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Palliative Care MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

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Scholarship opportunity now available with the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). 2 awards available to support students from eligible low and middle income Commonwealth countries to study the Palliative Care programme at King's College London. To find out more please visit: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study-legacy/funding/commonwealth-shared-scholarship-scheme-csss This is a multi-disciplinary and multi- professional course. We welcome and encourage medical students in their 3rd or 4th year to join our intercalated MSc Palliative Care programme. Our Palliative Care programme will give you the skills to critically appraise research and evidence on palliative care, conduct high quality research, improve clinical practice and develop services across the world. You will have world-class teaching at one of the strongest centres of palliative care research in the world and the only purpose-built institute for palliative care. This course incorporates leading research and innovative and evidence-based practice. It is delivered by the Cicely Saunders Institute in partnership with St Christopher’s Hospice. Our programme is open to any professional working in palliative care or with people facing advanced illness. Palliative care is a multidisciplinary speciality involving doctors, nurses, and allied health and social care professionals. We believe our students learn best in a classroom reflecting that range of professions. Our aim is to develop your competence and confidence in caring for patients with advanced disease, while supporting people close to them. Within your practice, you need to be able to critically evaluate the evidence behind different palliative care treatments. This is why there is such a strong focus on research and evidence-based practice in our programmes.

Key benefits

  • Our course has a national and international reputation which attracts students from all over the world
  • Strongly focused on evidence and an understanding how to conduct research in palliative care and related areas
  • Course 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
  • Our teaching staff are academics, practitioners, policy makers and global leaders in palliative care
  • Our MSc is delivered with St Christopher's Hospice, which provides skilled and compassionate palliative care of the highest quality.

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Employability

Many of our graduates have gone on to become leaders in their field, to make significant contributions to patient and family care and to influence palliative care policy locally, nationally and internationally. Many have used this course to progress their careers from specialist training registrars in palliative medicine to challenging and exciting consultant posts in hospital, hospice and community settings, and a growing number of clinical nurse specialists are now nurse consultants. Increasing numbers go on to conduct PhDs in palliative care related areas and the course has given to some 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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Employability

Many of our graduates have gone on to become leaders in their field, to make significant contributions to patient and family care and to influence palliative care policy locally, nationally and internationally. Many have used this course to progress their careers from specialist training registrars in palliative medicine to challenging and exciting consultant posts in hospital, hospice and community settings, and a growing number of clinical nurse specialists are now nurse consultants. Increasing numbers go on to conduct PhDs in palliative care related areas and the course has given to some 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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