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Integrated Palliative & End of Life Care MSc

Join a programme for frontline healthcare staff which enables you to deliver palliative and end-of-life care, engages you in research-led service improvements, and immerses you in an interactive virtual community of fictional patients.


Course length: 1 year full-time
2.25-4.5 years part-time
Start dates: February 2024
September 2024
February 2025
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
and Terence Burgess Education Centre (Southport)
and Online study
Subject(s): Health and Social Care
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Medical School

This programme is designed to make palliative and end-of-life care real, meaningful and accessible for all frontline clinical staff. The programme is suitable for nurses (community, hospital, nursing home, hospice), health and social care practitioners, allied health professionals, paramedics and doctors (GPs, specialist doctors and doctors in training). You will gain enhanced knowledge, confidence and competence in assessing the palliative and end-of-life care needs of patients and their families, with a particular focus on transforming end-of-life communication and the psychology of spiritual care and positive emotion. The impact in different disease trajectories will be explored, looking for similarities and differences and seeing how these might be managed. In addition, you will learn how to manage symptoms and address concerns arising across the four domains of holistic care (physical, psychological, spiritual and social), consider the ethical and legal aspects of care, and undertake an advanced practice project, underpinned by a detailed understanding of clinical education research.

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MSc Integrated Palliative and End-of-Life Care

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What you'll study

The course introduces you to the philosophy, principles and national drivers of palliative care, assessment and symptom management.

You will study the trajectories of end-of-life care in a variety of diseases and conditions, examine holistic care from a physical, psychological, spiritual and social perspective, and gain skills and knowledge in both supporting family carers and providing bereavement support.

In addition, you will focus on the delivery of palliative care through enhanced communication skills, future advance care planning and the management of complex medicines. You will also discover major debates in clinical education research and lead, implement and evaluate a service improvement project within a health and social care setting.

Two additional, optional modules will be selected from the wider faculty portfolio.

Compulsory modules:

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Advanced Practice Project
Research and Clinical Education
Transforming End of Life Communication and Spiritual Care
Transforming End of Life Trajectories
Transforming Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care

You will select two 20 credit optional modules, negotiated with the course leader, chosen from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s professional development portfolio.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please see our Continuing Professional Development Modules for Health and Social Care Practitioners pages.

How you'll study

The three core modules are delivered at the Terence Burgess Education Centre in Southport. Attendance will be an interactive hybrid of face-to-face and remote online study, for typically one half-day per week for each module, with an additional full introductory day at the start of each module and a further full revision day at the end. The remaining modules are delivered at Edge Hill University and contact hours will vary depending on your module choice.

Blended learning is encouraged as part of the learning process and includes a substantial amount of material available via our virtual learning environment.

As part of these online activities, you will be exposed to a variety of end-of-life care challenges faced by the residents of a virtual community of families. You will be expected to contribute to web-based discussions with your peers about the relevant care required by members of this virtual interactive community.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods vary according to the demands of each module and include written assignments, designing a teaching pack, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), portfolios, seminar presentations and work-based learning projects.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by specialist palliative care and palliative medicine staff who have experience working in a specialist palliative care unit and across healthcare settings. The expertise of the programme team will be supplemented by guest lecturers who have specialist interests in end of life care.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a health or social care related subject. Other subjects may be considered subject to a successful interview. You must be currently working in a healthcare setting.

If you have a minimum of five years’ experience working within health and social care and are able to demonstrate evidence of relevant continuous professional development, you may be able to access the course without a degree, subject to a successful interview.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

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Terence Burgess Education Centre, the location for the three core modules on the course, is a purpose-built teaching hub based at Queenscourt Hospice in Southport. It is equipped with audio-visual facilities and a small palliative care reference library. The library contains a variety of books, journals and videos relevant to palliative care.

Other modules will be delivered at Edge Hill University where the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals. The contemporary teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine


Tuition fees

UK Part-Time

Typically £50 per credit

for 180 credits

Please note that any Continuing Professional Development modules may differ in price to this. Full details of the prices can be found on our Continuing Professional Development CPD Modules for Health and Social Care Practitioners page.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see our EU student finance page for further details.

Your future career

Upon successful completion of the programme you will have the knowledge required to provide effective support to patients, their families and other health professionals in managing end-of-life care.

The course is designed to enhance your employability through developing your critical care skills and leadership qualities and encouraging you to explore new ways of working within health and social settings. You will gain experience of raising awareness of the holistic and existential issues facing patients and their loved ones and develop the skills to deal with challenging communication.

You will also be expected to demonstrate knowledge across disciplines, being both attuned to cultural diversity and aware of your professional responsibilities and limitations.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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