Paediatrics & Child Health

University College Cork

Paediatrics & Child Health

Course Outline
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health is the first of three courses providing postgraduate training in Paediatrics and Child Health at University College Cork (UCC). The Certificate, developed by the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage children under their care.

These courses are the first University-accredited postgraduate programmes in Paediatrics and Child Health in Ireland and form part of a unique suite of Paediatrics and Child Health courses. Students who complete the Postgraduate Certificate in their first year have the option to proceed to a Diploma and Master's level qualification in their second and third years respectively.

If students have Recognised Prior Learning from another institution, up to 30 of those credits can be applied to this programme and they may be able to enter the Diploma year (see 'Requirements' below for more information).

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.

Subjects taught

Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Health (30 credits)
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.

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

Entry requirements

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

Application dates

Closing Date Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


1 year part-time, online.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

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.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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