Healthcare Infection Management

Course Description
The MSc in Healthcare Infection is a postgraduate qualification that is offered by the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, to meet the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to modern healthcare infection control. The course provides specialist teaching in conjunction with St. James's Hospital, Tallaght Hospital, the Health Service Executive, and invited international experts.

The MSc in Healthcare Infection is primarily offered to medical microbiologists, infectious disease physicians, antimicrobial pharmacists, biomedical scientists, infection control specialists, nurses and public health workers and can be taken as either a 1-year full-time degree, or as a 2-year part-time degree.

The MSc in Healthcare Infection aims to provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the multiple disciplines that must align to deliver effective control of human pathogens in the hospital and community settings. The course will provide foundation and advanced knowledge on the monitoring, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases and is delivered as lectures, demonstrations, seminars, practicals and workshops.

Entry requirements

Applications will normally be received from those who hold one of the following qualifications:
•A medical degree
•An honors degree in Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Microbiology
•An honors degree in another relevant science subject

Applications may also be received from individuals with a minimum of three years of relevant healthcare experience and suitable qualifications. Note, a 2.1 grade or equivalent must be achieved in nay undergraduate degree to qualify for admission to this course. Applicants meeting these requirements may be required to attend for interview.

English Language requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present a qualification in English Language e.g. IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall (no band grade below 6.0) (Please note that test scores are only valid for two years).

For further details on the English Language Proficiency Test acceptable by TCD please see

Subjects taught

In terms of structure, the course is delivered in the form of 4 taught modules, which comprise a total of 60 ECTS, on the following themes:
Module 1: Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (15 ECTS);
Module 2: Antimicrobial Therapy and Resistance (15 ECTS);
Module 3: Epidemiology and Infection Control (15 ECTS);
Module 4: Multidisciplinary Management of Infection (15 ECTS).

There is also a Research Dissertation module (30 ECTS) that will enable students to acquire new laboratory skills and perform research on a topic that is relevant to contemporary healthcare.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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