Infection Prevention & Control Leadership

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.

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.

Key Facts
On successful completion, students will have acquired leadership and management capabilities for the development and implementation of effective infection prevention and control management strategies.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1
• Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare
• Health Research Methods/Methodology
• Principles of Primary and Community Care

Spring Semester
• Leading and Managing Infection Prevention and Control
• Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare
• Health Promotion in Healthcare Practice

Year 2

Autumn Semester
• Dissertation 1

Spring Semester
• 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.

Application dates

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

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

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


2 Years Part Time

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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