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Course content

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 unique programme provides an opportunity to access the wealth of cutting-edge research conducted at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Degree information

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
-Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal

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.


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.

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

Why study this degree at UCL?

The 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, 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 an PhD or MD(Res) at ICH/GOSH directly after completing the MRes degree.

Visit the Child Health - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!






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