• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 36 months
  • School: Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

For healthcare professionals who wish to study at higher levels and enhance the quality of their professional practice in infection prevention and control.

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Become part of a global network of healthcare professionals learning together to transform lives and improve healthcare outcomes by studying this post-qualifying infection prevention and control programme. Students will be energised to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of topics such as applied microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control practice.

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of both UK based and international healthcare professionals. This is a flexible, interactive, distance learning programme, so students can study whenever and wherever they want. Learning material is also specifically tailored to the area in which each student works.

There are two intakes per year (September and January). The programme can be completed within two years, or a maximum of three years (for students who require 120 credits). Normally students will be required to complete 120 credits (four modules). However, if a degree level module has been completed within the last five years, these credits may be able to be transferred into the programme.

Students will normally undertake four modules, three of which must include the core modules (Applied Microbiology and Evidence-Based Precautions for Infection Prevention and Control, Improving Quality and Safety through Infection Prevention and Control, and Introduction to Research Based Practice). Students can also choose one option modules from the post-qualifying programme.

We have an international reputation for providing a highly relevant and interactive infection prevention and control programme which has been designed to offer a student-centred approach to post-qualifying education. The programme is offered on a part-time basis and delivered through high quality online distance learning.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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How you will be taught

The programme is mainly delivered online using the University of Dundee virtual learning environment, My Dundee. A range of innovative approaches are used, such as:

  • Online content
  • Access to individual reading lists
  • Discussion boards
  • Web conferences
  • Web based activities and quizzes

How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed using a variety of innovative approaches within each module. Assessment methods include:

  • Essays and reports
  • Online discussion activities and debates
  • Quizzes
  • Development of presentations

What you will study

Work based module - available September, January & May

SCQF Level 9

This module is available in 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 credits maximum

Depending on student/programme requirements, credits to be undertaken will be negotiated with Module Leader and Programme Leader ( if applicable)

Available: 3 times per year, September, January & May

The module is a stand-alone or optional module for a postgraduate programme within the University.

Target Audience

All Health Professionals

Mode of Delivery

Students will negotiate their topic and learning outcomes with the module leader and work based mentor (if appropriate). Time to undertake relevant activities related to the module learning will also be identified.

On line support and discussion will be available to students. Topics for the discussion boards will be negotiated with students. Students will also be able to access peer support through the associated online community and will get 1:1 support from their academic supervisor.

Students will be largely responsible for organising their own learning. Guidance and tutorial support will be given to develop the learning contract which will require the formation of learning outcomes, details on how the learning experiences will be gained and the assessment plan and methods. Building upon a trigger to learning, for example a study day, practice update, workshop, information session or professional review the student will be provided with tutorial support (to a maximum of 4 hours, plus assignment advice of 1 hour) to produce learning outcomes for the learning contract and review progress. The negotiated learning contract will provide a framework for the all the different activities, including progress review and will culminate in the agreed assessment methods The student will utilise a range of student centred learning strategies that is deemed appropriate to their learning needs e.g. networking, shadowing, clinical supervision group tutorials, also flexible learning materials e.g. hand-outs, workbooks, literature searching and critiquing to meet their learning needs. An optional Practice Learning Log is encouraged and in the case of some professional accreditation is required. This log should normally reflect the notional effort aligned to the module. E.g. 150 hours (approximately). Practice based learning, if an integral part of the learning contract will take place at the students' workplace or placements.

Discussions led by the work place learning are encouraged to problem solve and reflect on practice. Feedback on the elements of the learning contract will be provided on an on-going basis so that students' participate in a critical and reflective evaluation of progress.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain academic credit through learning applied in a variety of settings. The module will enable students to identify their learning needs and negotiate learning to develop skills or strategies that aim to push boundaries and pioneer change in the workplace to improve effectiveness and outcomes in their organisations, This could include service users and / or carers, teams, customers, clients and /or themselves.

Module Overview

On completion of the module students will be able to:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Identify and analyse their own learning needs in relation to the selected work based learning topic
  • Negotiate appropriate personal learning outcomes


Subject specific practical and intellectual skills and attribute

  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between theory and their workplace practice.
  • Appraise relevant evidence and apply this learning to their workplace practice

Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes

  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently to meet deadlines
  • Develop real or potential solutions from research-based evidence to expand their own practice or service in clinical settings

Assessment Strategy

Negotiated assessment

The assessment is negotiated and agreed between the student, academic supervisor and / or mentor and includes:

  • Formative assessment
    • Development of a learning contract, including negotiated personal learning outcomes and identification of appropriate learning strategies
  • Summative assessment
    • Portfolio will consist of 1000 words per 10 credits of learning. (Up to 6000 words for 60 credits)

The portfolio should include:

  • Learning contract, including personal learning outcomes written to meet SCQF level 9
  • Reflection on learning and evaluation of the learning process.
  • Reflection on how achievement of the learning outcomes enhanced personal practice or service delivery.
  • The portfolio should be underpinned by relevant evidence


Module eligibility requirements

If students are undertaking as part of a programme, then students should meet the programme entry requirements.
If international student language requirements should be met.

 

Module Contact

For further information, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk

SCQF Level 10

This module is available in 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 credits maximum

Depending on student/programme requirements, credits to be undertaken will be negotiated with Module Leader and Programme Leader ( if applicable)

Available: 3 times per year, September, January & May

The module is a stand-alone or optional module for a postgraduate programme within the University.

Target Audience

All Health Professionals

 

Mode of Delivery


Students will negotiate their topic and learning outcomes with the module leader and work based mentor (if appropriate). Time to undertake relevant activities related to the module learning will also be identified.

On line support and discussion will be available to students. Topics for the discussion boards will be negotiated with students. Students will also be able to access peer support through the associated online community and will get 1:1 support from their academic supervisor.

Students will be largely responsible for organising their own learning. Guidance and tutorial support will be given to develop the learning contract which will require the formation of learning outcomes, details on how the learning experiences will be gained and the assessment plan and methods. Building upon a trigger to learning, for example a study day, practice update, workshop, information session or professional review the student will be provided with tutorial support (to a maximum of 4 hours, plus assignment advice of 1 hour) to produce learning outcomes for the learning contract and review progress.

The negotiated learning contract will provide a framework for the all the different activities, including progress review and will culminate in the agreed assessment methods The student will utilise a range of student centred learning strategies that is deemed appropriate to their learning needs e.g. networking, shadowing, clinical supervision group tutorials, also flexible learning materials e.g. hand-outs, workbooks, literature searching and critiquing to meet their learning needs. An optional Practice Learning Log is encouraged and in the case of some professional accreditation is required.

This log should normally reflect the notional effort aligned to the module. E.g. 150 hours (approximately). Practice based learning, if an integral part of the learning contract will take place at the students' workplace or placements.

Discussions led by the work place learning are encouraged to problem solve and reflect on practice. Feedback on the elements of the learning contract will be provided on an on-going basis so that students' participate in a critical and reflective evaluation of progress.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain academic credit through learning applied in a variety of settings. The module will enable students to identify their learning needs and negotiate learning to develop skills or strategies that aim to push boundaries and pioneer change in the workplace to improve effectiveness and outcomes in their organisations, This could include service users and / or carers, teams, customers, clients and /or themselves.


Module Overview

On completion of the module students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Identify and analyse critically their own learning needs in relation to the selected work based learning topic
  • Identify and agree appropriate personal learning outcomes


Subject specific practical and intellectual skills and attribute

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the relationship between theory and their workplace practice.
  • Critically analyse relevant evidence and apply this learning to their workplace practice


Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes

  • Show initiative and demonstrate the ability to exercise autonomy and initiative to meet deadlines
  • Identify creative solutions from research based evidence to expand their own practice or service in clinical settings


Assessment Strategy


Negotiated assessment

The assessment is negotiated and agreed between the student, academic supervisor and / or mentor and includes:

  • Formative assessment
    • Development of a learning contract, including negotiated personal learning outcomes and identification of appropriate learning strategies
  • Summative assessment
    • Portfolio will consist of 1000 words per 10 credits of learning. (Up to 6000 words for 60 credits)


The portfolio should include:

  • Learning contract, including personal learning outcomes written to meet SCQF level 10
  • Reflection on learning and evaluation of the learning process.
  • Critical reflection on how achievement of the learning outcomes
  • The portfolio should be underpinned by relevant evidence


Module eligibility requirements

If students are undertaking as part of a programme, then students should meet the programme entry requirements.
If international student language requirements should be met.

 

Module Contact


For further information, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk

 

Core Modules

Module code: NB30052
SCQF Level: 9 (Bachelors Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target Audience

The module is suitable for practitioners who have a responsibility for infection prevention in all countries and settings as the focus is on principles and the evidence-base. The introduction to applied microbiology will allow the student to begin to explore and demonstrate the impact of pathogenic micro-organisms in practice. This will then give them an understanding of the application of infection prevention and control interventions.

Delivery Details

The module will be delivered through online distance learning. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee and whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone or other interactive methods. 

Module Aim

To enable students to critically explore the scientific knowledge and strategies that inform the development of best practice within the prevention and control of infection

Module Overview

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of applied microbiology, host defence mechanisms and the function of the laboratory in IPC
  2. Use epidemiological, audit and surveillance data to determine appropriate interventions to prevent and control infection
  3. Recognise and investigate incidents and outbreaks
  4. Implement effective, evidence-based practices such as standard and transmission based precautions
  5. Discuss the aetiology of preventable healthcare-associated infections
  6. Explore mechanisms to promote antimicrobial stewardship and manage antibiotic resistant organisms
  7. Engage in critical reflection to enhance personal and professional development

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy allows students to address issues in their setting, and consists of:

  • A short online presentation of challenges and solutions in a negotiated topic area
  • A critical, fully referenced reflective account on an area of practice, with recommendations for improvement
  • An online quiz

Module Requirements

Students must have a responsibility for infection prevention and control and access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband).

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30053
SCQF Level: 9 (Bachelors Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for practitioners with a responsibility for infection prevention and control in all countries and settings. 

Delivery details

The module will be delivered through online distance learning. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee and whilst the module is running, tutor support will be given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone or other interactive methods.

Module aim

To provide students with the opportunity to critically explore and debate infection prevention and control issues, in order to develop a holistic and strategic understanding of their role, practice and influence for improvement through change.

Module overview

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills required to participate in the development of operational and strategic initiatives at local and national level.
  2. Appraise the ethical, legal and professional issues surrounding accountability and understand the consequences of failing to practise safely.
  3. Evaluate the decision making process, risk assessment, multi-professional and multi-disciplinary working, accountability and governance within complex situations, such as decontamination, outbreak management and the built environment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to formulate, implement and evaluate learning and teaching strategies that promote quality and safe care.
  5. Examine and discuss core components of quality improvement and patient safety principles, approaches and application to service delivery.

Assessment strategy

This is in two parts and consists of an online activity and an essay

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30105
SCQF Level: 9 (Bachelors Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Delivery details

The module is delivered through online distance learning. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee. Whilst the module is running tutor support is given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone or other interactive methods.

Module aims

To provide the opportunity for students to integrate their developing knowledge of all aspects of the research process and its application to evidence-based practice.

Module overview

During study of this module students will

1. Explore the nature of research and examine its significance for health care practice.

2. Demonstrate understanding of advanced literature searching and the ability to appraise literature that reports research.

3. Demonstrate awareness of different ways of making sense of data.

4. Demonstrate understanding of the application of research findings to practice. 

Assessment strategy

The assessment is in three parts

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and have basic IT skills.

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk

Optional module

You can choose one optional module from the range of BSc Nursing and Health Sciences modules. If you've not studies in some time, we recommend NB30104 as a first module.

Module code: NB30104
SCQF Level: 9 (6) (Bachelors Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours 

Target audience

This module is suitable for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Delivery details

This module will be delivered through online distance learning.  Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee, whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as required basis through email, discussion boards, and telephone.

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop academic skills to inform and enhance their practice.

Module overview

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1.  Identify strengths and areas for further development in relation to academic skills.

2.  Develop skills to locate, access and retrieve relevant literature in a systematic way.

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of evidence and its context.

4.  Develop skills of ciritcal appraisal to inform decision-making in practice.

5.  Manage and communicate information in academic and practice contexts.

6.  Consolidate skills required for lifelong learning.

Assessment strategy

The assessment is a patchwork text assignment based on 4 stages.

 

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and have basic IT skills.

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk

This unique programme facilitates the development of graduate, lifelong learning skills (such as critical reflection, critical thinking, problem-solving and the use of evidence-based practice) to enhance the student's professional and academic skills. This will maximise the opportunities for career development and progression in the field of infection prevention and control.  

Students must hold 120 credits at Level 7 and 120 credits at Level 8 or equivalent.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Loyalty Incentive

A discount of 15% of the module fee for an entire programme is offered to self-funding Alumni of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences for completion of a Bachelor programme. Please contact nursing-health-post-registration@dundee.ac.uk for further information.

Scholarships

Self-funding applicants from Low and Middle Income countries may be eligible for a Scholarship award with the fee level being equivalent to the Home fee rate. Please contact the email address above for further information.

Home fees 2017/18
Non EU fees 2017/18
30 point module £700 30 point module £1,800
15 point module £350 15 point module £900

 

Home fees 2019/20
Non EU fees 2019/20
30 credit module £810 30 credit module £2,080
15 credit module £405 15 credit module £1,040
SCQF Level 9, 30 credit module (Non-Medical Prescribing) £1,040 SCQF Level 9, 30 credit module (Non-Medical Prescribing) n/a
Total programme cost £3,240 Total programme cost £8,320

Programme fees are charged on a per module basis. In many cases they can be paid in full or by instalments. All prices are subject to an annual review. 

Recognition for Prior Experiential Learning will be charged at £85.

Recognition for Prior Credited Learning will be charged at £70 per 10 credits.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowInfection: Prevention and Control (Top Up) Distance Learning BScP060588

Course Contact

Mrs Patricia Kydd
Nursing and Health Sciences
nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 388565