This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the UCL Great Ormond Street 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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £9,850 (FT) £4,950 (PT)
- £24,420 (FT) £12,150 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
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. You will build an awareness of current and future developments in paediatric medicine and child health and gain the skills necessary to critically appraise practice and policy, and undertake independent Master's-level research.
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 9 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and five optional modules (75 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 1 year, flexible 1-2 years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits).
- Evidence-based Child Health
- Research Methodology and Statistics
- Plus either:
- Specialist Paediatrics I
- Specialist Paediatrics II
Optional modules include
- 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
- 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
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 multiple choice questions and short-answer questions, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of the literature and, for the full MSc, a dissertation and oral presentation.
The Michelle Zalkin Scholarship offers exceptional students with a proven career in child protection the chance to study for a Master's in Paediatrics and Child Health. More information can be found on programme website
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £10,000 (Duration)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
- £3,000 total (variable)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
Students on 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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary 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.
Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Student / staff numbers
› 308 staff
including 205 postdocs
› 205 taught students
› 155 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"I work at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and I was primarily attracted to take up my position here due to the internationally recognised excellence in epidemiological research in infections in pregnancy and childhood at the Institute. Being in London and the geographic proximity to certain research partners and clinical networks, such as Public Health England. My research has focused on the epidemiology of viral infections with respect to maternal and child health, with a particular emphasis on HIV, viral hepatitis and, more recently, arboviruses. I recently started a new programme of work on zika virus and other arboviruses (dengue, chikungunya) in pregnancy and childhood within the EU-funded ZIKAction consortium."
Claire ThorneChild Health MPhil/PhD, Paediatrics and Child Health MSc
Application and next steps
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics at graduate level
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics 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.