About This Course
Infection Prevention & Control (Online)
Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
1 July 2022
Course Delivery Method
7 September 2022
Our online Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control provides students with core infection prevention and control knowledge and skills to support good clinical practice implementation in the healthcare setting. This course supplies the knowledge and skills necessary for infection prevention and control management and implementation. We emphasise the use of evidence-based practice that will enable participants to work in infection prevention and control, putting patient safety principles into effect in both the research and professional context.
The Postgraduate Certificate Infection Prevention & Control is a part-time programme delivered online, running for 8 months from the date of first registration for the programme, currently September to April. The programme is designed on a module basis to meet the needs of working professionals.
Modules (30 credits total)
- BU6010 Leadership and Management of Infection Prevention & Control (10 credits)
- EH6146 The Principles and Clinical Practices of Infection Prevention & Control (10 credits)
- EH6147 Infection Prevention & Control Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (5 credits)
- MB6009 Principles of Microbiology (5 credits)
The PG Certificate (30 credits) must be completed within 36 months (3 years) of the programme commencement.
See the College Calendar (PG Cert Infection Prevention & Control) for further details.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks and each 5-credit module will be delivered over 4 weeks. Modules are delivered one at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar. This is a structured online programme that requires approximately 20 to 25 hours of study commitment per week for the duration of each module. Student workload consists of online, self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation, online activities, and assignments for preparation, participation, and submission.
MSc Infection Prevention & Control: Progression to the new MSc Infection Prevention & Control (Online) programme is possible once all assessments are successfully completed.
Master of Public Health: Progression to the Master of Public Health (Online) is possible once all assessments are successfully completed. Note that acceptance onto the MPH with certificate module exemptions will only be considered within five years from the date of award of the certificate.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Why Choose This Course
This is a multi-disciplinary programme specifically designed to give healthcare professionals infection prevention and control knowledge and skills for application in the healthcare setting to improve patient safety.
Our modules are developed and taught by a dedicated team of staff, who are experts in infection prevention and control, public health, microbiology, and management and our students will experience a wide range of teaching styles using the most up-to-date technology-enhanced learning methods.
Our online PG Cert IPC builds on the success of our PG Certificate in Health Protection (Online) and our Master of Public Health (Online) programmes and allows you to progress to the MSc Infection Prevention & Control (Online) programme.
Skills and Careers Information
This course will equip healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to implement infection prevention and control measures in the healthcare setting.
Students who have successfully completed the UCC Postgraduate Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control with a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I will be eligible to apply for the MSc Infection Prevention & Control.
Applicants must have a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in one of the following subject areas: biological sciences, nursing, medical and health sciences, public health and social sciences. Qualified nurses and midwives without a primary degree and who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland are also eligible to apply.
Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience under the University Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) policy.
This programme will be delivered wholly online. As such, there are specific technical requirements that you need to meet.
- You will need access to a laptop or desktop (either Mac OS or Windows) running a relatively recent operating system (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 or Mac OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 or later). Access to the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment is supported by UCC through IOS and Android apps, which are available from the respective App stores.
- You will need access to a reliable broadband connection with at least 2MB download speeds. You can test your broadband or 4G speeds by visiting http://www.speedtest.net.
- You must have a modern web browser installed. The most reliable options for use with UCC online learning are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Download and installation instructions will be provided. Safari is not suitable.
- You must have Java and Flash Runtimes installed. Download and installation instructions will be provided.
- You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office 2003 or later or equivalent) and a PDF reader (preferably Adobe Acrobat Reader XI or later). Please note that registered UCC students have access to discounted software from Microsoft and Adobe.
To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing, and email is recommended.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €2,800.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.