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Healthcare Associated Infection Control MSc

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.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015
Applicants for this programme are also required to complete a Supplementary Application Form. Please contact the Programme Administrator to obtain a copy.

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.

English language requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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

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


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


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.


Medical Research Council Studentships may be available for this programme.

Graduate Scholarships for MSc Molecular Medicine

1 year
Prospective UK and EU students for the MSc in Molecular Medicine.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


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 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.

Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 70 taught students › 98 research students

Department: Division of Infection & Immunity

Application and next steps


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 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
Applicants for this programme are also required to complete a Supplementary Application Form. Please contact the Programme Administrator to obtain a copy.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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