Infection Prevention and Control MSc

What is special about this course?

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

  • The course is available to study part time and 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

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree in a health subject 
  • Applicants with an ordinary degree or below, but with a minimum of three years relevant experience and/or successful completion of one of the following SCQF level 9 modules will also be considered, in some cases with a bridging module
    • Infection Control
    • HAI Surveillance


*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Access routes

Three years relevant experience and/or successful completion of one of the following SCQF level 9 modules will allow access to the PgCert level: Infection Control HAI Surveillance


Core modules are:

  • Micro-organisms and Disease
  • Decontamination
  • Epidemiology and Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections


To achieve the award of MSc Infection Control you must complete a research dissertation related to your professional field


Core module:

  • Host Defence and Protection

Option modules, from which you choose two, may include:

  • Advanced Infection Prevention and Control
  • Antimicrobial Surveillance
  • 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

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • We also strongly recommend that you attend a one and a half days face-to-face induction at the UHI Postgraduate Weekend which is offered at the start of your course

How long will my course last?

  • Part time (structured) (MSc): 4 years  @ 10 hours per week
  • Part time (unstructured) (MSc): 6 years  @ 10 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in discussion with tutors and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £820
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,460
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £4,920
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,380

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

What funding can I apply for?

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level 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.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • This Infection Prevention and Control Masters degree opens up opportunities for career advancement through continuing professional development (CPD)
  • You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to apply for senior posts in infection control and other health protection related posts

Abhayadevi Tissington was promoted to Senior Health Protection Nurse Specialist at NHS Highland as a direct result of completing the MSc Infection Control at UHI. Hear more about her story at

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What our students are saying

Completing the MSc Infection Control at UHI has definitely been of great benefit to my career. It has enabled me to be promoted within my department. The fact that the course is delivered wholly online makes it fantastically flexible and accessible to everyone and I would definitely recommend the course to others working in infection control and health protection

Abhayadevi Tissington, Senior Health Protection Nurse Specialist at NHS Highland

Apply for Infection Prevention and Control MSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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