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Women & Children's Health MSc

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The course will enable students from a range of backgrounds (biomedical, clinical, allied health professionals etc.) to develop an academic and contemporary understanding of the biological and environmental influences that impact on pregnancy and the lifelong physical and mental wellbeing health of women and their infants. Students will gain insight and knowledge of how translation of basic science and clinical observation can lead to cutting edge research studies into new diagnostic and treatments both in the UK and in low resource settings globally. Students will develop scientific and clinical practical research skills, including statistics, so that they can confidently critically evaluate others research design and results, and apply these to their own research. They will also be given the necessary research knowledge and skills to design, plan, navigate and research governance pathways, and conduct and analyse their own research project. Both scientific and clinical research focussed projects (wet lab, clinic and literature based) are offered.

Key benefits

  • Substantial student-tutor interaction.
  • Cross disciplinary teaching with a focus on translating research to the clinic and the global community.
  • Research project in world class laboratories and research groups in Women and Children's Health, Paediatric Allergy, Mental Health, Nutrition, Diabetes and Global Health.
  • Access to the latest leading cutting edge technologies housed at KCL and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre including next generation sequencing, a range of 'Omics and neonatal imaging, as well as dedicated clinical research units.
  • Lectures delivered by experienced and internationally recognised researchers and clinicians covering contemporary issues in Women and Children's Health research.
  • Interactive tutorials, journal clubs and workshops on writing successful research grants, clinical study protocols and ethics applications.
  • The course prepares students for future MD and PhD study.
  • Provides experience for students interested in developing a career in clinical trials and research administration.

The MSc Women and Children’s Health comprises three required taught modules and a research project module. ‘Fundamentals of Women and Children’s Health’ covers health and disease from the periconception period to birth and early childhood. Research led lectures will cover topics such as infertility, pre- pregnancy health, placentation, preeclampsia, immunology of pregnancy and autoimmune disease, metabolic disease in pregnancy, parturition and dysfunctional labour, miscarriage and preterm birth, lactation and infant nutrition, the developing brain and prematurity, childhood diet and dental health, premature infant and the neonatal lung, gut microbiome, obesity, childhood allergy, epigenetics and lifelong health, nutrition, and global health and perinatal mental health. The other required taught modules cover Statistics, Research Governance and Scientific and Clinical Research skills. The research project module is an intensive six month required research project within a lab or clinical research group. Students can also select 1-2 optional taught module(s) to tailor the course to their developing interests, examples include Perinatal Mental Health, Regenerative Medicine, Birth Defects, Assisted Conception, Regenerative Medicine, The Essential Knowledge of Obstetric Medicine, and Global Women and Children’s Health. The course fosters the intellectual skills of students through: Critical assimilation and appraisal of the research literature pertaining to Women and Children’s Health. Production of original pieces of written work that explain, review and evaluate primary research literature and using this evaluation to develop ideas and hypotheses. Understanding research governance and demonstrate compliance with research regulations. Understanding and applying scientific and clinical study design and statistical analysis principles. Thinking critically about their own work/research to input into the synthesis and design of future hypotheses and experiments. Using subject knowledge and understanding to explore and solve familiar and unfamiliar problems. Collecting, interpreting, and analysing data investigations with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of primary research articles and the student’s own data.

Base campuses

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

A typical week would have approximately 10-15 hours teaching with the remaining hours dedicated to self-guided learning. In the final semester, research projects are full time with hours dedicated to practical and data collection, data analysis and writing. You will study via a combination of lectures, journal clubs, group discussions, practicals, workshops and independent study.

Peer feedback, in course assignments such as data handling, research project and project report write-up, journal club, presentations and essays. All will be actively encouraged throughout the research project.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Unseen written examinations
  • Essays

We will assess you through a combination of coursework, seen/unseen written exams, essays, problem directed learning exercises, case studies, data-handling, creation of clinical study materials such as patient information sheets and consent forms, research proposal, oral presentations, and a final research project report.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Fundamentals of Women and Children’s Health (30 credits)
Scientific and Clinical Research Skills in Practice (30 Credits)
Research Methods, Statistical Application and Governance (30 Credits)
Research Project in Women and Children’s Health (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

Perinatal Mental Health (15 credits)
Regenerative Medicine (15 credits)
Principles of Implementation and Improvement (30 credits)
Birth Defects (15 credits)
Assisted Conception (15 credits)
Women and Children’s Global Health (15 credits)
Perinatal Imaging Sciences (15 credits)
The Essential Knowledge for Obstetric Medicine (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The course will be a springboard for your career as a scientist or clinician in the field of Women & Children’s Health. It will also equip you for a wide range of related job opportunities.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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 UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fee
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.
  • Graduation costs

Funding

The MSc Women and Children’s Health comprises three required taught modules and a research project module. ‘Fundamentals of Women and Children’s Health’ covers health and disease from the periconception period to birth and early childhood. Research led lectures will cover topics such as infertility, pre- pregnancy health, placentation, preeclampsia, immunology of pregnancy and autoimmune disease, metabolic disease in pregnancy, parturition and dysfunctional labour, miscarriage and preterm birth, lactation and infant nutrition, the developing brain and prematurity, childhood diet and dental health, premature infant and the neonatal lung, gut microbiome, obesity, childhood allergy, epigenetics and lifelong health, nutrition, and global health and perinatal mental health. The other required taught modules cover Statistics, Research Governance and Scientific and Clinical Research skills. The research project module is an intensive six month required research project within a lab or clinical research group. Students can also select 1-2 optional taught module(s) to tailor the course to their developing interests, examples include Perinatal Mental Health, Regenerative Medicine, Birth Defects, Assisted Conception, Regenerative Medicine, The Essential Knowledge of Obstetric Medicine, and Global Women and Children’s Health. The course fosters the intellectual skills of students through: Critical assimilation and appraisal of the research literature pertaining to Women and Children’s Health. Production of original pieces of written work that explain, review and evaluate primary research literature and using this evaluation to develop ideas and hypotheses. Understanding research governance and demonstrate compliance with research regulations. Understanding and applying scientific and clinical study design and statistical analysis principles. Thinking critically about their own work/research to input into the synthesis and design of future hypotheses and experiments. Using subject knowledge and understanding to explore and solve familiar and unfamiliar problems. Collecting, interpreting, and analysing data investigations with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of primary research articles and the student’s own data.

Base campuses

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

A typical week would have approximately 10-15 hours teaching with the remaining hours dedicated to self-guided learning. In the final semester, research projects are full time with hours dedicated to practical and data collection, data analysis and writing. You will study via a combination of lectures, journal clubs, group discussions, practicals, workshops and independent study.

Peer feedback, in course assignments such as data handling, research project and project report write-up, journal club, presentations and essays. All will be actively encouraged throughout the research project.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Unseen written examinations
  • Essays

We will assess you through a combination of coursework, seen/unseen written exams, essays, problem directed learning exercises, case studies, data-handling, creation of clinical study materials such as patient information sheets and consent forms, research proposal, oral presentations, and a final research project report.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Fundamentals of Women and Children’s Health (30 credits)
Scientific and Clinical Research Skills in Practice (30 Credits)
Research Methods, Statistical Application and Governance (30 Credits)
Research Project in Women and Children’s Health (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

Perinatal Mental Health (15 credits)
Regenerative Medicine (15 credits)
Principles of Implementation and Improvement (30 credits)
Birth Defects (15 credits)
Assisted Conception (15 credits)
Women and Children’s Global Health (15 credits)
Perinatal Imaging Sciences (15 credits)
The Essential Knowledge for Obstetric Medicine (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The course will be a springboard for your career as a scientist or clinician in the field of Women & Children’s Health. It will also equip you for a wide range of related job opportunities.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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 UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fee
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.
  • Graduation costs

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