Paediatrics and Child Health MSc

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While paediatric specialists are in short supply in developed nations like the UK, they are even more scarce in developing nations that are experiencing severe healthcare shortages. While raising awareness of the problem will be helpful, improving access to postgraduate paediatric education is the only way to truly impact child health outcomes on a global scale.

Our part-time, online MSc in paediatrics will broaden your knowledge of current issues that are especially important for practising paediatric medicine in the 21st century. From the perinatal period up to adolescence, the programme will provide you with a thorough understanding of paediatric medicine, covering a wide range of conditions and presentations. The scenario-based topic discussion will equip students with knowledge and skills of dealing with real life situations and cases.

MSc Paediatrics and Child Health

Next intake: 2023 SeptemberKey Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Exit Points
24 Months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
1st September 2023
Course start date
4th September 2023 (view full module dates)
100% Online
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The preventative focus, coverage of a wide range of disorders from the prenatal period to adolescence and inclusion of the global child health module, make the paediatrics online courses distinctive and provide the learner with a broad clinical overview of the practise of paediatric medicine. The programme is authored and delivered by skilled paediatric doctors who are exceptionally experienced in the field, therefore maximising active learning opportunities for students.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to promote a preventative approach for reducing the risk of developing a childhood disease. You will be able to apply the knowledge and skills in managing common childhood emergencies, as well as common childhood conditions in the primary care and community settings. Students will be able to apply a holistic approach in assessing childhood issues taking into account psychosocial, safeguarding and mental health.

Next intake: 2023 September Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
100% Online
Exit Points
24 Months
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
1st September 2023
Course start date
4th September 2023 (view full module dates)

Why Study a Paediatrics and Child Health Master's with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.


100% Flexible

Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.

Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.



No physical campus means we can offer world-leading programmes at the most competitive prices.

Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.


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Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.

40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.

Who is this course for?

The Paediatrics and Child Health Postgraduate Diploma is applicable to all GPs, Practice Nurses, Specialist Nurses and Pharmacists.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.


The online Paediatrics and Child Health MSc is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma.

Year 1

Module Aims
Equip the individual with a systematic understanding of general paediatrics, and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study.

Module Content

  • Genetic testing and counselling
  • Maternal risk factors on newborn
  • Resuscitation and examination
  • Screening
  • Monitor growth and development and learn management in infancy and primary care settting

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of; antenatal testing, maternal history taking, neonatal resuscitation, national screening programme, 0-5 years child health surveillance, neonatal common presentations.
  2. Critically Apply an in-depth knowledge of health promotion strategies into their practice as General Paediatrician.

Module Aims
To recognise the importance of immunisation in preventing communicable disease and thus reduction in mortality and morbidity.

Module Content

  • Preventing communicable disease and reduction in mortality and morbidity
  • Modify risk factors e.g obesity and asthma
  • Prevent development of chronic diseases
  • Appropriate diet and nutritional management
  • Increasing incidences of allergic disorders in childhood

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of; national immunisation programme, modifiable risk factors in chronic diseases, healthy lifestyle choices, childhood nutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiency diseases, common childhood allergic disorders.
  2. To justify the rationale of universal immunisation to prevent communicable diseases in childhood.

Module Aims
To be able to apply evidence based practice in diagnosing and managing common childhood presentations in primary and secondary care settings.

Module Content

  • Childhood rashes
  • Child presenting with fever
  • Child presenting with a recent onset limp
  • Child with first seizure and chronic cough
  • Precocious puberty

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding to apply evidence based diagnostic and management pathway for a child presenting with rash in primary or secondary care setting.
  2. To evaluate practice critically in relation to the evidence base in child health and general paediatrics.

Module Aims
To learn about the application of evidence based medicine in managing common paediatric emergencies.

Module Content
This module will cover a range of common presentations such as; paediatric basic and advanced life support, acute asthma, status asthmaticus, status epilepticus, altered consciousness, head trauma, encephalopathy, non-accidental injury, diabetic keto-acidosis, acute abdominal pain, child abuse, child safeguarding procedures.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding in the delivery and advancement of paediatric-related care.
  2. Equip students with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to practice in general paediatrics.

Module Aims
To learn about the presentation, diagnosis and management of children with developmental disorders. To learn about the support needs and current support availability for children with developmental disorders.

Module Content

  • This module will provide an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of; chromosomal syndromes, inherited disorders, metabolic syndromes and ex-preterm and developmental disorders.
  • This module will also cover an overview of; mental health disorders, substance abuse, domestic, social and environmental factors and how to prevent these.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a range of common primary care presentations in mental health.
  2. Critically evaluate a variety of methods used to support an inclusive environment in the community.
  3. Critically apply problem-solving skills that they can apply to practice in general paediatrics.

Module Aims
To learn about the impact of digitalisation on childhood physical activity, mental well-being and social development. To learn about and evaluate the effectiveness of global initiatives on improving child health.

Module Content
This module will provide an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of; climate change, Covid-19, malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, digitalisation, violence against children, global child health initiatives.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Equip students to critically appraise evidence-based medicine in relation to child health.
  2. To discuss about the prevention and advances in management of common causes of childhood deaths eg; pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea.
  3. To elaborate about ways to identify and prevent violence against children.

Year 2

Module Aims
To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to research in paediatrics and child health.

Module Content

  • Qualitative research methods.
  • Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Principles of health economics, audit and quality improvement/assurance systems.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease-specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both healthcare practitioner and patient.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Select and apply different methodological perspectives and tools to answer research questions in paediatrics and child health.
  2. Critically analyse and interpret research in paediatrics and child health.

Module Aims
To develop students’ ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice and develop skills in independent research, study and writing for publication.

Module Content

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and undertake a research/development project related to paediatrics and child health.
  2. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Assessment Methods

This Child Health and Paediatrics Postgraduate Diploma course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

  • Case problems reflective of day-to-day practice/research will be presented for the students to consider and answer every week.
  • Students discuss the concepts being presented in the case within their online group discussion forum, facilitated throughout the module by their tutor and marked by them at the end of the module.
  • The content of the academic forum is based on the learning outcomes for the module.

The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback to the student weekly and marks it at the end of the module. Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for professional re-validation and professional development.

This can be either a Group Activity or an Individual Activity:
Group activity
Designed to stimulate and test the students’ ability to work as a team in taking the subject area forward. A group task is set, the group elects a leader using the online forum and the leader allocates tasks to group members. The leader is responsible for managing, collating and submitting the activity (online) at the end of the module. The tutor provides formative guidance part way through the module and marks the assessment at the end.
Individual activity
Designed to stimulate and demonstrate personalised learning, creativity and problem solving with application to each student’s own practice area.
Examples of individual activities might include either a written assignment, developing an academic poster presentation, a blog or social media project.

All students must complete the same assignment for each module which is pre-determined by the Programme Leader before the modules commence.

  • Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module.
  • The online exam is marked automatically.
  • The examination tests related theory and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

Since our paediatrics courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered for the Child Health and Paediatrics MSc on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2023:
Application deadline - TBC

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
1st November 2023£830
1st January 2024£830
1st March 2024£830
1st May 2024£830
1st July 2024£830
1st September 2024£650
1st November 2024£650
1st January 2025£650
1st March 2025£650
1st May 2025£650
1st July 2025£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

Option 3: Lower your monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with a loan from our lending partner Lendwise*.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.


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A Lendwise loan comes with a fixed interest rate for the duration of the loan (between 2 and 8 years) and no early repayment penalties. The interest rate offered will depend on the overall applicant profile and the application process is entirely online.*

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