About this course
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 UK master’s degree you’ll learn to solve complex problems in neonatal care and to question neonatal policy and practice.
We’ve developed the course in collaboration with the European Paediatric Society for Research (ESPR). The modules you choose are developed with neonatal specialists and academics across 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
- an assessment office
Susan Smith is your course lead.
If you have a question about the course you can contact Susan directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.
Find out more on our COVID advice page.
You’ll need a 2:2 degree in a clinical, health or science subject.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
You must also have relevant clinical experience and be equipped for online learning.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
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.
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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.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
The course is designed so that you can take any module in any order. The exception to this is your dissertation module which can't be taken in year 1.
For entry in Academic Year 2022-23
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules:
MSc Dissertation 18 month
This module will provide you with the opportunity to plan, undertake and report on an independent, original project which is relevant to your current or future area of practice and is appropriate to the Award you are following. This version of the Diss...
You must also choose from the following modules:
Neonatal Clinical Pharmacology (Online)
This module is designed to provide you with the underpinning scientific basis on which you can use to further develop your pharmacological knowledge as applied to neonatal clinical practice. You will have access to renown clinical pharmacology specialist...
Neonatal Haemodynamics (Online)
The module is designed to provide you with the neonatal haemodynamic theoretical basis you need for senior decision-making roles in neonatal clinical practice. The module will include clinical problem-based elements and will afford you the opportunity of ...
Neonatal Nutrition (Online)
This module has been designed by a specialist neonatal interprofessional group to increase your knowledge and depth of understanding of neonatal nutrition and its essential role in the successful nutritional management of the newborn infant.
Neonatal Pulmonology (Online)
The module is designed to provide you with the theoretical basis you need for senior decision-making roles in neonatal clinical practice. The module will include clinical problem-based elements focused on neonatal pulmonology. It will offer you the oppo...
Neurology of the Newborn (Online)
The module syllabus is designed to provide you with the theoretical basis and the analytical skills needed for senior decision-making roles in clinical practice. The module will include clinical problem-based elements and will afford participants the oppo...
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.
The way we assess you will depend on the modules you study and may include:
- evaluation of your online activity
- online examinations
- strategy documents and business plans
- clinical or practice guidelines
- presentations to a Trust board or subcommittee
- ‘conference’ posters and supporting papers
The dissertation is your opportunity to carry out an independent, original project relating to your current or future practice.
The subject and format must be agreed with your course lead. You can choose from these formats:
- literature review
- service improvement project
The dissertation module is offered in October each year and you’ll have 18 months to complete and submit your work.
You’ll be supported by your personal academic tutor, online module leaders and, where appropriate, an academic coach.
This master’s degree in neonatology is suitable if you're a neonatal clinician interested in improving your clinical knowledge and developing your academic career in neonatology.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). Our Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise team will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
- our dedicated start-up incubator, Futureworlds
- a wide variety of enterprise events run throughout the year
- our partnership in the world’s number 1 business incubator, SETsquared
Fees, costs and funding
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
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and any exams.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees.
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
NHS Learning Support Fund
As a student on this course you may be entitled to help from the NHS Learning Support Fund.
This can include a training grant of £5,000 per academic year, parental support of £2,000 for students with at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs, and help with travel and temporary accommodation costs for placements.
Find out more on the NHS Learning Support Fund website.
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional funding options may be available to help you pay for your master’s study. Both from the University and other organisations.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
- Use the 'apply for this course' button on this page to take you to our online application form.
- Search for the course you want to apply for.
- Complete the application form and upload any supporting documents.
- Submit your application.
The deadline for applying for your course for the 2023 year of entry is midday UK time on 7 July 2023.
The deadline for 2023 applications may still move to:
- an earlier date if we have already received enough applications before the deadline
- a later date if there are still places available on the deadline
We receive many high-quality applications, so places for many of our courses are very competitive.
Application assessment fee
We’ll ask you to pay a £50 application assessment fee if you’re applying for a postgraduate taught course.
This is an extra one-off charge which is separate to your tuition fees and is payable per application. It covers the work and time it takes us to assess your application. You’ll be prompted to pay when you submit your application which won’t progress until you've paid.
If you're a current or former University of Southampton student, or if you’re applying for certain scholarships, you will not need to pay the fee. PGCE applications through GOV.UK and Master of Research (MRes) degree applications are also exempt. Find out if you’re exempt on our terms and conditions page.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We'll assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We will aim to send you a decision 6-8 weeks after you have submitted your application.
If we offer you a place, you will need to accept the offer within 30 working days. If you do not meet this deadline, we will offer your place to another applicant.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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