UCL Graduate degrees


Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care MSc

This programme will give you both practical experience and academic insight into several areas of intensive care paediatrics. You will learn the theory behind current approaches, whilst also exploring the latest research that is driving the speciality forward. This focus makes the programme of value to both general paediatricians and potential intensivists.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£12,500 (FT)
£28,500 (FT)

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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

International students

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

You will learn about the theory and practice of paediatric intensive care medicine (PICM), covering general issues, cardiac critical care and transport of the critically ill child. Content includes topics from UK and international PICM curricula, and will help towards building the knowledge and understanding required to undertake the European Paediatric/Neonatal Intensive Care professional qualification.  

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care.

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.

Compulsory modules

Students must choose two from Paediatric Clinical Care (General), Cardiac Critical Care or Stabilisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child

  • Paediatric Clinical Care (General)
  • Cardiac Critical Care
  • Stabilisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child
  • Applied Statistics for Health Research 1
  • Evidence Based Child Health
  • Research Project Report

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, Genetics and Rare Diseases
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Child Public Health
  • Disability and Development
  • Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Ethics and Law for Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Adolescent Health Medicine
  • Paediatric Pain: Mechanisms and Management
  • Epidemiology for Child Health
  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
  • Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers
  • Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects

More optional modules may be available. These can be viewed through 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

Additional costs

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.


The Michelle Zalkin Scholarship offers exceptional students with a proven career in Child Protection £10,000 to study for a Master's in Paediatrics and Child Health. More information can be found on the Michelle Zalkin Scholarship page on 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.


It is expected that most of the medically-qualified graduates from this pathway will pursue a career involving  paediatric intensive care medicine in the UK or abroad. This may be as a general paediatrician with an interest in intensive care or as specialist intensivists. Nurses and associated professionals are likely to be looking for career progression into senior posts in PICM in both clinical and management roles.


This programme provides experience in current practice within paediatric intensive care medicine and equips you to do research in both PICM and other areas of interest. These skills increase general employability and may open up training opportunities and more senior posts in PICM going forward.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This is the only taught programme anywhere across Europe that covers such a wide spectrum of paediatric intensive care medicine. Modules take you through the fundamentals of PICM, whilst enhancing knowledge, critical appraisal, research skills, and readiness for careers in acute paediatrics, in particular the care of critically ill and deteriorating children. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a supervised dissertation or research project of your choice in PICM. These can include clinical through basic science/laboratory studies.

The close relationship UCL GOS Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital brings together world-class clinicians and academic researchers. You will benefit from research-led teaching, which challenges you to improve practice by learning about current standards, questioning them and then developing new approaches.  

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 designed for doctors, nurses and associated professionals in clinical roles within acute paediatric environments. Learning will provide:

•    an excellent foundation for trainees looking to enter paediatric intensive care medicine training
•    an introduction to research methods and techniques for those seeking an academic career in PICM  
•    high quality continuing professional development for those already in this field.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care at graduate level
  • why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care 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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