UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


iBSc Paediatrics & Child Health

This BSc programme provides an academic approach to Paediatrics and Child Health, with a small amount of clinical content on the wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Whittington Hospital, and in other hospitals and the community. Lectures and seminars during Term 1 will take place at the UCL Institute of Child Health, and at the Whittington Hospital. 

We aim to offer individual mentoring too, using Specialist Registrar-level participants from our well-established postgraduate programme in Advanced Paediatrics, for the clinical work and research projects.

The programme consists of 3.5 compulsory course units, including the 1.5 unit individual research project which may be based in either a laboratory or clinical setting. An optional 0.5 unit course allows students to choose either a molecular biology topic or a Global Health topic.

Would you like to learn about children and the people who look after them? In this one-year full time programme we offer you the opportunity to study both Child Health - meeting the needs of children in the family and the community, and Paediatrics – evidence-based intervention and management of complex disorders. You will achieve this through interacting with practitioners in diverse settings that are usually different from those you will encounter during your clinical training.

This BSc programme will widen your knowledge base and also expand your skills in research and clinical work. We hope that this will inform your practice as a doctor in the future.

We believe this is the first intercalated BSc dedicated to Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK.

The programme is open to students who have completed two years of the medical school programme at UCL. Previous clinical experience is not required.

There will be 20 places for 2016-7 and in previous years we have been heavily oversubscribed.

Application forms can be obtained from the Integrated Degree Office. Please also see the general information on the Year 3 web pages: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/medicalschool/staff-students/course-information/year-3

Applications are first processed centrally and then passed on to the programme directors for Child health. Your personal statement for the application form should be a maximum of 1 page of A4 text, single-spaced in point 12 Times New Roman.

After the Paediatrics BSc students go on to complete their MBBS clinical training at UCL. Although we hope that some of them will choose to become Paediatricians, the course is specifically designed to teach important generic skills that will be very valuable whatever branch of medicine they choose to pursue.