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Palliative Care, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #108 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
The aim of this inter-disciplinary course is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a comprehensive academic and evidence based approach to their practice and to critically explore and critique palliative care service provision. 

Overview

This M.Sc. in Palliative Care is open to a wide range of professionals who have experience in delivering a palliative care approach within practice within the last two years. The aim of this inter-disciplinary course is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a comprehensive academic and evidence based approach to their practice and to critically explore and critique palliative care service provision. For the duration of the course| students need to be employed in an area where the principles of palliative care are operationalised when caring for individuals with life threatening illness and their families.

Practice is an integral component to the MSc Palliative Care course and as such, students are required to engage in critical analysis of their practice in relation to applying the principles of Ethics and Law, Research, Pain and Symptom Management and Psycho Social Care. Students engaging in this course will concurrently be providing care to persons with Palliative Care needs and their families, at their usual (or base) clinical site. In addition, and in order to expand on students' knowledge and experience in Palliative Care, a total of one hundred and twenty hours of supernumerary clinical placements will be established with the co-operation of clinical sites within and beyond St Francis Hospice services. The difference in client caseload that each site offers will further enhance the richness of clinical exposure for the student and challenge their ability to adapt their clinical skills to match a variety of client groups. These placements will take place across a variety of clinical placement sites and may include:

  • Specialist Palliative Care
  • Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and/or dementia.

Programme Structure

Year One

  • Palliative care philosophy, concepts and debates 

  • Palliative approaches to pain and symptom management

  • Psychosocial, spiritual and therapeutic issues in palliative care

  • Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods for Healthcare

  • Leadership and Quality Improvement in Healthcare

and a choice between one of the two following modules:

  • Clinical Practicum or

  • Ethics and Law in Healthcare

Year Two

  • Dissertation 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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  • Minimum required score:

    63

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Candidates for the course must have a minimum of one year's experience in delivering a palliative care approach within practice within the last two years| and for the duration of the course| be employed in an area where the principles of palliative care are operationalized when caring for individuals with life threatening illness and their families. Hold an honors degree in a health professional or related subject area. Or otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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