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Paediatrics and Child Health: Global Child Health - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

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

Degree information

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 - 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

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.


The programme provides an ideal foundation for further professional development in paediatrics and related specialities in a global context. This is a new programme and the first cohort of students graduated in 2015. No information on graduate destinations is currently available.

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 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.

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

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GREAT-UCL India Scholarship - Single Award

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship Programme is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK. In November 2013, the British Council announced its largest ever scholarship scheme worth almost £1 million to students from India. This provides for 370 scholarships covering 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design, Biosciences and IT at 36 UK universities. As part of the GREAT-UCL India Scholarship Programme, UCL will be offering three jointly funded scholarships worth £10,000 each. Value, terms and conditions
- The value of each award is £10,000.
- Unless otherwise requested by the scholar, the scholarship is usually set against tuition fees. If payment is made directly to the scholarship holder, the award is paid in three equal instalments at the start of each term.
- The award is tenable for one year only.
- An award cannot be deferred to a later year.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Be domiciled in India.

Application Procedure

The scholarship selection will be based on your programme application. There is no separate application required for the scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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.

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