• Course Delivery
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  • Duration
    1 Year

Become a leader in the field of Palliative Care
This programme is for professionals caring for patients with life-threatening or incurable illnesses.  

Expand, enhance and develop your knowledge through reviewing a broad range of published literature related to palliative care.

There is a focus on non-malignant disease, frailty and multi-morbidity to reflect the changing patient demographic.

Further develop your skills in critical analysis of core concepts along with symptom control, leadership, communication and holistic care.

Your expertise will be enhanced by projects that will take place in your own clinical environment.

This part-time online distance learning (ODL) programme will support you in becoming a clinical and academic leades in the field of palliative care with a qualification from a world top 100 university. 

Why This Programme?

NUMBER 3 in the UK for Medicine (Complete University Guide UK 2020).

Experience the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate degree with an emphasis on learning embedded in clinical practice.

Areas covered include symptom-control; communication skills; patient-centred care, leadership and effectiveness.

The programme is taught by a team of clinicians with a wide range of clinical and educational experience, delivered as an online distance learning programme

Learning opportunities are delivered by experts in the field of palliative care using a multi-modal teaching approach which includes lectures, seminars, and online forums.

The work and assignments during the course are tailored in order for students to reflect on implementing knowledge and skills in their own workplace in the UK or internationally.

Assessments are geared to acquiring work, academic and leadership skills and confidence to help students grow in their roles.

Programme Structure

The PGCert programme is taken over one year, earning 60 credits, by online distance learning with the possibility of continuation on to the PGDip (120 credits; two years) and MSc (PGDip plus dissertation and research methods course, 180 credits, three years)

The programme is delivered online and consists of core courses as detailed below.

Learning is exclusively via a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) with emphasis on the research and governance principles which underpin contemporary practice, as well as leadership and management skills.

The courses are designed to introduce the skills required to complete the course and apply evidence-based practice.

Students will also start the in depth exploration of core clinical subjects in Palliative Care and begin to produce independent pieces for submission online.

Students will further enhance their knowledge of core subjects and be introduced to leadership and management principles as well as clinical governance and quality improvement in palliative care.


Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • MED5600Symptom control in changing populations20 Credits

    Symptom control is far broader than physical symptoms alone. In this course development of students understanding of themes in psychological, spiritual and bereavement care are explored. As our population ages and treatment extends life expectancy, we consider frailty, the role of supportive care and rehabilitation and its relationship to palliative care.

  • MED5601Symptom control in advanced disease20 Credits

    Symptom control is a central tenet of palliative care. The changing and contrasting trajectory for disease will be discussed as applied to specific diagnoses. The role of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions tailored to patient needs will be considered.

  • MED5602Themes in palliative care20 Credits

    This course will introduce students to the central concepts and philosophy of palliative care. Students will explore the history, origins and definitions of palliative care and reflect on how this influences clinical practice.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. A relevant education qualification at bachelor’s level 2, in medicine (MBChB or equivalent), nursing (BN, BSc or equivalent), pharmacology, physiotherapy or other health care professions and/or professional registration.
  2. Relevant clinical experience.
  3. Candidates need to provide two professional/academic references confirming their suitability for the course.

To apply to this programme:

  • You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:
  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
  • You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
21 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £4,167*
  • International: £4,167*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does this programme cost?

£1,389 per 20 credits 

Fees for NHS-funded students / Hospice students*

£983 per 20 credits

* Applications can be accepted from hospice students on a case by case basis by the programme team.

Can I get help to fund my studies?

You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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