Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary, part-time, modular course which aims to ensure health and social care practitioners can contribute to the quality of life of patients and their families. The course is relevant to health and social care professionals working in adult, children or neonatal services, in either hospital, community, care home or hospice settings. In line with current strategic directions, this course will address the palliative care needs of people with cancer and non-malignant disease.

You can choose to study for the award of Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care or use the academic credit towards generic degree completion. Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development.

Please note: although a start date is specified in the Course Overview box opposite, this may not represent the actual start date. For confirmation of start date, please contact the staff member named on the Key Details tab of this page.

Course structure

The course comprises three 20 credit modules at Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9.

Entry requirements

This course can be accessed by practitioners with or without a first degree.

All applicants must:

  • be registered health or social care practitioners with the appropriate authority or have evidence of health/ social care qualifications and
  • have responsibility for patients and families in the palliative care phase of illness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


  • Anticipating and Responding to Pain and Symptoms in Palliative Care (N3607)
  • Care for the Patient and Family in Palliative Care (N3608)
  • Using Person-Centred Communication Skills in Palliative Care (N3615)


Professional registration

This course does not provide professional registration.

Key details

Outcome: Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Start Date: There will be intakes in September and January each year

Duration: 1.5 - 4 years

Location/Attendance: All the modules will be taught at the St Columba’s Hospice Centre for Education and Research, 17 Boswall Road, Edinburgh.

Delivery: Blended with face-to-face teaching and online learning

Fees: To view the fees for this Graduate Certificate, visit Fees and Charges page, select the appropriate year (Undergraduate) for entry and look under ‘Undergraduate Laboratory/ Studio-Based Courses’.

For further information, including application process, please contact: Janice Logan, Lecturer in Palliative Care/ Programme Leader,  St Columba’s Hospice Education Centre. +44 (0)131 551 7710.

This course is due for revalidation in May 2018 and it will likely result in some changes to structure, content and /or delivery.  Please check our website regularly for further updates.

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