UCC Postgraduate courses

Paediatrics & Child Health (Online)

View our FAQ Listen to Dr Daragh Finn speak about this programme

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Paediatrics & Child Health (Online)

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    PG Cert

  • EU Fees

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    30 July 2022

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

This new Postgraduate Certificate, developed by the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at University College Cork, is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage children under their care. 

This is the first University-accredited postgraduate programme in Paediatrics and Child Health in Ireland and forms part of a unique suite of Paediatrics and Child Health courses, designed so students who complete the Postgraduate Certificate have the option to proceed to a Diploma and Masters level qualification.

These Paediatrics and Child Health courses were established by the College of Medicine and Health to meet the demand for dynamic multidisciplinary healthcare models for treating children. They offer broad coverage of the scientific basis of childhood disease, the principles of evidence-based paediatric medicine, and focus on the various multidisciplinary assessment and treatment approaches within the field of paediatrics.

Paediatrics and Child Health Programme

The Postgraduate Certificate is delivered entirely online and forms part of a suite of three courses providing postgraduate training in paediatrics to doctors in speciality training (GP or paediatric), nurses, and allied health professionals who wish to sub-specialise. We also believe that many established professionals from multiple disciplines will benefit from this suite of courses as part of their Continued Professional Development (CPD).

This online Certificate consists of 4 modules worth 30 credits. Students who complete the PG Certificate may progress to the Diploma (additional 4 modules, 30 credits) which builds on the knowledge base gained in the Certificate with an emphasis on research methods and reflective practice in childhood neurodisability, chronic disease and adolescent medicine. Upon completion of the Diploma, students may progress to the MSc, completing a 30-credit research dissertation. 

  • Year 1 - PG Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health (30 credits)
  • Year 2 - PG Diploma in Paediatrics and Child Health (30 credits) (accumulated 60 credits)
  • Year 3 - MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health (30 credits) (accumulated 90 credits)

Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health

Our Certificate course is designed to facilitate students with a wide range of background skills in paediatrics, who require a detailed understanding of core research methodologies, critical evaluation, evidence-based approaches, and the scientific basis of childhood disease.

Certificate students take core modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:

PC6001 Newborn Health and Child Development 10 1
PC6002 The Febrile Child 5 1
PC6003 Evidence-Based Management of Common Paediatric Presentations 10 2
PC6004 Acute Injury in Children 5 2

Learning  Outcomes

On successful completion of this Certificate course, you will be able to:

  • Outline a systematic approach to new-born and infant clinical assessment;
  • Define the principles of managing common illnesses in infants and children;
  • Describe the principles of assessing and managing a febrile child with reference to sepsis;
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of the multi-disciplinary team in child health;
  • Describe the assessment and management of accidental and non-accidental injuries in children.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

This Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health is a part-time course run over one academic year (9 months). Students take taught modules to a total value of 30 credits, incorporating approximately 100 hours of structured contact time, provided via webinars or online (3 to 8 in-class days per month during term).

Most classes are held during the academic year via UCC's e-learning platform Canvas. Canvas will host asynchronous lectures, assignments, discussions, and course communications. There will also be synchronous components, such as live teaching sessions and workshops which will be delivered via the Microsoft Teams platform.

Progression from Postgraduate Certificate to Postgraduate Diploma

A student previously graduated with the Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health, within five years of completion may re-register for the Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatrics and Child Health, subject to approval of the Programme Team, with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years. This will not require a new PAC application.

Why Choose This Course

The UCC Department of Paediatrics & Child Health provides excellent online teaching which has helped me to maximise my learning at the postgraduate level.

Dr Eoin Murphy, GP Trainee

Our Paediatrics and Child Health courses are designed for busy healthcare professionals, including those working full time, who want to learn flexibly. This is the only fully online postgraduate programme in child health in Ireland with University accreditation and includes the option to proceed to MSc level.

UCC has a strong tradition in the education of paediatricians, paediatric nurses and allied health professionals. The course team includes faculty members from a broad range of specialities including neonatology, paediatric emergency medicine, allergy, neuro-disability, neurology, endocrinology, and pulmonology.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The UCC Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Paediatrics and Child Health will provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply for opportunities abroad.

There is no work placement in this programme, but candidates should ideally be working in clinical practice. However, while there are no placements within the course design, the faculty are available to advise regarding such opportunities within their professional experience.

Skills and Careers Information

In today’s competitive workforce, higher professional qualifications are an essential part of development and career advancement. We are confident that this Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health will provide you with the skills and competencies required to confidently care for children in your respective field.

The course will be particularly useful for: Doctors completing membership exams and applying for paediatric higher specialist training; GPs wishing to specialise in child health; Allied Health Professionals wishing to specialise to clinical specialist level; Nurses wishing to specialise to clinical nurse specialist level or managerial paediatric posts.


1. A primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a relevant health care discipline such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and language, physiotherapy, and dietetics.

2. Ideally candidates should have at least one year’s practical experience in their area of qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not hold a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) may also be accepted under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to a review of their training and professional experience. An interview may be required under these circumstances.

Applicants may also be accepted directly to the Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to a review of their training and professional experience. An interview may also be required under these circumstances.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. See our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €3,130.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €6,950.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Apply online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

2. Gather supporting documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

3. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

4. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 July 2022

Apply Now

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact