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Paediatrics and Child Health: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics - MSc/PGDip/PGcert

Course Description

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. 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

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.


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.

The first cohort of students on the Paediatrics and Child Health: Molecular and Genomic Paediatrics MSc will graduate in 2016, 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 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.

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

Student Profiles

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

Medically qualified applicants should have post-qualification experience 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 several year's specialist experience of working in hospitals, community child health or public health services for children and families.

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