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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.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The Community Child Health pathway aims to help participants develop the public health skills central to community child health practice. You will build an awareness of current and future developments in community child health and gain the skills necessary to critically appraise practice and policy, and undertake independent research if the full MSc is taken.

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. The programme consists of 3 core modules (45 credits) and 5 optional modules (75)

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 1 year, flexible 1-2 years) is offered. The programme consists of 3 core modules (45 credits) and 1 optional module (15).

Core Modules

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

Options include

  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
  • Disability
  • Healthy Child Programme 0–18 years
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity

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 multiple choice questions and short-answer question examinations, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of literature and, if the full MSc is taken, the dissertation, including an oral presentation.

Funding

The Michelle Zalkin Scholarship offers exceptional students, with a proven career interest in Child Protection, the chance to study for a Masters in Paediatrics and Child Health. More information can be found on the programme website.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • NHS Camden, SpR Community Child Health, 2011,
  • Walthamstow East London Community Hospital, SpR Community Child Health, 2011,
  • Mater Dei Hospital, Malta, Paediatrician, 2012,

Employability

Students of this pathway will have learnt valuable academic and clinical skills in community practice and will be able to use these in their everyday working environment. Graduates based in the UK continue in their career pathway in Community Child Health.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 370 staff › 198 taught students › 165 research students

Department: Institute of Child Health

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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