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Postgraduate taught programmes

Short Courses

We also offer our MSc Palliative Care modules on a standalone basis.

Assessments are optional and if successfully undertaken, can count as credits to future postgraduate qualifications.

The modules we offer are:

Research Methods & Statistics in Pallitive Care

This module aims to describe and illustrate the methods available for research in palliative care, leaving students able to understand, appraise and develop research studies. Common research methods in palliative care are reviewed, including systematic literature reviews, clinical trials, epidemiological methods, survey research design (including questionnaire design), qualitative research methods, economic analysis, and integration of methods in palliative care research. Statistical and measurement issues in palliative care are also covered including analysis of data, statistical interpretation, validity, reliability, appropriateness and responsiveness of measures. Other issues involved in designing and executing successful studies are also covered; these include hypotheses generation, protocol development, ethical issues, presentation of results, writing reports and papers, dissemination and implementation of results.

Assessment and Management of Symptoms in Advanced Diseases

This module reviews the epidemiology and pathophysiology of progressive incurable illnesses, which are relevant to specialists in palliative care. It then reviews the aetiology, mechanisms and management of common symptoms in palliative care leaving participants with the skills to assess and manage symptoms and appraise new therapies appropriate to their professional group.  Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions are also considered.

Applying Psychosocial, Cultural, Ethical and Spiritual Issues to Palliative and End of Life Care

This module focuses on the psychosocial, cultural, ethical and spiritual issues concerning patients and families/carers in palliative and end of life care. Students will become confident in relation to each element of the module and be able to communicate these skills to colleagues and practically employ them for the benefit of patients, family members and internal/external stakeholders.

Students will develop confidence in communication skills, enabling complex/difficult conversations to be held with patients and family members and communicate these to colleagues and others clearly and effectively

Recognition of cultural issues at the end of life, which draws upon issues of ethics, spirituality, communication and psychosocial needs will be integrated across the module to develop the learning for students around culture as an important driver and consideration for patient decision-making at the end of life.

Service Development and Policy

This module considers the development and management of palliative care services, drawing on international evidence underlying palliative care practice and policy. It reviews the evidence underpinning service development, the adaptation of such evidence to local needs, working within existing communities and cultures and detailed aspects of management including strategy, clinical governance and business planning. It will provide you with an overview of ways that services have developed and how this is influenced by culture, population needs, resources and national and international policies.

Applying Epidemiology to Palliative Care

The module considers the application of epidemiological principles in the investigation of palliative care problems. The epidemiology of cancers and other progressive diseases will be reviewed along with the use of epidemiological approaches to study patients and family needs and to evaluate services.


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