Child Health MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Child Health MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Nursing


Post- graduate





Contact UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment
College of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

  • Duration:

    Part-time: Usually three years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development, Post-registration

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

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  • Start Date:


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Why study this programme?

MSc Child Health aims to encourage synthesis of experience, knowledge and new learning in order to influence children’s nursing within contemporary health and social care settings.
At postgraduate level, the Child Health course; develops nurses who can champion and promote leadership in children’s nursing, facilitate reflection on contemporary children’s nursing in order to encourage innovation and creativity in children’s nursing and enables nurses and midwives to apply and utilise research that will support innovations contributing to the development of children's nursing.

The course allows practitioners to reflect upon and expand their clinical capability within multi- agency, multidisciplinary and inter-professional teams and participate in developing and promoting appropriate practice developments to facilitate the delivery of quality care.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Master’s award is a Bachelor’s degree with Honours at lower second or above. 

NB. Equivalent learning from other study or experience may serve to meet this requirement.

Specific entry criteria:

  • You must be a registered nurse or midwife who works with children and young people across a variety of health and social care settings

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed and will normally be followed by an initial advisory interview.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Postgraduate Research (C)
  • Thinking Children (C)
  • Shaping the Future for Child Healthcare Practice (C)

Year 2

3 optional modules from the following list:

  • Writing and presentation skills (O)
  • Solution focused interventions (O)
  • Advanced research methods (O)
  • The safeguarding of children in multi-disciplinary environments (O)
  • Care of the child with cancer (O)
  • Leadership in practice (O)
  • Multiprofessional support of learning and assessing in practice (O)
  • Assessing and responding to the critically ill child (O)

Year 3

  • Triple dissertation
  • or Double dissertation
  • plus Practice Improvement Through Change (C)

(C) = Compulsory

Postgraduate Advice Event

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The course covers the following subject areas within the arena of children and young people’s healthcare practice:

  • Developing practical research skills
  • Facilitation of critical thinking / reflection in and on practice
  • Leadership, change, management, innovation and interprofessional education
  • Quality assurance
  • Collaborative working across professional and organisational boundaries

This course is delivered on a part-time basis, usually over three years. The course comprises of three single compulsory modules in Year One: Introduction to Postgraduate Research; Thinking Children; Shaping the Future for Child Health Care Practice. Year Two comprises three optional modules from the list included in Course at a Glance. Year Three comprises of either a triple dissertation or a double dissertation and single compulsory module - Practice Improvement Through Change.

180 credits equating with nine modules. All students will take three compulsory modules, three optional module and either a triple dissertation or a double dissertation and single compulsory module.

Additional awards: If you leave before completing the course you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
College of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

Course Specification and Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Post-registration Recruitment Team, School of Health
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839


Fees 2017/18

Part-time: TBC

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

View further information

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the College of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The College of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Learning Environment and Assessment

  • Keynote lectures to provide subject overview
  • Directed critical reading allied to student-led seminars, workshops, discussions and debates
  • Workshops to promote practical skill development supporting assessment activity e.g. database access, search strategies, critical appraisal
  • Problem-based learning
  • Work-based learning
  • Clinical skills laboratory with simulation
  • Individual dissertation supervision and associated group workshops
  • e-Learn offers access to additional resources including chat rooms and discussion boards
  • Development centre which promotes self-assessment through reflection
  • Formative feedback at workshops, seminars, tutorials
  • Written assignments in the form of essays and scholarly papers, reflective accounts
  • Storyboards
  • 360 degrees feedback
  • Oral presentations
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Dissertation