Healthcare Infection (M.Sc.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
15 Places


Course Overview

In the modern healthcare setting, the effective management of infection invokes the skills and expertise of a wide range of medically and scientifically qualified professionals. A comprehensive understanding of the principles and practice of infection control and epidemiology is essential for the effective management of healthcare infection.

The M.Sc. in Healthcare Infection is a new postgraduate qualification that is offered by the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin to meet the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to modern healthcare infection control. The course provides specialist teaching that is delivered in conjunction with partner organisations including St. James’s Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital and the Health Service Executive.

The course is offered to nurses, pharmacists, physicians, microbiologists, biomedical scientists, infection control specialists and public health workers. It is delivered using a combination of interactive lectures and seminars as well as laboratory demonstrations and discussion workshops.

Is This Course For Me?

The M.Sc. in Healthcare Infection is a multidisciplinary qualification which is primarily designed to support healthcare professionals or graduates. Our students often have backgrounds in medicine, pharmacy and nursing, and are currently in employment in these fields. This programme is an opportunity to enhance the skills and knowledge applicable to infection control.

The course now caters for students who have undertaken full-time undergraduate studies in one of the Biomedical or Health Sciences and who wish to enter full-time postgraduate study in the area of healthcare infection.

Career Opportunities

Past students from Biomedical and Health Science backgrounds have pursued careers in research, industry and surveillance. Additionally, biomedical scientists have used this M.Sc. to gain fellowship of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM).

Course Structure

The M.Sc. in Healthcare Infection is offered as a 1-year full-time degree or as a 2-year part-time degree.  The P.Grad.Dip. in Healthcare Infection is offered only as a 1-year full-time degree.

Students must be in attendance on additional scheduled module assessment dates and class times as notified by the module convener or course director/course coordinator. It is expected that part-time students will successfully complete at least two taught modules in the first year of the Masters prior to progression to the second year of the Masters.

Course Content

Students take four taught modules: Basic and Molecular Microbiology. Antimicrobial Therapy & Resistance. Epidemiology & Infection Control. Multidisciplinary Management of Infection.

M.Sc. students will also undertake a laboratory research project on a subject relevant to contemporary infection control objectives. Students concluding their studies to qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma will not carry out a research project.

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Study Healthcare Infection Management (M.Sc.) at Trinity

The M.Sc. in Healthcare Infection is a postgraduate qualification offered by the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin to meet the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to modern healthcare infection control.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

15 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Coordinator

Professor Stephen Smith/Professor Johannes Wagener/Dr Aia Mohammed/Lenora Leonard (Infection control specialist nurse)/Naoise McGarry

Course Director

Dr. Julie Renwick

Closing Date

30th June 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applicants should provide:

  • An upper second-class (2.1) honours degree in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Microbiology, or another relevant science subject.
  • Evidence of relevant healthcare experience.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the English language must present a relevant qualification (such as an IELTS, at Grade 6.5 overall and no band grade below 6.0).

Applicants meeting these requirements may still be required to attend an interview.

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

 +353 (0)1 8963791/4551

Dr. Julie Renwick (course director):

Prof. Stephen Smith (course coordinator):


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