Postgraduate Diploma and MSc
Having successfully completed the PG Cert you have the opportunity to continue your postgraduate studies in Paediatrics by studying for the PG Dip or full MSc.
Normally a degree in medicine or a least an upper second class degree in a healthcare related subject such as nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy or similar health science. Exceptionally, students with a diploma who have substantial work experience in a healthcare field will also be considered (these applicants will have to successfully complete a special qualifying examination set by the College).
Advice on the academic requirements from specific overseas institutions can be found by clicking on the link to the relevant country in the Country Index
Mode of study
Part-time, blended learning format. Blocks of face-to-face teaching at Imperial in London with e-learning online at a distance between teaching weeks.
In year one, students will take all five core modules comprising the PG Certificate (30ECTS).
A choice of 4 out of 7 taught modules listed below, all comprising 7.5 ECTS:
Each of these optional modules includes a block of face to face teaching (2 days of lectures, tutorials and workshops and 1 optional day of clinic attendance) followed by 4 weeks of structured e-learning tasks which are all available on the web for distance learning.
Modules for year 2
Paediatric allergy - basic introduction (December – 2 days)
This module will commence in December and will cover important national initiatives in Allergy; basic immunological mechanisms, T cells and cytokines, adhesion and co-stimulatory molecules, primary and secondary immune deficiencies, allergens and allergic inflammation, ontogeny of immune responses, genetic regulation, epidemiology of allergic disease, the immunological basis of asthma, rhinitis, eczema, food allergy and drug allergy. Assessment will be a written assignment (2000 words) on how the increased knowledge of the mechanisms involved in a specific allergic or immunodeficiency condition has lead to changed attitudes to management and modes of treatment.
Infectious diseases and host defence (December – 2 days)
There are considerable differences in susceptibility to infections at various ages. Understanding the host/organism interactions will not only aid management, but also highlight targets for prevention. This module will provide a scientific basis of infectious disease throughout childhood and management strategies to improve outcomes. Specific subjects will be: meningococcal infection, HIV in childhood, tuberculosis, RSV bronchiolitis and other respiratory infections. Infection in the immune compromised host will be discussed. Assessment will comprise a 2000 word review of the immunological defence mechanisms employed against a chosen infective agent and how this could inform new treatment modalities.
Paediatric ventilation (April – 3 days)
This module will enable students to expand their scope of practice and critical thinking within the environment of Paediatric Intensive Care and within the discipline of Paediatric Ventilation. Assessment, diagnosis and management of the ventilated child will be enhanced through the development of skills and knowledge in respiratory pathophysiology, paediatric ventilation strategies and weaning of ventilation. This module will also advance critical appraisal and clinical decision-making skills and the ability to take a strategic role in organisational decision-making. Course assessment will be by evidence of a learning contract, a marked folder of practice-based evidence and a 1500 word written essay critically analysing and evaluating an aspect of their role
Serious infection and critical care (April – 2 days)
The aim of this course is to give healthcare professionals who see acutely unwell children a practical and evidence based approach to diagnosis and management of a wide range of infections. This course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the regular pitfalls in the diagnosis of infection and will highlight the life threatening consequences of such errors. Areas covered will include Epidemiology of Paediatric infection, The septic child, Children presenting with: respiratory distress, neurological problems, a painful limb, Gastrointestinal presentations, Fever and a rash ( to include chickenpox, Toxic shock syndrome, Kawasaki disease), Practical microbiology: new bacteria and old and Antibiotics- what to prescribe and when.
The course runs for two days but Day One can be taken as a stand-alone course. Some of the teaching will be done in small group workshops using real cases to illustrate the differential diagnosis, investigation and optimal management of a variety of common paediatric presentations. There will also be lectures in practical microbiology, antibiotic prescribing and emergency care. The role of simulation will be demonstrated and discussed. Following the course there will be on-line supportive materials from the course and further reading made available.
Stabilisation and Transportation of the Critically Ill Child (June – 2 days)
The course aims to consolidate existing knowledge and give candidates a structured approach to the management of critically ill paediatric patients requiring initial stabilisation and transport to a specialist paediatric centre.
The module will cover common paediatric emergencies and provide management strategies for the assessment, resuscitation and stabilisation the critically ill child.
The module is designed to work on optimising multi-disciplinary team functionality in adverse situations and will be based at Imperial College and the Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS).
Day one focuses on critical illness and critical illness response and critical care transport decision making. Day two includes practical workshops, a team learning exercise, simulations and case presentations.
Child public health and social paediatrics (July – 2 days)
The module will cover the following areas:- Child health in the UK and Europe, measures of health and disease, current important child health problems affecting our children, child health in developing countries -- the majority world and why international child health is important. Global burden of childhood disease, to include infectious disease, AIDS and HIV, violence, reproductive health, tropical diseases and disability will also be studied. Children's rights and their relevance to child public health, determinants of child health and historical aspects of child public health in the UK will be investigated. Other aspects will include: techniques and resources for child public health practice, concepts and definitions in public health and health promotion practice, social paediatrics- definitions and scope and vulnerable children and their needs. It will also build on earlier teaching on "disease causation", epidemiological study design and lifecourse epidemiology approaches in the science and evidence base module. Case studies in child public health and social paediatrics ( including obesity prevention, promotion of immunisation, promotion of emotional health, injury prevention approaches service design for looked after children, recognition of domestic violence, and mitigating the health consequences of poverty and disadvantage will be the mainstay of this module. Assessment will consist of a “child public health and social paediatrics in practice” 2000 word essay reinforcing how the student has applied scientific principles to a specific case or campaign in their own practice.
Adolescent health (July – 2 days)
This module will cover adolescent medical, social and mental health problems, the approach to the adolescent patient and provision of medical services for adolescents including transitional care. A particular focus will be on the sexual and mental health of adolescents. Specific topics will include- ethical dilemmas and adolescent sexual health, common adolescent gynaecological problems for paediatricians, eating disorders in adolescents, detection of adolescent mental health problems for paediatricians (and GPs and other health professionals), how to set up an adolescent service, the adolescent with disability and causes and consequences of adolescent vulnerability. Assessment will consist of a 2000 word essay discussing whether services designed to meet specific adolescent needs improve health outcomes. The answer will need to take into account the evidence base, current policy in the UK and elsewhere and, if possible, own professional experience.
The full MSc in Paediatrics in Child Health consists of the following modules and comprises 90 ECTS:
In year one, students will take all five core modules comprising the PG Certificate (30ECTS)
Year 2 or 3
All PG Diploma modules listed above, as well as a dissertation.
The research project can either be carried out wholly in year 2 or over years 2 and 3 depending on time available for study. The module commences in October following the completion of the PG Cert and comprises training in research methods and statistics structured to enable you to design, conduct and present a research project by Dissertation. Through completion of an MSc thesis, you will have gained experience in research methodology and techniques, design of a research project, data analysis and presentation, literature searching, critical appraisal and presentation of work for publication and at scientific and clinical meetings. In addition, you will have studied in depth a paediatric research project within your working environment.
Projects can either be carried out at Imperial College or at your own institution provided appropriate supervision can be established. An Imperial College based on-site supervisor will be identified to oversee the project and to make sure it stays on track. Supervisors will be confirmed at the beginning of the course and regular meetings with the on-site supervisor are essential to monitor progress.
Students will be required to present their project proposals (in written format) before commencement of the project and these will be approved by the Programme Director.
Projects can be laboratory or community based or be a systematic review of an area having implications for paediatrics and child health.
Assessment will be by both presentations of the written research Dissertation and a viva voce in September of the 2nd or 3rd year. Students will be required to give notification of submission by June of the year they wish to submit.