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Palliative Care MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Course Description

Develop the skills necessary to appraise evidence based care and conduct research on issues of palliative care to inform clinical practice and service development. MSc and PG Diploma: six modules plus research study project for MSc. PG Certificate: three modules.

Key benefits

- The programme has a national and international reputation attracting students from all over the world.

- The programme is focused strongly on evidence and on understanding how to conduct research in palliative care and related areas.

- Teaching staff are key academics, practitioners and policy-makers in the field of palliative care. Visiting lecturers are drawn from across the UK and internationally.

- The programme is based at the Cicely Saunders Institute, a WHO Collaborating Centre for palliative care and rehabilitation which is at the heart of national and international research and academic-clinical collaborations.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/palliative-care-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course details

- Description -

Our primary aim is to improve the ability, competence and confidence of students to care for patients with advanced disease and their families. This relies heavily on critically appraising existing evidence of the effectiveness, appropriateness and acceptability of existing interventions (both medical and psychosocial) and services.

The programme is multi-disciplinary - palliative care professionals from all disciplines learn alongside each other. It is jointly run with St Christopher's Hospice, which is widely regarded as the pioneer institution of the modern hospice movement with a reputation for excellence in clinical practice, research and education.

This multi-professional MSc is a joint development between Guy's, King's & St Thomas' School of Medicine and St Christopher's Hospice. We aim to develop the skills you need to appraise research and evidence in issues of palliative care to inform your clinical practice and service development.

You will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the many clinical, social, psychological, and ethical issues in palliative care and their assessment and management. You will also acquire the skills required to critically appraise the evidence of both existing and new treatments and carry out your own research.

- Purpose -

To develop the skills necessary to appraise evidence-based care and conduct research on issues of palliative care in order to inform clinical practice and service development in the field of palliative care.

- Course format and assessment -

MSc and PG Diploma students take four core and two optional modules. In addition, MSc students complete a research study project. PG Certificate students study two core and one optional module. Assessment is by examinations and coursework, and for MSc students, completion of a research study project.

Career prospects

We are aware that many former students have become experts in their field making notable contributions to patient and family care and influencing palliative care policy locally, nationally and internationally. Specifically, many former specialist training registrars in palliative medicine have progressed their careers to assume challenging and exciting consultant posts in hospital, hospice and community settings. This is also true for a growing number of clinical nurse specialists who are now nurse consultants. Increasing numbers of former students have gone on to successfully conduct PhDs in palliative care related areas. Further, the course has provided many students with exciting opportunities to conduct high quality research which has successfully been disseminated at scientific meetings or high quality peer-reviewed journals.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Palliative Care MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A degree in Medicine or Dentistry or a 2:1 degree in Nursing, Life Sciences or Social Sciences from a UK or overseas university. You should also have experience of working in palliative care. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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