This comprehensive programme is based at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH). As a student, you will benefit from the unique position the institute occupies within UK paediatrics. We bring together strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children with our setting within the powerful teaching and research environment of UCL.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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
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.
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 Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health programme will provide you with public-health skills central to community child health practice. You will build an awareness of current and future developments in community child health and gain the skills necessary to critically appraise practice and policy, and undertake independent research if the full MSc is taken.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 9 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and five optional modules (75 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 1 year, flexible 1-2 years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health.
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
- Epidemiology for Child Health
- Research Project Report
Research Project only core for MSc programme
Optional modules include
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:
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Clinical Genomics, Genetic and Rare Diseases
- Specialist Paediatrics I
- Specialist Paediatrics II
- Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
- Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
- Child Public Health
- Safeguarding and Children in Society
- Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
- Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
- Paediatric Pain: Mechanisms and Managment
- Ethics and Law for Paediatrics and Child Health
- Adolescent Health Medicine
- Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers
- Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects
More optional modules may be avaiable. These can be viewed within the UCL module catalogue once enrolled
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research project supervision. Assessment is through a combination of multiple choice questions and short-answer question examinations, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of literature and, if the full MSc is taken, the dissertation, including an oral presentation.
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
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees-and-funding.
The Michelle Zalkin Scholarship offers exceptional students with a proven career pathway in Child Protection £10,000 to study for a Master's in Paediatrics and Child Health. More information can be found on the scholarship page of the website.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme provides the skills necessary to become a community health practitioner. On graduation, you will be able to assess the need for child health services and planning of services, and understand the rationale and organisation of preventive child health services and the relationship between social conditions and health.
As a graduate of this programme, you will have valuable academic and clinical skills in community practice which you will be able to employ in the workplace. Graduates based in the UK can continue in their career pathway in community child health.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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.
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.
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 at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health. It is aimed principally at health professionals with experience in child health or public health from countries with developed health services who wish to gain the skills necessary to become a community child health practitioner.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
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: Community Child Health at graduate level
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this 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.
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