Studying this course will provide you with an opportunity to develop masters level education in relation to palliative and end of life care and apply this to your area of practice in health and / or social care. The course is based on the underlying principles and theories in the specialist area of palliative and end of life care, drawing on local and national policies and guidelines.
Undertaking each of the modules within this course will allow you the opportunity to develop a variety of skills important to your professional practice.
This course aims to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable you to lead and develop practice in this specialist area of palliative and end of life care in your future career. This course will include a range of modules that explicitly explore traditional and contemporary issues / factors around palliative and end of life care delivery.
The course also aims to enable practitioners to demonstrate expertise and advanced skills in the management of a case-load and / or managing health / social care staff in relation to people with a life limiting progressive illness requiring palliative and end of life care.
Compton Hospice Education and Training Centre has a well-established tradition of offering high quality research based / specialist modules in palliative and end of life care for over 20 years. The latest technology is embraced within the organisation which includes fully interactive projectors; online multi media and the latest resources in our specialist on site library. Our specialist and experienced team of knowledgeable lecturer practitioners maintain clinical links in order to offer the most contemporary approaches to symptom management and other interventions in palliative and end of life care.
Our track record shows many professional practitioners who have been awarded specialist palliative and end of life care awards have successfully gone on to influence the direction in which palliative and end of life care has taken in their organisation.
A first degree (minimum 2.2) in a related subject area.
You must currently work with individuals with a life limiting progressive illness requiring palliative and / or end life care.
Students who have attained a third class honours, or a non-honours degree, or who do not have a first degree, but have successfully completed Level 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules (or can provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully the PGCert) may be considered eg completion of an approved preparation course for level 7 study.
Such applicants will be invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader in conjunction with the Admissions Tutor to determine suitability for study at master’s level.
Prior to the course commencing you may submit a claim for Recognition of Prior Learning against modules in the Award, a written request for this will need to be made to the Award Leader prior to the course commencing.
Pre-Masters (October start)
The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course to equip you with the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills. A minimum of 18 class hours per week in small classes of no more than 14 students, the Pre-Masters includes:
MSc International Business Studies
The MSc prepares you to work as a business manager in an international environment. It gives you experience of a wide range of modules covering many aspects of international business.
The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course which covers the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills for you to be successful in business studies at postgraduate level. If you have a third class honours degree you need to successfully complete the Pre-Masters before moving on to the MSc programme, as outlined below. The Pre-masters provides a minimum of 18 class hours per week in small classes of no more than 14 students. The Pre-Masters includes:
Assessment is included within the main elements and, at the end of 10 weeks, you need to complete the assessed tasks successfully (minimum 50%) to move on to the MSc programme. If you are not successful at your first attempt, you can improve and resubmit each assessment task one further time.
Our Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) course will help you to develop your career as a business manager.
The course has three specific pathways. The generic pathway allows you to learn every aspect of modern business administration, with transferable skills you can take to any given sector.
-MBA (Healthcare Management)
-MBA (Environmental Management and Sustainability)
If you are looking to further your career in areas of Healthcare Management or Environmental and Sustainability Management, then our two specialist pathways will allow you to do this. You'll be given valuable insight and specific skills into these two huge sectors of global business.
Our course provides the opportunity to combine the theory and practice of management, healthcare management, and environmental sustainability in an interactive online environment where you will be studying with other students from internationally diverse background and also have the support and guidance of specialists in the various fields of study.
The programmes of study will provide you with the skills employers really value, so it is the perfect option if you want to change career directions or aim to move up the corporate ladder. You’ll be encouraged to question, analyse and challenge the assumptions that are made about modern organisations and provide innovative solutions to the problems that are encountered in the rapidly changing world of business. We’ll nurture your skills by helping you devise contemporary and forward-thinking strategies and day-to-day tactics that’ll help organisations thrive in a range of business settings.
The Online Master of Business Administration and the two specialist pathways will run on a part-time and full-time basis. There will be initially three entry points per calendar year, so we have flexibility in terms of delivery and also starting point.
-The University is embarking upon an exciting new phase of our portfolio development with a range of innovative online programmes that enable students to gain internationally recognised qualifications without the added expense or disruption of international on campus study – you can in essence ‘earn and learn’.
-We have a strong ‘practice based’ focus to our academic portfolio and this will allow you to apply the theory to real world situations and bring your experiences to the class as live discussion topics.
-The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
-Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
-You’ll work alongside students from around the globe, creating a diverse, exciting atmosphere and a range of ideas.
Our programme and the pathways are designed to allow you to study from your home location is perfectly balanced to blend business and management with finance, meaning you learn important skills from both disciplines. The dissertation will also ensure you develop your attributes in research, organisation and time management, three skills that look desirable to every employer.
We allow graduates from diverse disciplines, or those seeking continuing professional development, to gain access to the study of business within a number of specialist areas.
Our programme has a very flexible approach and you can study up to three modules at any one time on a full-time basis or you can study a module at a time at your own pace within the specified registration period.
Assessment is of a practical nature and will be examination based. There are many opportunities to assess your progress throughout the modules and there is a facility for a practice examination that provides feedback on your performance.
Unlike undergraduate degrees, which are designed to get students into industry, our MBA degrees are aimed at existing industry professionals looking to climb further up the career ladder.
Companies around the world are now looking for a different kind of manager. They need people with different skillsets that can look at situations and opportunities in unique ways. Our MBA degrees will give you the tools to stand out from the rest.
Upon completion, you will be able to effect positive change, both in your own professional practice, and within your organisation. On a personal level, you’ll be able to utilise new skills and methods to improve your efficiency, your critical engagement, and your ability to instigate change.
Successful improvements in your personal professional practice will then benefit your organisation. The MBA degree alone can open doors, but the possibilities opened to you by utilising your skills to improve your organisation are even more impressive.
Already a managing director, in charge of your own company? The MBA degree can still benefit you internally and externally. The knowledge and skills you will pick up over the course of your degree can allow you to become an industry leader, growing your company’s reputation through innovation. The accompanying benefits of this could help cement your company’s industry position for years to come.
ScotGEM is a unique and innovative four-year graduate entry medical programme focused on enthusing graduates to become generalist practitioners (not necessarily GPs), with experience in rural health care and healthcare improvement. The programme will prepare students for any branch of medicine with appropriate further training.
ScotGEM uses the existing strengths of medical teaching in the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee and our local health boards in Fife and Tayside, in collaboration with NHS Highland, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and the University of Highlands and Islands. The first year will be based at the University of St Andrews and within Fife, components of the course in the second, third and potentially fourth years will include periods of living and studying in other regions of Scotland.
A bursary of £4,000 each year will be available to all students, those who accept the bursary will complete a return of service to NHS Scotland of one year for each year of bursary accepted. Return of service, sometimes known as bonding, will commence at the start of Foundation training.
From week one, your learning will be focused around real patient scenarios using an approach known as Case Based Learning. Semester one will use cases to focus on foundational medical sciences to underpin subsequent more challenging scenarios. Consultation skills will be introduced early alongside topics such as biochemistry, pharmacology and anatomy and weekly clinical experience in the community. The course is designed as a spiral in which the complexity and challenge of the cases builds as you and your peers become more effective learners.
Semester two focuses on body systems so that related regional anatomy and examination skills can be learnt in parallel. You will be engaged in small group workplace-based learning for one day per week, supported in the community by dedicated Generalist Clinical Mentors (GCM) who are trained GP tutors.
Second year is largely structured around the lifecycle but will be delivered in different regions. You will be expected to spend some weeks away from Fife with opportunity to study in Tayside, the Highlands and Dumfries and Galloway. NHS Boards will provide accommodation when required. You will continue to work for a day each week with a GCM in their practice but also spend an additional half day in a specialist clinical environment. Second year closes by providing experience of unscheduled care (GP, Emergency department, ambulance etc.) and two periods of project work related to five underpinning Vertical Themes (Informatics, Quality Improvement, Prescribing and therapeutics, Public health and community engagement).
Throughout the course these five Vertical Themes will also develop expertise as ‘agents of change’ within the health service. For example, students might work with a group of general practices to research and analyse prescribing patterns before implementing an agreed improvement.
Third year is designed as a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship with students being immersed into a community for the duration of the year. You will be based in a general practice, seeing many patients each week and following a selection through their illness journey. This approach works especially well for graduates and has been shown to develop more patient-centred doctors with improved decision-making skills.
Fourth year offers you, as a now competent generalist student, the opportunity to be immersed in the hospital environment and prepare yourself for work as a junior doctor through two one-month Foundation Apprenticeships and other hospital based clinical attachments. You may choose areas of particular interest, perhaps a potential career choice, which you can experience in greater depth. You will also arrange an eight-week elective of your choice.
Upon successful completion of the ScotGEM programme, graduates will receive a primary medical qualification (PMQ), which allows them to apply for subsequent postgraduate training in any specialty through normal routes. It also entitles graduates to provisional registration with the General Medical Council.
The ScotGEM course will be based on clinical cases from the outset. These will be supported by a set of learning objectives, lectures, practical classes, tutorials, simulated and ‘real’ clinical and consultation skills plus extensive supported independent and peer-peer learning.
Your learning will be underpinned by a sophisticated online Curriculum Management System (GEMonline), which will give access to a wide range of resources and enable progress to be monitored for all including the geographically dispersed class from second year.
Increasingly, especially in second year, learning will become more self-directed and you will be reliant upon yourself and your peers to explore, investigate and learn from the cases (guided by clear learning objectives with synchronised centrally organised teaching). This approach will set you up well for learning based on real patients in the clinical environment.
The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship in third year will allow you to join a team and learn whilst becoming increasingly involved in patient care. You will select patients to follow through and study them, their conditions and their care in more detail. Where relevant you will attend specialist clinics, operations etc. as you follow these individuals’ journey through the healthcare system.
Finally, in fourth year, you will experience intensive hospital attachments that involve shadowing Foundation Doctors and other secondary care attachments.
Each year will require you to pass assessments of knowledge, clinical skills and a portfolio demonstrating professional development.
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Throughout the globe, the issues of water scarcity, water security, water economics and health and sanitation all rely on high-quality hydrogeology knowledge. This MSc will prepare you as a functional hydrogeologist to meet the needs of:
The course provides you with the theoretical and practical skills to succeed in a career as a hydrogeologist. You’ll develop sound fieldwork skills which are sought-after by employers.
The MSc involves a curriculum of eight core classes and a range of optional classes. Each module is taught two to three hours per week over eight to 11 weeks.
Alternatively, the Open Access programme allows professionals to take single modules for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) purposes, or build up towards six modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate.
Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation project. We encourage you to complete this overseas. Our MSc course leader has extensive contacts in arid countries such as Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, the Middle East and Asia, giving you valuable, varied learning opportunities and practical experience around the world.
In the spring semester you go on a week-long field camp in Scotland. You’ll get the opportunity to put much of the learned theory into practice.
Site visits introduce you to the geology and hydrogeology of the study area. You’ll gain practical experience in conducting pump tests, recovery tests and chemical sampling.
As part of the class Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry you undertake a work placement where you report to the offices of a hydrogeological organisation and actively contribute to one of their ongoing projects.
This is a very valuable experience for you as it allows you to work as hydrogeologists for a number of weeks exposing yourself to a working environment as well as allowing you to build up contacts within industry.
One year full-time study involves attendance at classes over two terms, plus a dissertation during the third term.
Part-time (open to UK/EU students only) involves class attendance in Years 1 & 2 and a dissertation in Years 2 or 3. Depending on timetables, just two days work release per week may be needed for 24 weeks in the year.
You can also study this course part-time through online distance learning, over 36 months, offering a flexible learning mode of study.
Our £6 million state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are well-equipped with high-technological instrumentation and available space to investigate:
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
For further information, visit the Joint Board of Moderators website.
You've the opportunity to undertake a work placement class where you’ll work with a hydrogeological organisation and actively contribute to one of their ongoing projects.
If you can't attend this course full-time on campus, there are various Flexible Learning options available to you.
This is initially a non-graduating route. You'll register for one 10 credit class at a time, and have the option to build up credits. This will eventually lead to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.
This option is popular with students in employment, who might want to take classes for Continuing Professional Development purposes.
A range of qualifications will be considered for entry.
You can also study this course by Distance Learning, which is based on three years part-time study of 60 credits per year.
This allows you to complete the course by studying online at home at a time that suits you, without attending at our Glasgow campus. This means you can study while balancing your existing work and family commitments. This option is suitable for students located anywhere in the world.
Graduates with an MSc in Hydrogeology are in very high demand as there is an expected shortage of hydrogeologists that will continue for the next decade.
Additionally, throughout the world, the issue of water scarcity, water security, water economics and health and sanitation all rely on high quality hydrogeology knowledge.
This MSc provides a broad introduction to geohazards, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology. A key goal is to provide an essential grounding in quantitative modelling that can be widely applied to several fields, from pure research to the commercial sector.
The programme provides an introduction to the spectrum and impact of geophysical hazards, and a focus on quantitative models for hazard forecasting and assessment. Selected case studies illustrate how these models are essential for improving decision-making during emergencies, for raising the awareness of vulnerable populations, and for evaluating and implementing mitigation strategies.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All students undertake an independent research project in geophysical hazards, which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading and practical exercises. There are excellent opportunities for field investigations in the UK and abroad. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, practical problem-solving exercises and essays. The independent research report is assessed through the dissertation and an oral presentation.
Field sites for field trips are normally in Italy. The department pays for accommodation and transport in the field. Students pay to get to the field and subsistence.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Geophysical Hazards MSc
On graduation from this programme about one-third of students have followed careers in global insurance and re-insurance and another third have pursued research with a PhD in hazard-related studies. The remaining third have developed careers in a wide range of sectors, from non-governmental organisations, through teaching, to the fields of emergency planning and environmental management.
Recent career destinations for this degree
The MSc in Geophysical Hazards will provide essential training for careers in hazard assessment and risk evaluation, including: industry, from engineering to insurance; academic research; civil protection agencies and government organisations; and NGOs related to aid and development.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL Earth Sciences is engaged in world-class research into the processes at work on and within the Earth and planets.
Graduate students benefit from our lively and welcoming environment and world-class facilities. The department hosts UCL Hazard Centre, Europe's leading multidisciplinary hazard research centre, and engages in extensive collaborative work with the Royal Institution and the Natural History Museum.
This MSc aims to include a short field trip to locations that illustrate the impact of natural hazards. Previous trips have included the Neapolitan volcanic district, the Italian Alps and the Po Delta, and the Cádiz region in south-western Spain.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Earth Sciences
92% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.