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Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #154 (QS) Online
This multidisciplinary programme is designed for healthcare professionals wishing to advance their knowledge of the management of patients with non-curable and terminal illness.


The MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals provides high quality distance education for clinicians working with neonates, children and adults in many different settings in all parts of the world. At the core of its design and delivery is the desire to improve patient outcomes wherever palliative care is practiced by its students and to enhance the quality of palliative care through research and quality improvement. 

Using the palliative care approach as defined by the World Health Assembly in 2014 (WHO 2014) is an increasingly important imperative for health care professionals throughout the world in order to meet the palliative care needs of their populations. Although cancer as a burden of disease remains an issue globally, there are rising numbers of patients, including neonates and children, with palliative care needs from other conditions. These include learning disability, dementia, frailty and elderly people with multiple co-morbidities.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Palliative Care: Core Skills and Pain Management
  • Physical Symptom Management (excluding Pain Management)
  • Ethical, Legal and Complex Care Challenges in Adults
  • Ethical, Legal and Complex Challenges in Paediatric Care
  • Care in the Last Year of Life
  • Palliative Care where you Work
  • Making a Difference: Developing Palliative Care Services and Implementing Change

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Part-time
            • Average part-time duration 36 months
            • Intensity Flexible
          • Credits
            180 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            • Time flexibility
              Fully structured
            • Teacher support
              Continuous support with feedback on request

          English Language Requirements

          You need the following IELTS score:

          • Minimum required score:


            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          General Requirements

          In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirement, at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies, applicants must normally:

          • Be graduates in medicine or a profession allied to medicine (nursing, physiotherapy, occupation therapy, pharmacy and dentistry), or nurses with the RGN qualification.
          • Have current professional registration with the appropriate health professional regulatory body for their chosen health care profession.
          • Be working in a clinical role including caring for patients with palliative care needs and having gained at least 2 years’ post-qualification experience in this setting.

          Getting a Student Visa

          This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            6950 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 6950 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
          • National

            4475 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 4475 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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