Infection Prevention & Control Leadership

Key programme benefits to future students

Critically explore models, principles and standards underpinning infection prevention and control (IPC) practice.

Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in 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.

Subjects taught

Year 1

Autumn Modules

• Principles of Primary and Community Care

• Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare

• Health Research Methods/Methodology

Spring Modules

• Leading and Managing Infection Prevention and Control

• Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare

• Health Promotion in Healthcare Practice

Year 2

Autumn Modules

• Dissertation 1

Spring Modules

• Dissertation 2

Entry requirements

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

Full degree transcript and certificates/awards

Copy of current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body

A copy of birth certificate/passport

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

RPL Form

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

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts


• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:

1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2 years full-time*, blended.

*This masters programme has been developed for working practitioners and is delivered on a part-time timetable.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers

This programme prepares healthcare professionals for a leadership and management role in infection prevention and control practice in health and social care settings.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time,Full time

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