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Paediatrics and Child Health

BSMS > Postgraduate > Paediatrics and Child Health

Paediatrics and Child Health

Key facts 

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 3 years*

Eligible applicants: UK, EU, international

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus, University of Sussex Falmer campus

Course Principal: Prof Somnath Mukhopadhyay

Course Leader: Dr Kamal Patel

Deputy Course Leader (International Recruitment): Dr Poothirikovil Venugopalan

General enquiries:

*Please note, the part-time 3 year option is not available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. 

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.


Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Information for interntational students can be found in the international postgraduate prospectus.


Key areas of study

  • Acute and emergency paediatrics
  • Management of long-term conditions in children
  • Developmental paediatrics
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care

Course overview

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

A key feature is its multi-professional nature, which is considered essential for professional practice in paediatrics and child health. The uniqueness of this course is its emphasis not only on the clinical aspects of paediatric care but also on the provision of such care, which will be embedded within the clinical modules.

There is also the opportunity to plan and execute a rigorous research project in an area of paediatrics and child health or related suspeciality (ie neonatology). 


"The course is empowering me to accomplish my career prospects both in terms of clinical knowledge and professional confidence. There has been a very clear structure and supportive guidance throughout and I’ve felt very inspired and positively driven by all my professors and assisting staff.”

Elisa Camponeschi, Physiotherapist and MSc student

"Kent, Surrey and Sussex has a wealth of academic and clinical expertise in paediatrics. We have used this valuable expertise to develop an MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health that furthers paediatric skills and knowledge from all areas of practice involving the care of children, whilst addressing the needs of the local communities.”

Prof Mukhopadhyay, Chair of Paediatrics, BSMS 

Course structure

Most modules are assessed by 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on case studies or a relevant topic agreed between the student and the module leader. Some modules include interactive role play and poster presentations as part of the assessment.

The MSc is also assessed by a 12,000 word dissertation (80% weighting) and poster presentation (20% weighting).


Acute & Emergency Paediatrics (20 credits)

Management of Long Term Conditions in Children (20 credits)

Developmental Paediatrics (20 credits) 


PGCert modules PLUS

Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits)

Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)


PGDip modules PLUS

Dissertation (60 credits)

Career opportunities

This course is intended to provide advanced expert education for professionals working in paediatrics and child health.

The course content has been carefully designed to train students to be high achieving consultants and clinical leaders of the future by providing a blend of clinical knowledge with learning in the three key professional domains of research, leadership and communication and learning, along with the development of research and publishing skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a degree in medicine or any of the allied health professions (such as nursing, dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy). Applicants should be working in Paediatrics and Child Health and/or interested in pursuing a career in this specialty.

For international students a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.

Fees and funding 

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2019-20. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK / EU / Island students £8,028

International £15,012


UK £5,352

International £10,008


UK £2,676

International £5,004

HEKSS will be funding up to twelve Paediatrics and Child Health students starting in 2019/20 with bursaries covering 60% of the course fees. We are welcoming applications now from any qualified practitioner working in professions allied to paediatrics and child health. To be eligible for a bursary, applicants will be doctors, nurses and allied health professionals employed by the NHS within HEKSS who are continuing their training.


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2019/20. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.