Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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 Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and our educational portfolio covers a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, and our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work and allows flexibility for the development of new areas of investigation.

Our close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.


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.

Core Modules

  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • PLUS EITHER:
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • OR:
  • Specialist Paediatrics II

Options

  • Epidemiology for Child Health
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • 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
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology

Dissertation/report

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:


Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

Medically qualified applicants should have post-qualification experience in paediatrics or child health. Non-medically qualified applicants should normally have a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and several years' specialist experience of working in hospitals, community child health or public health services for children and families.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: IELTS only (7.0 overall, 7.0 in every subtest)

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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
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.


Career

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.

Employability

Students of this pathway will have learnt valuable academic and clinical skills in acute and chronic paediatric practice and will be able to use these in their everyday working environment.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Carole Davies

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2107

W: Institute of Child Health

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"My experience of graduate study at the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) matches the expectations I had from such a high-ranked university. The classes in my MSc had small groups of students and the lecturers were all cutting-edge experts, not only from UCL but also from other UK top universities."

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