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.
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.
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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Applicants should have a keen interest 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 appropriate specialist experience of working in hospitals, 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 Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health MSc aims to provide an opportunity for medical graduates, and graduates from related fields, to study global issues in child health. You will build an awareness of current and future developments in paediatric medicine and global 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 four compulsory modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, flexible two to five years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, one year part-time, flexible one to two years) is offered.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health: Global 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.
- Essentials of Global Child Health
- Evidence-based Child Health
- Applied Statistics for Health Research 1
- Concepts and Controversies in Global Health*
- Research Project
* Part-time/modular flexi students only can choose between Concepts and Controversies in Global Health and Health Systems in a Global Context due to timetable constraints.
Optional modules include
Students choose four optional modules. 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:
- Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
- Disability and Development
- Ethnicity, Migration and Health
- Economic Evaluation in Health Care
- Health Management, Planning and Programme Design
- International Child Mental Health
- Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
- Child Public Health
- Key Principles of Health Economics
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
- Nutrition and Public Health
- Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care
- Ethics and Law for Paediatrics and Child Health (please note this module is suspended for the 2020/21 academic year)
- Social Determinants of Health
- Sexual Health: Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes in Low and Middle Income Countries
- Safeguarding and Children in Society
- Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
- Epidemiology for Child Health (please note this module is suspended for the 2020/21 academic year)
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme combines 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 the dissertation, including an oral presentation.
Many 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 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 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.
The programme provides an ideal foundation for further professional development in paediatrics and related specialities in a global context.
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.
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 cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences. Our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work.
Much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. You will benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.
This programme focuses on child health in the global context and increasing understanding of health issues in the UK compared to other countries.
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?
The programme is intended for doctors in training or related professionals who are currently, or are planning to, work in paediatrics and child health in a global setting and who wish to specialise in research and evidence-based practice in paediatrics.
- All applicants
- 28 August 2020
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: Global Child Health at graduate level
- why you want to study Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health 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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