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This MSc Infection Control online course focuses on preventing and controlling the spread of infection, which is one of the key priorities for hospital staff, environmental health officers and healthcare professionals throughout the world. Read more

This MSc Infection Control online course focuses on preventing and controlling the spread of infection, which is one of the key priorities for hospital staff, environmental health officers and healthcare professionals throughout the world. Develop your expertise in several key areas of best practice.

Overview

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 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.

Funding for health professionals

Please see our tuition fee discounts and scholarships page for information on possible sources of funding.

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:

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

Learning and assessment

Introduction

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 six 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 our 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’s 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 our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our 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. You are also encouraged to enlist the support of a specialist in microbiology in your workplace to help you complete the formative assessments.

All courses are delivered in English only and to ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes 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 practical assignments. The summative assessment for each module consists of four discussion activities and two 2,500 word essays.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our 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.



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This online Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Control will help you gain an understanding of the world of microbiology and the management strategies useful for patient care and the prevention of further spread of an infectious disease. Read more

This online Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Control will help you gain an understanding of the world of microbiology and the management strategies useful for patient care and the prevention of further spread of an infectious disease.

Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Control course provides an introduction to an understanding of the world of microbiology. Infection prevention and control continues to be a key priority for health professionals working in both hospitals and the wider community. The course aims to equip nurses and other healthcare practitioners with the skills necessary to lead best practice in this area.

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

The economic and social costs of escalating infection such as winter flu, meningitis and HIV are well documented. Less well known are the human and economic burdens of hospital acquired infection which can result in an extra 14 days in hospital and £1 billion a year extra expenditure for the NHS. Developing and implementing effective infection control measures are dependent upon the knowledge and skills of health professionals in both hospital and community settings.

Funding for health professionals

Please see our tuition fee discounts and scholarships page for information on possible sources of funding.

Course structure

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.

Level 7 modules:

* 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).

Learning and assessment

Introduction

The PG Cert Infection Control online course can be studied over a period of time up to two years to suit your individual circumstances. Each module takes approximately six 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 our 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’s 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 our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our 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 PG Cert 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.

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

Assessment

Each stage of the PG Cert 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.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our 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.



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This Infection Control Postgraduate Diploma online course will enable you to learn about the nature of communicable disease and how to develop strategies for surveillance, control and prevention plus the essential principles of research design. Read more

This Infection Control Postgraduate Diploma online course will enable you to learn about the nature of communicable disease and how to develop strategies for surveillance, control and prevention plus the essential principles of research design.

Overview

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Infection Control is an advanced qualification designed to equip nurses and other healthcare professionals with a comprehensive understanding of infectious disease control and prevention in hospital, social care and community settings. The course examines key areas including microbiology, immunology, public health and communicable disease control.

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

With infectious diseases frequently dominating news headlines, understanding how infections occur and how different micro-organisms act and spread has become a key issue for many professionals working in health and social care. Although this course is ideally suited for Clinical Nurse Specialists in Infection Control, it is also of value to other healthcare practitioners, including staff of health ministries, health departments, aid organisations and disease control agencies.

Funding for health professionals

Please see our tuition fee discounts and scholarships page for information on possible sources of funding.

Course structure

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.

Level 7 modules:

* 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).

Learning and assessment

Introduction

The PG Dip Infection Control course can be studied over a period of time up to four years to suit your individual circumstances. Each module takes approximately six 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 our 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’s 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 our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our 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 PG Dip 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 will serve as your mentor.

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

Assessment

Each stage of the PG Dip 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.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our 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.



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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 delivered online through the university’s 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
• The course content contributes to the development of the core dimensions in the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF): communication; personal and people development; health, safety and security; quality; and equality and diversity
• Students undertaking module Informatics in Health and Social Care can continue their studies in health informatics by completing the Embedding Clinincal Informatics in Education (eICE) programme free which is accredited by the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP)
• Students can complete the university’s Skills and Employability Award where by you gain recognition (not academic credit) for a range of activities you takee part in addition to your studies to help you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate the skills you have, prepare for a real interview and impress prospective employers

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
 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

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 reasons to study at UHI

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.
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.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
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

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .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 MSc in Advanced Practice is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners. . Read more

The MSc in Advanced Practice is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners. 

Over the past decade, the emergence of competencies, conceptual frameworks and operational tools, together with government and educational drivers, has firmly placed the notion of advanced practice and advanced level nursing as a core development area in the practice workplace. 

Why choose this course?

This Master's course is likely to appeal to a wide range of professionals including:

  • community matrons
  • caseload managers
  • social work team leaders
  • managers from prison and probation service
  • team leaders working in sexual health and substance abuse
  • midwives
  • senior or consultant nurses (or those hoping to move into that role)
  • independent practitioners.

Pathways

You will have the choice to follow a generic or a specialist pathway within your study. At present, we offer specialist pathways in:

  • Leadership
  • Midwifery
  • Healthcare Education
  • Substance Misuse
  • Infection control (only available to those currently working as Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners).

Your specialist pathway will be reflected on your final degree award and will appear in brackets. To qualify for a particular specialist pathway, the modules you take in your second year, as well as your dissertation, must be focused on your specialist area. For example, if you wanted to receive an MSc Advanced Practice (Infection Control) your year two modules (which must add up to 60 credits at level 7) and your dissertation must be on infection control. 

Why choose the University of West London?

Our teaching staff are highly committed, passionate, subject specialists with clinical currency who will be there to support you during your course. 

During the course, you will have a personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout your academic life, and you will receive regular, personalised feedback on your progress in theory and practice, helping you to succeed. 

You will also benefit from a fantastic range of high-tech, innovative teaching resources and have access to the University's mentoring service, making your learning fun and engaging.

Tutor Information

This course is run by the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.

You will learn from highly skilled staff, many of whom conduct cutting-edge research in their specialist areas, ensuring that your period of study is both challenging and rewarding. 

The College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare teaching staff includes:

Course Leader – Catherine Lynch (pictured below right with students graduating) has been running the MSc Advanced Practice for 10 years has received commendations and awards for her use of technology to deliver the electronic elements (50%) of the first year of the course.

Senior Lecturer - Mental Health Reuben Pearce who has worked within the NHS since 1995 and continues to maintain a strong presence in practice through involvement in various initiatives with NHS Trust partners. 

Professor of Evidence-based Healthcare Professor Heather Loveday a peer reviewer for a number of journals including the Journal of Hospital Infection and International Journal of Nursing Practice. 

Career and study progression

Completing the Masters programme will give you the skills and confidence to stand out in the graduate market. Since the introduction of the Graduate Curriculum in Nursing in 2010, a Masters degree will be the next stepping stone for career development for current cohorts of student nurses, so will be an advantage to those nurses currently looking to get ahead and establish their career pathways.

Opportunities for further study include progression to our MPhil programme, and onwards to a Professional Doctorate or PhD.

Course structure

Most students will take the Master's course over three years, taking 60 credits in each year. Once accepted on to the course, you will be assisted by the course leader to plot your route. You will be supported throughout your studies at the University of West London.

Some students (for example, students on the Infection Control pathway) will take the year two (optional modules) in their first year, and then take Role Development and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner second.The only course pre-requisite is the need to have successfully complete Research Methods in year three.The typical pathway for students who take the Masters course in the traditional way starts with Year one, where students take Role Development between September and December and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner between January and July.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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The MSc in Healthcare Infection Management is a postgraduate qualification that is offered by the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, to meet the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to modern healthcare infection control. Read more
The MSc in Healthcare Infection Management is a postgraduate qualification that is offered by the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, to meet the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to modern healthcare infection control. The course provides specialist teaching in conjunction with St. James's Hospital, Tallaght Hospital, the Health Service Executive, and invited international experts. The MSc in Healthcare Infection Management is primarily offered to medical microbiologists, infectious disease physicians, antimicrobial pharmacists, biomedical scientists, infection control specialists and public health workers and can be taken as either a 1-year full-time degree, or as a 2-year part-time degree. The MSc in Healthcare Infection Management aims to provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the multiple disciplines that must align to deliver effective control of human pathogens in the hospital and community settings. The course will provide foundation and advanced knowledge on the monitoring, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases and is delivered as lectures, demonstrations, seminars, practicals and workshops. In terms of structure, the course is delivered in the form of 4 taught modules, which comprise a total of 60 ECTS, on the following themes: Module 1: Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (15 ECTS); Module 2: Antimicrobial Therapy and Resistance (15 ECTS); Module 3: Epidemiology and Infection Control (15 ECTS); Module 4: Multidisciplinary Management of Infection (15 ECTS). There is also a Research Dissertation module (30 ECTS) that will enable students to acquire new laboratory skills and perform research on a topic that is relevant to contemporary healthcare.

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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 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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Who is it for?. The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care postgraduate course is for students who are working in clinical and social care settings who want to pose challenging questions and confront the answers. Read more

Who is it for?

The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care postgraduate course is for students who are working in clinical and social care settings who want to pose challenging questions and confront the answers.

It will appeal to those who want to create positive change by conducting evidence-based research which can be applied in practice.

Our students come from a variety of careers in the health and social care sector; including emergency practitioners, health care managers and podiatrists. Students also come on to the course directly from undergraduate degree courses.

Objectives

The MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care programme is a scholarly Masters degree with a strong theoretical focus.

We believe that to be effective, you need a future-proofed qualification; one which explores practice from a wider, research-based perspective.

Designed in consultation with users and carers, the Health and Social Care Masters course takes account of the user experience and has been developed around their expectations of professionals within the healthcare sector.

The MSc will challenge practices within the current healthcare sector and ask questions such as:

  • How can we prove and measure our performance?
  • To what extent should we challenge guidelines or established forms of practice?
  • How can our actions within practice transform the user experience?
  • How can we manage levels of stress in a way that promotes welfare?

The MSc also offers students the flexibility to tailor the modules they study to meet their professional needs by offering a range of elective modules from across the School’s programmes from management and leadership to infection control.

Academic facilities

Depending on your choice of elective modules you will have access to a wide range of excellent resources and facilities including a simulated clinical environment and the interactive website, Connect.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

You will learn in large and small multi-disciplinary groups through a variety of methods including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning.

Modules are run by experienced health and social care practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. We support and encourage you to become an independent learner and you will have access to Moodle, City's Virtual Learning Platform, for a more interactive learning experience.

One of the greatest advantages of this degree is the variety of students the course attracts. As a student on this programme at City you will be able to share your experience with peers from across the world and a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.

Assessment

You may be assessed by coursework, examinations, portfolios, mini labs, case studies, reports, seminar presentations and skills schedules depending on your choice of elective modules. You may also be expected to take part in formative assessment activities in addition to the summative assessments.

Modules

Most students will study two core modules in the first or second term; Critical approaches to advanced practice and introduction to research methods and Applied data analysis . From this point onwards, you direct your programme of study choosing five elective modules from a wide range on offer within the School of Health Sciences.

Our expert lecturers will be able to advise you on the best elective modules to tailor the course to your own needs and interests. Full-time students can complete the course in a year, but most students undertake the taught modules in a year and conduct their dissertation in the second year. There is also the opportunity to complete the dissertation remotely.

The course constitutes 45 credits for the core modules, 75 credits for the elective modules and 60 credits for the dissertation. When it comes to the dissertation, you can choose your own area of interest and format, opting to submit a traditional research project where you source data and analyse it, or a literature review where you conduct a critical review of current practice.

The normal duration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for the dissertation).

The normal duration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one years' taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students. Full-time students must complete their Postgraduate Diploma in three years and part-time students in five years.

Postgraduate Certificates in health and social care are not offered on a full-time basis.

Alternatively, students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) courses. In this case, course costs might vary.

Core modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

Students have the opportunity to complete an additional five modules of 15 credits offered across the School of Health Sciences CPPD portfolio. There are over 50 modules to choose from including modules such as psychology for health and social care, leading and managing change, and infection control.

Students completing the two core modules plus one optional module totalling 60 credits can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. On successful completion of seven modules (120 credits) students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of the dissertation leads to an MSc (180 credits).

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Career prospects

Graduates from the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care Masters course go into management consultant positions, teaching and research. Many work for the NHS or local authorities, but there are opportunities to work in other health areas. The course also qualifies you to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

By successfully completing this course you will be able to enhance your skills in practice. You will also be able to apply your skills within posts in administration, management and health research in a variety of public and private settings.



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This MSc programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth working knowledge of the principles and practice related to Oral Sciences. Read more

This MSc programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth working knowledge of the principles and practice related to Oral Sciences. The major strength of this programme is that the programme is aligned to and delivered by internationally renowned members from the Oral Sciences Research Group located within Glasgow Dental School. Students will experience and participate in cutting edge research within the theme while learning techniques widely relevant to biomedical sciences. This programme will be of particular interest to those interested in pursuing or furthering careers in oral and dental related occupations, as well as laboratory scientists or academics. This programme also enables graduates to gain experience in research before applying to a doctoral programme.

Why this programme

  • If you are passionate about oral sciences and keen to learn through an in-depth, evidence based, critical approach, and enthusiastic about specialising in a particular area – oral disease pathogenesis or infection control and decontamination, then this programme is for you.
  • Our staff are internationally experienced researchers and academics with both clinician and science backgrounds, experts in biofilm infections, oral inflammation and infection control.
  • There is a long tradition of excellence in Oral Sciences at the University of Glasgow, with pioneering research by MacFarlane, Samaranayake and Bagg, and other current Glasgow academics continue to make important contributions in the field of Oral Sciences.
  • A range of transferable skills are integrated and embedded into this programme, which will improve possibilities in the job market.
  • You will undertake research alongside pre and post-doctoral researchers and learn how to work as a team and improve technical skills and communication.
  • Students can learn first-hand within a dedicated oral sciences research laboratory infrastructure linked directly to clinical research facilities.
  • There is a direct link with our doctoral research programme.

Programme structure

  • Translational research approaches
  • Evidence based medicine and statistics
  • Laboratory techniques in oral sciences
  • Principles of oral sciences
  • Research methods in oral sciences
  • Research dissertation in oral sciences

Career prospects

Graduates are well placed for a variety of employment opportunities in the oral and dental industries, as well as a wide array of the biomedical science sectors. This course provides a sound basis from which to apply for employment in laboratory positions in industry or in academia, or to continue professional training in dentistry and oral hygiene, or for further doctoral-level research training for academic or teaching careers. 

A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in Glasgow or other high quality institutions across the world. Careers of some of our recent graduates include:

  • Clinical research scientist (NHS)
  • Senior clinical scientist (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Laboratory scientist (BluTest Laboratories)
  • Assistant professor (Khyber Medical University)
  • Associate professor (University Sains Malaysia)
  • Postdoctoral research fellows (University of Glasgow)
  • Scientist (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency)


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7HW074 Applied Specialist Nursing Practice). (September to May – year long). This year long module provides an opportunity to demonstrate your professional. Read more

7HW074 Applied Specialist Nursing Practice)

(September to May – year long)

This year long module provides an opportunity to demonstrate your professional

practice and an ability to manage the care of a patient experiencing an episode of critical illness; this will be evidenced through assessment of competency and a reflective portfolio.

Module content includes:

Searching, interpreting and applying evidence to inform practice; Practice

development; reflective analysis; portfolio development.

Assessment Details:

1. 10 specialist practice outcomes* whilst continuing to work in your normal

practice setting (Pass/Refer)

*you will require a practice mentor to assess

your practice.

2. A reflective portfolio of evidence (100%) which supports your competency

Applied Specialist Nursing Theory (7HW072) (September to January - Semester 1)

You will study anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, assessment, monitoring and therapeutic interventions relating to a variety of areas relevant to the care of the critically ill patient. You will evaluate guidelines and evidence relating to the management of critical illness.

Module content includes:

The context and development of critical care services, applied physiology of respiratory, cardiac, renal and gastrointestinal systems; non-invasive ventilatory support, nutritional support and metabolic disorder. Maintaining patient safety as a fundamental aspect of care will be addressed as a theme throughout the module along with communication skills and infection control measures.

Assessment Details:

A case study (100%) detailing a coordinated approach to care for an individual experiencing an episode of critical illness.

Applied Specialist Nursing Theory (7HW073)

(January to May - Semester 2)

You will focus on managing care of critically ill (level 3), patients and will evaluate guidelines and evidence underpinning methods of assessment and therapeutic intervention.

Module content includes:

Applied physiology and assessment of the nervous system; shock and haemodynamic monitoring; mechanical ventilation; management of acute renal failure; sedation, delirium and pain management; psychological effects of critical illness for the patient and family. Patient safety, communication and infection control issues will continue as themes throughout this module.



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Our Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, directed by Professor Andrew Pollard of Oxford University Department of Paediatrics, is designed to provide a variety of different teaching methods (face-to-face and online) directing students through the syllabus required in the EU for clinical training in the subspecialty. Read more
Our Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, directed by Professor Andrew Pollard of Oxford University Department of Paediatrics, is designed to provide a variety of different teaching methods (face-to-face and online) directing students through the syllabus required in the EU for clinical training in the subspecialty. The Programme will also be appropriate for those outside the EU.

Visit the website https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/pgdip-in-paediatric-infectious-diseases

Description

The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases is supported by the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID), the Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA), and the IIC Course: Oxford.

Worldwide, two thirds of the deaths in children under five years of age are caused by infectious diseases, and the prevention and treatment of infections in children is the number one priority for global health.

Reflecting this imperative, we recognise that investment in research and intervention programmes related to leading causes of childhood morbidity and mortality, including acute respiratory infections, measles, infectious diarrhoea, malaria, HIV, and TB is vitally important. We believe that professionally-oriented education in paediatric infectious diseases is essential in the training of clinicians and clinical academics who will provide the future leadership in this key area for global health.

The Postgraduate Diploma also places the practice of paediatric infectious diseases in the broader context of applied sciences, such as pathogenesis, population biology and epidemiology. The Programme focuses on clinical (applied) aspects, underpinned by basic science to provide both breadth and depth.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases is a part-time two-year programme taught via a blend of online and residential components.

Syllabus:

- Infectious Syndromes
- Therapeutics and Infection Control
- Epidemiology, Immunity and Immunization
- Bacterial Infections
- Important Viral Infections and Prions
- Imported and Tropical Diseases and Mycobacterial Infection
- Congenital and Neonatal Infection, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Parasitic Disease
- The Immunocompromised Host
- Fungal Infection

Dates:
The 2016 Paediatric Infectious Diseases Programme starts in September 2016. The next PENTA-ESPID HIV course online component beings in May 2016, with the residential component taking place in October 2016. The Infection and Immunity in Children: Oxford residential course takes place in June/July each year.

The Postgraduate Diploma is normally completed within two years.

The following course components can be taken before applying for the Postgraduate Diploma and if successfully completed and if taken within two years of starting the Postgraduate Diploma, then these elements of the Programme requirements will normally be dispensed:The Infection and Immunity in Children course, which runs each summer in Oxford, and thePENTA-ESPID online and residential HIV course. For example, the online PENTA-ESPID paediatric HIV Medicine course starts in May each year culminating in the residential course in October. Whether undertaken before registration for the Postgraduate Diploma or within the two-year duration of the Postgraduate Diploma, all components must be completed in order to satisfy the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma. See the course structure above for further details.

Course aims

The Programme will provide students with:

- Knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of paediatric infectious diseases, and of the way in which those principles have developed

- An ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles the real world of paediatrics

- Knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in the paediatric infectious diseases and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems

- An understanding of the limits of your knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge

At the end of the Programme students will know and understand how to:

- Use your broad knowledge of paediatric infectious disease in your practice and have learnt where to find the necessary resources when you have reached your limit of knowledge

- Understand how to find evidence-based information to facilitate rational decision making in diagnosis and management of children with infection

- Effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis about paediatric infection, in a variety of forms, to specialist and non-specialist audiences

- Undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competences that will enable you to assume significant responsibility within organisations

- Qualities and transferable skills necessary for your future career in paediatrics and infectious diseases

Assessment methods

Assessment is via "formative elements" (online case rounds and discussions and multiple choice sessions) and "summative elements" (including written assignments, an oral presentation and an examination).

Formative elements:

- Online Case Rounds: at least seven ESPID case rounds over two years.
- Online Case Discussions in paediatric HIV medicine ([email protected]): actively participate in one four-week session over two years.
- Online multiple choice sessions: at least six sessions over two years.

Summative elements:

Written assignments:
Three written assignments of no more than 4000 words each over the course of two years.

Year 1: Oral presentation
A short oral presentation based on one of the written assignments.

Year 2: Examination
An examination consisting of multiple choice questions in paediatric infectious diseases.

Teaching methods

There are three main teaching elements to the Programme:

- A two-year online course in Paediatric Infectious Diseases which covers the full syllabus outlined above with online tutor support and student discussion forums

- Two residential courses in Oxford: Infection and Immunity in Children.

- A PENTA_ESPID online course Training for Paediatric HIV in Europe (paediatric HIV medicine) followed by a PENTA_ESPID residential course in Rome: Training for Paediatric HIV in Europe (paediatric HIV medicine).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford

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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.

About this degree

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
  • Global eradication of viruses

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Infection and Immunity MSc

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 worldwide 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.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Student, Universitホ catholique de Louvain
  • Research Assistant, Imperial College London
  • Research Assistant, UCL
  • PhD in Molecular Immunology, UCL

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.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Infection & Immunity

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The programme will provide the underpinning academic learning for the continuing professional development of biomedical scientists. Read more
The programme will provide the underpinning academic learning for the continuing professional development of biomedical scientists. Teaching will be delivered by day release (part time students) or full time study and distance learning methods. The programme includes input by specialism experts in NHS service roles and delivers research-informed teaching from within a research-rich environment.

Throughout the programme inter-professional learning is strongly encouraged as the students study with other healthcare science professionals and clinicians who are following the MSc in Clinical microbiology or the MSc Clinical Science(Infection Science).

Compulsory modules:

- Introduction to clinical microbiology
- Molecular biology and pathogenesis
- Professional and research skills
- Public health and communicable disease control
- Antimicrobials
- Clinical microbiology and infection control
- Laboratory management
- Research Project and Dissertation

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