Postgraduate taught 

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

Theory, Methods, and Ethics in End of Life Research DUMF5128

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to three foundational components of end of life care research: theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and ethical considerations. The course will identify classic and contemporary concepts, issues, and debates within end of life research; sensitize students to the close relationship between theory, methods, and ethics in end of life research; and consider intended as well as unintended consequences of conducting end of life research within local, national, and international contexts.  


Online delivery - None

Online delivery - 1x 90 minute seminar per week

Excluded Courses





1. Essay of 2,000 words (50%)

2. Research proposal of 1,500 words (50%)

Course Aims

1. To introduce students to core theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues in contemporary end of life research

2. To foster a critical understanding of the competing claims of specific theoretical and methodological perspectives and to consider their particular relevance in end of life research.

3. To enable students to apply their knowledge of these issues within a simulated research proposal that is designed to acceptable ethical standards.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Evidence awareness of the key theoretical, methodological and ethical frameworks that inform end of life research in specific cultures and contexts.

2. Demonstrate skills in assessing specific studies in relation to their theoretical and methodological rigour.

3. Produce a research proposal or protocol that also evidences awareness of ethical issues in end of life research.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.