Why choose Imperial for Paediatrics and Child Health?
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. Within Paediatrics all healthcare professionals work closely together, including clinicians (both community and hospital based), physiotherapists, nurses and speech therapists, as well as health visitors, teachers and social workers. The concept of multidisciplinary teams is well advanced, providing an integrated package of care for the child and a stimulating and enjoyable environment in which to work. Individuals who have trained in a multi-professional programme will have the advantage of already understanding the composition and organisation of such teams and will therefore be attractive prospective employees.
Imperial College works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels to design Master’s courses which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements. All Master’s courses are designed with employer needs in mind with some Master’s courses accredited by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies. Most Master’s courses offer an opportunity to carry out research projects in industry.
At Imperial we recognise that the majority of students wishing to study paediatrics already having demanding lives and careers.
This 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!
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:
1. The ontogeny of systems from conception to maturity and how this affects manifestations and susceptibility to disease.
2. Early life programming covering the physiology, biochemistry, immunology and genetic influences on organ systems.
3. Evidence-based paediatrics and how different study designs can be tailored to answer different research questions.
4. Normal patterns of infant growth and development and common disorders and their causes.
5. The presentation, recognition, diagnosis, management and outcome of the conditions which most commonly cause life-threatening and chronic illness in children
6. The concepts of leadership and management within the context of healthcare.
7. The use of innovation and improvement to develop services, whilst appropriately managing resources.
The PG Diploma:
8. The diagnosis and management of some of the more complex problems and challenges encountered within paediatrics and child health
And the MSc:
9. The detailed knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relevant to the student’s theme of subsequent research;
10. Management and communication skills, including problem definition, project design, decision processes, teamwork, written and oral reports, scientific publications.
And will provide a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for an MD[Res] or PhD.