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Children's nurses care for children and young people from birth to 18 years old in hospital and in the community. Children and young people can present with a range of conditions, from birth defects, accidents and injuries, to life-limiting or critical illnesses or which can result in the death of a child. Read more
Children's nurses care for children and young people from birth to 18 years old in hospital and in the community. Children and young people can present with a range of conditions, from birth defects, accidents and injuries, to life-limiting or critical illnesses or which can result in the death of a child. Children's nurses work in partnership with the child/young person, their parents and carers, involving them in the planning and delivery of their child's care and treatment. Children's nurses, in collaboration with other professionals, strive to promote health in children and young people to ensure they enter into adulthood in good health.

This innovative and intensive two-year course aimed at students with an existing degree (2:2 or above) will equip you with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the nursing care needs of children and families, including those with acute and long-term conditions. The course will also develop your abilities to consider the wider aspects influencing children's health needs, preparing you for future leadership in a changing and challenging health care system.

You'll experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations. You'll also have a placement within a community healthcare setting.

Practice experience is gained in several world-renowned central and outer London hospitals including:

• Evelina London Children's Hospital
• Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
• Variety Children's Hospital at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

You will be allocated one of these hospitals as your host Trust during the course.

Success on this course makes you eligible to register as a children's nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Modules

You will be taught separately from the three-year undergraduate students and will study the following:

Year 1

Improving quality, change management and leadership
Applied anatomy and physiology for children and young people
Fundamental concepts of caring for children, young people and families
Building practice skills for children’s nursing

Year 2

Enhancing practice skills for children’s nursing
Care of the critically ill child and young person
Applied pharmacology and medicine optimisation in children’s nursing
Research in health and social care

Placements

Time spent on placement
During the course you will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice within a broad variety of healthcare settings. A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse. Although sometimes initially challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a nurse.

Clinical Settings
LSBU is affiliated with the top teaching hospitals and Trusts in London, including Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). At LSBU you will experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations. You will also undergo a placement within the community.

We're proud to partner with:

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Evelina London Children's Hospital at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Variety Children's Hospital at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Barts Health NHS Trust

Structure of placements
Placements are spread over the two years:

Your initial placements are designed to introduce you to working in a professional setting and to develop essential care and basic assessment skills, infection control and learn about safeguarding vulnerable people.

You will then build on the experience gained from Year one and will begin to take on more responsibility, progressing your clinical reasoning skills and begin to look after small groups of patients making confident, proactive decisions for their health and management with less supervision.

You will also have the opportunity to choose a four week elective placement in which you can pick a speciality (e.g. working with Clinical Nurse Specialists, specialist services or independent and 3rd sector providers), or a different context of care (e.g. prison, private health care facility, social care, charity, hospice etc.), or a lived experience of a certain condition (e.g. charity work, carer shadowing, etc.) During your final year, you will require less supervision and will be responsible for a small group of patients.

Support from a mentor
Whilst in the clinical placement we ensure our nursing students receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.

Find out more about nursing placements through our student and graduate testimonials.

Facilities

Children's skills laboratories
We have two Children's skills laboratories which are set up like nursing wards. The skills labs are used by all student nurses throughout their on-campus study time at LSBU. They learn manual handling of patients, basic life support skills and skills specific to the field of nursing.

SimMan
The nursing wards have simulator mannequins; SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a students' actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient. SimMan can be male or female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse.

Professional links

Children's nurses work in a child-centred and multi-professional team, which is reflected in the variety of people who contribute to the course. Expert speakers include service users, such as parents and charitable organisations, expert practitioners and other lead professionals in child health and children's nursing.

Career progression

All graduates are offered the opportunity to apply for employment with the NHS Trusts and hospitals where they gained experience during training when posts are available. The course has an excellent record in graduate employment, including working overseas, and covering a range of qualified nurse positions.

Successful graduates of the PgDip can top-up to an MSc in one year and will be qualified to study a range of further specialist postgraduate pathways. With additional experience, advanced practice is available at masters level with the potential to progress to doctorate studies. Find out more about professional development opportunities through our online CPPD prospectus.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this Registered Specialist Community Practitioner/Community Children’s Nursing qualification and have your professional competencies, as set out by the NMC, assessed in practice. Read more
Study at Liverpool John Moores University for this Registered Specialist Community Practitioner/Community Children’s Nursing qualification and have your professional competencies, as set out by the NMC, assessed in practice.

-Study for this Community Children’s Nursing qualification which has been quoted as an example of good practice by the Department of Health
-Learn from expert nurses and visiting specialists
-Explore a curriculum developed with partner organisations, stakeholders and families
-Have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice
-Experience five weeks of bespoke practice placements
-This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and, alongside its strong academic framework, there is a series of placements to enrich your learning and allow you to experience a variety of partner settings.

You will spend time in a children’s hospice, a special school, A&E, a children’s walk-in centre and a neo-natal unit. These invaluable placements will enable you to build up a network of contacts and a greater appreciation of where your role a Specialist Community Children’s Nurse fits into the overall scheme of healthcare provision.

You can study full time (40 weeks) or part time (80 weeks), with modules delivered one or two days a week and clinical placements interspersing the classroom learning blocks.

Theory days can be used for activities such as non-module specific sessions, masterclasses, personal study and assignment preparation.

You will be appointed a personal tutor to support and oversee your progress through the course and you will work with an experienced practitioner - your practice teacher/mentor - on work placements.

Formal teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre campus. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies. The resident Avril Robarts library, for example, is open 24/7 during semesters and has computer rooms, learning spaces and on site catering facilities.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7

-Public Health Leadership and Management
-Research in Health and Social Care
-Vulnerability and Integrated Practice
-Delivering Contemporary Community Children's Nursing
-Managing and Developing Community Children's Nursing Services
-Paediatric Clinical Examination and Minor Illness

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification

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Do you want a career which can change people’s lives? With the focus on social welfare and social policy issues in the local, national and international context, our course will give you the skills and understanding to really make a difference. Read more
Do you want a career which can change people’s lives? With the focus on social welfare and social policy issues in the local, national and international context, our course will give you the skills and understanding to really make a difference.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/international-social-welfare-and-social-policy

How does globalisation impact on social welfare provision and planning in different countries? Do issues like poverty and social exclusion, street living and migration need to be culturally and locally specific, or could there be global solutions? You’ll explore these and many other issues in our MSc which will prepare you for a career in social welfare and policy. The emphasis is on comparative and global analysis, exploring social welfare and planning responses to issues such as street children, criminal justice and social welfare in areas of political conflict. You’ll have the chance to build and expand on skills relating to policy making, social sciences, leadership and strategies of change. An understanding of comparative and global welfare policies is important for national and international organisations. Therefore, our course is a positive step towards a career in a national and international context, working within the area of social welfare and policy.

Careers

Career possibilities once you’ve graduated are likely to be in the fields of community development social policy, social welfare, youth work, education, higher education, consultancy or policy making in local, regional and international governmental and non-governmental bodies. You’ll also be prepared to carry out further research and study towards a PhD.

- Links with industry and professional recognition
Our Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education works in collaboration with a number of universities from across Europe on the International Doctoral Studies in Social Work (INDOSOW) project. This is the first European Doctoral Programme of its kind and offers the opportunity to take part in an international interdisciplinary study of social work, welfare systems and social policies. For further information about the INDOSOW project visit: http://www.indosow.net.

Core modules

Globalisation, Social Welfare & Social Policy
Comparative Social Policy & Social Welfare
Research Studies
Major Project

Optional modules:
Global Leadership
Collaborative Practice for Integrated Care
Essential Issues in Public Health Policy

You will choose one optional module from the above list. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed in a range of ways to examine the development of your skills throughout our course, leading to the submission of your Major Project bringing together aspects of learning from earlier modules. Assessment strategies include essays, reports, case studies and debates; there are no exams in this course. You’ll have plenty of group workshop and individual supervised support for your Major Project.

Special features

The course leader is a specialist in research and teaching within an international context.

Our students come from across the globe including Bangladesh, Columbia, Ghana, India, Kenya and the UK. Each of our students brings their individual experience in areas as varied as international relations, psychology, social work, social policy, sociology and economics. With lively classroom debates at the top of our agenda, you can be sure that each topic is discussed from multiple perspectives.

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This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, which sits in a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL. Read more

This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, which sits in a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL.

About this degree

Students on this pathway gain an understanding of the principles of evidence-based paediatrics, and of the impact of molecular genetics on diagnosis and management of the child and family. You will build an awareness of current and future developments in paediatric medicine and child health and gain the skills necessary to critically appraise practice and policy, and undertake independent Master's-level research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core 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).

Core modules

  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Plus either:
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Or:
  • Specialist Paediatrics II

Optional modules include

  • Epidemiology for Child Health
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Healthy Child Programme 0–18 years
  • Disability
  • Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology

Dissertation/report

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 questions, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of the literature and, for the full MSc, a dissertation and oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics MSc

Funding

The Michelle Zalkin Scholarship offers exceptional students with a proven career in child protection the chance to study for a Master's in Paediatrics and Child Health. More information can be found on programme 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.

Careers

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.

Employability

Students on this pathway will have learnt valuable academic and clinical skills in acute and chronic paediatric practice and will be able to use these in their everyday 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 our 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. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.



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This MSc is designed to train home students or overseas professionals in various aspects of science underpinning clinical paediatric neuropsychology practice, and is suitable for outstanding psychology postgraduates who are not yet qualified clinical or educational psychologists but are motivated to study paediatric neuropsychology at this stage of their career. Read more

This MSc is designed to train home students or overseas professionals in various aspects of science underpinning clinical paediatric neuropsychology practice, and is suitable for outstanding psychology postgraduates who are not yet qualified clinical or educational psychologists but are motivated to study paediatric neuropsychology at this stage of their career.

About this degree

Students develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings of developmental cognitive neuroscience and are trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of the latest scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships. They gain knowledge of professional, ethical and service delivery issues in assessment and rehabilitative work.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight core modules (120 credits), full-time nine months is also offered.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Professional Issues for Paediatric Neuropsychologists
  • Development of Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neural Systems
  • Developmental Disorders and Neuropsychological Profiles
  • Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
  • Assessment of Neuropsychological Disorders and Functional Implications
  • Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developing Clinical Formulations and Interventions

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, group seminars, video demonstrations and directed self-study time (reading, essay, seminar preparations). Assessment is by two essay journal papers (up to 3,000 words each), two commentary papers (up to 1,500 words each) and four 90-minute unseen examinations, as well as the independent research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc

Careers

This programme aims to equip students with the skills needed for positions such as research assistants and assistant psychologists and prepares students for PhDs and DClin Psych qualifications, which in turn lead to clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist positions.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Research Assistant, Uniwersytet Warszawski (University of Warsaw)
  • Research Assistant, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (NHS)
  • Research Assistant, University of Hong Kong
  • DClinPsy in Clinical Psychology, UCL

Employability

Students can gain experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments, testing clinical groups, qualitative and quantitative data analysis (including neuroimaging and electrophysiology) and report writing. It gives students an excellent grounding to pursue a clinical psychology doctorate or research assistant positions.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme covers all key areas of the syllabus recommended by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and draws on the wealth of specialist expertise in neuropsychology within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite many external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.

UCL GOS ICH has a very close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and much of its research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH), which occupies a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL. Read more

This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH), which occupies a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL.

About this degree

The Community Child Health pathway aims to help participants develop the 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 core 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).

Core modules

  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Epidemiology for Child Health

Optional modules include

  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Healthy Child Programme 0–18 years
  • Disability
  • Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatrics and Child Health: Community Child Health MSc

Funding

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

Careers

This pathway provides the skills necessary to become a community health practitioner. Graduates 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.

Employability

Students on this pathway will have learnt valuable academic and clinical skills in community practice and will be able to use these in their everyday working environment. Graduates based in the UK 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 our 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. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.



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This comprehensive programme is intended for paediatricians and related professionals interested in global child health. UCL is uniquely positioned to offer this pathway, which combines teaching at both the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and the UCL Institute for Global Health. Read more

This comprehensive programme is intended for paediatricians and related professionals interested in global child health. UCL is uniquely positioned to offer this pathway, which combines teaching at both the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and the UCL Institute for Global Health.

About this degree

The Global Child Health pathway aims to provide an opportunity for medical graduates, and graduates from related fields, to study global issues in child health. Students 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 three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 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.

Core modules

  • Concepts and Controversies in Global Health or Essentials of International Child Health*
  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • *Whichever module is not taken as core may be taken as an option

Optional modules include

  • Students choose five modules from a list which includes the following:
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
  • Child Development, Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
  • 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
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Sexual Health: Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Safeguarding and Children in Society

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health MSc

Funding

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

Careers

The programme provides an ideal foundation for further professional development in paediatrics and related specialities in a global context. 

Employability

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 our 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. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

The Global Child Health pathway focuses on child health in the global context and increasing understanding of health issues in the UK compared to other countries.



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Are you a qualified dietitian working in paediatric dietetics? Take your career further with our specialist course delivered in partnership with the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Read more
Are you a qualified dietitian working in paediatric dietetics? Take your career further with our specialist course delivered in partnership with the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). You’ll benefit from the knowledge and experience of leading clinical practitioners from across the UK and develop as an evidence-based practitioner with advanced skills in clinical reasoning, critical appraisal, problem solving and leadership.

Key features

-Fast-track your progression with the introduction of a one-year, full-time mode of study. You can choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and Masters (MSc), 180 credits. The full-time route will normally take one year and the part-time route will normally take two years.
-Benefit from teaching delivered at Plymouth University and leading children’s hospitals across the UK, including the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street Hospital London, Manchester Children’s Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow.
-Have time to reflect with both core and pathway specific modules taught using blended learning techniques, combining short study blocks with distance learning technologies.
-Get support from experienced and enthusiastic staff who encourage your personal development.
-Take advantage of single, stand-alone modules that can be taken for Continuing Professional Development.
-Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core modules. You’ll gain professional insights through our collaboration with the Business Faculty on both the core modules.
-Become an evidence-based practitioner equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings with our core modules applying evidence to practice and developing self and others.
-Tailor your learning to the workplace through module assignments.

As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Increase your skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as developing your knowledge base to match pace with current developments. With our emphasis on self-directed learning, you’ll be expected to read around the subject and actively engage in face-to-face and online tasks. You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures followed by small group work, and tutorials to support your development. You will benefit from assessment by written coursework with no written exams. In some modules, where there are skills components, there may be a practical assessment. Our teaching is underpinned by current research, giving you the opportunity to work closely with experienced staff on your own research project. The quality of our programme is important to us, so we’ll encourage you to engage in feedback, staff-student liaison and to join in with the wider life of the school.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV742 Nutrition and Dietetics in Common Paediatric Disorders
-ADV744 Neonatal Nutrition
-ADV741 Nutrition and Dietetics in Infancy and Childhood
-ADV720 Dietetic Management of Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMD)
-ADV743 Clinical Dietetics for Infants and Children

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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This new Master's degree will provide an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practical skills of clinical paediatrics, including pathology, diagnosis and management. Read more

This new Master's degree will provide 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.

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. Students 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 core modules (180 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), a dissertation report (60 credits) and a case-based portfolio (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • 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*

*All Clinical Practice core modules are taken in year two

Optional modules

Students choose four from the following in year one:

  • Clinical Genomics and Rare Diseases
  • Epidemiology for Child Health
  • Healthy Child Programme 0-18 years
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Safeguarding in Children and Children in Society

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatrics and Child Health with Clinical Practice MSc

Funding

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

Careers

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.

Employability

Students will learn practical academic and clinical skills in acute and chronic paediatric practice and will be able to apply these in their everyday 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 our 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. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.



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The Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc is currently the only paediatric programme in the UK that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and students who successfully complete the programme are deemed to have completed the academic components of the BPS professional Qualification in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology (QiCN). Read more

The Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc is currently the only paediatric programme in the UK that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and students who successfully complete the programme are deemed to have completed the academic components of the BPS professional Qualification in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology (QiCN).

About this degree

Students of clinical paediatric neuropsychology develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings in the field. They are trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of current scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships and gain knowledge of the major professional, ethical and service delivery issues in assessment and rehabilitative work.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full time nine months and part-time two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Professional Issues for Paediatric Neuropsychologists
  • Development of Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neural Systems
  • Developmental Disorders and Neuropsychological Profiles
  • Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
  • Assessment of Neuropsychological Disorders and Functional Implications
  • Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developing Clinical Formulations and Interventions

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, group seminars, video demonstrations and directed self-study time (reading, essay writing, seminar preparations). Assessment is by two essay journal papers of up to 3,000 words each, two commentary papers of up to 1,500 words each and four 90-minute unseen examinations, and the dissertation examined by viva-voce.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc

Careers

The British Psychological Society (BPS) views the QiCN as the 'gold standard' for practitioners in clinical neuropsychology.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist, The Children's Trust (NHS)
  • Educational Psychologist, Camden Local Education Authority
  • Psychologist, NHS University College London Hospital

Employability

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides graduates with the knowledge and research components required to work as clinical paediatric neuropsychologists in the UK. The third dimension, practice, is examined by the BPS. Universities do not currently offer organisation or supervision of the practice dimension in neuropsychology.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme covers all key areas of the syllabus recommended by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and draws on the wealth of specialist expertise in neuropsychology within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite many external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.

UCL GOS ICH has a very close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and much of its research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, which sits in a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL. Read more

This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, which sits in a unique position in UK paediatrics because of its strong links to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and UCL.

About this degree

Students on this pathway gain an understanding of the principles of evidence-based paediatrics, and of the impact of molecular genetics on diagnosis and management of the child and family. They will build an awareness of current and future developments in paediatric medicine and 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 core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 9 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 1 year, flexible 1-2) is offered. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Students must also choose at least two further core modules from the following:
  • Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects
  • Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers
  • Clinical Genomics, Genetics and Rare Diseases
  • Please note: those modules not taken as core will still be available as options

Optional modules

  • Students must take at least two modules from those available across the other pathways of the Paediatrics and Child Health MSc, with the following modules particularly recommended for students in this area:
  • Stem Cells and Tissue Repair
  • Molecular Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Clinical Applications of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Applied Genomics

Dissertation/report

All 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 questions, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of the literature and, for the full MSc, a dissertation and oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatrics and Child Health: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics MSc

Funding

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

Careers

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.

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 our educational portfolio covers a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, and our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work and follows 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 combined.

Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.



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This degree programme explores the main theories, methods and research findings relating to infants and young children - five years and under - from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, education, and health, and also includes approaches to assessment and intervention. Read more

This degree programme explores the main theories, methods and research findings relating to infants and young children - five years and under - from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, education, and health, and also includes approaches to assessment and intervention.

About this degree

Students will learn about the development of infants and children from in utero life to five years of age from psychology, education, medical, and health and social-related perspectives. This will include coverage of typical and atypical development, maternal/primary caregiver and broader environmental factors and settings including nurseries and other informal learning settings, the importance of early social skills and specific childhood disorders and medical conditions. Students will be exposed to age-specific tools for evaluating typical and atypical development, and to intervention methods appropriate for certain neurodevelopmental disorders. There will be optional modules to allow specialisation within the areas of psychology, education and health, and students will undertake a research project under supervision.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two to four optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The optional modules are chosen from a set of approved modules.

A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (60 credits), two to four optional modules (60 credits), full-time one year or flexible study up to five years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), part-time one year or flexible study over a period of up to two years, is offered

Core modules

All core modules from the following list must be taken.

  • Research Skills
  • Prenatal and Newborn Development
  • Infant Development
  • Preschool Years

Optional modules

60 credits of optional modules drawn from the following list:

(all modules are worth 15 credits unless stated otherwise)

  • Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Safeguarding and Children in Society
  • The Healthy Child Programme 0-18
  • Contemporary Issues in Infancy and Early Childhood Development

Dissertation/research project

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme will be delivered via lectures, seminars and web-based materials (e.g. reading, videos); students will be evaluated by written work (essays, leaflets, commentaries, research thesis) and presentations.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Infancy and Early Childhood Development MSc

Careers

This degree prepares students for progression to higher research degrees, and will enhance knowledge and awareness of the many variables relevant to early childhood development researchers or medical/educational professionals working with infants and young children. 

Employability

Within this programme, students will acquire a solid knowledge and theoretical base of child development, environmental influences, medical and educational aspects within the prenatal to five-year period. They will meet and have opportunity to network with professionals from diverse fields including paediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, health visitors, play specialists and early years educators. Students will be exposed to a range of evaluation and treatment/intervention approaches and acquire research method, analysis and communication skills as well as communication skills for the lay public.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health is a world leader in the delivery of paediatric healthcare, research and education, and this programme will also take advantage of collaboration with other expert departments of UCL, thereby providing unique opportunities to interface across disciplines. This programme aims to integrate psychological development, education, medical aspects and health and social-related factors. Exposure to these topics will raise awareness of the many variables relevant to early childhood development.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This innovative MRes is ideal for professionals who are interested in child health and looking to gain research skills and experience, and to develop transferable academic and professional skills. Read more

This innovative MRes is ideal for professionals who are interested in child health and looking to gain research skills and experience, and to develop transferable academic and professional skills. The programme provides an opportunity to access the wealth of cutting-edge research conducted at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

About this degree

The degree is centred on a research project in an area of child health which interests you. Conducting your own research will support you in learning how to: search literature and plan a research project; use statistical knowledge to critically appraise your own and published work; and communicate and justify your results. You will be encouraged to consider the implications of child health and/or healthcare policy and to produce reports of your results to publication standard.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Core modules

  • Research Methodology and Statistics

Optional modules

  • Students will select additionally three Master’s level modules from those offered at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and more broadly across UCL.
  • At least one module must focus on transferable research or professional skills. Modules include (but are not limited to):
  • Epidemiology for Child Health
  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Further Statistical Topics for Research

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and research project supervision. Assessment is through a combination of multiple-choice and short-answer questions, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of the literature and a dissertation and oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Child Health MRes

Careers

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. Students wishing to increase their knowledge of research to support their professional development as clinicians would also gain valuable skills and experience and are welcome to apply.

Employability

The first cohort of students on the Child Health MRes graduate in 2017, therefore no information on specific recent graduate destinations is currently available.

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 our educational portfolio cover 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 combined. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

There is also the option to apply for a combined MRes + PhD or MRes + MD(Res) programme.This option may be of interest for those who are able to obtain 3-4 years of funding and wish to go on to study for a PhD or MD(Res) at ICH/GOSH directly after completing the MRes degree.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This degree will give students both practical teaching and academic insight into several areas of intensive care paediatrics. Read more

This degree will give students both practical teaching and academic insight into several areas of intensive care paediatrics. Being able to understand the theory behind current approaches whilst learning about the latest research to take the speciality forward will be of value for general paediatricians as well as potential intensivists.

About this degree

Students 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 three core 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).

Core modules

  • Paediatric Clinical Care (General)
  • Cardiac Critical Care
  • Stabilisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child

Optional modules include

  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Healthy Child Programme 0–18 years
  • Disability
  • Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care MSc

Funding

The Michelle Zalkin Scholarship offers exceptional students, with a proven career interest in child protection, the chance to study for a Master's in Paediatrics and Child Health. More information can be found on the programme 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.

Careers

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.

Employability

This programme provides experience in current practice within paediatric intensive care medicine and equips the student to do research in both PICM and other areas of interest. These skills increase general employability and should 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 the learner 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. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake a supervised dissertation or research project of their choice in PICM, supervised by world experts in this field. These can include clinical through basic science/laboratory studies.

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



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This Master's degree in Cell and Gene Therapy provides an in-depth education in this cutting-edge and rapidly developing field. Read more

This Master's degree in Cell and Gene Therapy provides an in-depth education in this cutting-edge and rapidly developing field. It is delivered by scientists and clinicians researching, developing and testing new treatments for genetically inherited and acquired diseases using gene delivery technology, stem cell manipulation and DNA repair techniques.

About this degree

The degree covers all aspects of the subject, including basic biomedical science, molecular basis of disease, current and developing technologies and clinical applications. Students also receive vocational training in research methodology and statistics, how to perform a research project and complete a practical laboratory-based project.

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).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible up to five years) is offered

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks, part-time nine months, or up to two years flexible) is offered.

Core modules

  • Molecular Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Clinical Applications of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Stem Cell and Tissue Repair

Research Methodology and Statistics is not a core module for the PG Certificate. Students of the PG Certificate can choose an optional module.

Optional modules

  • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
  • Applied Genomics
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinics
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatric Disease
  • Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal: Biomedicine
  • Laboratory Methods in Biomedical Science
  • Research Methodology and Statistics

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation.

Teaching and learning

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, problem classes and tutorials. Assessment varies depending on the module, but includes written coursework, multiple-choice questions, written examinations, a practical analysis examination and the dissertation of up to 10,000 words

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Cell and Gene Therapy MSc

Careers

This programme aims to equip students for careers in research, education, medicine and business in academic, clinical and industrial settings. Examples of potential careers could include academic research and/or lecturing in a university or other higher education setting, conducting clinical trials as part of a team of clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals, monitoring and analysing the results of clinical trials as part of a clinical trials unit, developing new therapies or intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry or other business ventures.

Several of our graduates have gone on to secure PhD places. You can read testimonials from past students which include their destinations following graduation.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Biomedical Scientist, Science Health Society
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of London
  • PhD in Cell and Gene Therapy, UCL
  • Research Assistant, The Magdi-Yacoub Institute / Heart Science
  • Scientist, Unspecified Pharmaceuticals Company

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH), and its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical, basic research and postgraduate education in children's health, including haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and gene therapy.

The UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences (SLMS) has the largest concentration of clinicians and researchers active in cell and gene therapy research in Europe. This is reflected by the many groups conducting high-quality research and clinical trials in the field including researchers at UCL GOS ICH, the Division of Infection & Immunity, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Institute for Women's Health, the Institute of Genetics and the Cancer Institute.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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