Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
2 year. This full time programme is taken on a part-time basis.
Masters (MSc)
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
Application Deadline:


Name: Dr Liz Kingston
Address: Department of Nursing and Midwifery,
University of Limerick

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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. Further information can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery webpage - click here

(M) Microcreds available:

Modules listed within the Programme Content with an (M) beside them are MicroCreds and can be taken independently.

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. This is a blended learning programme, taught both on campus and online.

For further details see: Schedule of Lectures:  Student Support - Schedule of Lectures

On successful completion of Year 1 of programme, students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in MSc in Infection Prevention and Control Leadership

Year 1 Autumn Semester

Year 1 Spring Semester


  • NS6192: Leading and Managing Infection Prevention and Control (9 credits)
  • NS6038: Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 credits)
  • 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)

(M) A MicroCred is a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking a micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.

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.


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).

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 
  2. Copy of current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body
  3. A copy of  birth certificate/passport
  4. If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  5. RPL Form 

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

  1. • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €7,500 per annum*

Non- EU - €7,500 per annum*

*Please note year 2 fees are subject to change

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email


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