Paediatrics and Child Health

Award titles

Postgraduate Certificate

Duration: 9 months part-time
(standalone course)

Postgraduate Diploma

Duration: 2 years part-time
(including PG Cert)

Master's degree

Duration: 2–3 years part-time
(including PG Cert and PG Dip)

Key information

Start date: October 2018
Campus: St Mary's
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Overview

This course aims to enhance your understanding of evidence-based child health, the scientific basis of childhood diseases and their diagnosis, and treatment of important paediatric conditions.

Study programme

This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the how to apply section.

Postgraduate Certificate

The Postgraduate Certificate will develop your understanding of areas such as: the ontogeny of systems from conception to maturity, early life programming, evidence-based paediatrics, and normal patterns of infant growth.

Postgraduate Diploma

You turn your focus to the diagnosis and management of the more complex problems and challenges encoutered within paediatrics and child health.

Master's degree (MSc)

You will acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relevant to the your chosen topic of research project.

Additionally, the research project aims to improve management and communication skills and provide a solid foundation for those who with to continue on to further study at PhD level.

Careers

With the knowledge, skills, understanding and contacts you gain through the study programme of your choice, you will be far better placed to achieve your career goals.

Short Courses

Some course modules are also offered as stand-alone short courses, details of which can be found here.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Depending on the level and direction of your ambitions, you can choose to study for the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a full MSc.

In progressing through the levels, the previous award(s) will be combined and you will be awarded the top level qualification you have achieved. On the completion of the PG Cert, you have the opportunity to continue your postgraduate studies and complete either the PG Dip or the full MSc.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

The PG Cert is comprised of four core modules:

  • Science and Evidence in Paediatrics
  • Nutrition, Growth and Development
  • Child Public Health and Social Paediatrics
  • Recognition and Management of the Seriously Ill Child

These modules cover basic science, statistics and research methodology, child growth and development and public health through to clinical management of common childhood conditions, all topics vital for staff engaged in the care of children.

Postgraduate Diploma

You will choose four optional modules from a wide choice of paediatric subspecialty topics.

  • Paediatric Allergy – Basic Introduction
  • Paediatric Sleep
  • Law and Ethics in Paediatrics
  • Adolescent Health
  • Paediatric Ventilation
  • Serious Infection and Critical Care in Children
  • Infectious Diseases and Host Defence
  • Stabilisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child

MSc

Having successfully completed the PG Cert (core modules) you have the opportunity to continue your postgraduate studies in Paediatrics by studying for the full MSc in 1 or 2 years.

If you opt for the 2-year option, you will study your optional modules alongside your research project. If you do the 3-year option, you will complete your optional modules in year 2 and your research project in year 3.

Research Project (core module)

You can conduct your project at Imperial or at your own institution (provided appropriate supervision can be established). If you conduct your research at your own institution, your primary supervisor should be local to you but you will also have access to a named secondary supervisor at Imperial.

The research project promotes experience in research methodology and techniques, research project design, data analysis and presentation, literature search, critical appraisal and presentation of work.

Projects can be laboratory-based, community-based or be a systematic review of an area having implications for Paediatrics and Child Health. Assessment will be by both the submission of the written research project and a face-to-face viva voce.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Blackboard
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Independent research project (MSc)

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Oral Presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Written examinations
  • Dissertation (MSc)
  • Viva (MSc)

Course timetable

At Imperial we recognise that the majority of students wishing to study paediatrics already having demanding lives and careers.

This is why we have developed a blended modular programme where the face-to-face teaching occurs in one block for each module and all other learning is directed via a Virtual Learning Environment accessible from your own computer at work or home.

Each PG Cert module is conducted over 2-5 sequential days, in total over 3 face-to-face weeks spread throughout the academic year. Each PG Dip (optional) module is conducted over 2-3 sequential days, and attendance depends on the modules you select.

We recognise the importance of conventional lectures, tutorials and workshops, but understand that most of you have limited time available for study away from home. You will be able to interact with your tutors and fellow students online from wherever you are in the world.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy or health sciences.

Students with a diploma and substantial work experience in a healthcare field may be considered, subject to successful completion of an entrance examination.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applications for postgraduate taught degrees are made online via Apply.Imperial.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level of study leads to a separate qualification:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert) – entry point for all students
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc – highest level of study

You must successfully pass each stage of study before you can progress to the level above.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £5,300
Postgraduate Diploma £3,180
MSc £2,120
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Consequently, if on successful completion of the PG Cert, you choose to progress to the next level (PG Dip), the tuition fee for the PG Dip may be higher than the fee listed here – which is for students starting the PG Dip in 2018. All students must apply to the PG Certificate in the first instance.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan for this course from the UK government because the loan is only available for the MSc and it is not possible to apply for the MSc as a standalone qualification in the first instance.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £16,250
Postgraduate Diploma £9,750
MSc £6,500
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Consequently, if on successful completion of the PG Cert, you choose to progress to the next level (PG Dip), the tuition fee for the PG Dip may be higher than the fee listed here – which is for students starting the PG Dip in 2018. All students must apply to the PG Certificate in the first instance.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan for this course from the UK government because the loan is only available for the MSc and it is not possible to apply for the MSc as a standalone qualification in the first instance.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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Jennifer Haley – Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 7594 3985
E: j.haley@imperial.ac.uk

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