Paediatrics and Child Health

Key information

Start date: October 2017
Campus: St Mary's

PG Certificate
9 months part-time

PG Diploma
2 years part-time

2 years part-time
3 years part-time

Course Director
Dr Mehrengise Cooper

Open to applications
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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.

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 in the how to apply section.

Postgraduate Certificate

The PG Cert will develop an understanding of:

  • The ontogeny of systems from conception to maturity and how this affects manifestations and susceptibility to disease
  • Early life programming covering the physiology, biochemistry, immunology and genetic influences on organ systems
  • Evidence-based paediatrics and how different study designs can be tailored to answer different research questions
  • Normal patterns of infant growth and development and common disorders and their causes
  • The presentation, recognition, diagnosis, management and outcome of the conditions which most commonly cause life-threatening and chronic illness in children
  • The concepts of leadership and management within the context of healthcare
  • The use of innovation and improvement to develop services, whilst appropriately managing resources

Postgraduate Diploma

  • The diagnosis and management of some of the more complex problems and challenges encountered within paediatrics and child health

Master's degree (MSc)

  • The detailed knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relevant to the student’s theme of subsequent research
  • Management and communication skills, including problem definition, project design, decision processes, teamwork, written and oral reports, scientific publications.
  • Will provide a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for an MD [Res] or PhD

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. 


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

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. 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 on-line from wherever you are in the world!

You will initially register for the Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health. This can be awarded in its own right or, on successful completion of this component of the programme, you will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health programme.

Further information

For further information on this course please see the Department of Medicine website.

Students on the PG Diploma must first have completed the PG Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health and can exit with either a PG Diploma by completing four modules or an MSc by completing four modules and an individual research project.

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)

2017 entry
PG Cert £5,000
PG Dip £3,000
MSc £750 per module
MSc project £2,000

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
PG Cert £15,300
PG Dip £9,200
MSc £3,200 per module
MSc project £6,100


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.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in a healthcare related subject such as nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy or similar health science.

Students with a diploma and substantial work experience in a healthcare field may be considered, subject to successful completion of an entrance exam.

International qualifications

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

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

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.

ATAS certificate

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

How to apply

This course is divided into separate progressional levels of study, read more in the choosing your course section below.

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) – entry point for all students
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc – highest level of study

You must successfully pass each stage of study before you can progress to the level above.

Application process

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

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