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MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice

Learn about the course below
See 'Entry requirements - How to apply' section
3 to 5 years part-time
£64 per credit (UK)
Course leader
Joanna Slater

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) is committed to supporting the ambition and career development of healthcare practitioners across the UK, and in collaboration with Middlesex University, providing a range of opportunities for continuing education and career development as a graduate or postgraduate learner.

You can choose to study a stand-alone module that will increase your knowledge and competence in your specialist area, or to build a selection of modules into a recognised programme such as a Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s, including awards in specialist pathways.

Learn more about our programmes below, as well as our modules which can also be taken as standalone CPD modules. You can also learn more about the work of the Great Ormond Street Learning Academy (GLA) on our website.

Why study MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice at Middlesex University?

The options within this Master’s award have an overarching aim to enable you to undertake an individualised, flexible modular pathway of postgraduate study through reflection of your level of practice, underlying knowledge, and clinical experience. The specialist educational expertise available will support you to identify areas for professional and personal development and for the enhancement of paediatric healthcare practice.

The programme will promote an informed, critical, and ethical attitude towards postgraduate study and professional practice and enable you to demonstrate a critical understanding of your broadened level of responsibility and autonomy.

The clinical specialisms within the programme will empower you to display mastery of your specialised area of knowledge and competence. This will support your ability to influence and/or lead service development and improvement. You will display originality of thought, initiative, decision-making and the development of strategic thinking, in response to an unpredictable, complex, and dynamic practice environment, when practising as both an autonomous practitioner and when working inter-professionally through your everyday practice.

Course highlights

  • Teaching is delivered by expert staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, one of the world’s leading children's hospitals. The Great Ormond Street Hospital Learning Academy (GLA) offers extensive educational opportunities both nationally and internationally. You can read about our work on our website.
  • Individualised study pathway based on a programme discussion meeting. Tailored to the practitioner's current and future development needs.
  • It is possible to accredit or recognise prior learning (RPL).
  • Clinically specialised modules are a key component of the programme, ensuring the Master’s award is highly applicable to the organisation you work in.
  • Enables you to demonstrate mastery in healthcare-related competence and knowledge to contribute to enhanced professional practice and service development.
  • Facilitates your acquisition of critical understanding and use of advanced research skills.
  • As a learner on this course, you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

For healthcare practitioners wishing to study with GOSH and Middlesex University we currently offer multiple routes to studying with us. You can take any of the optional modules listed below as a standalone module at either level 6 or level 7 (for 15 or 30 credits – see module pages for details) or work towards a 180 UK credit master’s programme in Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice consisting of:

  • Optional modules totalling 120 credits (minimum 90 credits at level 7)
  • One compulsory Project at level 7 (60 credits)

Learners also have the option to ‘step off’ the programme and gain one of the following awards:

  • PGDip Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice - 120 UK credit, master’s level programme consisting of optional modules (minimum 90 credits at level 7)
  • PGCert Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice - 60 UK credit, master’s level programme consisting of consisting of optional modules at level 7
  • GradCertPaediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice - 60 UK credit, graduate programme consisting of optional modules at level 6

All awards allow the option to specialise in either Oncology or Critical Care.

Prior to signing up to a programme, a programme planning meeting will assist you to determine the modules to be undertaken, any accredited learning and the options for recognition of prior learning. The choice of pathway for the modules will be determined by your preferred clinical specialism and your reflection on which pathway will support your role and career progression.

What will you study on MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice and other awards stated above?

This is a part-time programme. It consists of 180 credits including one core module (60 credits) and 120 credits of optional modules to complete the programme.

A list of core and optional modules available to you is provided below. Please follow the links provided for full details on each of the modules.

The core module of the MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice is:

  • NSA 4050 Developing Research Capabilities (60 credits)

Optional modules to be completed prior to the core module may include:

  • PCH3807 / PCH4807 Caring for Children and Young People with Cancer (15 credits)
  • PCH3806 / PCH4806 Caring for Children and Young People in Critical Care level 1 and 2 (High Dependency) (15 credits)
  • PCH3810 / PCH4810 Infection Prevention and Control for Children and Young People (15 credits)
  • PCH3801 / PCH4801 Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy in Children and Young People (SACT) (15 credits)
  • PCH3800 / PCH4800 Clinical Skills in Paediatric Ventilator Management (15 credits)
  • PCH3804 / PCH4804 Foundations of Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing (PICU 1) (15 credits)
  • PCH3802 / PCH4802 Care of the Child with Cardiac and Respiratory Compromise (PICU 2) (15 credits)
  • PCH3805 / PCH4805 Nursing Interventions for the Child in Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU 3) (30 credits)
  • PCH3814 / PCH4814 Care of Children and Young People Undergoing Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) (30 credits)
  • PCH3816 / PCH4816 Caring for Children and Young People Undergoing Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) (15 credits)
  • PCH3834 / PCH4834 Fundamental Care of Children and Young People (15 credits)
  • PCH3836 / PCH4836 Preceptorship in Practice (15 credits)
  • PCH3832 / PCH4832 Caring for Children and Young People with Orthopaedic or Spinal Conditions (15 credits)
  • PCH3808 / PCH4808 Essential Care of the Neonate (Qualification in Specialty 1) (15 credits)
  • PCH3812 / PCH4812 Principles of Neonatal Critical Care (Qualification in Specialty 2) (15 credits)
  • PCH3818 / PCH4818 Caring for Children and Young People with a Cardiac Condition (15 credits)
  • PCH3820 / PCH4820 Caring for Children and Young People with a Renal Condition (15 credits)
  • PCH3830 / PCH4830 Caring for Children and Young People with Acute Neuroscience and Craniofacial Conditions (15 credits)
  • PCH3809 / PCH4809 Mental Health and Psychological Development of Children and Young People (15 credits)
  • PCH3803 / PCH4803 Caring for Children and Young People in the Recovery Room (15 credits)
  • WBH 4630 Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (15 credits)
  • NSA 4200 Service Development and Quality Improvement (15 credits)

To enable each practitioner to make an informed decision regarding which programme to choose and therefore which modules to focus on, a programme planning meeting with the programme leader will be arranged prior to choosing your modules. This meeting will allow you to focus on the specific modules you wish to study and to discuss any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The choice of modules will be determined by your preferred clinical specialism and your reflection on which programme will support your role and career progression.

More information about this course

To find out more about this course please download the MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice specification (PDF).

All optional modules are available at levels 6 and 7, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module does not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice taught?

The teaching and learning methods used in this programme are designed to integrate theory and practice and to foster a spirit of inquiry. Throughout the programme, this will include critical reading and evaluation of policies, guidelines, and research relevant to your paediatric healthcare practice

You will gain knowledge and understanding using a variety of teaching and learning strategies, which vary according to the type and focus of each module, but which may include:

  • Practice-based learning and portfolio development
  • Lectures, seminars, and workshops
  • Small group work and feedback
  • Viva voce, case studies, and problem- based scenarios
  • Role play, webinars, debates
  • Use of e-learning, one-one supervision, and self-directed learning.

These learning opportunities will be facilitated by the programme leader, module leaders and subject matter experts to develop your perspectives on important issues related to your healthcare practice and to enhance your academic and clinical expertise. One of the central tenets of postgraduate learning is to be able to take an active role in your own learning, and this is encouraged and developed throughout the programme.


The assessment methods of this programme are designed to help you integrate theory and practice, maximise your skills of critical thinking and synthesis and develop and strengthen your understanding of the implications of paediatric healthcare practice. Your knowledge, understanding and competence are assessed using a variety of methods relevant to your area of practice and study. Each module will be assessed according to the assessment guidelines of that module; therefore, assessments will vary according to the type and focus of each module.

Formative assessment

This is a key component and is an important opportunity to prepare for summative assessments and receive timely feedback to guide you towards successful completion of the summative assessment. The types of formative assessment are dependent upon modules undertaken and may include written critical and analytical case studies, peer presentations, online quizzes, and reflective discussions.

Summative assessment

This will vary depending on modules chosen. It may include, but is not limited to, case studies and critical reflection on practice, practice-based portfolios, service reviews, reports, Objective Structured Clinical Assessments (OSCAs), viva voce, quality improvement projects and presentation of research findings through podcasts or posters.

UK entry

Learners admitted to this programme must:

  • Meet individual requirements of specific chosen modules
  • Be currently working with children and young people in a healthcare setting
  • Hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Learners who do not have a degree but who have successfully completed level 6 or 7 CPD modules may be admitted to the programme through the Middlesex Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. This will be at the programme leader’s discretion.
  • Evidence commitment to study, professional development to date, consideration of a coherent study pathway and plans for future professional development and progression.
  • Demonstrate minimum English language requirements. All modules in the programme are delivered in English so IELTS English required with an average score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in a single area.

Additional admissions criteria:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available in line with Middlesex University regulations.

Please note, this Master's programme does not lead to a professional nursing qualification. Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition, although some of the modules you choose could involve an interview.

Academic credit for previous study or experience

  • If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your programme of study. For further information please visit the Middlesex University Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

How to apply

Please apply by using the application form. The course codes for the different options are below:

MSc: 011B75E
MSc (Critical Care): 011B731
MSc (Oncology): 011B730
PGDip: 035G76A
PGDip (Critical Care): 035G766
PGDip (Oncology): 035G761
PGCert: 034B75B
PGCert (Critical Care): 034B742
PGCert (Oncology): 034B741
GradCert: 190B732
GradCert (Critical Care): 190B725
GradCert (Oncology): 190B722


The fees below refer to the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Part-time students: £64 per credit*

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide.

For more information and to answer your frequently asked questions, please visit our postgraduate funding page.

Course costs

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • A free electronic textbook for every module
  • All printing and copying required for your study
  • Self-service laptops available for loan for a maximum of 24 hours
  • Audio-visual equipment available for loan, including digital stills cameras, digital video recorders, digital audio recorders

How can MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice support your career?

You will be able to map the learning outcomes from your chosen modules plus the programme outcomes against your own career and development pathway. You can also share your enhanced knowledge and expertise across the local, national, and international area of specialism.

Engagement with the programme and the modules within, will provide evidence of CPD for professional re-validation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or other regulatory body.

A completed programme will indicate to employers that you have the abilities and characteristics required of practitioners working in more senior positions. As such, some learners move on to more advanced roles, while others pursue a clinical-academic career.

If you successfully complete the MSc Paediatrics and Child Healthcare Practice or other associated awards above, you will be able to demonstrate commitment to CPD, lifelong learning, practice research and development. You might also wish to explore your options in research or academia, or even complete further study at doctoral level.

Joanna Slater
Head of Education at GOSH Learning Academy

With roots in nursing established at Nottingham University in 2002, Jo’s career has been a journey through prominent healthcare institutions. Beginning in Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and subsequently contributing to the renowned Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH), her commitment to paediatric care deepened. Transitioning into education, Jo served as a Lecturer Practitioner at GOSH and London South Bank University from 2013, fostering the growth of aspiring healthcare professionals. Progressing to the role of Academic Course Director in the GOSH Learning Academy in 2021, Jo has recently assumed the position of Head of Education and Programme Leader, embodying a continuous dedication to shaping the future of nursing and healthcare through comprehensive education and leadership.

For further information about the programme content, or to set up a programme planning meeting to discuss which pathway will be best for you, please contact the Academic Programmes Team at the GOSH Learning Academy: academic.programmes@gosh.nhs.uk.

For general information about studying at Middlesex University, please explore the links below.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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