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Course content

This comprehensive programme is intended for professionals specialising in paediatrics and child health and is based at the 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.

Degree information

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.

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 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.

Visit the Paediatrics and Child Health: Advanced Paediatrics - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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