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MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Healthcare Associated Infection Control

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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Healthcare Associated Infection Control is designed to provide systematic training in the increasingly important area of the control and prevention of healthcare associated infections.

We have collaborative research links within UCL and with institutions throughout the world. In addition the clinical infectious disease interface includes: the University College and Royal Free Hospitals, the Eastman Dental Institute, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Public Health England.

Aims of the Programme

The programme aims to enhance the knowledge, skills and experience of individuals working in the field of Infection Prevention and Control via distance and reflective learning, a series of practical sessions and, for the MSc, a research project.

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 Undertake This Programme

This programme will provide you with:

  • A firm theoretical and practical foundation to the infection control practice including: 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.
  • An understanding on the role of antimicrobial stewardship in infection control.
  • An understanding of health economic aspects of infection prevention and control across the healthcare economy and in resource poor settings.
  • An understanding of the regulations and legal requirements associated with notifiable infectious diseases, status of codes of practice and guidelines, as well as laws, preparing clinic-legal documents, appearing in court, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and clinical waste disposal.
  • A firm theoretical and practical foundation on the use of the microbiological basis and use of the laboratory in the field of infection control.
  • An understanding on modes of surveillance and statistical data analysis pertinent to infection control across the healthcare economy.
  • An understanding on all matters concerning the decontamination of medical equipment, ventilation and related topics.

Programme Structure

This programme comprises 9 modules (8 for the Diploma, 4 for the Certificate), that are taught through week-long courses and the Internet, although there is a strong practical element and the MSc includes a requirement to complete a project based on original research.

MSc Healthcare Associated Infection Control (Four Compulsory and Five Optional Modules)

Diploma in Healthcare Associated Infection Control (Three compulsory and Five Optional Modules)

Certificate in Healthcare Associated Infection Control (Three Compulsory and One Optional Module)

It will take a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years to complete for the MSc and a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years for the Diploma.

Though the majority of the programme is delivered via distance learning, support is offered through a supervisory structure of local and UCL-based tutors.

There are practical courses that cover elements across the spectrum of the syllabus. The practical courses also offer the opportunity to meet other students and teachers on the programme.

Using the UCL virtual learning environment (Moodle) we have created an interactive course which includes:

  • Interaction between students on course topics
  • A private email link to your personal tutor
  • A virtual library, with links to UCL’s wide range of online journals and databases
  • Detailed personal feedback on each assignment from a module tutor who is aware of your professional background and priorities

Students will be able to contact mentors and tutors for additional input.

Interaction using Moodle: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/moodle does not occur in ‘real time’ - i.e. students are not required to log on simultaneously. We expect students to log on every few days to check their post-box and view the comments of their tutor and fellow students.

Compulsory & Optional Modules

Compulsory Modules

INIMG026 Foundation Course in Healthcare Associate Infection Control
15 credits
INIMG028 Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects 15 credits
INIMG030 Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship in Healthcare Associate Infection Control (HIC) 15 credits
MSc Healthcare Associate Infection Control (HIC) project [compulsory for MSC students only] 60 credits

Optional Modules

INIMG029 Microbiological Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control
15 credits
INIMG027 Decontamination Aspects of Healthcare Associate Infection 15 credits
INIMG031 Surveillance and Epidemiology in Healthcare Associate Infection Control (HIC): Systems, Data Analysis and Statistics
15 credits
Health Economics Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection
15 credits
Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control 15 credits
Epidemiology for Healthcare Associated Infection Control 15 credits
Introduction to Microbiology for Healthcare associated Infection Control 15 credits
Patient Safety and Clinical and Clinical Risk 15 credits

Examples of other courses that students can take (but not exclusive; and subject to students visa requirements as the course is DL and no Tier 4 visas are awarded):

CHMEGH30 Healthcare Quality & Evidence-Based Practice 15 credits
CHLDGX03 Leadership & Professional Development
15 credits
UCLMG001 Quality Improvement in Health Care 15 credits
CHMEGH31 Information Law & Governance in Clinical Practice 15 credits

How to Apply & Fees

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

You can find information on the UCL application process in the Graduate Prospectus.

Entry Requirements

This programme is offered to graduates with a degree in a scientific, nursing or medical discipline, or with suitable clinical experience.

First of second class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in biomedical or life sciences from a recognised university, or an appropriate professional qualification or work experience established by review.

Candidates for the MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert will have an active professional involvement in the control of healthcare associated infections demonstrated by assessment of the curriculum vitae.

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 Proficiency

If your first language is not English, please refer to the UCL regulations concerning English Language Proficiency.


Please refer to UCL's fee schedules for programme fees for the next session: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money

Please note that the fees for the Engineering Aspects of Infection Control course, to be completed at Eastwood Park Training Centre near Bristol (UK), are in addition to the UCL fees for the MSc and PG Diploma in HIC. The additional fees do not apply if the course has been completed within the last 5 years.

Please consult the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) website (http://www.his.org.uk) for full details (including fees).

Programme Contacts

Programme Director
Dr Susan Hopkins
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7794 0500 ext. 33271
Email: susan.hopkins@ucl.ac.uk

Programme Administrator
Email: ii.infection-immunityadmin@ucl.ac.uk

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