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Palliative Care (Person-Centred Practice) - MSc

A wide variety of graduates and health professionals currently work with people with palliative care needs. This MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Palliative Care (Person-Centred Practice) 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 and is delivered in partnership with St Columba's Hospice Care. 

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 Columba's Hospice Care and QMU. The academic team pride themselves in supporting learners throughout their course.
  • 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’.

Palliative Care (Person-Centred Practice) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert: More information 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. Learners have the option to exit with their PgCert or PgDip or full MSc. The course supports practitioners to engage in transformative learning practices. 

How will I be taught?

Structure and exit awards

You can exit with a PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (180 credits).

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. Contact the Palliative Care Team for more information on single module study.

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 (eg HUB@QMU), will be an important component of approaches to formative and summative assessment. 

Teaching hours and attendance

All attendance will be online. Frequency will depend on the module you are studying.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary.

Teaching staff

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.

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)
  • Shadows and Horizons: Advancing Palliative Care Practice (20 credits)
  • Building a Therapeutic Relationship with the Patient and Family in Palliative Care (20 credits)

OR

  • One of the palliative care modules listed above (20 credits)
  • Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Wellbeing (20 credits) (Core module 1 for the PgDip/MSc)
  • Leading Person-centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 credits) (Core module 2 for the PgDip/MSc)

To achieve a PgDip you will also 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) (Core module 1 for the PgDip/MSc)
  • Leading Person-Centred Practice for Health and Wellbeing (20 credits) (Core module 2 for the PgDip/MSc)
  • Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice (20 credits)
  • Advancing Practice in Clinical Assessment (20 credits) (a pre-requisite to Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health Care Prfessionals)
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (40 credits)

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

*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.

NB The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2023) 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.

Career opportunities

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

Palliative Care (Person-Centred Practice) - MSc: Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally hold a degree and will be health professionals working with people with palliative care needs.

Please note: We cannot sponsor International students to study this course as Student visas are not available to those studying an online course.

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

Disability/health conditions

If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at QMU. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.

Applying for this course

For more information on applying, or to apply for this course, please follow the links in the 'Start your application' box at the top right of this page.

Application deadline

September 2024 start: 1 September 2024 

January 2025 start: 15 December 

NB These dates are subject to change.

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2024/25 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

More information and QMU contacts

For more information contact the Palliative Care team

You can also contact Admissions

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