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Palliative Care MSc

This is a multi-professional course, jointly developed by King's College London and St Christopher's Hospice and specifically designed to appeal to future leaders of palliative and end of life care. The aim of the course is to help you develop the skills necessary to appraise research and evidence on palliative care, and to improve clinical practice and lead services.

The Palliative Care MSc enables palliative care professionals from a wide range of clinical backgrounds and career paths to synthesise their experience in the context of palliative care, develop their skills and knowledge, develop their careers and take the specialty forward.

The PG Diploma and PG Certificate enable students to take MSc modules and work towards the full MSc qualification over a longer timescale.

Since the MSc course was established in 1998 students have included trainee doctors in palliative medicine, general practitioners (family doctors), doctors and nurses working in oncology, haematology, nephrology, cardiology, neurology and respiratory medicine. Other professions have included social workers, radiographers, psychologists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, music therapists and chaplains. 

We have had students from all over the world: UK, Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

The international and multi-professional programme provides a rich learning environment, where students from all multiple professions and cultures are enabled and facilitated to share their experiences and support each other’s learning through groupwork, seminars, online forums and classroom discussions.

The MSc Palliative Care will support students’ career development, positioning them to be the future global leaders in palliative care, and advancing the speciality.

Our learning outcomes are:

  1. A detailed knowledge and understanding of research methods as applied to palliative care
  2. The skills necessary to appraise existing research and develop and execute methodologically robust projects in your own work setting or country (often in collaboration with others)
  3. An advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of palliative care, the contribution of different disciplines and biological, ethical, and cultural issues
  4. Enhanced skills in evidence-based clinical practice, teaching and service development in palliative care
  5. The attitudes and knowledge to take palliative care forward.

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How is the MSc programme delivered?

The MSc, Diploma and Certificate programme in Palliative Care will use a HyFlex model to deliver live teaching. HyFlex is derived from the terms 'hybrid' and 'flexible' and is a model of educational delivery, centered around accessibility and flexibility for students. This model delivers seminars in such a way that the student can join the sessions on campus or online . This means that you will have the option of classroom teaching, or accessing our teaching remotely to ensure that you can fully engage in your studies, no matter what the circumstances or where you are in the world.

Applications Deadline September 2022/3

The application deadlines for September 2022 entry is August for Home students and July for Overseas (EU & International) students. 

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