Research course

Palliative Care

Lancaster University · Health Research

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, in an appropriate subject, and relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Palliative Care provides opportunities for people working in palliative, hospice and end of life care, in the UK and internationally, to undertake advanced study. This programme meets the needs of palliative care professionals wishing to enhance their research skills, develop their critical understanding of policy and practice, improve their scholarship, and make an original contribution to knowledge development within their field, while at the same time fulfilling their existing responsibilities.

The specialist taught modules develop an understanding of the development of end of life services and movements in different settings and cultures around the world; the models of care that have been adopted; and the issues involved in assessing the impact of these – individually, socially and societally.

Department specialisms

The Department of Health Research brings together over 100 academic and research staff whose research covers one or more of the following broad areas: ageing, palliative and end of life care, mental health, organisational well-being, public health, health equity, disability studies and health economics.

Information for international students

IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply).

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593936