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Palliative Care MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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Overview

Our Palliative Care programmes will give you the skills to evaluate evidence to improve care, and to conduct research to inform clinical practice and service development. You can study this as an MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate. Whichever you choose, you will have world-class teaching at the cutting edge of the field.


Key benefits

  • Our programme has a national and international reputation which attracts students from all over the world.  
  • Strongly focused on evidence and on understanding how to conduct research in palliative care and related areas.  
  • Our teaching staff are key academics, practitioners and policy-makers in the field. Lecturers visit us from across the world.
  • Programme based at the Cicely Saunders Institute, a WHO Collaborating Centre for palliative care and rehabilitation that is at the heart of national and international research and academic-clinical collaborations.



Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT or two years PT, January to December. Next entry January 2017.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 25-30 FT/ PT.

Course leaders

Dr Jonathan Koffman

mscpallcare@kcl.ac.uk, jonathan.koffman@kcl.ac.uk, pg-healthadmissions@kcl.ac.uk

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A degree in medicine, nursing or dentistry or a 2:1 degree in life sciences or social sciences from a UK or overseas university. You must also have experience of working in palliative care or an associated area, eg clinical or social care research.

Application procedure

We interview candidates, usually with two members of the department, to discuss your palliative care experience, reasons for wanting to join the programme, and your research interests.  We are happy to interview overseas applicants via telephone or Skype. Applications are subject to a £50 non-refundable application fee. 

Please note: The programme runs from January to December.

Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement and full transcripts are required.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for January 2017 is 9th December 2016.

The deadline for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

Our programmes were developed by the King's College London Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and St Christopher's Hospice together. We will give you the skills you need to evaluate research and evidence in issues of palliative care to inform your clinical practice and your service development. 

Our primary aim is to improve your ability, competence and confidence to care for patients with advanced disease, and for their families. This requires you to be able to critically evaluate evidence of the effectiveness, appropriateness and acceptability of existing interventions and services, both medical and psychosocial.

This programme is multi-disciplinary and multi-professional. You will learn alongside palliative care professionals from across the world and from all disciplines at the Cicely Saunders Institute, the first purpose-built centre for palliative care. We have students from a wide range of disciplines and professions including doctors, chaplains, nurses, social workers and physiotherapists.

You will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the many clinical, social, psychosocial, and ethical issues which surround palliative care, and how to assess and deal with them.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will learn from academics who are working at the cutting edge of palliative care, allowing you to develop your knowledge with the latest thinking and research.

Module

Study time

15-credit module

150 face-to-face taught or self-directed learning hours.

30-credit module

300 face-to-face taught or self-directed learning hours.

Research Study Project (MSc students only)

600 hours of self-directed learning.

Assessment

We will assess you through a combination of coursework and exams, allowing you to develop different skills and working styles.

If you are an MSc student, you will write 15,000 words for your Research Study Project.

Structure

  • If you are an MSc student, you will take a total of 180 credits.

    If you are a PG Dip student, you will take a total of 120 credits.

    If you are a PG Cert student, you will take a total of 60 credits.

    Required modules

    If you are an MSc student or a PG Dip student, you must take all of these modules.

    If you are a PG Cert student, you will choose two of these modules.

    • Research Methods and Statistics in Palliative Care (15 credits)
    • Biology and Management of Symptoms in Advanced Disease (15 credits)
    • Psychosocial, Cultural, Ethical and Spiritual Issues (15 credits)
    • Service Organisation and Policy in Palliative Care (15 credits)

    If you are an MSc student you must also take…

    • Research Study Project (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    If you are an MSc student or a PG Dip student, you will choose two modules from the list of options below. If you are a PG Cert student, you will choose one.

    • Advanced Psychosocial Ethical and Spiritual Care (30 credits)
    • Applying Epidemiology in Palliative Care (30 credits)
    • Service Development and Management (30 credits)
    • Advanced Pain and Symptom Control (30 credits)

    For part-time students: with the exception of Research Methods and Statistics in Palliative Care, which you will take in your first year, you may choose which year you will take each module. If you are an MSc student, you must take your Research Study Project in your second year.

    We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx

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Career prospects

We are aware that many former students have become experts in their field making notable contributions to patient and family care and influencing palliative care policy locally, nationally and internationally. Specifically, many former specialist training registrars in palliative medicine have progressed their careers to assume challenging and exciting consultant posts in hospital, hospice and community settings. This is also true for a growing number of clinical nurse specialists who are now nurse consultants. Increasing numbers of former students have gone on to successfully conduct PhDs in palliative care related areas. Further, the course has provided many students with exciting opportunities to conduct high quality research which has successfully been disseminated at scientific meetings or high quality peer-reviewed journals.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)* (MSc); £6,300 p.a. (2017/18)* (PGDip); £3,150 p.a. (2017/18)* (PGCert)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 p.a. (2017/18)* (MSc); £15,200 p.a. (2017/18)* (PGDip); £7,600 p.a. (2017/18)* (PGCert)

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)* (MSc); £3,150 p.a. (2017/18)* (PGDip); £1,575 p.a. (2017/18)* (PGCert)

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£11,400 p.a. (2017/18)* (MSc); £7,600 p.a. (2017/18)* (PGDip); £3,800 p.a. (2017/18)* (PGCert)

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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