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Understanding the Experience of Living with Advanced Non Malignant Disease

The module aims to enable you to appreciate the holistic needs of people living with advanced non-malignant conditions. The module will consider the following:

  • Pathophysiology of common non-malignant conditions
  • The holistic impact of advanced non-malignant disease
  • Differing disease trajectories
  • Factors to consider in achieving high quality palliative care in the context of advanced non-malignant disease
  • Patient perspectives in coping and living with non-malignant disease
  • Recognition of the lived experience of non-malignant disease
  • Advance care planning in the context of advanced non-malignant disease

Entry Criteria

  • Palliative care experience in a professional or voluntary capacity
  • Ability to study at Masters level (minimum of 2.2 first degree OR evidence of degree level study)
  • Evidence of recent study

Location: The Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice, Groby Road, Leicester

Key information

Module Category: MPHE
Module Code: 5308
Module Credits: 15
Module Level: 7

Module leader

Kerry Blankley
T: 0116 231 8455


Semester 2 2016: This module runs once per academic year:
  • 09.00 - 17.00 Tuesday 2 February 
  • 09.00 - 17.00 Tuesday 9 February
  • 09.00 - 17.00 Tuesday 1 March
  • 09.00 - 17.00 Tuesday 15 March
  • 09.00 - 17.00 Tuesday 22 March

Preparation for Study

MPHE 5308 is delivered and assessed at master’s level. To be eligible to undertake this module you must have completed an undergraduate degree programme or have undertaken degree level module(s) as independent units of study. 

If it is some time since you studied at degree level you are strongly advised to access an academic study guide to familiarise yourself with the range of skills necessary to study at an advanced level. 

These include the ability to undertake a literature review, undertake critical analysis and participate in debates and discussions within the classroom. There are many excellent study guides available. A particularly helpful and accessible guide is:
Cottrell, S. (2011) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


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