UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health



Am I able to take postgraduate courses part-time?

Yes, the courses are available for Home/EU students to undertake on a part-time basis.  Part time study is a two year fixed route. As a part-time student, you will take four modules plus the research project in the second year.

On the modular/flexible route, which means that you have between two and five years to complete the MSc or the PG Diploma, and up to two years to complete the PG Certificate.

How it works: You choose a certain number of modules to complete each year and attend all the lectures/sessions for those modules. You also complete the assessment for each of those modules.

The number of modules you complete is up to you. For example, you could complete two modules in your first year, six in your second and your final modules in your third year. You're not forced to complete a certain number of modules/credits each year.

Do I have to pay for my tuition fees at the beginning of the year?

Full-time students:

If you are funding the course yourself, tuition fees are paid in two instalments. The first instalment is at the beginning of the year in October and the second instalment is paid at the end of the following January. Each payment will be worth 50% of the tuition fee.

If an employer/sponsor is funding your course, you will need to give their details to the Fees office when you enrol as a student. The Fees department will then invoice your employer/sponsor for the amount of tuition fees relating to you.

Modular/flexible students:

If you are funding the course yourself, you only pay for the modules that you complete in any academic year. For example, if you decide to complete four 15 credit modules in your first year, you will only pay for a third of the full tuition fee (as four modules are worth 60 credits, which is a third of the total 180 credits).

If an employer/sponsor is funding your course, you will need to give their details to the Fees office when you enrol as a student in your first year. The Fees department will then invoice your employer/sponsor for the amount of modules you aim to complete in that year. 

In order to work out how much a module costs, you would need to divide the total cost of the tuition fee by how many credits your course is worth.

For example, if your tuition fee for an MSc (180 credits) was £11,340, the cost of a 15 credit module would be £945 (11,340 / 180 x 15).

Another example: if your tuition fee for a PG Diploma (120 credits) was £7,560, the cost of a 15 credit module would be £945.00

Are there any scholarships available?

We don't have any departmental scholarships available at ICH at the moment, but UCL has dedicated web pages for both UK and Overseas students on what other scholarships are available.

UCL graduate scholarships and funding website

How many hours of lectures does the course involve?

The taught 15 credit modules are each worth 150 learning hours. These hours are split up into taught lectures, self study, revision time, seminars etc. Most taught 15 credit modules contain around 30-40 hours worth of lectures. Most of the Physiotherapy modules are taught in blocks of a week or two weeks.

For the non-taught modules (Clinical Placements or Research Project) the learning hours are slightly different:

  • Clinical Placements are usually three weeks in length at your chosen institution with no extra lecture time at UCL.
  • The Research Project is mainly self study but does include at least 10 hours worth of tutorials/meetings with your dissertation supervisor during the year.
Are any of the modules available via Distance Learning?

We don't currently offer any modules through Distance Learning. However this is something we are looking to develop and provide in the near future.

What if I can't get an academic reference from my previous University?

If you are not able to get a reference from your previous tutor at University, then we would prefer your second reference to be from someone who knows you in an academic capacity. For example, someone you work with who organises training perhaps or someone who has delivered a course that you attended.

So, if possible, please provide the details of one professional referee and one academic referee on your application.

Can I upgrade to the PG Diploma or the MSc if I've completed the PG Certificate?

If you complete and pass the PG Certificate, you have the choice of upgrading to the PG Diploma or MSc if you wish. The credits you gained in the Certificate will be transferred to your student record by the Registry.

For example, if you completed the 4 x 15 credit modules for the Certificate, you would only need to complete another 4 x 15 credit modules in order to get a PG Diploma. To gain an MSc, you would need to complete the 60 credit dissertation on top of the 8 taught modules.

My degree result was a 2.2 - can I still apply?

Yes, if you achieved a 2.2 and you have appropriate experience and meet the other criteria, you can still apply. 

What do I do if I am sick before or during the exam, I cannot make it to the exam, or I need an extension?

Taster Course and Postgraduate students will be subject to all UCL Academic Regulations for the assessment, including regulations on plagiarism, absence/late submission and extenuating circumstances. If you are sick or are otherwise unable to attend the assessment you must inform the MSc Course Administrator as soon as these circumstances arise. You will be required to present supporting documentation (e.g. a medical certificate). Students must avail themselves of the UCL Academic Manual, particularly Section 7, Chapter 4 (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/srs/academic-manual/c4/extenuating-circumstances/sum) so you will be advised to submit an Extenuating Circumstances application no later than 1 week after the assessment date.

What happens if I fail the assessment?

If you fail the assessment you will have the opportunity to re-take the assessment at a second and final attempt. You will need to ask the MSc Course Administrator about the date of the resit. If you fail at the second attempt you will not be permitted to take the assessment for that module again irrespective of whether you subsequently re-enrol on the Taster Module. You will not be permitted to take that module as part of a full degree at UCL.

Will I get full access to UCL libraries as a Short/Taster Course student?

Taster and Short Course students will only have access to UCL Libraries while present on Campus. You will not be able to borrow any books, only consult them within the library. You will not gain electronic or remote access to UCL Libraries including access to electronic journals. This is due to copyright legislation which is strictly monitored and enforced. We strongly encourage students to make full use of UCL Library resources during the time they are onsite.

What are the dates of the assessment?

If the course is assessed through a written or practical exam, this will usually take place 6 weeks after the end of the course. If it is assessed through an essay, the submission deadline is typically 6-8 weeks after the exam. If you are doing a taster course, the Short and Taster Courses Administrator will provide you with these details in the welcome e-mail. To find out the assessment dates for your course, please visit the course's webpage.

How do I count my Taster Course towards a full degree?

You will need to apply for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). This must be done as soon as you receive an offer on the full degree at UCL and will be subject to formal approval. You must apply for APL no later than five years after the date of the first day of the Taster Course. Please note that UCL reserves the right to change the content and availability of the full degrees that are offered. We cannot guarantee that a specific module/Taster Course or its "home" degree programme will continue to be available or will retain the same syllabus as when a student took it as a Taster Course.