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Paediatrics and Child Health

MSc, PG Diploma & PG Certificate


Programme Directors: Professor Helen Bedford and Professor Paul Winyard

MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health

The MSc programme consists of 8 modules (120 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits); uniquely, it can be taken as a 1 year full-time course or as flexible/modular study for up to 5 years.

All of the MSc pathways require the modules in Evidence-based Child Health and in Research Methodology and Statistics. From 2017 there are five MSc pathways, with route-specific core modules as follows.

  • MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics (AP) - one or both of the Specialist Paediatrics modules
  • MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health (CCH) - Epidemiology for Child Health
  • MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health (GCH) – Essentials of International Child Health and Concepts and Controversies in Child Health or Health Systems in a Global Context
  • MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics (MGP) - Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects, Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers and Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases (two out of the three)
  • [NEW for 2017] Msc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care (IC) - Paediatric Critical Care (General), Cardiac Critical Care and Stablisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child (minimum two out of three)

Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatrics and Child Health

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) consists of 8 modules totalling 120 credits including 4 core modules (60 credits) and 4 optional modules (60 credits). This can be taken as a 1 year full-time course or as flexible/modular study for up to 5 years.

The five PG-Dip pathways require different core modules as follows:

  • PG Dip in Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics (AP) - Evidence -based Child Health and one or both of the Specialist Paediatrics modules
  • PG Dip in Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health (CCH) - Evidence-based Child Health and Epidemiology for Child Health
  • PG Dip in Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health (GCH) – Evidence-based Child Health, Research Methodology and Statistics, Essentials of International Child Health and Concepts and Controversies in Child Health or Health Systems in a Global Context
  • PG Dip in Paediatrics and Child Health: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics (MGP) - Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects, Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers and Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases (two out of the three)
  • PG Dip in Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care (IC) - Evidence-based Child Health and Research Methodology and Statistics. Paediatric Critical Care (General), Cardiac Critical Care and Stablisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child (minimum two out of three)

The Research Dissertation is not required for the PG-Dip, but we do hope that all of our students have the enthusiasm and develop the skills to begin their own projects as a result of the course.

Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) is taken over 1-2 years and consists of 4 modules totalling 60 credits.

Core modules for the five PG Cert pathways are the same as those for the PGDip as follows:

  • PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics (AP) - Evidence -based Child Health and one or both of the Specialist Paediatrics modules
  • PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health (CCH) - Evidence-based Child Health and Epidemiology for Child Health
  • PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health (GCH) – Evidence-based Child Health, Research Methodology and Statistics, Essentials of International Child Health and Concepts and Controversies in Child Health or Health Systems in a Global Context
  • PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics (MGP) - Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects, Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers and Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases (two out of the three)
  • PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care (IC) - Evidence-based Child Health and/or Research Methodology and Statistics. Paediatric Critical Care (General), Cardiac Critical Care and Stablisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child (minimum two out of three)

Introduction

Our programme is the longest running Paediatric MSc in London, continually improved by student feedback and changing demands within the Health Service and Academic sectors. It offers unique flexibility to tailor the course to your own pace and interests through a wide choice of optional modules over several years.

Teaching takes place at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) in close collaboration with colleagues from Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with lectures from national and international experts across most clinical and research areas.

Study is flexible (lasting up to 5 years) with core modules, and four well established pathways focussing on Advanced Paediatrics, Community Child Health, Gastroenterology or Global Child Health and a new pathway focussing on Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics. 

A new and exciting programme just approved is the MRes in Child Health

It is our aim to:

  • Broaden and consolidate your knowledge of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Compliment higher professional training and examinations for paediatricians
  • Teach new skills and explore new areas in Paediatrics for associated professionals
  • Promote multidisciplinary understanding and team work
  • Make you research aware at each degree level, with deeper learning at MSc because of the unique opportunity to conduct primary studies supported by UCL's research infrastructure and publish your work
  • Prepare you to be a leader of tomorrow with high-level organisational and management skills plus the ability to incorporate research and evidence-based practice into health services for children

Successfully completing this degree demonstrates commitment and focus, attributes sought by most enlightened employers.

Further module options

Several other postgraduate courses are run locally including Global Health and Development, Advanced Physiotherapy: Cardiorespiratory and Paediatric, Neuropsychology, Cell and Gene Therapy and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Diverse modules are already shared with these programmes to promote multidisciplinary training, but we also allow you the unique opportunity to take one or two other modules from these courses or other UCL programmes which will count towards your higher degree. This gives you unique flexibility to tailor learning to your interests.

Modules                                         

There are five pathways to the MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health programme;

1: Advanced Paediatrics (AP)

2: Community Child Health (CCH)

3: Global Child Health (GCH)

4: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics (MGP)

5: Intensive Care (IC)

Core modules for all five pathways are:

1: Evidence-based Child Health (CHLDGX01)

2: Research Methodology and Statistics (CHLDGS10)

3: Research Project (CHLDGP99)

1. Advanced Paediatrics Pathway- In addition to the above core     modules students are required to do either: Specialist Paediatrics I (Acute) module (CHLDGX06) or Specialist Paediatrics II (Chronic) module (CHLDGX08) however you may choose to do both

2. Community Child Health Pathway- In addition to the above core modules students are required to do the Epidemiology for Child Health module (CHLDGP11). 

3. Global Child Health Pathway - In addition to the above core modules students are required to do the Essentials of International Child Health (CIHDG005) and Concepts and Controversies in Child Health (CIHDG033) or Health Systems in a Global Context (CIHDG042)

4. Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics Pathway - In addition to the above core modules students are required to do two further core modules from the following three; Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects module (CHLDGX14), Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers module (CHLDGX15) or Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases module (CHLDGX05)

5. Intensive Care Pathway - two or all three from Paediatric Critical Care (General) (CHLDGX17), Cardiac Critical Care (CHLDGX19), Stablisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child (CHLDGX18)

Core and optional module information for all four pathways are listed below;

Core Modules  Module Dates 2017/18
Credit Value
Cardiac Critical Care (IC)
4 - 8 June 2018
(Poster assessment 25 June)
15
Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases 20 - 24 November 2017 15
Concepts and Controversies in Global Health (GCH)  2 - 31 October 2017 (Mon/Tues)
15
Epidemiology for Child Health (CCH) 13 - 17 November 2017
15
Essentials of International Child Health (GCH)

8 - 26 January 2018

(Mon/Tues/Fri)

15
Evidence-based Child Health ALL 4 - 7 December 2017 
15
Health Systems in a Global Context (GCH) 13 November - 12 December 2017 (Mon/Tues/Fri)
15
Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects 4 - 8 June 2018
15
Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers 30 April - 4 May 2018
15
Paediatric Critical Care (General)(IC)
23 - 24 October 2017
13 - 14 December 2017
15 January 2018
15
Research Methodology and Statistics - ALL

6, 8 - 10, 13 November 2017

*SPSS 27 November 2017*

15
Specialist Paediatrics I (Acute) (AP) 15 - 19 January 2018
15
Specialist Paediatrics II (Chronic) (AP) 23 - 27 April 2018
15
Stablisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child (IC)
16 - 20 April 2018
15
Research Project ALL Ongoing throughout the course 60

Optional Modules are subject to availability

Optional Modules  Module Dates Credit Value
Immunisation and communicable diseases 12 - 16 March 2018
15
International Child Mental Health (To be confirmed) 15
Leadership and Professional Development 14 - 17 May 2018 15
Nutrition, growth and physical activity 19 - 23 March 2018
15
Respiration Commencing 16 October 2017 (E-Learning) 15
Safeguarding and Children in Society 26 February - 2 March 2018
15
Teaching & Learning in Medical Education October - December 2017 15
Child Public Health
12 - 16 February 2018
15
Principles and Practice in Quality and Safety To be confirmed 15
Adolescent Health and Medicine July 2018 (to be confirmed)
15

Optional modules offered by the UCL Institute for Global Health

Child Development: inclusive approaches in global contexts

Collecting and Using Data - essentials of quantitative survey research

Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health

Disability and Development

Health Management: Planning and Programme Design

Key Principles of Health Economics

Nutrition and Public Health

Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care

Research in Action: Qualitative Approach

Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health

Optional modules offered by other departments

Ethnicity, Migration and Health

Regression Modelling

• Sexual Health: Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes

• Social Determinants of Global Health

Medically qualified applicants should have post qualification experience in paediatrics or child health. Non-medically qualified applicants should have a first degree in a related subject and specialist experience of working in hospitals, community child health or public health services for children and families. Applicants, whose first language is not English, must meet the 'Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests' as specified in University College London’s language requirements.


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Funding

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