Students will initially register for a PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health. This can be awarded in its own right or, on successful completion of this component of the programme, students will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the PG Diploma or the MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health programme.
The PG Cert in Paediatrics and Child Health offers a sound theoretical background to the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical evaluation, broad coverage of the scientific basis and early life origins of childhood disease and focus on innovations in diagnosis and treatment within paediatrics. There are also opportunities to explore ideas around leadership development and the organisation and management of paediatric services. Students will also have opportunities to develop skills in teaching, learning and educational research within a paediatric setting, and, within their cohort, to experience the benefits of working and learning within a diverse multi-professional team.
The PG Diploma will allow students to develop their skills in more specialised subjects directed towards their own practice and research. For some students the focus may be more on the science and evidence-base around infection, allergy and illness, whilst other students may want to use the options in this year to explore aspects of child public health, adolescent health and social paediatrics. This diversity is important in supporting the different learning needs of what we intend to be a very multi-disciplinary group of students.
Students who continue to the MSc will also benefit from a comprehensive academic training, an introduction to appropriate research methods and practice and the opportunity for intellectual development within a stimulating yet supportive environment. Through completion of an MSc thesis, students will gain experience in research methodology and techniques, design of a research project, data analysis and presentation, literature searching, critical appraisal and presentation of work for publication and at scientific and clinical meetings. In addition, they will study in depth a paediatric research project within their working environment.
We have a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc programme and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals.