MSc Healthcare Infection
|Duration||One Year Full-time / Two Years Part-time|
|Closing Date||30th June annually|
|Next Intake||September annually|
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. / P.Grad.Dip. in Healthcare Infection is a 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.
Contact teaching is delivered in 4 taught modules and MSc students will also undertake a laboratory research project, module 5, on a subject relevant to contemporary infection control objectives (P.Grad.Dip. students will not carry out a research project).
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.
The MSc/PGradDip in Healthcare Infection aims to provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the multiple disciplines that must align to deliver effective control of human pathogens in the hospital and community settings. The course will provide foundation and advanced knowledge on the monitoring, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. There will also be a laboratory-based project for MSc students that will enable students to acquire new laboratory skills and perform research on a topic that is relevant to contemporary healthcare. At the end of the course graduates will be equipped with the knowledge to determine the correct approach and appropriate tools for managing healthcare infections.
Basic and Molecular Microbiology (CM7007) - 15 ECTS
Antimicrobial Therapy & Resistance (CM7003) - 15 ECTS
Epidemiology & Infection Control (CM7002) - 15 ECTS
Multidisciplinary Management of Infection (CM7004) - 15 ECTS
Research Project (CM7005) - 30 ECTS (MSc Students Only)
Demonstrate an adequate level of competence with working practices used in the placement organization
All below dates are TBC and subject to change
Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (CM7007-A-Y-202324)
|Week 1: 18th – 22nd September 2023|
|Week 2: 2nd – 6th October 2023|
|Exam:||100% continual assessment|
|Module 2||Antimicrobial Therapy & Resistance (CM7003-A-Y-202324)|
|Week 1: 23rd – 27th October 2023|
|Week 2: 6th – 10th November 2023|
|Exam:||100% continual assessment|
|Module 3||Epidemiology & Infection Control (CM7002-A-Y-202324)|
|Week 1: 27th Nov – 1st December 2023|
|Week 2: 11th – 15th December 2023|
|Module 4||Multidisciplinary Management of Infection (CM7004-A-Y-202324)|
|Week 1: 8th – 12th January 2024|
|Week 2: 22nd – 26th January 2024|
|Exam:||100% continual assessment|
|Module 5||Research Project (CM7005-A-Y-202324)|
|Lab work starts: 12th February 2024|
|Lab work ends: : 3rd May 2024|
|Thesis submission : 27th May 2024|
The MSc/PGradDip in Healthcare Infection is a multi-disciplinary 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. The MSc is an opportunity to enhance skills and knowledge applicable to infection control. Past students from Biomedical and Health Science backgrounds have pursued careers in research, industry and surveillance. Additionally Biomedical scientists have used this MSc to gain fellowship of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM).
Past student testimonials:
"I completed the MSc Healthcare Infection Management a few years ago and it really benefited me both personally and professionally. I was worried as it was a while since I did a third level course but I thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and learning forums which I could access in TCD. The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) team expanded and I was appointed manager. While I have many years of hands-on experience, the course helped in my knowledge of IPC and my academic qualifications"
"The MSc in Healthcare Infection Management was one of the best and most enjoyable academic experiences I have had to date. The course was very well run and covered a wide variety of essential and current topics. The research component in particular was exceptional, and allowed me to gain invaluable skills that I have been able to apply throughout my continued education"
"The MSc in Healthcare Infection Management was of tremendous benefit to my career. Each module delivered a perfect blend of knowledge in healthcare and practical science gained from the research project module. This enabled me to transition smoothly into the Healthcare sector. I would therefore recommend this course to science students with a keen interest in working within the healthcare environment"
"I attended the course with the hope of gaining the knowledge and qualifications required for the post of surveillance scientist. I'm currently working in that post so the course was extremely beneficial to me"
"It was an exceptional and well thought out programme that I am deeply proud to have completed. I now work in the World Health Organisation and can utilise many skills and information that was given to me from the course"
"I would strongly advise anyone interested in learning more about infection control to take this course. This training can lead to a variety of new professional opportunities and success. Although the covid pandemic was a challenge for us all, this course provided me with motivation and hope to get through such tough circumstances" - Preetha
Applications will normally be received from those who hold one of the following qualifications:
- A medical degree
- An honours degree in Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Microbiology (minimum of upper second-class award)
- An honours degree in another relevant science subject (minimum of upper second-class award)
Applications may also be received from individuals with a minimum three years Healthcare experience and relevant qualifications. Applicants meeting these requirements may be required to attend for interview.
Applicants intending to take the part-time course will usually be in full-time employment and typically in the healthcare setting, whereas those on the full-time degree should not be in full-time employment while taking the course.
All applications should be submitted via https://www.tcd.ie/courses.
English Language Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have no been educated through the medium of English must present a qualification in English Language e.g. IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall (no band grade below 6.0) https://www.ielts.org/
Please see TCD post-graduate English language requirements https://www.tcd.ie/study/apply/admission-requirements/postgraduate/
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- Prof Julie Renwick: Course Director & module 2 co-convenor
- Prof Michael Carty: Course Coordinator, module 2 co-convenor & Module 5 convenor
- Prof Johannes Wagener: Module 3 co-convenor
- Naoise McGarry: Module 1 convenor
- Mrs Lenora Leonard (Infection Control Specialist Nurse): Module 3 co-convenor
- Dr Aia Mohamed: Module 4 convenor