Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
This comprehensive programme is intended for paediatricians and related professionals interested in global child health. UCL is uniquely positioned to offer this new pathway, which combines teaching at both the UCL Institute of Child Health (with strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children) and the recently opened UCL Institute for Global Health.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible up to 5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £TBC
- Overseas Full-time: £TBC
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The new Global Child Health pathway aims to provide an opportunity for medical graduates to study global issues in child health. This pathway recognises the interest in international topics during training together with the practicalities of practising in the UK.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL 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 cover 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.
The Global Child Health pathway has a focus on raising awareness of child health in the global context, and increasing understanding of health issues in the UK compared to other countries around the world.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (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.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme combines lectures, seminars, tutorials and research project supervision. Assessment is through a combination of multiple choice questions and short answer question examinations, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of literature and the dissertation, including a viva.
Further details available on subject website:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Applicants should have a keen interest 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, child health or public health services for children and families.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
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 doctors in training or related professionals who are currently, or are planning to, work in paediatrics and child health in a global setting and who wish 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: Global Child Health at graduate level
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
- how this degree will enhance your career
The programme provides an ideal foundation for further professional development in paediatrics and related specialities in a global context.
This programme prepares students to be future leaders with high-level organisational and management skills together with the ability to incorporate research and evidence-based practice into health services for children.
Ms Carole Davies
T: +44 (0)20 7905 2107
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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."
Miguel Calero Garcia
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