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On this course, you'll study flexibly around your existing commitments in practice, and apply your knowledge to your role. You'll work collaboratively in researching management strategies for end-of-life care, while studying independently towards a deeper understanding of care.

  • Develop your knowledge and clinical practice in supportive, palliative and end of life care.
  • Develop as a generalist or specialist practitioner in your clinical setting.
  • Gain an in depth understanding of the key factors impacting on end of life decision making.
  • Become autonomous practitioner, improving your research, leadership skills and ability to implement service developments.

'The course increased my understanding of key topics surrounding supportive and palliative care. I learned how to apply this knowledge in order to improve my clinical practice. I now feel more confident in my role as a health care professional.'

Alexia Azzopardi, MSc Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care, 2018 graduate

How you learn

This course offers the adaptability that you need to study and work effectively. With the support of supervisors, academics and staff, you'll work towards a deeper understanding of your field.

You'll consider how better to treat, support and care for patients and their families, how to evaluate practice from a philosophical/ethical perspective and how to support decision making at end of life. Topic areas include collaborative working, symptom management, loss, grief and bereavement and research methods for practice.

You learn through:

  • distance learning through our online learning environment
  • group work and collaborative learning
  • independent research
  • final dissertation/research project

Applied learning

The learning, teaching and assessment strategies used reflect current practice in interprofessional working in supportive and palliative care, promoting a collaborative approach. Various professionals contribute to the teaching on the course from a variety of backgrounds and clinical settings.

You'll apply your learning to your clinical workplace, gaining an expert understanding of palliative and end of life care and its aims. Your day-to-day practice experience will help you to adopt a holistic approach to symptom management - allowing you to focus on psychological, spritual and social support for the patient and their family.

Future careers

We support and develop your potential to progress your career, either in your current organisation or with a new employer. With our advice, you can pursue areas of specialist interest and take modules relevant to your future career.

Graduates from this course gain the skills and knowledge to work in senior nursing and other specialist supportive, palliative and end of life care roles, including:

  • Macmillan information and support radiographer
  • hospice inpatient nurse manager
  • lead nurse or consultant nurse
  • clinical specialist practitioner, such as physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker or speech and language therapist working in supportive and palliative care.

Where will I study?

You study at your own location by distance learning.

Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with the Blackboard e-learning system.


Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Collaborative Working In Symptom Management - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • End Of Life Decision Making - 30 credits - Coursework 

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Loss, Grief And Bereavement - 15 credits
  • Researching For Practice (Distance Learning)15 credits

Elective modules:

  • Advanced Communication In Supportive Care - 30 credits
  • Evaluating Service Improvement - 15 credits
  • Evidencing Your Cpd - 30 credits
  • Evidencing Your Cpd - 15 credits
  • Non-Medical Prescribing - 30 credits
  • Planning Service Improvement - 15 credits
  • Psychology Of Cancer Care - 30 credits

Final year

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation - 60 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

Complete an application form to apply for this course.

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Visit the Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care (MSc) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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