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Gain the specialist skills and knowledge you need to solve complex problems in paediatrics

Award titles

Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration
: 1 year 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: October 2022
Location: Online
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Overview

This fully online multidisciplinary course will enhance your understanding of the scientific and evidence base of paediatrics, research methodologies and advances, the health trajectories of children, population-based child health and ethics.

The programme is ideal for all those working with children and young people in a professional capacity, and we welcome allied health care professionals in paediatrics as well as nurses and doctors to apply.

After successfully completing your first year (PG Cert), you will be given the option to focus your studies on:

  • Neonatal medicine;
  • Acute (critical care and emergency) paediatrics; or
  • Specialist paediatrics

Specialist paediatrics will focus on current high impact paediatric conditions and the importance of optimising child health trajectories.

You can also choose not to specialise for more of a general overview in your studies.

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

This stage offers a grounding in the fundamentals of the application of paediatric science and knowledge to the field of child health. In your first year, you will learn about the basics of genomic medicine alongside our Genomic Medicine students, enabling cross-discipline interaction and learning.

Postgraduate Diploma

In your second year, you will take the fundamental knowledge you have gained and learn to apply this information critically and innovatively. You will have the choice to either develop skills in more specialised subjects relevant to your own practice and research by choosing a sub-specialisation stream or stay truly general.

You will also gain transferable skills such as presenting, case report writing, journal article writing and communication with different audiences, from professionals to patients and families.

Master's degree (MSc)

The MSc adds rigorous academic training in research methods or systematic review, culminating in completion of an MSc dissertation. The dissertation will consist of a research project report conducted in your own working environment or a systematic review.

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 potential presentation at scientific and clinical meetings and potentially for publication.

For medical and nursing staff, the programme will integrate well with clinical training and enhance your ability to critically evaluate management strategies and future research and innovation opportunities.

Careers

As a graduate of this course, you will possess valuable real-world skills and the ability to innovatively apply your learning to complex problems within your professional life.

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

Structure 

This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

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.

Page last reviewed on 25 October 2021.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

You take all the following core modules.

Science, Evidence and Research Fundamentals in Paediatrics 

Build an understanding of the scientific basis of evidence-based medicine in child health and disease, including the concepts underpinning evidence-based medicine.

Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics

Gain an understanding of basic genomic science knowledge, including genomic architecture, regulatory systems, genetic variation, function and how this impacts upon disease processes and clinical outcomes.

Law and Ethics in Paediatric Practice

Develop a systematic understanding of medical law and ethics as applied to paediatric practice, along with a critical awareness of current challenges and new insights in the field.

Assessment and Optimisation of Health Trajectories in Childhood

Study the concept of assessing a child and enabling them to achieve their optimal health and gain a good understanding of factors which can optimise paediatric health trajectories, including an understanding of issues in paediatric sleep. 

Child Population Health and Social Paediatrics

Explore key concepts in child population health and the application of theory and principles in the NHS and globally. 

Postgraduate Diploma

You will choose four modules from one of following specialist streams, or a mix of any four modules that are available in your academic year. If you choose a mix of four modules, you will receive a non-specialist Applied Paediatrics award.

You can complete extra modules as short courses for an additional fee but they will not count towards your award.

Neonatal stream

Perinatal Care

Develop your skills and understanding of the pre-requisites for the health of the neonate.

Neonatal Respiratory Management

Contextualise your knowledge of the development and physiology of the respiratory system, and how disruption of normal development leads to neonatal respiratory disorders.

Debates in Neonatal Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Conditions

Explore the range of knowledge needed to appraise the topics within neontatal gastroenterology, from the functions of the gastrointestinal tract to a knowledge of the goals of neonatal nutrition.

Neonatal Encephalopathy and Neurological Examination

Study the basics of perinatal brain injury, with a particular focus on the tools and evidence used for diagnosis and prognostication. 

Paediatric Cardiology

Build on your existing cardiac embryology, physiology and morphology to critically evaluate congenital and acquired paediatric heart disease.

 

Specialist Paediatrics stream

Principles of Paediatric Allergy

Focus on the core knowledge underlying paediatric allergy practice, and train in key skills which will be useful for those with no or limited exposure to clinical paediatric allergy.

Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Study the spectrum of the common respiratory disease in children, with a particular focus on wheezing disorders and acute and chronic respiratory infections.

Advances and Management in Paediatric Endocrinology

Build on pre-existing knowledge of normal growth and development in children, with focus on abnormal growth patterns and disorders of puberty.

Paediatric Infection

Combine core scientific knowledge with practical clinical scenarios to develop a deeper understanding of infectious diseases in neonates and children.

Adolescent Health

Develop your ability to engage with young people appropriately, to evaluate their specific needs and to propose strategies that will address these needs.

 

Acute Paediatrics stream

Paediatric Trauma and Emergency Medicine

Cover common acute emergency and trauma presentations across infancy and childhood, with a focus on the early detection of sick children.

Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Study the spectrum of the common respiratory disease in children, with a particular focus on wheezing disorders and acute and chronic respiratory infections.

Paediatric Stabilisation and Critical Care

Build a critical appreciation of aspects of the management of seriously unwell children following their acute presentation and initial care.

Paediatric Infection

Combine core scientific knowledge with practical clinical scenarios to develop a deeper understanding of infectious diseases in neonates and children.

Paediatric Cardiology

Build on your existing cardiac embryology, physiology and morphology to critically evaluate congenital and acquired paediatric heart disease.

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 conduct your research project alongside your optional PG Dip modules. If you do the 3-year option, you will complete your optional (PG Dip) modules in year 2 and your research project in year 3.

Research Skills Module and Research Project

The Research Skills 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 that has implications for paediatrics. Assessment will be by the submission of the written research project and a viva voce.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching and learning will be delivered completely online through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Expert panel discussions 
  • Virtual immersive simulations 
  • Group work and group presentations
  • Learning modules, quizzes and reading lists all delivered via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mix of formative and summative assessments.

Formative assessments may include:

  • Tutor and peer verbal responses to your work in classes
  • Poster creation and presentations
  • Group work
  • Quizzes

Summative assessments may include:

  • A multiple choice exam
  • Preparation of journal articles or case discussions
  • Presentation of service change or project proposals
  • Individual or group presentations or teaching plans
  • Public engagement exercises including leaflet writing or using multiple forms of media
  • MSc dissertation and viva

Overall workload

Your workload will consist of facilitated independent learning and synchronous live sessions online.

While your actual contact hours may vary according to the optional modules you choose to study, the following gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the programme.

At Imperial, each European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System or ECTS credit taken equates to an expected total study time of 25 hours. Therefore, the expected total study time is 750 hours per 30 credits; this includes all teaching and learning time as well as time spent on assessments.

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 a healthcare related subject such as Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, MBBS, or a similar health science.

You will be considered for entry into the programme if you have substantial work experience in a related healthcare field, subject to an interview with the programme director.

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 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

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 will exit with one award - the highest that you achieve. You must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

ATAS certificate

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

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

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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.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees and funding

Home rate of tuition

2022 entry

MSc

Full fee - £13,000
Top-up fee* - £2,600

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £10,400
Top-up fee* - £3,900

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £6,500

* If you complete one of the above qualifications and move on to the next level of study, e.g. you complete 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 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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

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 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.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

Overseas rate of tuition

2022 entry

MSc

Full fee - £21,450
Top-up fee* - £4,290

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £17,160
Top-up fee* - £6,435

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £10,725

* If you complete one of the above qualifications and move on to the next level of study, e.g. you complete 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 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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

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 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.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies.

See what opportunities you may be eligible for.

Application fee

There is normally an application fee of £80 per application for our Master's courses.

You will initially register for the PG Certificate stage of this course. If you progress onto the MSc without interrupting your studies, you will not need to pay this fee.

However, if you take a break in your studies and re-apply for the MSc, you may need to pay this fee.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

Further information

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E: ds.patel@imperial.ac.uk

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