UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


MRes in Child Health

Our vision is to train research leaders of the future to develop transferable academic and professional skills and gain research skills and experience in children's health research. It is the only programme of its kind in the UK.

Our programme is supported by the full range of taught modules across UCL providing a tailored teaching programme that will enable you to gain the necessary skills and experience to support your project. Areas include: gene-therapy, stem cells and regenerative medicine, infection and immunity, childhood development, metabolic defects, neurosciences and cancer. 

MRes students have access to the wealth of cutting-edge research conducted within both UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and our clinical partner, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

For healthcare professionals: MRes projects can be strongly multi-disciplinary, bridging the gap between clinical sciences and research. You will develop transferable scientific and professional development skills. These skills will help you to approach research material with confidence in your clinical careers.

For basic scientists: The programme aims to provide you with practical experience and theoretical understanding of a wide spectrum of research methodology and critical analysis. The course will challenge students interested in further academic studies and will provide excellent grounding for PhD study.


Research areas

Upon acceptance you will be able to select a project from our research portfolio covering the range of cutting-edge research conducted at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), the largest concentration of children's health research in Europe. 
This research is arranged into five scientific themes: 

See a sample list of Research Projects offered: Link to Research Projects


Programme Aims

•    To provide practical research training under supervised conditions in departments with an excellent track record 
•    To develop research and academic skills including critical analysis, ethics, teaching and learning, communication and presentation
•    To develop career-enhancing leadership, organisational and management skills 
•    To develop the skills and attributes needed to champion the use of research and evidence-based practice to improve health services for children
•    To provide a sound basis for subsequent research, including PhD studies


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course candidates will be able to demonstrate:

•    How to conduct an appropriate literature search to support a research project
•    Appropriate statistical knowledge to support critical appraisal and simple study design
•    Ability to report research results, to publication standard, including implications for child health and/or healthcare policy
•    Oral communication and justification of their project’s results and methodology
•    A reflective appraisal of their management and academic skills


The MRes starts in September each year. The programme can be taken full time over one calendar year or part time over two calendar years. 

The programme will lead to an MRes in Child Health (equivalent to an MSc by Research). This will be awarded to students who successfully complete one compulsory module in Applied Statistics for Health Research I (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and the 120 credit research project.

Optional modules

You will additionally select three Master’s level modules from those offered at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and more broadly across UCL. Modules include (but are not limited to):

  • Specialist Paediatrics 
  • Child Public Health
  • Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases
  • Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects

At least one module must focus on transferable research or professional skills. Modules include (but are not limited to):


Research Project

All students undertake a Child Health Research Project (120 credits). You will be involved in the conceptualisation, design and preliminary research, and data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation. It is our aim that most students will generate significant presentations, abstracts and publications from their research.

The Research Project is aimed at developing specific skills in a research field of your own choosing as well as a range of transferable research methodologies including literature searching, statistical analysis and written and verbal communication. Projects may be based in epidemiology, for example analysing cohort or registry data to determine patterns of health inequality or risks to child health or development. Alternatively, you may choose to focus upon mechanistic research in a laboratory setting.

The Research Project should be underway by November and finish in early September. You will select a research area/project and be assigned a project supervisor in term one. You will then develop your ideas in the second term. Research and data collection will follow in the second and third term, when you will spend most of your time on the project. Following data collection, you will prepare the thesis write-up with help from your supervisor / course tutors.

The dissertation is a maximum of 20,000 words excluding references and appendices.
Assessment includes a formative mid-point review and a summative VIVA examination with a research poster element.

Projects available to start in Autumn 2019 include the following: Research Project Portfolio



To qualify for admission to the MRes in Child Health applicants should possess a minimum of a 2.1 BSc degree in a relevant area of study. Or possess a medical, dental or veterinary degree. We welcome applications from medically qualified applicants holding a UK MB BS or equivalent.

Healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech professionals and scientists with equivalent experience (minimum 3 years) and a BSc degree may also apply. 

Applicants with a 2.2 degree may be considered if they can demonstrate significant relevant work experience (i.e. minimum six months continuous work in a research laboratory since graduating). Please contact the programme administrator if you are unsure if you qualify for admission.

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet University College London's language requirements as set out under 'Information for Prospective Students'.



Fees - 2019/20

£10,720 (FT)
£5,395 (PT)
£25,150 (FT)
£12,510 (PT)
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


ICH offers a small number of scholarships  for MRes and MSc offer holders, please see further details and information on how to apply on the ICH Scholarship webpage.

Information on other potential sources of funding can be found on the UCL scholarships and funding website.



Our aim is both to help you to develop confidence in research methodologies which will enable you to take a scientific approach to questions arising in your professional life and to provide a solid grounding for those wishing to embark upon a research-focused career in child health.

Since this is a new programme career destinations data are not available. However, we expect that some students may be established upon a clinical career path and seeking a research qualification to formalise their training and recognise their expertise in this area. They may return to their clinical career with transferable research, professional and personal development skills of value for career progression. For other students the MRes may reinforce ambitions for an academic career for which the MRes will serve as excellent preparation for further research including PhD study.

See Students Profiles from 2016-17

Publications arising from MRes work includes:

  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Dose Recommendations for Posaconazole in Infants and Children (2018) Sophida Boonsathorn, Iek Cheng, Frank Kloprogge, Carlos Alonso, Charmion Lee, Bilyana Doncheva, John Booth, Robert Chiesa, Adam Irwin, Joseph F. Standing



How to apply - Online application portal

The closing date for 2019-20 entry is 30 August 2019

Please note: Overseas students should aim to apply one month (minimum) before this deadline to ensure sufficent time for arranging a visa and arrival at UCL. 

Please email MRes in Child Health for more information