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Paediatrics & Child Health

Paediatrics & Child Health

MSc, PG Diploma & PG Certificate


Programme Directors: Dr Helen Bedford and Prof 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 2014 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: Gastroenterology (G) - Principles and Practice and Investigations and Managementin Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • 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)

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 theSpecialist 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: Gastroenterology (G) - Evidence-based Child Health, Principles and Practice andInvestigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • 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 orHealth 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)

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 PG-Dip  as follows:

  • PG-Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics (AP) - Evidence -based Child Health and one or both of theSpecialist Paediatrics modules
  • PG-Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health (CCH) - Evidence-based Child Health  andEpidemiology for Child Health
  • PG-Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Gastroenterology (G) - Evidence-based Child Health, Principles and Practiceand Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • PG-Cert in Paediatrics andChild 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)

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 Institute of Child Health in close collaboration with colleagues from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children 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 2014-15

Note that there are five pathways to this programme:

MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics (AP)

MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health (CCH)

MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Gastroenterology (PG)

MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health (GCH)

MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics (MGP)

Core modules for all four pathways are: CHLDGP99 Research Project, CHLDGX01  Evidence-based Child Health and CHLDGS10 Research Methodology and Statistics

In addition to these modules, students on the Advanced Paediatrics pathway are required to do either of (but can choose to do both)CHLDGX06 Specialist Paediatrics I (Acute) or CHLDGX08 Specialist Paediatrics II (Chronic).

Students on the Community Child Health pathway are required to do CHLDGP11 Epidemiology for Child Health.

Students on the Gastroenterology pathway are required to do CHLDGX10 Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterologyand CHLDGX11 Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology.

Students on the Global Child Health pathway are required to do: Essentials of Child Health and Concepts and Controversies in Global Health or Health Systems in a Global Context.

Students on the Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics pathway are required to do two further core modules from the following three:Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects, Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers or Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases

Core and optional module details for these pathways are available below.

Core module Credit Value
Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases 15
Concepts and Controversies in Global Health (GCH) 15
Epidemiology for Child Health (CCH) 15
Essentials of International Child Health (GCH) 15
Evidence-based Child Health ALL 15
Health Systems in a Global Context (GCH) 15
Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology (PG) 15
Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects 15
Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers 15
Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology (PG) 15
Research Methodology and Statistics ALL 15
Specialist Paediatrics I (Acute) (AP) 15
Specialist Paediatrics II (Chronic) (AP) 15
Research Project ALL  

Optional Modules are subject to availability

Optional module Credit Value
Immunisation and communicable diseases 15
International Child Mental Health 15
Leadership and Professional Development 15
Nutrition, growth and physical activity 15
Respiration 15
Safeguarding and Children in Society 15
Teaching & Learning in Medical Education 15
The Healthy Child Programme 0-18 years 15
Principles and Practice in Quality and Safety 15
Adolescent Health and Medicine 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 firstlanguage is not English, must meet the 'GOOD level' as specified in University College London’s language requirements.

Apply directly to UCL here

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