Paediatrics and Child Health

Award titles

Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration
: 9 months part-time
(standalone course)

Postgraduate Diploma

ECTS: 60 credits
Duration
: 2 years part-time
(including PG Cert)

Master's degree

ECTS: 90 credits
Duration
: 2 or 3 years part-time
(including PG Cert and PG Dip)

Key information

Start date: September 2019
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 in Paediatrics and Child Health offers a theoretical background to the principles of evidence-based medicine and the scientific basis of childhood disease. There is a focus on innovation in diagnosis and treatment within paediatrics. You will also develop skills in the use of computing applied to healthcare.

Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma will allow you to develop your skills in more specialised subjects relevant to your own practice and research by choosing four out of nine available specialist modules. This level gives you additional practice in skills such as presentation skills, case report writing, journal article writing and communication with different audiences, from professionals to patients and families.

Master's degree (MSc)

The MSc adds a rigorous academic training in research methods or systematic review culminating in the completion of an MSc thesis. The thesis will consist of a report of a research project conducted in your own working environment or a systematic review. Through this, you will gain experience in techniques which may include project design, data analysis and presentation, literature searches and critical appraisal. Work will be prepared for presentation at scientific and clinical meetings and for publication.

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.

Course videos

Get an introduction to Paediatrics and Child Health from the course director, and hear about the experiences of our student Sunitha.

Structure

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

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

You take the following four core modules at St. Mary’s Medical School Campus, Paddington, London:

Child Population Health and Social Paediatrics

Module leader: Professor Mitch Blair

This module aims to introduce you to key concepts in child population health and the application of theory and principles in the NHS and beyond. This will be done through lectures, interactive sessions, group work, practical computer lab work, pro-con debates, quizzes and oral presentations.

Nutrition, Growth and Development of the Child

Module leaders: Professor Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin & Dr Mike Coren

The overall aim of this module is to provide a good understanding of factors which regulate growth and development through the course of childhood, including the importance of nutrition in child health. You are also introduced to research appraisal and active learning with discussions and a Pro-Con debate.

Recognition and Management of the Seriously Ill Child

Module leaders: Dr Mehrengise Cooper & Professor Simon Nadel

This module will enable students to manage the critically ill child at a level commensurate with their professional role. They will appreciate normal physiology and pathophysiological changes in critical illness. Students will gain an understanding of causes of death in childhood from a UK and global perspective. The simulation video sessions will enhance the understanding of the subject.

Science and Evidence in Paediatric Practice

Module leaders: Professor Gareth Tudor-Williams & Dr Chris Gale

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the scientific basis of child health and disease, the concepts underpinning evidence-based medicine and the skills to evaluating and planning research projects. It will also enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills to turn ideas into their own research projects. This will be done through lectures, interactive sessions, group work, critical analysis sessions and oral presentations.

Postgraduate Diploma

You will study four modules that you have not previously studied from a wide choice of paediatric subspecialty topics.

Adolescent Health

Module leader: Dr Katie Malbon

This module aims to develop your ability to engage with young people appropriately, to evaluate their specific needs and to propose strategies that will address these needs in the young people themselves, their parents and the multi-disciplinary team caring for them.

Infectious Diseases and Host Defence

Module leader: Professor Gareth Tudor-Williams

This module aims to help you to consider and evaluate the relationships between human host defences and infectious pathogens in terms of bacterial, viral, protozoal, fungal and helminth invaders.

Law and Ethics in Paediatrics

Module leader: Dr David Inwald

This module aims to help you to develop a systematic understanding of medical law and ethics as applied to paediatric practice, with a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in the field.

Paediatric Sleep

Module leader: Dr James DiPasquale

This module aims to give you an overview of the most common respiratory and non-respiratory sleep-related disorders in childhood and associated disruption of normal sleep physiology.  The consequences of untreated sleep disorders will be discussed and clinical investigations and management strategies will be introduced. 

Paediatric Ventilation

Module leader: Dr Mehrengise Cooper

This module aims to enhance your competency in the ventilation of children with a variety of illnesses who are receiving invasive and non-invasive respiratory support.  

Principles of Paediatric Allergy

Module leader: Dr Maeve Kelleher

This module focuses on the core knowledge underlying paediatric allergy practice and on training in key practical skills which will be useful for those with either no previous exposure, or only limited exposure to clinical paediatric allergy.

Serious Infection and Critical Care in Children

Module leader: Dr Aubrey Cunnington and Dr Sanjay Patel

This module aims to increase your competence and confidence in dealing with serious infections in children through the development of a structured approach, recognition of pitfalls (particularly the role of cognitive bias), red flags and an awareness of how we can improve practice based on evidence and innovation.

Stabilisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child

Module leader: Dr Padmanabhan Ramnarayan

This module aims to equip healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills to assess, resuscitate and stabilise the critically ill child. The module will cover common paediatric emergencies and provide management strategies for the initial stabilisation of the patient including an understanding of human factors within teams.

MSc

Having successfully completed the PG Cert you have the opportunity to continue your postgraduate studies in Paediatrics by studying for the full MSc in a further 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 and Professional Skills Module and Research Project

Module leader: Dr David Inwald

This module will provide a general overview of research methods in paediatrics and emphasise the importance of research for the development and evaluation of clinical practice. It will enable you to conduct your own original research project or systematic review under the supervision of the course staff and a local supervisor.

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.

Course changes

This section lists the changes that have been made to information about this course on this page.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

The following changes have been made to this course for this year of entry:

  • Overview description of the course
  • Teaching and assessment methods
  • Details of modules undertaken, their titles and module leaders

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching and learning will be delivered in the following ways:

Via the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

  • Pre-module work to prepare for the teaching
  • Flipped Classroom – where you read/consider/reflect before coming to the class

Face-to-face sessions incorporating teaching and learning methodologies:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Group work
  • Workshops and practical sessions
  • Scenario-based sessions and role play
  • Student-led activities such as a Pro-Con debate and oral and poster or case presentations

Assessment methods

  • Formative assessments such as:
    • tutor and peer verbal responses to your work in classes
    • group work and interactive sessions
    • student-led presentations and case-based sessions
    • Pro-Con debates
  • Formative online work such as:
    • quizzes
    • case-based scenarios
    • watching a video and answering questions
  • Summative assessments such as:
    • a computer-based exam
    • group-work:
      • a poster development and presentation
      • MDT type presentations
    • individual work:
      • case reports
      • a literature review
      • a research proposal
      • creating a poster and presenting it
      • creating a patient or parent leaflet
      • writing a review article for a journal
      • writing a case report
      • writing a webpage or designing an app
      • presenting a “Grand Round” type PowerPoint
  • Thesis and presentation via Viva Voce

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.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in biological or biomedical sciences, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy or similar subjects.

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

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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

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) 
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc 

You must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions 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)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £11,300 £2,260
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) £9,040 £3,390
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) £5,650
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

All applicants must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance, and pay the relevant PG Cert full fee.

If you successfully pass the PG Cert and want to progress to the next level of study (PG Dip), you only need to pay the top-up fee for the PG Dip. The same also applies to move from the PG Dip to the MSc.

The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will apply throughout your progression through the different levels of study, though an annual inflationary increase will also be applied each year.

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 for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you choose to exit the course and then return at a later date to join the next level of study, you will pay the relevant top-up fee advertised in that year of entry. The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will no longer apply.

Please note, it is not possible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan for this course, because the course you apply to in the first instance must be worth at least 90 ECTS credits. The PG Cert and PG Dip are each worth fewer than 90 ECTS credits.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £34,500 £6,900
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) £27,600 £10,350
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) £17,250
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

All applicants must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance, and pay the relevant PG Cert full fee.

If you successfully pass the PG Cert and want to progress to the next level of study (PG Dip), you only need to pay the top-up fee for the PG Dip. The same also applies to move from the PG Dip to the MSc.

The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will apply throughout your progression through the different levels of study, though an annual inflationary increase will also be applied each year.

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 for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you choose to exit the course and then return at a later date to join the next level of study, you will pay the relevant top-up fee advertised in that year of entry. The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will no longer apply.

Please note, it is not possible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan for this course, because the course you apply to in the first instance must be worth at least 90 ECTS credits. The PG Cert and PG Dip are each worth fewer than 90 ECTS credits.

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.

Further information

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T: +44 (0)20 7594 3985
E: j.haley@imperial.ac.uk

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