Taught course

Palliative and End of Life Care

University of Liverpool · Faculty of Medicine

Entry requirements

A suitable degree medical /healthcare or allied professional degree (with a degree award at minimum 2.2)

Must be able to access the minimum technical requirements for online study access

For intercalating medical students you should have successfully completed a minimum of 3 years undergraduate training at a recognised medical school

For nurses who may have qualified without a degree, examples of an ability to study at Level 7 will be required.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme has been developed to enable healthcare and allied professionals, and intercalating medical students, to engage with both theoretical and practice elements in the study of Palliative and End of Life Care at Masters Level. The programme is led by Dr Stephen Mason (Academic Lead) and Professor John Ellershaw (Clinical Lead), and supported by input from Specialist Clinicians, Senior Academics and an International Faculty.

Please note that this programme is suitable for intercalating medical students.

Designed for all healthcare and allied professionals who support patients with life limiting illness (gerontology, respiratory, oncology, cardiology), including doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists, you will develop critical understanding of the evidence that underpins the practice and development of Palliative and End of Life Care services. Work-based learning placements within specialist palliative care settings will provide you with the opportunity to contextualise learning within the programme. You will also undertake Advanced Communication Skills Training, delivered by internationally renowned experts, and designed to develop and enhance skills to address challenges frequently encountered in practice.

The curriculum will encourage you to consider how good practice can be achieved across a number of different practice settings and apply learning to your own practice area. This programme is rooted in the core elements of good practice, engaging clinical, academic, organisational, political and international perspectives on the current and future challenges for Palliative and End of Life Care.

This programme will prepare and provide you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop into, and engage in senior clinical and/or leadership roles within regional, national and international contexts. The programme aims to facilitate learning experiences that will promote improvements in the care delivered to patients and families, enhance support provided to colleagues, enable effective team working within and across professions and sectors, and highlight the pressures of organisation structures and resources on service delivery.

Fees and funding

UK students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/MSc-Palliative-and-End-of-Life-Care/fees/
International students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/MSc-Palliative-and-End-of-Life-Care/fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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