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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 10200 per total

How you will study
distance, online

Course starts
January

International course fees
GBP 10200 per total

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About Infection Control at University of Essex Online

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:

  • Introduction to Medical Microbiology and Immunology (20 Credits)*
  • Communicable Disease Control (20 Credits)*
  • Applied Microbiology (20 Credits)*
  • Advanced Practice in Healthcare (20 Credits)*
  • Health Promotion (20 Credits)*
  • Research Methods (20 Credits)*
  • Dissertation (60 Credits)*

* 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.

As an MSc Infection Control online student, you will typically be working as a specialist Infection Control Nurse, environmental health officer or other healthcare professional with responsibility for infection control in your role. Upon completion of the MSc course, you will be well placed to take up more senior posts in this area.

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Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fee: £10,200 (learn more)

Entry requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That’s why we take both academic and work-based experience into account when deciding if a student is eligible for a course. All of our potential students are assessed individually by a dedicated admissions team who will determine whether they are right for either our academic, open or work experience entry route onto our courses.

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