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The Healthcare Associated Infection Control MSc is a new, distance learning modular programme, designed to provide systematic training in the increasingly important area of the control and prevention of healthcare associated infections. Read more
The Healthcare Associated Infection Control MSc is a new, distance learning modular programme, designed to provide systematic training in the increasingly important area of the control and prevention of healthcare associated infections.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/healthcare-associated-infection-control-msc

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

The programme provides a firm theoretical and practical foundation to infection control practice. This includes strategies for infection control isolation precautions; healthcare workers and related issues; organisation, roles, responsibilities and resource implications of effective infection control; developing management and communication skills; information technology and infection control.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and an independent research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, four core modules and four optional modules, flexible study 2-5 years).

- Core Modules
Foundation Course
Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects
Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship
Decontamination Aspects (including Sterilisation, Disinfection, Cleaning and Engineering)

- Options
Health Economics
Legal and Regulatory Aspects
Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology
Basic Epidemiology
Surveillance & Epidemiology: Systems, Data Analysis & Statistics
And other appropriate modules from UCL's distance learning programmes, as agreed with Programme Director.

- Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through week-long courses and the Internet. Though the majority of the programme is delivered via distance learning, support is offered through a supervisory structure of local and UCL-based tutors. Practical modules cover elements across the spectrum of the syllabus and offer the opportunity to meet other students and teachers on the programme.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Healthcare Associated Infection Control MSc http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infection-immunity/study/post_stu/pgrad_HAIC

Funding

Medical Research Council Studentships may be available for this programme.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

Careers

It is anticipated that the specialist skills graduates acquire through the programme will enhance future career prospects.

- Employability
On completion of the programme we anticipate that you will be able to:
- Access, understand and apply published research evidence as applied to the practice of infection prevention and control
- Develop, evaluate and maintain best practice within the field of infection prevention and control
- Develop the necessary skills to continue your own professional development

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is administered by the Division of Infection & Immunity, and we have collaborative research links within UCL and with institutions throughout the world. Teaching is provided by members of the Research Department of Infection (clinical & academic), Public Health England, Eastman Dental Institute, Hospital Infection Society and Health Protection Agency, together with invited guest speakers and external supervisors.

This interactive programme is taught using UCL's virtual learning environment, which provides structured video teaching, an informal virtual discussion forum, a private email link to your personal tutor, a virtual library with links to UCL's wide range of online journals and databases, and detailed personal feedback.

Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 70 taught students › 92 research students

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
The programme is designed for healthcare professionals who are employed in posts involving infection control activity and responsibilities, and who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification and specialist training in this field. It is offered to graduates with a degree in a scientific, nursing or medical discipline, or with suitable clinical experience.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Healthcare Associated Infection Control at graduate level
- why you want to study Healthcare Associated Infection Control at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see our Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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The taught Infection Biology MSc will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses and parasites cause disease in humans and in domesticated animals, and the immune responses generated by these hosts to such pathogens. Read more
The taught Infection Biology MSc will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses and parasites cause disease in humans and in domesticated animals, and the immune responses generated by these hosts to such pathogens. You can choose to specialise in virology, microbiology (bacteriology) or parasitology.

Why this programme

-This degree in Infection Biology allows you to study in an Institute housing two UK National centres of excellence, in Virology and Parasitology, and active in the Scottish Infection Research Network (SIRN), a key clinical focus on healthcare-related
-You will work in the laboratories of internationally recognized infection biology researchers, conducting high quality basic, translational and clinical science.
-We have exciting scholarship opportunities.
-This MSc in Infection Biology provides access to a combination of highly specialised equipment, unique in Scotland, including cutting edge in vitro and in vivo research facilities for biological imaging, high content screening microscopy , and a state of the art polyomics facility bringing together metabolomics, proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and integrations of data sets with bioinformatics.
-You can attend guest lectures and workshops from scientists and clinicians working in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology fields.
-You can carry out a research project in an internationally recognized centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in infection biology.
-This Infection Biology degree integrates infection biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques.
-The MSc in Infection Bilogy offers breadth, covering bacteria, viruses and parasites.
-Students can opt to specialise in one of the three areas of infection biology, and will graduate with a named specialism e.g. MSc Infection Biology (Microbiology).
-Optional courses allow students to develop their interests: Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research; Drug discovery; Diagnostic technologies and devices; Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
-We have excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.
-Students have the opportunity to carry out a research project in an internationally recognized centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in infection biology.

Programme structure

The MSc programme will consist of five taught courses and a project or dissertation, spread over 11-12 months. Three courses are compulsory, and two are chosen from a series of options.

The PGDip programme will consist of five taught courses, spread over 7-8 months, with three compulsary courses and two chosen from a series of options.

The PgCert programme consists one core taught course over 3-4 months.

Core Courses and Project
-Host-pathogen interactions and immune responses to infection
-Omic technologies for the biomedical sciences: from genomics to metabolomics
-Designing a research project: biomedical research methodology
-Infection Biology Research project (laboratory based or non-laboratory based, in Virology, Parasitology, or Microbiology)

Optional Courses
-Drug discovery
-Diagnostic technologies and devices
-Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
-Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research

Teaching and Learning Methods
A variety of methods are used, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratories and problem-based learning. These are supplemented by a wide range of course-specific electronic resources for additional learning and self assessment. As a result, you will develop a wide range of skills relevant to careers in infection biology research, diagnostics or drug development. These skills include team-working, data interpretation and experimental design. You will use the primary scientific literature as an information resource.

Electronic Resources
Our online resources were voted the best in the United Kingdom in the International Student Barometer in 2012, and include:
-A continually updated Moodle (virtual learning environment) with extensive additional teaching and self-assessment materials
-Over 35,000 online textbooks and e-journals available through the University library website, 24/7
-Academic databases of biological sciences and medicine
-Henry Stewart Talks - animated audio visual presentations by world leading experts covering many topics in infection biology

Career prospects

The University of Glasgow MSc in Infection Biology provides you with many career opportunities.

Research: About half of our MSc students enter a research career, mainly by undertaking further postgraduate research studies towards a PhD), or by working in research laboratories in clinical or academic settings, including national government laboratories.

Industry: Other students go on to work in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic or biotechnological industries.

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This programme will allow those responsible for infection prevention and control to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills so that they can be applied to practice. Read more
This programme will allow those responsible for infection prevention and control to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills so that they can be applied to practice. The programme is mapped against an outcome competency framework for infection prevention and control and is continually revised so that it remains current and applicable to addressing the burden of healthcare associated infections.

What is so good about this course?

The programme is delivered by a team of highly experienced infection prevention and control academic educators and practitioners who have significant experience in supporting the development of infection prevention and control practitioners through face-to-face, distance and learning. We are supported by our clinical colleagues in hospital, community and public health settings. We use work-based learning to enable the integration of learning with clinical practice. with a high level of continuous guidance and support from the module team. All modules are mapped against infection prevention and control outcome competences.

Degree Combinations
Infection: Prevention and Control (Top Up) Distance Learning BSc

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Each module is taught face to face in the classroom setting using lectures, tutorials and workshops and is augmented by on line module materials. Modules are very interactive allowing student to share your learning and experiences with colleagues from a variety of roles, countries and settings. This will also allow students to engage with varying cultural perspectives. Module material is very much focused on clinical practice which will encourage students to reflect on perspectives and experiences and allow them to identify way of application to their own clinical setting. Module material is constantly updated to be relevant to current issues and drivers and activities are designed to represent real clinical scenarios. There may also be opportunities for focused visits if relevant and available.

- How you will be assessed

Module assessments will consist of a wide range of on-line innovative methods and will link closely with students’ role and responsibilities in clinical practice. Students will have full support from the module team to help them through assessments.

What you will study (full time)

Students will study four modules over two semesters (8 months):

Semester 1: Enhancing Academic Skills and Applied Microbiology for Infection Prevention and Control

Semester 2: Developing Research Based Practice and Enhancing Infection Prevention and Control Understanding and Practice

An additional optional 30 point, Level 10 Module is available to take into the MSc Infection: Prevention and Control programme. This is a special study module over the summer period focusing on an infection prevention and control topic.

What you will study (part time distance learning)

Students will study four modules over four semesters (16 months):

Advancing Academic Skills (September)
Improving Quality and Safety through Infection Prevention and Control (January)
Developing Evidence Based Practice (September)
Applied Microbiology and Evidence-Based Precautions for Infection Prevention and Control (September)

All modules are also available on a stand-alone basis

Employability

Throughout the programme students will be able to demonstrate to your employer your developing competence against the outcome competences for infection prevention and control.

On completion of the programme students will have the underpinning knowledge required to work as a practitioner within infection prevention and control practitioner. They will also have developed high quality reflective and critical thinking skills.

Completing the Level 10 special study module will count towards a MSc if the student wishes to continue progressing with their study.

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This programme will allow those responsible for infection prevention and control to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills so that they can be applied to practice. Read more
This programme will allow those responsible for infection prevention and control to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills so that they can be applied to practice. The programme is mapped against an outcome competency framework for infection prevention and control and is continually revised so that it remains current and applicable to addressing the burden of healthcare associated infections.

What is so good about this course?

The programme is delivered by a team of highly experienced infection prevention and control academic educators and practitioners who have significant experience in supporting the development of infection prevention and control practitioners through face-to-face, distance and learning. We are supported by our clinical colleagues in hospital, community and public health settings. We use work-based learning to enable the integration of learning with clinical practice. with a high level of continuous guidance and support from the module team. All modules are mapped against infection prevention and control outcome competences.

Degree Combinations
Infection: Prevention and Control (Top Up) Distance Learning BSc

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Each module is taught face to face in the classroom setting using lectures, tutorials and workshops and is augmented by on line module materials. Modules are very interactive allowing student to share your learning and experiences with colleagues from a variety of roles, countries and settings. This will also allow students to engage with varying cultural perspectives. Module material is very much focused on clinical practice which will encourage students to reflect on perspectives and experiences and allow them to identify way of application to their own clinical setting. Module material is constantly updated to be relevant to current issues and drivers and activities are designed to represent real clinical scenarios. There may also be opportunities for focused visits if relevant and available.

- How you will be assessed

Module assessments will consist of a wide range of on-line innovative methods and will link closely with students’ role and responsibilities in clinical practice. Students will have full support from the module team to help them through assessments.

- What you will study (full time)

Students will study four modules over two semesters (8 months):

Semester 1: Enhancing Academic Skills and Applied Microbiology for Infection Prevention and Control

Semester 2: Developing Research Based Practice and Enhancing Infection Prevention and Control Understanding and Practice

An additional optional 30 point, Level 10 Module is available to take into the MSc Infection: Prevention and Control programme. This is a special study module over the summer period focusing on an infection prevention and control topic.

- What you will study (part time distance learning)

Students will study four modules over four semesters (16 months):

Advancing Academic Skills (September)
Improving Quality and Safety through Infection Prevention and Control (January)
Developing Evidence Based Practice (September)
Applied Microbiology and Evidence-Based Precautions for Infection Prevention and Control (September)

All modules are also available on a stand-alone basis

Employability

Throughout the programme students will be able to demonstrate to your employer your developing competence against the outcome competences for infection prevention and control.

On completion of the programme students will have the underpinning knowledge required to work as a practitioner within infection prevention and control practitioner. They will also have developed high quality reflective and critical thinking skills.

Completing the Level 10 special study module will count towards a MSc if the student wishes to continue progressing with their study.

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The MRes in Biomedical Research. Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection is a 12 month postgraduate course providing exemplary academic and research training. Read more
The MRes in Biomedical Research: Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection is a 12 month postgraduate course providing exemplary academic and research training. The Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection stream is a specialised stream on a larger course (the MRes in Biomedical Research). This programme will provide research training in fundamental aspects of bacterial pathogenesis, host immunity and antibiotic resistance, with particular attention to the scientific, technical and professional acumen required to establish research independence. The emphasis will be on molecular approaches to understanding bacterial infection biology, as a function of bacterial pathogenic strategy and physiology, as well as resistance to host defences and antibiotic therapy, and is comprised of two 20-week research projects embedded within research-intensive groups and a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and technical workshops.

Based in the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, the course provides an opportunity to learn directly from internationally-respected scientists through sustained interaction for the duration of the course. This programme will deliver training in: Molecular microbiology, including integration of molecular and cellular information to understand the genetic basis of virulence; modelling host and microbial aspects of infection to help characterise the host-pathogen interaction and immunity; functionality and physiological relevance of microbial virulence factors; mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and persistence; derivation of mechanistic approaches to problem-solving in molecular and cellular biomedical science.

Course Objectives
The emphasis is on molecular approaches to understanding infection as a function of bacterial pathogenic strategy and physiology. This research-oriented approach to training in biomedical science will comprise both theoretical and practical elements. The course will expose students to the latest developments in the field through two mini-research projects and a series of technical workshops. Students will gain experience in applying technologically advanced approaches to biomedical research questions.

Specifically the course will deliver research training in:

• Molecular bacteriology, integrating molecular and cellular information to understand the genetic basis of microbial virulence.
• Modelling host and microbial aspects of infection to help characterise the host-pathogen interaction and immunity.
• By experimentation, understanding the biochemical functions and physiological relevance of microbial virulence factors and antibiotic resistance.
• Derivation of mechanistic approaches to problem-solving in molecular and cellular biomedical science.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will have developed the ability to:

• Demonstrate practical dexterity in the commonly employed and more advanced practical techniques of molecular and cellular microbiology
• Exercise theoretical and practical knowledge and competence required for employment in a variety of biomedical environments
• Identify appropriate methodology during experimental planning
• Interpret and present scientific data
• Interrogate relevant scientific literature and develop research plans
• Recognise the importance of justifying expenditure (cost and time) during experimental planning
• Recognise potential methodological failings and strategise accordingly
• Perform novel laboratory-based research, and exercise critical scientific thought in the interpretation of findings
• Write and defend research reports, which appraise the results of laboratory based scientific study
• Communicate effectively through writing, oral presentations and IT to facilitate further study or employment in molecular, cellular and physiological science
• Exercise a range of transferable skills

This will be achieved by providing:

• A course of lectures, seminars, tutorials and technical workshops. The programme is underpinned by the breadth and depth of scientific expertise in the participating department.
• Hands-on experience of a wide repertoire of scientific methods
• Two research projects
• Training in core transferable skills

The MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection (Departments of Medicine and Life Science) is located at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mrc-centre-for-molecular-bacteriology-and-infection

Candidates are expected to hold a good first degree (upper second class or better) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK.

Please visit the course website for more information about how to apply, and for more information about the various streams of specialism which run within the course.

Early application is strongly advised. Please note that while applications can be considered after receipt of one recent reference, two will be required as standard for confirmation of acceptance by College.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kylie Glasgow
Manager, Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection
Imperial College London
London, SW7 2AZ
E-mail

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Home, EU and Overseas applicants hoping to start this course in October 2017 will be eligible to apply for the Faculty of Medicine Dean's Master’s Scholarships. This scheme offers a variety of awards, including full tuition payment and a generous stipend. For more information, please visit http://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate/deans-masters-scholarships/. Applications for 2017 are not yet open (do check the website again early in the new year).

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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. Read more
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 one day may well be the same as those confronting environmental health officers the next.

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.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• The course is available to study part time and online through the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), enabling you to fit your •
• study around your personal and professional commitments, wherever you are in the world
• You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
• Specialist modules at PgDip and MSc level allow you to specialise in areas of particular relevance to your career

Modules

PgCert

Core modules are: Micro-organisms and Disease; Decontamination; Epidemiology and Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections

PgDip

Core module: Host Defence and Protection

Option modules, from which you choose two, may include: Advanced Infection Prevention and Control; Antimicrobial Surveillance; 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
*You must choose one of these modules if you wish to continue to MSc

Msc

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

How will I study my course?

You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
We also strongly recommend that you attend a one and a half days face-to-face induction at the UHI Postgraduate Weekend which is offered at the start of your course

Locations

This course is available Online with support from Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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The programme is designed to enable you to develop your knowledge and competence in your role as an infection prevention and control or health protection practitioner, and is mapped against an international professional competency framework. Read more
The programme is designed to enable you to develop your knowledge and competence in your role as an infection prevention and control or health protection practitioner, and is mapped against an international professional competency framework.

What is so good about this course?

The programme is delivered by a team of Infection Prevention and Control academics, researchers and practitioners with significant experience in supporting the development of infection prevention and control practitioners through online distance learning. Our team has expertise in hospitals, community and public health settings. Work-based learning is used to enable the integration of learning with clinical practice, with a high level of continuous guidance and support from the module team All modules are mapped against professional competencies.

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Modules are very interactive allowing you to share your learning and experiences with colleagues from a variety of roles, countries and settings. Module material is constantly updated to be relevant to current issues and drivers and activities are designed to represent real clinical scenarios.

- How you will be assessed

All assessment is by coursework. This will include group work to help develop your collaboration, decision-making and reporting skills.

- What you will study (full time)

You will study two modules per year:

Applied Microbiology and Evidence-Based Precautions for Infection Prevention and Control
Communicable Disease Control OR Improving Quality and Safety through Infection, Prevention and Control
Leadership OR Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
A dissertation double module that must focus on infection prevention or control
All modules are available on a stand-alone basis, and you can exit with a post-graduate certificate after two modules or a post-graduate diploma after 4.

Employability

Throughout the programme you will be able to demonstrate to your employer your developing skills, mapped against the Infection Prevention Society or your own national competency frameworks.

On completion of the programme you will have the knowledge required to work as an infection prevention and control practitioner, along with the benefits that come with Master's level study such as developing critical research and enquiry skills.

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This MSc programme is built on the combined expertise in microbiology and infection that has been assembled through the establishment of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at Birmingham. Read more
This MSc programme is built on the combined expertise in microbiology and infection that has been assembled through the establishment of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at Birmingham.

It draws on the internationally recognized expertise of members of both the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and College of Medical and Dental Sciences to provide a course that will be attractive to aspiring biomedical scientists and clinical microbiologists worldwide.

Students graduating from this course can look forward to gaining a thorough grounding in this important area, with job opportunities throughout the public and private sector, as well as in research settings.

This course will provide graduates in the Biosciences with a sound theoretical background and hands-on laboratory experience in leading-edge microbiology. Students will gain specialist knowledge and insight in key aspects of bacterial infection.

The Institute of Microbiology and Infection at Birmingham brings together a group of researchers and lecturers from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences with expertise in a wide range of aspects of microbiology in infectious disease. The MSc Microbiology and Infection draws on this expertise to highlight the impact of recent advances in understanding of microbes in infection.

The course will enable students to develop basic abilities and skills on which to build professional capability in a healthcare or related microbiology or biomedical research setting.

About the School of Biosciences

As one of the top biosciences departments in the UK, our research covers the entire spectrum of cutting-edge biosciences. We are home to the Institute of Microbiology and Infection and part of the University’s Systems Science for Health initiative.
Our research focuses on a number of important themes that run through modern biological and biochemical research: Biosystems and Environmental Change; Microbiology and Infection; Molecules, Cells, Signalling and Health; and Plant Science.
Our postgraduate students join a diverse international community of staff and students. For students on research degrees, the annual Biosciences Graduate Research Symposium, organised by PhD students, is an example of an event where the whole School comes together to talk about science.
We have extensive high-technology facilities in areas such as functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, including a world-class Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility. Our cutting-edge facilities extend to protein structure determination and analysis, confocal microscopy, drug discovery, horticulture, structural biology and optical imaging. The £8 million Phenome Centre Birmingham is a large metabolic phenotyping facility led by internationally recognised metabolomics and clinical experts at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Birmingham Health Partners.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This programme is designed for health and social care professionals working to generate healthcare associated infection improvement at (or supported at) a senior practitioner/middle management level. Read more
This programme is designed for health and social care professionals working to generate healthcare associated infection improvement at (or supported at) a senior practitioner/middle management level. Academics from health and social care related disciplines will also find the postgraduate certificate highly beneficial as it enhances knowledge and develops specialist skills.

About the programme

You will enhance your knowledge and skills in infection control/ healthcare associated infection and quality improvement approaches in health and social care settings. In addition you can apply the knowledge and skills to design and implement a small scale change project, thereby facilitating healthcare associated improvement.

On successful completion of the course, there is the option to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma level of the MSc Advancing Practice programme which offers a range of pathways.

Your learning

The programme comprises three modules; two core and one option (from a possible two):
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare (core module)
• Leading Infection Control Improvement (core module)
• Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Improvement in Practice (option module)
• Independent study (HSCE) (option module)

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates will be equipped with specialised knowledge and skills to support and facilitate safe and effective practice and improvement of HAI. Enhanced knowledge, skills and awareness of the international, national and local policies underpinning prevention, control and improvement of infection will enable you to make a unique contribution in the promotion and maintenance of best practice within your area of employment.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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Health departments have highlighted the importance of controlling infectious diseases within hospitals and less intensive health care settings. Accredited training of infection control personnel has been recommended as a strategy to decrease health care related infections.

Who is this course for?

This course is particularly relevant for practitioners in rural and remote health settings, aiming to bring health practitioners up to date on the current knowledge and theories regarding those infectious diseases of relevance to populations in tropical Australia and its near neighbours.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Infection Control will be able to:
*Apply and adapt specialised knowledge, skills and technical competencies pertaining to infection prevention and control across a variety of health contexts, including rural, remote and Indigenous settings in developed and developing countries
*Critically analyse and synthesise a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex problems related to infection prevention and control
*Appraise the significance of healthcare-associated infections and their causative pathogens, and exercise high-level and independent judgement in the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies for their management across tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Appraise and synthesise knowledge related to the education and continuing professional development of health personnel in infection prevention and control
*Communicate theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language skills, to a variety of audiences and cultural groups
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, industry standards and published evidence.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF INFECTION CONTROL (GCertInfectCont)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Master of Nursing and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals. We have:
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*specialised biophysical science laboratories
*simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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The language and concepts of infection and immunity, from basic science to translational clinical research, are taught by our world class investigators. Read more
The language and concepts of infection and immunity, from basic science to translational clinical research, are taught by our world class investigators. The programme emphasises data interpretation, critical analysis of current literature and culminates in a full-time research project: excellent preparation for a research career.

Degree information

The programme provides insight into state-of-the-art infection and immunity research, current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, and immunity and immune dysfunction.

Students learn from UCL scientists about their research and are trained in the art of research by carrying out a full-time research project in a UCL laboratory.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma comprising four core modules and four optional modules (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time, flexible study two to five years) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits, full-time three months, and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules
-Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology
-Molecular Virology
-Immunology in Health and Disease
-Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
-Data Interpretation

Optional modules
-Microbial Pathogenesis
-Tropical Microbiology
-Advanced Virology
-HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
-Immunological Basis of Disease
-Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
-Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Global Health Policy

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake independent research which culminates in a 4,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, paper review sessions, laboratory practicals, an independent research project and self-directed learning. A diverse range of assessment methods is used; coursework may be in the form of presentations, essays, data interpretation exercises, poster preparation, and group working. Many modules also have unseen written examination.

Careers

The programme produces graduates who are equipped to embark on research careers. Immersion in the superb research and teaching environment provided by UCL and the Division of Infection & Immunity, gives our graduates a unique understanding of the cutting edge of infection and immunity research and how world-class research is carried out.

Opportunities for networking with UCL senior investigators with international reputations and their world-wide collaborators can provide the inside track for career development. Graduates are well placed to move onto PhD programmes, research positions in diverse biomedical fields, clinical research positions, further training and positions in associated professions.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Assistant, UCL (University College London)
-Research Officer, A*STAR Agency for Science, Technology and Research
-Biology, The University of Cambridge
-Research Assistant, Stanford University
-PhD Immunology, Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Employability
Graduates are exceptionally well prepared for a career in research. The combination of research-informed teaching and practical research training provides an ideal preparation for a PhD and is equally applicable for clinicians seeking specialist training or wishing to pursue the clinical academic career track.

More broadly, a rigorous grounding in scientific method, critical analysis, data interpretation and independent thinking provides a pallet of marketable and transferable skills applicable to many professional career paths.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Division of Infection & Immunity is a vibrant and world-class research community. Students are embedded in this superb training environment which provides a challenging and stimulating academic experience.

Programme content reflects the research and clinical excellence within the division as well as cross-disciplinary research from all over UCL. First-class teaching and research supervision is provided by UCL academics, many of whom have international reputations.

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This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID). Read more

Programme description

This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID).

Aimed at junior doctors currently undergoing, or about to undertake, specialty training in an infection discipline, this programme is open to trainees in the UK and worldwide.

This degree will also be attractive to those who have completed their training but wish to fulfill continuing medical education requirements or those who wish obtain a formal qualification in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

The programme is aligned with JRCPTB and RCPath training in infection disciplines: Combined Infection Training and Higher Specialty Training in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology.

This programme is designed to support trainees/specialists in preparation for FRCPath Part 1/Diploma in Infection, Infection Specialty end of training assessments and hospital-based practice.

Programme participants will have access to key texts and research bases and will have direct contact with leading clinicians and clinical scientists, providing a repository of information on infection disciplines that can be accessed at any time.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

This programme is taught entirely online. The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of trainees and specialist practitioners from all over the world.

Courses are offered as five week courses, each worth 10 credits. Courses in Year 1 are compulsory. Year 2 is a mix of compulsory and optional modules.

Year 1:

Introduction to Immunology
Science and biology of bacteria
Science and biology of viruses
Science and biology fungi, parasites and prions
Laboratory practise in microbiology, virology and serology
Anti-infective therapy and resistance

Year 2:

Immunopathology
Molecular diagnostics of infection
Community acquired infections and public health
Infection prevention & control
HIV infection and other immune-compromised patients
Clinical syndromes and infection
The returning traveller: Diagnosis, investigation and management of imported infection
Bioinformatics and study design in infectious diseases
Emerging Infectious Diseases

Year 3:

Research in Infection Medicine, written reflective element (project)

Career opportunities

This unique programme will offer the student the knowledge and skills required to enhance their career progression in clinical or academic medicine. The programme will offer an alternative to traditional classroom based research training for those candidates who do not wish to take time away from their professional commitments.

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The Master's in Infection and Immunity gives you the opportunity to gain profound knowledge of fundamental and translational immunology through a multidisciplinary research approach. Read more

Infection and Immunity

The Master's in Infection and Immunity gives you the opportunity to gain profound knowledge of fundamental and translational immunology through a multidisciplinary research approach.

The Master's programme in Infection and Immunity aims to give young scientists the opportunity to gain profound knowledge of fundamental and translational immunology, vaccination strategies, immunotherapy, mechanisms of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology of infections, virulence factors of micro-organisms and resistance to therapy.
Infectious diseases and immunity disorders are a continuous threat to human and animal life and well-being.
As part of this two year research programme you will undertake a major and a minor research project that complement each other (one in immunology and one in microbiology/ infectious diseases). You will also follow theoretical courses and seminars, make presentations regarding your own research, and write a Master's thesis.

Scientists who possess expert knowledge in both fundamental and disease-oriented aspects of immunology and infection are in great demand; they will find careers in academic hospitals, research institutes, the pharmaceutical industry, and policy-making.

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The Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) is designed for medical professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases, infection control and the functioning of the immune system. Read more
The Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) is designed for medical professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases, infection control and the functioning of the immune system. The course aims to produce graduates who can effectively participate in future health care or research programs in infection or immunity anywhere in the world.

The integrated scientific approach taken in this course reflects the current state of knowledge regarding infectious microorganisms and their pathogenesis, immunology and the immune responses to infection, and the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases. The course covers the principles and practices advocated for the effective prevention or minimisation of infectious diseases in hospitals and laboratories, among the general community, and during disease outbreaks. It also provides you with training in state-of-the-art laboratory techniques used in the disciplines of infectious diseases and immunology.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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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. Read more
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. The course aligns with the framework of competencies outlined by the Infection Prevention Society and will develop your expertise in several key areas of best practice. Delivered entirely online, the course gives you the flexibility to study whilst you continue to work full-time.

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