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The MSc in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care is an inter-professional programme for healthcare practitioners who wish to develop the qualities required for clinical leadership and advanced practice in cancer, palliative or end of life care. Our goal is to produce clinical leaders who will be the drivers for change; providing expert care, developing those you work with and influencing the shape of care to make services better for patients.

This MSc option is very flexible, with students able to complete the course over one year full time, and up to five years part time. The blended approach to teaching and learning also means that some parts of the programme can be completed as distance learning. A diverse range of national and international practitioners have completed the programme including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors, acute care nurse specialists and nursing home practitioners, and those from Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, Malawi and Saudi Arabia.

Introducing your course

This programme will enable you to develop the qualities needed by ‘practice leaders …who are firmly grounded in direct care provision or clinical work with patients, families and populations … constantly working to improve the quality of services and patient care’ (DH, 2010:7). They include clinical acumen (the ability to lead and manage complex care), clinical interpretation (the ability to interpret policy and research, and design and lead clinical services fit for purpose), and clinical relationships (the ability to develop others and foster excellence).

The programme has been mapped to the attributes of advanced level practice outlined by government bodies in the United Kingdom (Department of Health 2010, National Health Service Scotland 2008). UK professionals who may need to demonstrate their advanced level attributes to registration bodies will be able to do so through the completion of this programme.


The key features of this programme are:

  • This programme can be undertaken by any registered health or social care practitioner working with people of any age with cancer, other life limiting or life-threatening illnesses and those with palliative and end of life care needs.
  • The interdisciplinary community that this creates provides a rich learning environment fostered by educational approaches that encourage discussion and debate.
  • You can expect to experience seminars and symposiums, leadership skills rehearsals, master-classes and to receive academic and personal support and research coaching.
  • The programme is designed to have impact in your workplace, and therefore the assignments of the core modules are negotiated by you with the module lead to meet both your workplace and professional development needs.
  • You will also be a member of an internationally renowned research group.

View the programme specification document for this course

Visit the Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care - MSc page on the University of Southampton website for more details!





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