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Caring for Children & Young People with Complex Health Needs

Advances in medical care and technology now mean that many more children are living with complex health care needs and life limiting illness. This MSc offers a taught programme of study that sets out to nurture emerging and innovative professionals working and caring for children and young people with complex health needs and supporting families. It will meet the increasing demand for a postgraduate qualification in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs, explicitly focused on interdisciplinary learning and research, delivered flexibly through a blended format of online and face-to-face learning.

The aim of the programme is to provide high-level knowledge and skills training and education to those tasked with working together in caring for children and young people with complex health needs in a hospital and community setting. This Masters degree will be of value to those working with and for children, including health care professionals, allied-health professionals, as well as public officials, NGOs, social workers and support providers.

Why Queen's?
The MSc in Caring for Children with Complex Health Needs, is felxible and designed to meet the needs of local and international professionals. The programmes is delivered via a blended format of online and face-to-face learning and there are several exit points for this course.

Course Details
The MSc programme includes two short compulsory modules, which run across four programmes that relate to childhood studies in the University, and three core modules. Further optional modules will enable students to choose a range of substantive health-related modules and provides the opportunity to choose modules from the associated programmes in the Schools of Education, Psychology and Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work. Students will also undertake their own research in the dissertation module.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Nursing, Midwifery, allied health, social care or a related discipline. Applicants with a 3rd class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case by case basis, if they can demonstrate appropriate experience with in-service training, acceptable to the School. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for advice.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


1 year full-time or 3 years part-time. The programme can normally be completed within 1 year of first registration in full-time mode, or within 3 years of first registration in part-time mode.

Learning and Teaching
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the MSc in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Teaching is across a combination of morning, evening and afternoon classes using a blended learning approach of face to face and online teaching. While many of the modules are taught online, this will include weekly scheduled online tutorials through group video calls.

Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course include; lectures, practical experiences, E-Learning technologies, Self-directed study and added value qualifications to enhance employability.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
There is increasing demand for postgraduates with high-level skills in interdisciplinary research, participatory research methods and knowledge of caring for children and young people with complex health needs. Professionals who should find this degree beneficial would be those involved in caring for and supporting children/young people with complex health needs and their families within health and social care services, NGOs, public officials, social workers and allied health professionals who work with children and young people.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Fiona Lynn
Programme Co-ordinator School of Nursing and Midwifery
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5784

Subjects taught

Core Modules: Cross Programme
•Perspectives on Childhood and Youth
•Childhood and Youth Research in Practice

Core Modules
•Enhancing Care and Practice for Children with Complex Health Care Needs
•Perspectives of Family-centred Health & Social Care
•Qualitative Research Methods OR Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Healthcare
•Dissertation module

Optional Modules
•Qualitative Research Methods
•Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Healthcare
•Independent Study Module
•Delivering Quality Services for Health & Social Wellbeing
•Successful Leading for Health & Social Care Professionals
•Law for Healthcare Professionals

Optional Modules: Cross Programme
•Economic Impact of Childhood Interventions
•Qualitative Research in Childhood & Youth
•Children's Rights and Conceptions of Childhood
•Childhood Adversity

Optional Modules - Linked Programme
•Foundations of Children's Rights
•Children's Rights and Social Care
•International Contexts of Childhood Adversity
•Improving Outcomes with Evidence Based Interventions.

(Please note that programmes may change and are subject to a minimum enrolment)This MSc is part of a suite of specialist programmes in childhood studies, developed in conjunction with the Schools of Education, Psychology and Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Modules are assessed by a variety of methods, for example, written assignments, multiple choice exam, project reports, and contributions to online forums. Students will have the option of undertaking research work to submit as part of their dissertation. The award of MSc requires the accumulation of 120 M points from the taught modules and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, equivalent to 60 M points.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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