Paediatrics and Child Health PG Dip

London, Bloomsbury

This programme is based at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH), benefiting from the unique position the institute occupies within UK paediatrics and child health. This programme consists of two compulsory modules and your choice of six optional modules. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Diploma in Paediatrics and Child Health.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 academic year
5 academic years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 28 Jul 2023

Applications closed

Entry requirements

Medically qualified applicants should have post-qualification experience in paediatrics or child health.

Non-medically qualified applicants should have an upper second-class UK bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and experience of working in hospitals, community child health or public health services for children and families.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

With its inaugural year in 1986, originally as the MSc in Community Paediatrics, this postgraduate diploma programme is part of the longest running paediatric health MSc in London. We continually try to improve it based on student feedback and changing demands within the Health Service and Academic sectors. Teaching takes place at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) in close collaboration with colleagues from Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with lectures from national and international experts across most clinical and research areas.

Who this course is for

The programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health. The Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics programme is particularly suitable for doctors in training who wish to specialise in research and evidence-based practice in paediatrics.

What this course will give you

UCL GOS ICH pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and educational portfolio covers 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. You will benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

The foundation of your career

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.

Many of our graduates have gone onto careers after the course as consultants in Paediatrics or senior professionals in other fields. Alumni include several senior Paediatricians and Professors in teaching hospitals in London, across the UK and worldwide.


The programme provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral research in this field and/or a career in research and evidence-based practice in paediatrics.

Teaching and learning

Throughout this programme you will be taught subject specific knowledge via a variety of methods including but not limited to lectures, discussion groups and external reading.
Most modules are delivered as blocks of study, normally over four or five consecutive days. Face to face contact for each of these days is normally from 9-5pm.
Your intellectual, academic and research skills will be assessed through unseen examinations and coursework.
You will assimilate practical and transferable skills via teaching, self-learning and assessments through the various modules provided by this programme.

Assessment is through a combination of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios and critical appraisal of the literature.

Typical contact hours and hours of self-directed study for this programme per module are: reading hours (50 hours), engagement with online material (20 hours), relevant seminars and tutorials (30 hours), revision (30 hours) and preparation for the final assessment e.g. coursework, essay (20 hours).


You will take 120 credits, made up of eight taught modules. The programme is taught mainly in one-week blocks dispersed throughout the year; face to face contact for each of these days is normally from 9-5pm.

A variety of assessment methods are used depending on your choice of modules. These include multiple-choice question and short answer question exams, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of literature.

During the PG Dip you may wish to transfer to Masters studies. As all five routes for these awards require the completion of a number of compulsory modules, you will need guidance on this requirement when you make your module choices for the PG Dip.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Paediatrics and Child Health.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £9,400
Tuition fees (2023/24) £21,400

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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. 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. This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section. There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found on our website.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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