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End of Life Studies

University of Glasgow

18 months
8700 GBP/year
8700 GBP/year
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This End of Life Studies programme from University of Glasgow 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.


  • 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.


The End of Life Studies programme from University of Glasgow 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Assisted Dying: Rhetorics and Reality
  • Global Challenges and Dilemmas in End of Life Care
  • Compassionate Communities: Promises, Practices and Pitfalls
  • The Continuum of Ageing and Dying
  • Cultural Representations of Death and Dying
  • Theory, Methods, and Ethics in End of Life Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits

MSc (180 credits), PgCert (60 credits) and PgDip (120 credits)



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13050 GBP for the full programme during 18 months.
  • National

    8700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13050 GBP for the full programme during 18 months.


  • Home/EU/International: £8,700 (£1,450 per 20 credits)


  • Home/EU/International: £4,350 (£1,450 per 20 credits)


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