Healthcare Associated Infection Control MSc

Options: PG Diploma

The Healthcare Associated Infection Control MSc/Postgraduate Diploma at UCL is a new, distance learning modular course, designed to provide systematic training in the increasingly important area of the control and prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections.

Mode of study

  • Flexible 2-5 years
  • Distance learning

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £12,100

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

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

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The programme is administered by the Division of Infection and 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), Institute of Child Health, 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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. MSc: Five core modules (75 credits) three optional modules (45 credits) and an independent research project (60 credits). Diploma: Four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.

Core Modules

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


  • Health Economics
  • Legal and Regulatory Aspects
  • Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology
  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Surveillance & Epidemiology: Systems, Data Analysis & Statistics
  • Experimental Design and Research Methods in Medical Methodology*
  • *compulsory for MSc students


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 courses cover elements across the spectrum of the syllabus and offer the opportunity to meet other students and teachers on the programme.

Further details available on subject website:


Medical Research Council Studentships may be available for this programme.

Scholarships available for this department

Graduate Scholarships for MSc Molecular Medicine

These scholarships are intended to recognise academic excellence, acheivement and potential.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in biomedical or life sciences or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In addition, applicants must have an active professional involvement in the control of hospital infections. It is a prerequisite of the programme that all students have regular access to a personal computer and the Internet and have acquired basic skills in their use.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Applicants for this programme are also required to complete a Supplementary Application Form. Please contact the Programme Administrator to obtain a copy. The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for healthcare professionals who are employed in posts with infection control activity and responsibilities, and 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.


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

Next steps


Miss Sangita Patel

T: +44 (0)20 7794 0500


Division of Infection & Immunity

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Infection and Immunity

Faculty overview

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