Postgraduate taught 

End of Life Studies MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Dandelion seeds blowing in the wind

Around the world there is growing interest in end of life care, assisted dying, and the cultural values that surround death and bereavement. This postgraduate programme will offer you new and critical perspectives on end of life practice and policy, palliative care, cultural representations of death and dying, and related ethical questions.

  • MSc: 3-6 years
  • PgDip: Up to 48 months part‑time
  • PgCert: Up to 48 months part‑time

Why this programme

  • We will examine new theories, key concepts and a variety of research methods relating to end of life issues.
  • As the global population ages and grows, so too does the number of deaths in the world each year. We explore new patterns of ageing and dying, and the implications of these for policy and practice.
  • We will examine the specific challenges of delivering optimal end of life care in the global context, examining diverse models of care, their implementation in differing cultural settings and the global spread of palliative care approaches.
  • We will explore some of the diverse cultural beliefs surrounding what makes a ‘good death’ and consider global attempts to improve end of life care.
  • We consider the expanding debate surrounding the legalisation of assisted dying, and examine the implications for policy and practice in different settings.
  • Designed for and delivered on the FutureLearn platform.

Programme structure

You will take six core courses, each with 20 credits and a final 60 credit dissertation project to complete the MSc programme. It will take three years in the first instance to complete with a maximum of six years being allowed.

The programme also has exit points available for PgCert (60 credits) and PgDip (120 credits), up to a maximum period of four years of study.

Core courses

  • Assisted dying: rhetorics and real
  • Compassionate communities: promises, practices and pitfalls
  • Cultural representations of death and dying
  • Dissertation
  • Global challenges and dilemmas in end of life care
  • The continuum of ageing and dying
  • Theory, methods, and ethics in end of life research

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The programme is extremely well fitted to the needs of people already engaged in some way in matters relating to death, dying, bereavement, palliative care, and end of life care: as well as those who seek to move into these fields. We envisage a rich online learning community on the degree, made up not only of practitioners, but also social activists, those working in artistic and cultural media, as well as people pursuing their own personal development on a matter of pressing human interest.

Graduates are likely to find employment in:

  • Non-government organisations concerned with end of life care policy, service design and management.
  • International health organisations, particularly those with a focus on ageing and end of life care.
  • Government agencies and departments that take responsibility for end of life care strategies and provision.
  • Creative industries that focus on matters of death and dying in film, literature, public engagement, exhibitions and installations.
  • Emerging new professional groups: such as Death Doulas and other end of life practitioners.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2020-21

MSc

£11,800 (£1,311 per 20 credit programme)

Incremental payment schedule available

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £340
  • Registration/exam only fee: £160

Entry requirements

  • A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, if you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme team to discuss.
  • Previous work experience: applications from candidates with relevant and substantial professional and/or industry experience are welcomed even if they do not necessarily hold a relevant qualification.
  • If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. Please contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

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For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

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