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  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships


    • Publication date

      Applications for this scholarship are now closed and that we cannot accept late applications.

    • Fee Status


    • Subject

      Nursing and Health Sciences

    • Value

      Full cost of tuition fees and all other compulsory costs of studying by Distance Learning.

    • Level of Study


    • Mode of Study

      Distance Learning, Part-time

    • Start Date

      September 2018

    • Duration

      3 and a half years

    • Helps With

      Tuition Fees

    • Country of domicile

      Overseas: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone



To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate and have a role in infection prevention and control, and be able to change practice.
  • You must hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, however a lower qualification with relevant experience may be considered
  • Hold an offer of entry to the University of Dundee
  • Be a citizen of, or have granted refugee status by one of the countries listed above, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in one of the countries listed above
  • Have full internet access
  • Be able to attend a face to face induction for approximately 3 days in the second half of August 2018, which will be held in one of the 4 countries listed above (expenses will be met from a grant of £1,650 to each scholar)

Further Information

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for part-time Master’s study by distance learning on the MSc Infection: Prevention and Control programme offered at the University of Dundee.  Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those unable to study in the UK for financial and other reason

The programme offered by University of Dundee is a multi-disciplinary programme for nurses and other health professionals in Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria or Sierra Leone, who have a responsibility for prevention and control of infection/infectious diseases and the ability and desire to improve practice.

The aim of the programme is to enable students to understand the microbiological and environmental factors that contribute to the incidence, prevalence, transmission and control of healthcare-associated and communicable infection, and to empower students to enhance professional leadership, research and practice skills and in order to enable practice development, multi-professional teamwork and collaboration.

The programme is delivered by eLearning, enabling scholars to remain in employment in their home country and apply the course theory to their unique cultural, socio-political and geographic contexts. At the same time interacting in a safe learning environment with students from other countries enables all students to reflect on and challenge their own practice. The School has considerable experience in supporting distance learning students, including Commonwealth scholars.

Modules are

  • 2 from; Applied Microbiology and Evidence Based Precautions in Infection Prevention and control, Communicable Disease Control and Improving Quality and Safety for Infection Prevention and Control
  • Leadership or Learning Teaching and Assessment (does not run every year)
  • Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
  • Dissertation.

The content mapped against international competences for infection control and infectious diseases. More information is available on the course web page.

The course is delivered part-time, via distance learning (eLearning) over a period of 3.5 years.

On completion of the programme of study, students will be able to:

  1. Lead and clinically direct specialist care by effective assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care both for individual patients/service users and their carers and for groups of patients/service users.
  2. Develop a critical understanding of epidemiological methodologies such as incidence, prevalence and surveillance.
  3. Apply the knowledge of microbiology and epidemiology in order to identify effective control measures
  4. Evaluate the impact of international, national and local policies and guidelines in the prevention and control of infection in your practice setting
  5. Critically review the risk assessment, risk management and improvement strategies to prevent and control infection, increase compliance and enhance patient safety.
  6. Critically explore their roles and responsibilities in the provision of safe and effective practice in prevention and control of healthcare associated infection or communicable diseases, in their healthcare setting.
  7. Evaluate your Public Health/organisations management systems for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infection/communicable diseases.
  8. Utilise current evidence and research to provide education and advice in relation to the prevention and control of infection/communicable diseases to clients, patients, their families, other health professionals and the wider community.
  9. See terms and conditions for this scholarship

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, you must make your application using the Commonwealth Scholarship’s application system. The APPLY NOW link is near the bottom of the page and will take you directly to the application portal.

You will be notified of your scholarship application outcome in August 2018 by the University of Dundee.

Contact Us

For any enquiries regarding this scholarship, please email nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk quoting Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship as your subject.