Taught course

MCS Palliative Care


Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from all members of the multi-disciplinary team and from individuals working in a voluntary capacity within a palliative care setting. Applicants should have: an honours degree (an equivalent of a British honours degree at 2:2 or above) or an overseas equivalent or evidence of working at a postgraduate level Candidates must also be able to demonstrate that they have direct and continuing contact with patients who have palliative care needs either through their employment or as an experienced voluntary care worker prior to and throughout the duration of the Programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Students accesing 'stand alone' modules:-

Students accessing modules on a stand alone basis can apply to study any modules within the programme with the exception of MPHE 5007 Dissertation module. A maximum of 30 credits worth of modules can be taken on this basis.

Students undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care:-

This 60 credit award consists of 45 credits of option modules and the core module MPHE 5*** Putting Theory into Palliative Care Practice. This modules can only be taken after the accumulation of the 45 credits of option modules.

Students undertaking the Postgraudate Diploma in Palliative Care:-

This 120 credit award consists of the initial 60 credits described in the option above plus a further 60 credits. These additional credits consist of core and optional modules. The core modules will be MPHE 5*** Strategic Leadership and Effective Management in Palliative Care (15 credits) and HEST 5001 Research Designs in Health (30 credits) or MPHE 5100 Evidence in Evidence Based Practice (15 credits) and a 15 or 30 credit option.

Students undertaking the MSc Palliative Care:-

In addition to the requirements outlined above for the first 120 credits of the award, students must undertake a 60 credit dissertation module (MPHE 5007). Please note, that students accessing the MSc award MUST undertake HEST 5001 Research Designs in Health.

Modules Availiable:-

Research Designs in Health
Principles and Practice of Palliative Care
Effective Support for People Living with Advanced Illness
Advance Care Planning
Developing Health and Professional Practice through Independent Study
Culture and Diversity in Palliative Care
Ethical Dilemmas in Palliative Care
Understanding the Experience of Living with Non Malignant Disease
Advanced Symptom Management
The Arts in Palliative Care

Fees and funding

Funding is currently availiable for Health and Social Care Workers in the East Midlands. Please Contact us for details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Sharon De Ceastecker
+44 (0) 116 231 8455
+44 (0) 116 232 0312