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MRes in Child Health

This programme is designed to train research leaders of the future by developing transferable academic and research skills in children's health research. It is the only programme of its kind in the UK.

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Our course can be completed full–time (over 1 calendar year) or part-time and projects cover the breath of research at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Our master's degree programme has 5 suggested pathways that you can follow:

Global and Public Health

This pathway is designed to support students interested in pursuing research projects in public and global health. Supporting modules include:

Example projects: Catching up with COVID: planning future hospital services after the pandemic; Identifying neonatal sepsis in low-income and middle-income countries using routine clinical data from the NeoTree app.

Biomedical Science

This pathway is designed to support students interested in pursuing research projects in developmental or basic science, usually in a laboratory setting. Supporting modules include:

Example projects: An investigation of ependymal cilia lining the lateral ventricle; Investigating mucosal immunity in healthcare workers recovered from COVID19.

Translational Medicine

This pathway is designed to support students interested in pursuing research projects that are closer to clinical translation I.e. the development of therapeutics, this can be in a laboratory or computational setting. Supporting modules include:

Example projects: An iPSC-derived neuronal model of early onset genetic epilepsy; Development of AAV gene therapy vector for an inherited metabolic disease, argininosuccinic aciduria.

Clinical Research

This pathway is designed to support students interested in pursuing research projects that are patient facing or analysing patient outcomes/clinical data, this can be in a clinical or computational setting. These projects could be focused on child mental health, or surgical outcomes for example. Supporting modules include:

Example projects: Brain MRI in posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus. Clinical outcomes following kidney transplantation in children with methylmalonic acidaemia in the UK.

Bespoke

We also offer you the ability to build your own course by selecting modules that best support your research interests. These will include:

You can explore the wide range of research projects on offer at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Our research and teaching departments are divided into five scientific themes:

We can help direct you to suitable supervisors following our discussions during the interview or please email mreschildhealth@ucl.ac.uk

Outline

Learning Outcomes

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

  • How to conduct an appropriate literature review to support your research aims.
  • How to apply appropriate statistical knowledge to support critical appraisal and simple study design.
  • An ability to report research results, to publication standard, including implications for child health and/or healthcare policy.
  • Effective communication and justification of your project’s results and methodology.
  • A reflective appraisal of your project management and academic skills.
Research Project

The Research Project forms 120/180 credit programme. You will select a research area/project and be assigned a project supervisor in term one. It should be underway by November and finish in early August.

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 (Feb/March) and a summative viva voce examination with a research poster element (Sept).

Examples of available research projects can be found here: Research Project Portfolio

Eligibility

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

Fees - 2022/23

UK/EU:
£11,710 (FT)
£5,890 (PT)
Overseas:
£27,480 (FT)
£13,750 (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
 
Funding
 
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.

Employability

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.

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
Timeline for Applications

November - Online application portal opens for following academic year.

The application closing date for 2022/23 is 30th June 2022.

Upon receipt of your application and processing by central UCL admissions, you will be invited for an interview with the program directors. This is usually within 2-3 months of submission. In some cases, offers maybe made prior to interview. If you have any queries about your application during this time you can contact admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Please note: Overseas students should aim to apply one month (minimum) before this deadline to ensure sufficient time for arranging a visa and arrival at UCL. 
June/July – Those that have accepted an offer will be contacted to discuss their Research Project interests and put in touch with prospective supervisors.

End of September – Enrolment opens.

Start of October – First compulsory module teaching starts.

Please email MRes in Child Health for more information