Neonatology (MSc)

Master of Science

Duration: 2 to 3 years

Course Type: Part-time

Campus: Online only

Course Overview

Neonatology is the medical treatment and care of newborn babies. On our MSc Neonatology you’ll develop knowledge of common and complex neonatal conditions. This master’s is suitable for professionals working in neonatal units. It’s taught entirely online so you’ll learn together with peers working in neonatal units across the world.

The course will develop your neonatal expertise, increase your transferable skills and improve your career options in the field of neonatology.

On this USA master’s degree you’ll learn to solve complex problems in neonatal care and to question neonatal policy and practice.

The modules you choose are developed with neonatal specialists and academics across the USA, and Europe, most of whom are senior members of the ESPR.

You’ll develop your understanding of:

  • common and complex neonatal medical and surgical conditions
  • the theoretical basis of research and evidence-based practice
  • the importance of collaboration, effective communication and the challenges faced by other professionals
  • critical and reflective thinking, taking account of the values and beliefs of others, and how your beliefs and behaviours affect others

You’ll meet world-renowned guest lecturers who will present their research and with whom you can ask questions and discuss neonatal issues.

Within the neonatal virtual learning environment (VLE) you can access:

  • the core curriculum
  • cross cultural learning groups
  • online tutors
  • libraries
  • an assessment office

Entry requirements

This information is for general guidance only; entry requirements vary for different courses.

Undergraduate entry requirements:

To be considered for a place on one of our undergraduate (bachelors) degrees, you will need:

High grades in UK A levels
Between 28 and 38 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Postgraduate entry requirements: 

Masters programmes Students achieving high grades in a 4 or 5 year Bachelors degree from high ranking Pakistan institutions will be considered for postgraduate entry
PhD programmes Good grades in bachelor’s (at least 4 years) and master’s degrees (2 years) awarded by a recognised university and a strong research proposal

English language entry requirements:

You will need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language proficiency.


Recognition of professional experience

If you don’t have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.

Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.

Course Structure

This master’s in neonatology gives you the flexibility to study part time over 3 years.

You’ll study modules that all students on the course take, as well as modules you can choose.

As part of this MSc you complete a dissertation. You can begin your dissertation before you complete the taught modules but you can only submit it for marking once you’ve passed them.


  • Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology
  • Neonatal Haemodynamics
  • Neonatal Nutrition
  • Neonatal Pulmonalogy
  • Neurology of the Newborn


Learning and Assessment


The diversity of your peer group means you’ll be part of a global distance learning community sharing knowledge into the practice of neonatology.

You’ll use online strategies to support how you learn and develop your skills in planning and managing your learning needs.

Online teaching and learning methods include:

  • lectures delivered as webinars
  • real time discussions and discussion boards
  • learning from and with your peers in a global community of practice

In all the clinical modules you’ll be allocated to a learning group where you’ll reflect on clinical scenarios that relate to theory. The groups are made up of 12 to 15 students. Discussions are directed and moderated by experienced tutors. They take the form of written comments and you’ll also meet regularly using Moodle or Zoom.


Fees, costs and funding

Tuition fees

Once you’ve decided which modules you wish to study in a year, you can register and pay online, usually a month before the module starts.

As all the modules are studied online, all students pay the same fee:

  • Research methods (online): £1,249
  • Dissertation: £2,186
  • Other modules: £1,341