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Paediatrics and Child Health: Paediatric Gastroenterology MSc

This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in Paediatrics and Child Health with a strong interest in Paediatric Gastroenterology. It is based at the Institute of Child Health, the largest department at UCL, 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

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: 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.

Entry Requirements

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

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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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Degree Information

Students on this pathway gain an in-depth understanding of the principles and practice of paediatric gastroenterology, particularly genetics, molecular pathophysiology and new developments which are rarely taught their clinical programmes. They also gain an understanding of evidence-based paediatrics, and of the impact of molecular genetics on diagnosis and management of the child and family.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 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 four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 1 year, flexible 1-2 years) is offered. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology

Options include

  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • 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

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 examined by viva-voce.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Paediatrics and Child Health: Paediatric Gastroenterology MSc

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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. This is a new programme and the first cohort will graduate in 2014, therefore career destinations data is not currently available.

Employability

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

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 combined, particularly in association with the jointly run Academy for Paediatric Gastroenterology. 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. The pathway in Gastroenterology is particularly suitable for dieticians, doctors in training who wish to specialise in research and evidence-based practice in paediatric nutrition and gastroenterology.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

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: Gastroenterology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health: Gastroenterology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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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