University of Essex Online

University of Essex Online

Infection Control

The MSc Infection Control online 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 super-bug and contagious illness outbreaks such as SMRA, 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.

Entry requirements

We have 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

Our 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 Bachelors 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, we require students to pass a free online English test.

2. Open Entry Route

We recognise 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, we’ll consider your application 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, we require students to pass a free online English test.

If you enrol on our MSc Infection Control programme but decide that online learning isn’t for you, we will allow you to withdraw within 21 days of the start date stated on your offer letter. If you have paid an initial deposit up front, you will receive a full refund.

Course modules

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.

  • Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (20 Credits)*
  • Communicable Disease Control (20 Credits)*
  • Applied Microbiology (20 Credits)*
  • Advanced Practice in Healthcare (20 Credits)*
  • Health Promotion (20 Credits)*
  • Research Methods (20 Credits)*
  • Dissertation (60 Credits)*

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

PG Dip Infection Control

The PG Dip Infection Control course is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits at Level 7.

  • Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (20 Credits)*
  • Communicable Disease Control (20 Credits)*
  • Applied Microbiology (20 Credits)*
  • Advanced Practice in Healthcare (20 Credits)*
  • Health Promotion (20 Credits)*
  • Research Methods (20 Credits)*

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Upon completion of your Postgraduate Diploma (awarded after 120 credits) we offer the opportunity for you to progress to study for a full Masters (awarded after 180 credits).

PG Cert Infection Control

The PG Cert Infection Control is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits at Level 7.

  • Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (20 Credits)*
  • Communicable Disease Control (20 Credits)*
  • Applied Microbiology (20 Credits)*

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Upon completion of your Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Control we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma (awarded after 120 credits) and a full Masters (awarded after 180 credits).

Assessment methods

Each stage of the MSc Infection Control course contains a number of formative (informal) assessments, including multiple choice questionnaires, short answer tests, and practical assignments. The summative assessment for each module consists of four discussion activities and two 2,500 word essays.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Online study September 2017 £ 10,200 per Whole course () 24 months
PgCert Online study September 2017 £ 3,400 per Whole course () 8 months
PgDip Online study September 2017 £ 6,800 per Whole course () 16 months

Campus details

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