidence and expertise in the management and implementation of infection control change.

If you have to deal with infection as part of your job, or if you’d like to widen your knowledge and be in a position to apply for more senior posts in infection control, the MSc Infection Prevention and Control can help you achieve these goals.

Core modules are: Micro-organisms and disease; Decontamination; Epidemiology and surveillance of healthcare associated infections.

Core module: Host defence and protection.

Option modules, from which you choose two, may include: Healthcare outbreak management; Informatics in health and social care; Qualitative inquiry*; Research methods and techniques*; Introduction to patient safety in integrated health and social care environment; The built environment.

*You must choose one of these modules if you wish to continue to the MSc

To achieve the award of MSc Infection Control you must complete a research dissertation related to your professional field.

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree in a health subject. Applicants with an ordinary degree or below, but with a minimum of three years experience and/or evidence of successful completion of relevant CPD study at SCQF level 10. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) may also be considered. All students should be in employment in a relevant area.

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3-4 years


Health and Wellbeing

SCQF Level


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