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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

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: 3-5 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: brighton.ac.uk/enquiries

*Please note, the part-time 3-5 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.

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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.

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BACKGROUND IMAGE FOR PANEL

Our COVID-19 contingency plans for 2020-2021 

Paediatrics & Child Health remains very important. At a time of national and global crisis, we are swiftly adapting to changes and maximising opportunities for enhancing learning on our Paediatrics & Child Health MSc. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our students. Here is what you should know about the upcoming academic year (2020-2021). 

The academic year  will start as normal and term dates will not be changed. Visit the University of Sussex website for up-to-date information on term dates below.

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However, teaching will be delivered by a blend of pre-recorded material & personal online tutoring. We will adapt our timetables, teaching methods and course content to make the most of this exciting approach. The balance of in-person classroom and online teaching will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time. 

For students who are unwilling or unable to do anything in person, it will be 100% possible to complete all coursework remotely via online engagement in 2020 (details about 2021 are to be decided). 

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 course provides 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.

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“As a trainee doctor, the course has been a breath of fresh air and really motivated me to apply what I’ve learnt in my day to day practice.” I now have a much better understanding of where to find evidence, how to interpret it and how to use it to deliver change.”

Sam Williams – KSS ST3 trainee

"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 Somnath 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).

PGCert

Acute & Emergency Paediatrics (20 credits)

Management of Long Term Conditions in Children (20 credits)

Developmental Paediatrics (20 credits) 

PGDip

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)

MSc

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 2020-21. 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.  

MSc

UK / EU / Island students £8,262

International £15,156

PGDip

UK £5,508

International £10,008

PGCert

UK £2,754

International £5,004


HEKSS will be funding up to twelve Paediatrics and Child Health students starting in 2020-21 with bursaries covering up to 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.

*please contact the course administrator for further details of the bursary. 

Scholarships 

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 2020-21. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.

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