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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics MSc
This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in Paediatrics and Child Health and is based at the Institute of Child Health, which sits in a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL.
What will I learn?
Students on this pathway gain an understanding of the principles of evidence-based paediatrics, and of the impact of molecular genetics on diagnosis and management of the child and family. They develop an awareness of current and future developments in paediatric medicine and child health and gain the skills necessary for independent research.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Child Health has a very close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and much of its research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.
Great Ormond Street Hospital is the largest Paediatric hospital in the UK with 21 medical, 11 surgical and eight diagnostic specialties, plus eight paramedical and other clinical support services.
Graduate students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects. The Institute of Child Health is also engaged in research in population health sciences in the UK and overseas activity.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible 2-5 years)
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules ( 75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 1 year, flexible 2-5 years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 1 year, flexible 2-5 years) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research project supervision. Assessment is through a combination of unseen examination, class-based tests, (including an MCQ test), appraisals, essays, personal portfolio, oral presentations, the research proposal, and the dissertation and viva.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 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 several years' specialist experience of working in hospitals, community child health or public health services for children and families.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is intended for professionals specialising in Paediatrics and Child Health. The pathway in Advanced Paediatrics is particularly suitable for doctors in training who wish to specialise in research and evidence-based practice in paediatrics.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health at graduate level
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The programme provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral research in this field and/or a career in research and evidence-based practice in paediatrics.
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