Infection Prevention & Control

University College Cork

Infection Prevention & Control

Course Outline
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control is a structured part-time QQI Level 9 certificate which is taught online. There is no requirement to attend face-to-face lectures on this programme.

Our innovative online Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control provides students with the core knowledge, theory, and skills that are necessary for the management and implementation of infection prevention and control in a clinical setting. We emphasise the use of evidence-based practice that enables our students to work and flourish in an infection prevention and control setting, while also emphasising the importance of patient safety principles, in both the research and professional context.

The PG Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control has Category 2 approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Programme Details
10-credit modules are delivered over 8 weeks and 5-credit modules are delivered over 4 weeks. Modules are delivered one after the other according to the pre-determined course calendar each year. The PG Certificate typically commences around the second week of September, and it runs for a full 8 months.

Subjects taught

Modules (30 credits total)
Semester 1 (15 credits total):
• EH6146 The Principles and Clinical Practices of Infection Prevention and Control (10 credits)
• MB6009 Principles of Microbiology (5 credits)
Semester 2 (15 credits total):
• BU6010 Leadership and Management of Infection Prevention & Control (10 credits)
• EH6147 Infection Prevention & Control Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (5 credits)

The PG Certificate (30 credits) must be completed within 36 months (3 years) of the programme commencement.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in one of the following subject areas: biological sciences, nursing, medical and health sciences, public health, and social sciences. Qualified nurses and midwives without a primary degree and who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland are also eligible to apply.

Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience under the University Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


8 months part-time online.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
This course will equip healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to implement infection prevention and control measures in the healthcare setting.

Students who have successfully completed the UCC Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I will be eligible to apply for the MSc Infection Prevention & Control.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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