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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.


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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Applications Deadline 2021

The application deadlines for entry to the Palliative Care MSc in Janury 2021:

International and home application deadline: 4th December 2020



We are committed to delivering the MSc, Diploma and Certificate programme in Palliative Care for January 2021. We are actively planning to provide campus-based teaching where possible as well as online teaching and digital services to ensure that you will receive the highest quality education, no matter what the circumstances or where you are in the world. For next year, we will be making some modifications to the programme to help promote greater flexibility in learning for our students. This means that you will have the option of classroom teaching, distance learning or blended learning to ensure that you can fully engage in your studies whether you are a new or current student. If you are interested in learning more about the changes for next year, please do get in contact with the programme co-ordinator: for more information.

 Also check out our updated course page below, which will provide more information on how to apply, tuition fees, as well as english requirements:


Or contact our Administrator by email:



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2021 module dates
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