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Infection Prevention and Control Leadership MSc

Course Details

Duration: 1 year. This full time programme is taken on a part-time basis.

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr Liz Kingston
Address:
Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick
Email:
liz.kingston@ul.ie
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Brief Description

The MSc in Infection Prevention and Control Leadership is designed to prepare healthcare professionals for a leadership and management role in infection prevention and control practice in health and social care settings. Infection prevention and control is a key strategy in dealing with public health threats of national and international concern and the emergence of novel infections such as coronavirus infections places a sharp focus on the importance of further education among healthcare professionals in infection prevention and control practice. The MSc programme, responsive to the need for further education, offers inter-professional education, learning opportunities and collaboration and incorporates an interdisciplinary delivery approach.  Course brochure

The programme is designed to enable students to become leaders and champions in infection prevention and control practice, a vision advocated nationally and internationally. The interdisciplinary nature of the level 9 programme supports students to develop their innovative ideas and talent and equips students with knowledge and skills needed to navigate a dynamic and evolving complex healthcare environment. On successful completion, students will have acquired leadership and management capabilities for the development and implementation of effective infection prevention and control management strategies.

On completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Critically explore models, principles and standards underpinning infection prevention and control (IPC) practice.
  • Critically review the value of effective leadership and governance in the implementation of IPC interventions and in managing contemporary approaches to the field of practice.
  • Critically examine the evidence base for microbiological and epidemiological strategies e.g. audit, surveillance and outbreak management.
  • Critically explore the importance of clinical governance in assessing risk and implementing quality improvement measures to ensure a safe clinical environment.
  • Utilise specialised knowledge, skills, and abilities in clinical decision-making and problem solving.
  • Critically examine the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in managing an IPC clinical programme.
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to the professional body of knowledge related to the field of IPC practice.
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in IPC practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills, at individual and collaborative levels.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the utilisation of research in informing IPC practice and in delivering evidence-based interventions.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in IPC practice.
  • Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning while fostering skills of self-development and self-awareness.
  • Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing IPC practice.

Note: Although the programme is listed as full-time it is taken on a part-time basis.

Programme Outline
Year 1 Autumn Semester Year 1 Spring Semester
 

Module NS6302 Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare (9 Credits)

 

Module NS6036 Health Research Methods/Methodology (12 Credits)

 

Module NS6034 Principles of Primary and Community Care (9 Credits)

 

 

Module NS6192 Leading and Managing Infection Prevention and Control (9 Credits)

 

Module NS6038 Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)

 

Module NS6502 Health Promotion in Healthcare Practice (9 Credits)

Year 2 Autumn Semester Year 2 Spring Semester
 

NS6004 Dissertation 1 (9 Credits)

 

NS6005 Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

 

Although the 90-credit programme is listed as full-time, it is taken on a part-time basis. Six modules are taken in Year 1 (60 credits), three modules in the Autumn semester and three in the Spring semester. Full module outlines can be found on the University of Limerick book of modules, here.      

A supervised dissertation project is completed in Year 2 (30 credits). Students chose their dissertation project format from a range of options including a supervised research project, a systematic review, or a practice-based enquiry, within a supported framework. Regular supervisory meetings are held with student and academic supervisor.

Programme delivery is designed to be flexible and interactive. Blended/online delivery modes include use of an online learning management environment and other remote learning resources, accessible via personal computer or mobile device.

The programme is offered as a full-time programme but taken on a part-time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on successful completion of Year 1 (Postgraduate Diploma). Students can opt to progress to Year 2 having attained a minimum Quality Credit Average (QCA) of 2.00 at the end of Year 1.  

1a. Applicants for the programme would normally hold an honours degree (minimum 2.2-degree award), at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or other internationally recognised equivalent, in a relevant or appropriate subject.

Or

1b. Applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may apply to have prior learning considered under the University of Limerick's policy on the recognition of prior learning (RPL). Details on the RPL application route can be found here.

2. Applicants must hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with their relevant regulatory professional body.

3.  Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary. 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 here.

4.  Garda clearance may be required for Year 2 where research is being conducted.

Note: The programme is offered as a full-time programme but taken on a part-time basis over two years, with the option of an exit award on successful completion of Year 1 (Postgraduate Diploma). Students can opt to progress to Year 2 (Master’s Degree) having attained a minimum Quality Credit Average (QCA) of 2.00 at the end of Year 1.

What to Upload with your Application:

Standard Degree Applicants / Include with your application

  1. Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  2. English language qualifications where English is not your first language (taken in the last 2 years)
  3. Copy of current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body
  4. A copy of  birth certificate/passport

 

Student Fees Schedule can be accessed by opening the link provided here.