This new Master's degree provides you with an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practical skills of clinical paediatrics, including pathology, diagnosis and management. The programme combines lectures and seminars at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in year one with direct exposure to clinical practice in Great Ormond Street Hospital in year two.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Please note: We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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 Students website.
Medically qualified applicants should have post-qualification experience 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 several years' specialist experience of working in hospitals, community child health or public health services for children and families.
English language requirements
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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.
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About this degree
The programme will include disease pathology, the assessment of patients and the different therapies available, as well as their limitations and side effects. You will have the unique opportunity to directly observe the implementation of clinical knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of paediatric disease.
Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.
The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (180 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), a dissertation report (60 credits) and a case-based portfolio (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health with Clinical Practice.
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 is subject to change.
- Evidence-based Child Health
- Applied Statistics for Health Research 1
- Specialist Paediatrics I (Acute)
- Specialist Paediatrics II (Chronic)
- Clinical Practice: Acute Paediatrics*
- Clinical Practice: Chronic Paediatric Conditions*
- Clinical Practice: Health Service Structure and Specialised Services*
- Clinical Practice: Process Mapping via the Patient Journey*
- Research Project Report
*All Clinical Practice core modules are taken in the second year of the programme
Students choose four modules in year one. It may not be possible to take your preferred optional module because of timetabling and capacity constraints. The list below is subject to change by the time of enrolment. Options may include the following:
- Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects
- Epidemiology for Child Health (please note this module is suspended for the 2020/21 academic year)
- Child Public Health
- Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
- Safeguarding and Children in Society
- Paediatric Critical Care
- Cardiac Critical Care
- Stabilisation and Transport of the Critically ill Child
- Adolescent Health Medicine
- Ethics and Law for Paediatrics and Child Health (please note this module is suspended for the 2020/21 academic year)
- Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancer
- Paediatric Pain: Mechanisms and Management
All students undertake an independent research project in their first year culminating in a dissertation of 10,000 words. In the second year, students complete a case-based portfolio.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and clinical practice observation. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, essays, research posters, assessed seminars, reflective diaries, and simulated clinical scenarios.
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.
The Peter and Loek Wheeler Child Health Scholarship will provide one student with up to € 32,000 per year to cover the tuition fees for the Paediatrics and Child Health with Clinical Practice MSc.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
You will learn practical academic and clinical skills in acute and chronic paediatric practice and will gain the ability to apply these in your working environment.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health 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.
Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Application and next steps
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This two-year programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is particularly suitable for doctors in training who wish to specialise in research and evidence-based practice in paediatrics.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health with Clinical Practice graduate level
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health with Clinical Practice 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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