Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Spring 2025
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility. Please Note: Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.

Please ensure you enter the Module Code below when applying for this MicroCred. Applications without this cannot be processed.

You may apply for more than one MicroCred under the same application.

Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date


Leading and Managing Infection Prevention and Control





€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are:


The aim of this interprofessional module is to provide learners with an opportunity to critically appraise and evaluate current infection prevention and control evidenced-based practice approaches, preparing learners to champion and lead infection prevention and control best practice in the workplace. Working in accordance with national and international guidance the module will provide the learner with requisite knowledge to support the development and implementation of infection prevention and control strategies and programmes, across a range of dynamic and evolving healthcare services. An understanding of the fundamental principles of infection prevention and control is desirable, as learners of this module will consolidate existing knowledge and skills.

This module offers healthcare professionals from across healthcare settings, an opportunity to develop leadership and management capabilities in the field of infection prevention and control in the context of a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning. The module is delivered in collaboration with health service partner organisations and by clinically based subject matter experts demonstrating an inclusive, multidisciplinary, and interprofessional approach.

*The module can be taken as a stand-alone/University Certificate of Study (UCOS) module or as part of the MSc in Infection Prevention and Control Leadership programme offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Students can take up to two modules without enrolling on a full programme of study and programme enrolment occurs each Aug/Sept*.

  • Infection prevention control programme development
  • Infection prevention and control governance
  • Quality improvement plan development
  • Identification, investigation and management of outbreaks
  • Preparedness for epidemics/pandemics 
  • Antimicrobial resistance & antimicrobial stewardship
  • Managing a surveillance system, applied microbiology, interpreting microbiological, epidemiological and audit data 
  • Applied leadership theory and personal leadership style awareness 
  • Evaluating infection control training needs and designing interdisciplinary training


Learning outcomes:

  • Critically discuss the core competencies required for infection prevention and control leaders.
  • Critically appraise contrasting approaches to infection prevention and control management strategies.
  • Skilfully apply microbiological and epidemiological knowledge to managing infection prevention and control strategies. 
  • Engage a person-centred, evidence-based, safe and effective approach to infection prevention and control practice management.
  • Critically evaluate practice against national and international standards across a spectrum of workplace settings.


  1. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.
  2. A recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with their relevant regulatory professional body e.g., CORU, NMBI, PHECC.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

€800 EU - €1,500 Non EU.

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. Subsidy is applied on application. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria.

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