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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Supportive and Palliative Care

Course Description

Gain an expert understanding of palliative and end of life care and its aims to achieve the best quality of life for patients facing life-threatening illness on this course. You also learn how to give vital treatment for their condition. Your studies focus on a holistic approach to symptom management for the patient and psychological, social and spiritual support for the patient and their family.

This course is ideal for experienced practitioners providing day-to-day care to patients in their homes, hospitals, hospices and nursing homes.

We have designed this course to make it easy to fit around your work and suit your professional needs. You can tailor your studies to your needs and area of practice, through a mix of core and optional modules. And you complete your studies via distance learning through our online learning environment allowing you to learn in the way most suited to your personal circumstances.

The course was developed by a multiprofessional team for a multiprofessional workforce. The learning, teaching and assessment strategies reflect the interprofessional working in supportive and palliative care helping develop more effective teamwork. Various professionals contribute to the teaching.

An academic supervisor will support your dissertation, on a topic which we work with you to devise. Dissertations can benefit you and your employer through implementation of your research findings. Study at this level also develops autonomous practice in professionals, improving their leadership skills and ability to implement service developments.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-supportive-and-palliative-care

PgCert End of Life Care

If you don't want to complete the full MSc, you can stop your studies at the end of year one and receive the PgCert End of Life Care. You can rejoin and complete the Msc at a later date.

Accreditation of previous certificated learning

We encourage the awarding of academic credit for previous certificated study that you may have completed in this area. This means you could be exempt from some modules, gaining your award in a shorter time.

Study individual modules

You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information: http://www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/cpd/modules.html

Course structure

Distance learning – typically 3 years. Starts September and January.

Course structure
-The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
-The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
-The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate Certificate core modules
-End of life decision making (30 credits)
-Loss, grief and bereavement (15 credits)
-Complexities of symptom management (15 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma core modules
-Collaborative working in supportive and palliative care (15 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma optional modules
-30 credits from either Sheffield Hallam University or elsewhere, as long as they are relevant to the course. Examples include:
-Psychology of cancer care (30 credits)
-Advanced communication and information in supportive care (30 credits)
-Informed consent in healthcare practice (15 credits)

-Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment: assignments; seminar presentation; group work.

Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Supportive and Palliative Care page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need a degree or equivalent in a health or social care discipline. You should be working in a general or specialist area of supportive or palliative care. If you are accepted on the course, we will send you preparatory tasks and course information at least two months before you begin. Late applicants receive this information as soon as they are accepted unconditionally. If English is not your first language, you need an IELTS score of 7.0 or TOEFL or equivalent.

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