Postgraduate Taught

MSc/ PgDip Person-Centred Practice (Palliative Care)

Our recently developed innovative Master’s Person-Centred Practice (PCP) Framework with a suite of course routes which place the values of person-centredness at their core. These routes offer practitioners the opportunity to build upon their experience and develop an understanding of the knowledge and evidence that positively contributes to the health and wellbeing of persons, groups and populations.

The framework enables you to study the route which best meets your professional background and future aspirations. It will appeal to a wide range of health professionals. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Nurses already working in, or wishing to work in, the community can undertake a specified  group of modules that allows them to achieve a community qualification or registration recognised by the NMC in District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing.

This MSc/ PgDip is for graduates and practitioners who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of palliative care.

 

Why QMU?

Contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches facilitate your learning.

 Teaching staff include internationally renowned Person-centred Practice academics Professor Brendan McCormack and Professor Jan Dewing.

 

Course overview

This MSc/ PgDip is for graduates and practitioners who wish to develop their careers in the broad field of palliative care.

There are three core modules that enable you to obtain a PgCert. You will then study modules appropriate to your desired route.

The routes in the Person-Centred Practice Framework seek to influence and enable the transformative processes of personal and professional development through engagement, facilitation and evaluation of person-centred teaching and learning approaches. It is designed to meet the professional needs of practitioners from all disciplines working in a variety of different health and social care settings.

The Framework is innovative and interactive, emphasising application of theory to your practice context. It will enable you to critically engage with, evaluate and synthesise the evidence and research to promote the development and enhancement of person-centred culture and practice. This develops a pro-active, transformative and reflective approach to meeting the public health and social needs of individuals, families, groups and populations.

You can personalise your learning to your own situation eg mental health, social care, infection control, acute care and community health. International students are particularly welcome as they offer a varied and different perspective to the context in which the learning occurs.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/PgCert (60 credits)

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is framed by our core philosophical concepts of personhood, person-centredness, human valuing, healthful relations, human potential and development, supportive and enabling environments. Central to this strategy is the need for learners to engage in the learning experiences, a readiness to listen and explore, preparedness to be open to experiences and a resolve to keep going.

This environment will generate an ethos of engagement and criticality where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support. We will achieve this learning environment through a focus on three pillars of learning activity namely:

  • Student-centred experiential and collaborative learning;
  • Reflexivity and critical discourse;
  • Sustainable and ethical evidence-based teaching.

Students will be supported to challenge their thinking, values and beliefs; through the posing of complex activities and questions, and develop resilient and sustainable approaches to their learning and practice in response to these. Critical to this process is the use of diverse knowledge, scholarly inquiry processes and evidence informed materials to engage and enliven the processes of learning.

Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. In line with the framework’s philosophy, a wide range of sustainable strategies are used to ensure assessment diversity. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies which draw on the student’s own areas of practice such as portfolio development, practice proposals, annotated bibliographies, simulation events, games, seminar presentations and self-determined contextual assignment topics. Tutor, peer and self-assessment, including within virtual environments (eg HUB@QMU, Values Exchange), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment.

Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

N/A

Modules

To achieve a PgCert, you will complete:

  • Supporting the Patient and Family in Palliative Care (15 credits) 
  • Developing Advanced Communication Skills in Palliative Care (15 credits)

For those in a clinical role:

  • Working with People with Complex Pain and Symptoms (15 credits)
  • Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (15 credits) OR one 15 credit module from the MSc PCP Framework.

For those in a non-clinical role:

  • Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (15 credits) is a core module AND one further 15 credit module from the MSc PCP Framework.

To achieve a PgDip, you will also complete:

  • Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Leading Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (15 credits)

To achieve a MSc, you will also complete:

Dissertation (60 credits)

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 18) but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students. Please check this site for updates.

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Bill Lawson for more information.

Careers

Graduates have taken up advanced specialist practice and leadership roles within their specialist field of practice.

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be graduates with evidence of relevant recent academic study.

International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Interview: Interviews will take place in collaboration with partner Health Boards.

Application deadline

None

More information and contacts

Admissions on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000 or Janice Logan, St Columba's Hospice

Please Note:


The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU, but specialist palliative care modules are delivered at St Columba's Hospice.
Duration
Part-time: 2.5 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Fees & Funding