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Advanced Paediatrics MSc



Advanced Paediatrics is a multidisciplinary degree designed for doctors, nurses, Pharmacists and other allied health professionals. Content is research and evidence-based and will give students a detailed understanding of research methods and statistics applied to child health, the knowledge of how to conduct methodologically robust research projects. Working with established leaders will advance knowledge of the management processes in modern NHS Trusts.

This programme has been running for more than five successful years. People who have completed the course include International students, Paediatric Consultants, Speciality trainees, Clinical fellows, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physicians Assistants and Allied health care practitioners. Over 95% of our students have successfully completed the MSc or have exited with a PG Dip or PG Cert.

Key benefits 

  • The content of the Advanced Paediatrics MSc programme reflects the expertise of King's Health Partners staff, who together provide clinical services to one quarter of the population in London, one of the world's most economically and socially diverse cities.
  • Working closely together with the Paediatric Academic staff at St Georges Hospital to maximise the input to the programme from the whole of South London.
  • The programme provides the opportunity to learn about leadership from some of the country's most inspirational clinical specialists.
  • The candidates will undertake a research project supervised by an expert in their field, to complement detailed taught modules in specialist areas including Paediatric Critical Care, Neonatology, Respiratory and Allergy, Cardiology,  Hepatology/Renal and Gastroenterology, and a new module of Child Mental Health. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value MSc: 180 credits; PG Dip: 120 credits; PG Cert: 60 credits

Course intake Approximately 20 PT

Course leaders

Dr Simon Broughton

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A degree in medicine and MRCPCH exam for medical trainees. A degree in nursing or an allied health sciences subject and currently working as a band six or equivalent.


Application procedure

Applications will be assessed by the Programme Director. Most applicants who fulfil our entry requirements will be interviewed either by telephone or in person. We aim to process all applications within six weeks. However, during the months prior to the closing date and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process due to the volume received at this time.

Personal statement and supporting information

Personal statement required.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


This multidisciplinary programme is designed for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. The programme content is research and evidence-based, with the aim of developing students into excellent members of the interprofessional healthcare team. The programme will give students a detailed understanding of research methods and statistics applied to child health, the knowledge of how to conduct methodologically robust research projects. Working with established leaders will advance knowledge of the management processes in modern NHS Trusts.

Please click here to watch a short film where Programme Leader, Dr Simon Broughton discusses the content of the course.

Students have the option to choose to study for a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or the MSc (180 credits). It is expected that students will take two years to complete the MSc programme.

Assessment is by a combination of one examination, written assignments and workplace-based assignments.


Course purpose

This programme is designed for all members of the multidisciplinary team working in Paediatrics, including experienced nurses at Band 6 and higher, Pharmacists and medical trainees who are post MRCPCH, or are experienced clinical fellows with middle grade experience but not full membership. Overseas applicants are encouraged to apply. This programme is suitable for aspiring clinical leaders and researchers in Paediatrics.

Course format and assessment

Assessment is by essays, presentations, production of a business case and one unseen examination. For MSc students, the programme also requires completion of a research project that includes a thesis of 10 -15,000 words.


  • Required Modules

    • Paediatric Research: Methods, Statistical Application & Governance (30 credits) (Dr Shane Tibby)
    • Service Delivery & Management (15 credits) (Dr Simon Broughton)
    • Clinical Leadership (15 credits) (Julia Mingay)
    • Ethics & Child Health (15 credits) (Revd Peter Haughton)


    Optional Modules

    • International Child Health (Dr Colin Ball)
    • Medical Education (Dr Jonathan Round)
  • Choice of one module from the following clinical areas (all 30 credits):

    • Paediatric Cardiology (Professor Shakeel Qureshi)
    • Neonatology (Dr Theo Dassios and Dr Hammad Khan)
    • Paediatric Respiratory & Allergy (Professor John Price and Dr Nicola Brathwaite)
    • Paediatric Hepatology, Renal & Gastroenterology  (Prof Anil Dhawan, Dr Babu Vadamalayan and Dr Chris Reid)
    • Paediatric Critical Care (Dr Marilyn McDougall and Dr Akash Deep)
    • Child Mental Health (Dr Max Davie)


    Students will also undertake a supervised research module (60 credits) in an area of choice linked to the taught module, which may consist of clinical research or a literature review.


Career prospects

The programme has been running for more than five successful years and the completion rate for our students is over 95%. The National Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES) results for this course are outstanding and amongst the best within the School of Medicine at KCL.

Our students have gone onto further research in funded PhD programmes and all of our students who have applied for National Grid training in a specialty have been successful and the feedback has been outstanding. 



Advanced Paediatrics MSc

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*(MSc, 2016)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)*(MSc, 2016)

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*(MSc); £3,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGCert); £3,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGDip)

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£10,875 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc); £7,250 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGCert); £7,250 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGDip)

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 - Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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