Taught course

Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care Masters degree courses are:

  • A UK 2:2 Hons degree or above or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education. Admission to the programme will take account of applicants’ clinical experience and expertise as well as academic credit
  • A current professional registration with relevant professional/statutory body or equivalent
  • Current employment in a clinical service providing care to adults or young people or children with cancer, or palliative care (as a consequence of any illness) or end of life care needs
  • A satisfactory reference and evidence of support from your manager or evidence of relevant professional expertise
  • Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than a 6.0 in each component

Months of entry


Course content

This unique, interdisciplinary programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is aimed at emerging and established clinical leaders working in cancer, palliative, or end of life care, who wish to develop their leadership qualities. You will enhance your ability to critically champion compassionate and informed care, to provide quality services and to create learning environments enabling staff to strive for excellence. The programme was created in partnership with local stakeholders in response to Department of Health directives and offers you the opportunity to complete an assignment that is most relevant to your workplace and personal learning needs.

This programme will enable you to develop the qualities needed by ‘practice leaders …who are firmly grounded in direct care provision or clinical work with patients, families and populations … constantly working to improve the quality of services and patient care’ (DH, 2010:7). They include clinical acumen (the ability to lead and manage complex care), clinical interpretation (the ability to interpret policy and research, and design and lead clinical services fit for purpose), and clinical relationships (the ability to develop others and foster excellence).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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