Taught course

Applied Paediatrics

Imperial College London · Faculty of Medicine

Entry requirements

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

Our minimum requirement is a 2:1 degree in a healthcare related subject such as Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, MBBS, or a similar health science.

You will be considered for entry into the programme if you have substantial work experience in a related healthcare field, subject to an interview with the programme director.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

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.

Months of entry


Course content

This fully online multidisciplinary course will enhance your understanding of the scientific and evidence base of paediatrics, research methodologies and advances, the health trajectories of children, population-based child health and ethics.

The programme is ideal for all those working with children and young people in a professional capacity, and we welcome allied health care professionals in paediatrics as well as nurses and doctors to apply.

After successfully completing your first year (PG Cert), you will be given the option to focus your studies on:

  • Neonatal medicine;
  • Acute (critical care and emergency) paediatrics; or
  • Specialist paediatrics

Specialist paediatrics will focus on current high impact paediatric conditions and the importance of optimising child health trajectories.

You can also choose not to specialise for more of a general overview in your studies.

Study programme

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.

Postgraduate Certificate

This stage offers a grounding in the fundamentals of the application of paediatric science and knowledge to the field of child health. In your first year, you will learn about the basics of genomic medicine alongside our Genomic Medicine students, enabling cross-discipline interaction and learning.

Postgraduate Diploma

In your second year, you will take the fundamental knowledge you have gained and learn to apply this information critically and innovatively. You will have the choice to either develop skills in more specialised subjects relevant to your own practice and research by choosing a sub-specialisation stream or stay truly general.

You will also gain transferable skills such as presenting, case report writing, journal article writing and communication with different audiences, from professionals to patients and families.

Master's degree (MSc)

The MSc adds rigorous academic training in research methods or systematic review, culminating in completion of an MSc dissertation. The dissertation will consist of a research project report conducted in your own working environment or a systematic review.

You will gain experience in techniques which may include project design, data analysis and presentation, literature searches and critical appraisal. Work will be prepared for potential presentation at scientific and clinical meetings and potentially for publication.

For medical and nursing staff, the programme will integrate well with clinical training and enhance your ability to critically evaluate management strategies and future research and innovation opportunities.

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,500 (PG Cert), £10,400 (PG Dip - total fee incl. PG Cert), £13,000 (MSc - total fee incl. PG Cert and PG Dip)
International students
£10,725 (PG Cert), £17,160 (PG Dip - total fee incl. PG Cert), £21,450 (MSc - total fee incl. PG Cert and PG Dip)

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies.

See what opportunities you may be eligible for:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Deena-Shefali Patel, Course Director