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Paediatrics and Child Health

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Paediatrics and Child Health

Key facts 

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 3 years

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

Course Principal: Prof Somnath Mukhopadhyay

Course Leaders: Dr Christina Jones and Ms Anouk van der Avoirt

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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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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 of the programme is its multi-professional nature. This is considered essential for professional practice in paediatrics and child health. The uniqueness of this programme is its emphasis not only on the clinical aspects of paediatric care but also the provision of care which will be imbued 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).


MDM158 Acute & Emergency Paediatrics (20 credits)

MDM159 Management of Long Term Conditions in Children (20 credits)

MDM160 Developmental Paediatrics (20 credits) 


PGCert modules PLUS

MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

MDM110 Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits)

MDM122 Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)


PGDip modules PLUS

MDM164 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. A key feature of the course is intended to be its multi-professional nature.  

Entry requirements

Applicants with a medical degree should normally have three to five years' postgraduate experience. Applicants from other disciplines should have a corresponding level of training and experience in their field. Students are normally expected to be in clinical practice throughout the course.

Entry for 2017/18 is open to both part-time and full-time applicants. International applicants who meet the above entry criteria and have IELTS (minimum score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in each section) are also welcome to apply. 

Fees and funding (2017-18)


UK / EU / Island students £7,650

International £14,490


UK £5,100

International £9,660


UK £2,550

International £4,830

HEKSS will be funding up to twelve Paediatrics and Child Health students starting in 2017/18 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, including the PG Clinical Diploma Physician Associate course, are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2017/18. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.