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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Full-time: £TBC

Application date

  • 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.

Core Modules

  • Concepts and Controversies in Global Health or Essentials of International Child Health*
  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • *Whichever module is not taken as core may be taken as an option

Options

  • Students choose five modules from a list which includes the following:
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
  • Child Development, Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Disability and Development
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care
  • Health Management, Planning and Programme Design
  • International Child Mental Health
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Sexual Health: Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Safeguarding and Children in Society

Dissertation/report

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.


Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

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
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 professional development in paediatrics and related specialities in a global context.

Employability

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.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Carole Davies

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2107

Department

Institute of Child Health

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