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PG Certificate: 9 months part-time
PG Diploma: 2 years part-time
MSc: 2 or 3 years part-time

Start date: October 2017
LocationSt Mary's
This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

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.

About the course


The Imperial Paediatrics and Child Health Programme has three awards – The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and the MSc:

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

The PG Diploma:

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

The 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. 


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.

Entry requirements

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 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 for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

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 postgaduate applicants.

Is this course for you?

This programme has been designed to be applicable to students with a wide range of background skills in paediatrics who require a detailed understanding of core research methodologies, critical evaluation, evidence-based approaches and the scientific basis of childhood disease.

It is perceived that many of the students will be Specialty Trainee doctors in paediatrics (specialist registrar level ST4-8), however the programme is specifically designed to be multidisciplinary, and therefore also suitable for other healthcare professionals working with children and young people, including GPs, nurses and therapists.

As a result the programme has a core first year for all participants on the PG Cert, with more diverse options available in the second year for students continuing on to the PG Diploma or MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health.

The collaborative environment means everyone volunteers ideas and insights. At Imperial you matter. We understand that studying for a postgraduate degree can be an intense experience. That is why we pay particular attention to the atmosphere and culture of the programme. You will thrive in an environment that is informal, friendly and supportive. You will interact with some amazing people who will inspire you.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

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

Islands and overseas students

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

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Please note that students taking the course over three years are not eligible for the Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

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

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.

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