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Our MRes will enable you to develop transferable academic and professional skills and gain research skills and experience in children's health research. As the only programme of its kind in the UK, the MRes 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 that 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 compulsory module (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics

Optional modules

Students choose three optional modules from a selection offered at UCL GOS ICH and more broadly across UCL. At least one module must focus on transferable research or professional skills.

Modules include the following:

  • Further Statistical Topics for Research
  • Epidemiology for Child Health
  • Evidence-based Child Health
  • Child Public Health
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Teaching & Learning in Medical Education
  • Clinical Genomics, Genetics & Rare Diseases
  • Specialist Paeds I (Acute)
  • Specialist Paediatrics II (Chronic)
  • Clinical Applications of Cell & Gene Therapy
  • Molecular biology of normal development & birth defects
  • Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Molecular & Clinical Aspects of Childhood Cancers
  • Perinatal Epidemiology & Newborn Care
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • International Child Mental Health
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal


Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words. The assessment includes a viva voce with a research poster element.

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.

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.


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 evidence-based practice in paediatrics and child health as well as further doctoral research in this field. Students considering a career in research as well as those wishing to increase their knowledge of research to support their professional development. Both clinicians and non-clinicians will gain valuable skills and experience and are welcome to apply.


This is a relatively new programme and only limited career destination data is available. However, recent graduates have gone on to apply for doctoral study or had opportunities for progression in their current careers.

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 you will benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and clinical 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 UCL GOS ICH/GOSH directly after completing the MRes degree.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


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.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for a range of clinical and non-clinical applicants. With flexibility in taught module choices and a broad portfolio of research projects, you can tailor the programme to suit your specific interest in the field of paediatrics and child health. Our students include postgraduate doctors, scientists, and healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech professionals.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

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 Child Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study Child Health at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen 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.

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