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Palliative Care MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert



Develop the skills necessary to appraise evidence based care and conduct research on issues of palliative care to inform clinical practice and service development. MSc and PG Diploma: six modules plus research study project for MSc. PG Certificate: three modules.

Key benefits

  • The programme has a national and international reputation attracting students from all over the world.  

  • The programme is focused strongly on evidence and on understanding how to conduct research in palliative care and related areas.  

  • Teaching staff are key academics, practitioners and policy-makers in the field of palliative care. Visiting lecturers are drawn from across the UK and internationally.

  • The programme is based at the Cicely Saunders Institute, a WHO Collaborating Centre for palliative care and rehabilitation which 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,,

Course contact for further information

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

Course contact email Enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



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.

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 is 02 December for 2017 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 31st October to allow sufficient time for visa processing.




Course detail


This multi-professional MSc is a joint development between King's College London Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and St Christopher's Hospice. We will give you the skills you need to appraise research and evidence in issues of palliative care to inform your clinical practice and service development. 

Our primary aim is to improve the ability, competence and confidence of students to care for patients with advanced disease and their families. This relies heavily on critically appraising existing evidence of the effectiveness, appropriateness and acceptability of existing interventions and services, both medical and psychosocial.

The programme is multi-disciplinary: palliative care professionals from across the world and from all disciplines learn alongside each other at the Cicely Saunders, the first purpose-built centre for Palliative Care.  Former and current students range from doctors, chaplains, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, amongst many more.  

You will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the many clinical, social, psychosocial, and ethical issues in palliative care and their assessment and management. You will also acquire the skills required to critically appraise the evidence of both existing and new treatments and carry out your own research.

Course purpose

To develop the skills necessary to appraise evidence based care and conduct research on issues of palliative care in order to inform clinical practice and service development in the field of palliative care.

Further literature information booklet

Course format and assessment

MSc and PG Diploma students take four core and two optional modules. In addition, MSc students complete a research study project. PG Certificate students study two core and one optional module. Assessment is by examinations and coursework, and for MSc students, completion of a research study project.



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

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc); £6,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGDip); £3,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGCert)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc); £14,500 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGDip); £7,250 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGCert)

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc); £3,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGDip); £1,500 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGCert)

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£10,875 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc); £7,250 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGDip); £3,625 p.a. (2016/17)* (PGCert)

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 - Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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