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Women & Children's Health MSc

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The course will enable biomedical & clinical students (including research midwives and nurses) 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 projects 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value 180

Course intake 20

Course leaders Professor Rachel Tribe  and Dr Kim Jonas

Further details

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Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Life Course Sciences



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Course detail


The MSc Women and Children’s Health comprises three required taught modules, including ‘Fundamentals of Women and Children’s Health’ which 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 followed by 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, Principles of Implementation and Improvement Science, Birth Defects, Assisted Conception, Regenerative 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.

  • Recognising the moral and ethical issues of ethical standards and professional codes of conduct. 
  • 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 with a critical understanding of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of primary research articles and the student’s own data.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London St Thomas’, Waterloo & Guy’s campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Course format and assessment


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.


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.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

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)

  • Global Women & Children’s Health (15 credits)

  • Perinatal Imaging Sciences (15 credits)

  • The Essential Knowledge for Obstetric Medicine (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate, 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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Women & Children's Health
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 Minimum 2:1, or overseas equivalent, in a biomedical science related subject or MBBS, RM/RN
International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Your application will be assessed by two academics. Interviews will only be held in the situation of oversubscription and candidates cannot be ranked/distinguished by application or references alone. In the rare of case of applications with unusual qualifications/circumstances, interviews will be arranged. in person, or by phone. We aim to process all applications within eight weeks. Therefore, early applications are recommended to maximise your chances of selection. You are encouraged to attend our open days which usually take place in November and January. You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability and reasons for wishing to enrol on the course, together with recommendations from academic referees. Places on the programme are limited and early applications are strongly encouraged.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). This should explain your reasons for wishing to undertake the course.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.




Application closing date

  • We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

    For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

    • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
    • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

    Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 per year (2021/22)

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • ·       If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • ·       If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • ·       If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • ·       If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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 the costs above, 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 fees

  • stationery

  • graduation costs

  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

·       If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.

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

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

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

·       If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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