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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 UCL 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT)
£23,020 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
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 2016/17 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.

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: 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 will gain an in-depth understanding of the principles and practice of paediatric gastroenterology, particularly genetics, molecular pathophysiology and new developments which are rarely taught in their clinical programmes. You will 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, nine months all-time, flexible two to five years) is offered. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time one year, flexible one to two 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

  • Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Applied Genomics
  • Clinical Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases
  • Disability
  • Epidemiology for Child Health
  • Healthy Child Programme 0-18 Years
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular Biology of Normal and Birth Defects
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Respiration Through Life, Health and Disease
  • Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education


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


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Child Health MSc/MRes Scholarships

£3,000 per year
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£11,250 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Michelle Zalkin Scholarship

£10,000 (Duration)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

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

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Dietitian , Great Ormond Street Hospital


Students on this pathwaylearn 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, 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 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 › 427 staff including 169 postdocs › 209 taught students › 168 research students

Department: Institute of Child Health

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.

Who can apply?

The programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health. The Gastroenterology pathway 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
29 July 2016

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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