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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

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

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 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 new Global Child Health pathway aims to provide an opportunity for medical graduates, and graduates from related fields, to study global issues in child health. You will 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 (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 1 year, flexible 2–5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 1 year, flexible 1–2 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • *Whichever module is not taken as core may be taken as an option
  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Concepts and Controversies in Global Health or Essentials of International Child Health*

Options include

  • Safeguarding and Children in Society
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • International Child Mental Health
  • Health Management, Planning and Programme Design
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health
  • Disability and Development
  • Child Development, Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Students choose <b>five</b> modules from a list which includes the following:
  • Sexual Health: Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases

Dissertation/report

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.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

The programme provides an ideal foundation for further professional development in paediatrics and related specialities in a global context.

Employability

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, multi-disciplinary 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, 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.

The Global Child Health pathway has a focus on raising awareness of child health in the global context, and increasing understanding of health issues in the UK compared to other countries around the world.

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 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
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: 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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