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Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health MSc

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 its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the UCL Institute for Global Health.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£9,560 (FT) N/A (PT)
£23,710 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

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.

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

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 appropriate specialist experience of working in hospitals, 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.

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

The Global Child Health pathway aims to provide an opportunity for medical graduates, and graduates from related fields, to study global issues in child health. Students build an awareness of current and future developments in paediatric medicine and global 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 dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, flexible two to five years) is offered.

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

Optional modules include

  • 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


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 an oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health MSc


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 professional development in paediatrics and related specialities in a global context. This is a new programme and the first cohort of students graduated in 2015. No information on graduate destinations is currently available.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL 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 cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences. Our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work.

Much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

The Global Child Health pathway focuses on child health in the global context and increasing understanding of health issues in the UK compared to other countries.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Student / staff numbers › 214 staff including 206 postdocs › 215 taught students › 170 research students

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
82% 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.

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 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 to specialise in research and evidence-based practice in paediatrics.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

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: 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.

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