Postgraduate Taught

MSc/PgDip Person-Centred Practice (Palliative Care)

A wide variety of graduates and health professionals currently work with people with palliative care needs. This course will allow you select modules that are of particular interest and will allow you to develop your career in the broader field of palliative care.

This course is available to study fully online and has September and January start dates. The part-time delivery of this course will enable you to progress your studies alongside your employment. The course is part of our Person-Centred Practice Framework.

Why QMU?

  • Suitable for a range of practitioners: Modules on this course will be of interest to a range of health and social care practitioners and you will benefit by learning alongside people working in different areas/roles. 
  • Contemporary, creative and interactive learning approaches: The learning environment will generate an ethos of engagement where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support.
  • Delivered in partnership: The course is delivered in partnership with St Columba’s Hospice Care, offering access to experienced specialist palliative care practitioner input and resources.
  • Staff expertise and support: You will be taught by a team of academic staff based in both St Columbas Hospice Care and QMU. The academic team pride themselves in supporting learners throughout their programme.
  • Our reputation: We have a reputation at QMU for innovative curriculum design, being supportive and responsive to learners and extensive online resources.
  • Relevance: Our conceptualization of person-centredness is consistent with the WHO Framework of ‘people-centred healthcare’.

Who is this course for?

This course will be attractive to any health professional working with people with palliative care needs and wishing to extend their knowledge in this specialist area.

More about MSc/PgDip Person-Centred Practice (Palliative Care) and what you will achieve

We aim for learners to become person-centred practitioners/managers/leaders with the expertise to advance palliative care practice through the development of knowledge.

The uniqueness of this course is that you can craft your own pathway. There is a portfolio of modules to choose from which includes three specialist palliative care modules. The course supports practitioners to engage in transformative learning practices. 

Exit awards

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

Structure

You can exit with a PgCert, PgDip or MSc. 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, and 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 where students can explore and challenge theories, practices and different sources of knowledge creatively in an atmosphere of high challenge and high support.

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. Our online teaching practice includes synchronous online learning and pre-recorded lectures. Assessment strategies will encourage application to practice. This will be achieved through the use of varied strategies that 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 (e.g. HUB@QMU), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment. 

Teaching hours and attendance

Your attendance requirements at QMU/ St Columba's Hospice will depend on the module you are studying. Your online attendance requirements will also depend on the module you are studying.

Links with industry/professional bodies

This course is delivered in partnership with St Columba's Hospice. 

Modules

To achieve a PgCert you will need to complete:

  • A Person-Centred Approach to Working with People with Complex Pain and Symptoms (20 credits)
  • Building a Therapeutic Relationship with the Patient and Family in Palliative Care (20 credits)
  • Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (20 credits)

OR

  • One of the palliative care modules listed above
  • Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Leading Person-centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)

To achieve a PgDip you will need to complete 60 credits from the following:

  • A Person-Centred Approach to Working with People with Complex Pain and Symptoms (20 credits)
  • Building a Therapeutic Relationship with the Patient and Family in Palliative Care (20 credits)
  • Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (20 credits)
  • Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Leading Person-Centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (20 credits)
  • Advancing Practice in Clinical Assessment (20 credits)
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (40 credits)

To achieve a MSc you will need to complete a 60 credit dissertation.

*Please check the course content and entry requirements for the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health Care Professionals. It is a NMC approved qualification, requiring an up-to-date Criminal Records Check.

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2022) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

Available. Available. Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Julie Young

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. In addition, candidates will be health professionals working with people with palliative care needs.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0

Interview: No interview required

Application deadline

None

More information and contacts

For single modules and the MSc, contact Julie Young. For the PgDip, contact Alison Bacigalupo.  

You can also contact Admissions

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.

Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU, but specialist palliative care modules are delivered at St Columba's Hospice OR fully online
Duration
2.5 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2023
Start Date
January 2024
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
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