Postgraduate taught 

Palliative Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Nurse holding patients hand, Palliative Care

This programme is for professionals caring for patients with life-threatening or incurable illness. Students will expand, enhance and develop their knowledge through reviewing a broad range of published literature related to Palliative Care. There is a focus on non-malignant disease, frailty and multi-morbidity to reflect the changing patient demographic. Students will further develop their skills in critical analysis of core concepts along with symptom control, leadership, communication and holistic care. Students’ expertise will be enhanced by projects that will take place in their own clinical environment. This part-time online distance learning (ODL) programme will support graduates in becoming clinical and academic leaders in the field of Palliative Care with a qualification from a world top 100 university.

  • Online distance learning
  • Academic contact: mvls-palliativecare@glasgow.ac.uk  
  • Admissions enquiries: enquire online
  • September start
  • MSc: 36 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12 months part‑time

Why this programme

  • NUMBER 3 in the UK for Medicine (Complete University Guide UK 2020).
  • Obtain a postgraduate degree with an emphasis on learning embedded in clinical practice
  • Areas covered include symptom-control, communication skills, patient-centred care, leadership and effectiveness.
  • The programme is taught by a team of clinicians with a wide range of clinical and educational experience, delivered as an online distance learning programme.
  • Learning opportunities are delivered by experts in the field of palliative care using a multi-modal teaching approach which includes lectures, seminars, and online forums.
  • The work and assignments during the programme are tailored in order for students to reflect on implementing knowledge and skills in their own workplace in the UK or internationally.
  • Assessments are geared to acquiring work, academic and leadership skills and confidence to help students grow in their roles.
  • Watch Dr Paul Keeley and Dr Joanna Prentice, the programme directors, tell you more...

                   

Programme structure

The programme is taken over three years by online distance learning with exit points at PGCert (60 credits, one year); PGDip (120 credits; two years) and MSc (PGDip plus dissertation and research methods course, 180 credits, three years).

The programme is delivered online and consists of core courses as detailed below. 

Learning is exclusively via a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) with emphasis on the research and governance principles which underpin contemporary practice, as well as leadership and management skills. 

The MSc/PGDip courses in year 1 are designed to introduce the skills required to complete the course and apply evidence-based practice. 

Students will also start the in depth exploration of core clinical subjects in palliative care and begin to produce independent pieces for submission online. 

In year 2, MSc/PGDip students will further enhance their knowledge of core subjects and be introduced to leadership and management principles as well as clinical governance and quality improvement in palliative care. 

In year 3, MSc/PGDip students will write a dissertation around a topic of their choice allowing them to use the skills of academic enquiry learned.

Core courses

Year 1

  • Symptom control in changing populations
  • Symptom control in advanced disease
  • Themes in palliative care

Year 2

  • Advanced communication and ethics
  • Clinical leadership and effectiveness
  • Research Methods for Palliative Care

Year 3

  • Dissertation (MSC students only)


PGCert

Students will be required to study three core courses to gain 60 credits:

  • Symptom control in changing populations
  • Symptom control in advanced disease
  • Themes in palliative care


Fees for NHS-funded students 

£939 per 20 credits, totalling £8850 for the MSc

 

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 forms a strong basis for a career in palliative care for nursing, medicine or allied healthcare professionals (AHPs) by following the major learning themes for the above specialist areas.

It also will become part of the essential requirements for Band 7 and above specialists in palliative care.

For medical candidates, the convenors of the programme will ensure the programme reflects GMC credentialing and will provide an academic underpinning for trainees in palliative care and a foundation for those seeking to further their skills in research, leadership and quality improvement.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2020-21

MSc

UK / EU / International:

  • £15,000

PgDip

UK / EU / International:

  • £10,000

PgCert

UK / EU / International:

  • £5,000

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

Funding opportunities

Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission hosts both the Fulbright scholarship programme and the EducationUSA advising network for the UK. The Commission focuses on opportunities and exchanges between the USA and the UK, as part of a global programme. The Fulbright Awards are now open and there are several postgraduate or research project awards available. The US-UK Fulbright Commission is committed to growing the numbers of applications and participants in the UK Fulbright Postgraduate programme from under-represented groups and to continuing fair access to the programme and the Fulbright Opportunity Fund will be available for the first time in the 2020-21 application cycle.

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

To apply, you will need:

  • A relevant education qualification at bachelor’s level 2, in medicine (mbchb or equivalent), nursing (bn, bsc or equivalent), pharmacology, physiotherapy or other health care professions and/or professional registration.
  • Relevant clinical experience

Candidates will need to provide two professional/academic references confirming their suitability for the course.

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?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form


 

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

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

Please note that applications for programmes delivered online will be accepted up until they commence in September 2020.

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