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Contact details

Ms Carole Davies

Email: carole.davies@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7905 2107

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Child Health

Key facts

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: Community Child Health 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.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The Community Child Health pathway aims to help participants develop the public health skills central to community child health practice. In particular, students are encouraged to develop a critical approach to practice and policy and to learn the skills required to evaluate and synthesise research evidence.

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:

Degree structure

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 1–2 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Epidemiology for Child Health


  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Healthy Child Programme 0–18 years
  • Disability
  • Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity


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 examinations, class-based tests, (including an MCQ test), appraisals, essays, personal portfolio, poster and oral presentations, the research proposal, and the dissertation and viva.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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. This pathway is aimed principally at health professionals with experience in child health or public health from countries with developed health services who wish to develop the skills necessary to become a community child health practitioner.

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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


This pathway provides the skills necessary to become a community health practitioner. Graduates of the programme will be able to assess the need for child health services and planning of services, and understand the rationale and organisation of preventive child health services and the relationship between social conditions and health.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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