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MSc Neonatology

Develop not only your knowledge of common and complex neonatal conditions in theory and in evidence-based practice, but also your independent critical thinking skills and your ability to question neonatal healthcare practice and policy with this rewarding Master’s degree in Neonatology. This course is suitable for clinicians and non-clinicians from the UK and the wider international community and has been designed to improve your career options and pathways in this field.

Introducing your course

This course is for clinicians and non-clinicians to develop both your independent and critical thinking skills and to enable you to constructively question healthcare policy and practice. It will also give you the skills you need to address and find innovative solutions to complex problems in healthcare, meeting the current and future challenges in healthcare.

Overview

The MSc Neonatology runs between 12 – 18 months full time and 2 – 5 years part time and is usually delivered online. The course provides the opportunity to gain academic credits tailored to your ambitions and professional expertise. Along with a solid theoretical knowledge of a range of neonatal conditions you will learn the importance of collaboration, effective communication, the challenges faced by neonatology healthcare professionals and how to propose new solutions to neonatal issues and offer alternative hypotheses.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can apply to this course online using our online application form

In addition to applying for the degree, if you study part time you will also need to register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once the dates are published. You are eligible to study one or two modules 'stand alone' if you wish before applying for the programme.

Programme Structure

The modular design of this award is designed to enable you to normally complete the full MSc award between twelve to eighteen months of full time study, or two to five years of part time study. This schedule may depend on the timing of delivery of the neonatal modules.

The award permits you to register for individual 10, 20 or 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme) modules of study at HEI (Higher Education Institution) Level 7 (Masters level).

The 30 ECTS dissertation module offers you a choice of three options: an ‘Empirical Study’, a ‘Practice Enquiry’ or ‘an Evidence Based Project’.  The dissertation can be commenced before completion of all the taught modules; however it cannot be submitted unless a pass mark of at least 50% has been achieved in of the taught modules (totalling 60 ECTS).

The award of Postgraduate Diploma in Neonatology can be awarded as 'pass', 'merit' and 'distinction'. A 'pass' outcome requires a weighted mean average of 50-59%; a 'merit' outcome requires a weighted mean average of 60 to 69% and a 'distinction' outcome requires a weighted mean average of 70% or above.

To enrol on this course you must enter at a Master’s degree level. You can however elect to leave the course with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences - Neonatal, by meeting the module requirements below. You can also choose to study the modules outlined below individually and can build your way up to a qualification as desired.

Key Facts

  • The course is delivered online within a neonatal virtual learning environment where students access modules, cross-cultural learning groups, online tutors, libraries, image galleries and an Assessment Office
  • MSc Neonatology is run in collaboration with the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR), a dedicated neonatal professional organisation, and the established Neonatal Online Training and Education (NOTE) Faculty
  • Our modules are developed in collaboration with, and delivered by, senior neonatal clinicians and academics from across Europe
  • Module examples include Neonatal Neurology, Respirology, Haemodynamics and Neonatal Nutrition
  • Studying the MSc Neonatology provides you with the skills to take creative and innovative approaches towards problem-solving by drawing on an extended knowledge base
  • Commonwealth Scholarship is available for this programme
  • We welcome international applicants as well as those in the UK

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Applicants are expected to have:

  • A first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent* from an approved institution of higher education. 
  • At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required)
  • At least 2 years of relevant neonatal experience
  • Registration with an appropriate professional body

*If you have not achieved a first degree you may be considered for admission to the programme if you can provide evidence of suitable experience and supportive qualifications.  The evidence that you provide must be able to satisfy the programme leader that you are competent to pursue the programme. This requires you to demonstrate evidence of equivalent learning via a combination of:

  • accredited study within the last five years at HEI level 6 passed at 50% or above (normally a minimum of 15 ECTS and with a summative assessment including a written component)
  • evidence of recent non accredited study
  • experience as a neonatal clinician in a relevant professional role

In addition you will be required to demonstrate successful completion of a module studied at HEI level 7 of at least 10 ECTS which has a written component to the summative assessment. Candidates who can demonstrate equivalence to undergraduate degree programme outcomes but do not meet this level 7 study criterion may be offered a conditional place on the programme, with unconditional acceptance subject to successfully passing your first M level module. This module will be stipulated by the programme leader and will normally be Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice.

International and EU students whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of the English Language to be able to benefit from and participate in all academic activities at the University of Southampton. They are required to have:

  • reached a satisfactory standard* in an approved test in English OR
  • to have obtained a first degree from a UK university that has been taught and assessed in English OR
  • to have been instructed and assessed in English and come from a country which appears on the list of those exempt from testing.

*More detail regarding the required satisfactory standard, which is reviewed regularly, should be confirmed with the Faculty of Health Sciences Admissions team at PGapply.FHS@soton.ac.uk.  Further information can be found on our International page.

Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study

The Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study is available to help international students to prepare and successfully complete this masters programme.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The modular design of this award is designed to enable you to normally complete the full MSc award between twelve to eighteen months of full time study, or two to five years of part time study. This schedule may depend on the timing of delivery of the neonatal modules.

The award permits you to register for individual 10, 20 or 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme) modules of study at HEI (Higher Education Institution) Level 7 (Masters level).

Year 1

Compulsory

For the award of MSc Health Sciences - Neonatal, you must attain 90 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. To do so, you must successfully complete the following compulsory modules:

MSc Dissertation
Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice

For the award of PGDip Health Sciences - Neonatal, you must attain 60 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. To do so, you must successfully complete the following compulsory modules:

Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice

For the award of PGCert Health Sciences - Neonatal, you must attain 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. To do so, you must successfully complete the following compulsory modules:

Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
Optional

The remaining 50 ECTS credits for the award of MSc Health Sciences will be attained by selecting further optional modules:

Neonatal Nutrition (Online)
Neurology of the Newborn
A Foundation for Respiratory Care of the Newborn
Neonatal Haemodynamics
Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology (Online)

The remaining 50 ECTS credits for the award of PGDip Health Sciences will be attained by selecting further optional modules:

Neonatal Nutrition (Online)
Neurology of the Newborn
A Foundation for Respiratory Care of the Newborn
Neonatal Haemodynamics
Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology (Online)

The remaining 20 ECTS credits for the award of PGCert Health Sciences - Neonatal will be attained by selecting further optional modules:

Neonatal Nutrition (Online)
Neurology of the Newborn
A Foundation for Respiratory Care of the Newborn
Neonatal Haemodynamics
Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology (Online)

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594
OtherParking Costs: Students using their own vehicles will need to make their own arrangements for parking and pay for this where appropriate.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

This flexible programme of higher level study is suitable for neonatal clinicians who wish to improve their clinical knowledge and develop their academic careers in the field.

Learning & Assessment

Pathways

Pathways

There are two further pathways for this MSc Health Sciences programme:

  1. MSc Health Sciences
  2. MSc Health Sciences - Amputation and Prosthetic Rehabilitation

Study locations

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