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Palliative Care

This course will enable you to develop an advanced understanding of evidence-based palliative care and the wide range of accompanying issues and debates in the field. 

Overview

If you are working with people with palliative care needs, as either an experienced health or social care practitioner or volunteer, this course will allow you to extend your knowledge and skills. Successful graduates support you in progression to more senior roles within health and social care organisations, or within higher education institutions.

Reasons to study Palliative Care at DMU:

  • The course is delivered in collaboration with the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS) - staff contribute to the programme and are all highly skilled palliative care practitioners and educationalists with clinical and educational knowledge and expertise. LOROS is also a recognised centre of excellence in the provision of palliative care services and education
  • In collaboration with LOROS, we have developed a dedicated Centre for the Promotion of Excellence in Palliative Care (CPEP), which was officially launched at the House of Commons, to demonstrate our commitment to improving palliative and end of life care
  • All teaching staff are familiar with the evidence-base informing palliative care practice, and the wide range of accompanying issues and debates. Many are also active in undertaking original research in the field
  • You will also receive input from visiting guest lecturers from a range of practice specialties to broaden your understanding of palliative care practice

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B70171

Duration: One year, full-time and three to six years part-time

Attendance:
Days of attendance differ between modules and so too the pattern of attendance. Some modules run on consecutive days while others run on a day per week basis over a number of weeks

Start date: October 2015

Location of study: Most modules delivered at the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS) with some delivered at City campus, De Montfort University

Fees and funding:
Part-time
15 credit taught module £525
60 credit dissertation £2,100

If you work in the NHS, you may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B70171

Duration: One year full time and three - six years part-time

Attendance:
Days of attendance differ between modules and so too the pattern of attendance. Some modules run on consecutive days while others run on a day per week basis over a number of weeks

Start date: October 2015

Location of study: Most modules delivered at the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS) with some delivered at City campus, De Montfort University

Fees and funding:
Full-time: £12,700

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

Standard entry requirements

  • An honours degree (an equivalent of a British honours degree at 2:2 or above), an overseas equivalent or have evidence of working at postgraduate level
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have experience in the care of patients who have palliative care needs. This can be either as a health or social care practitioner or as an experienced voluntary care worker
  • All applicants should be able to supply two references, one giving emphasis to academic ability and the second their relevant clinical experience
  • International applicants must have an English language score of 6.5 IELTS or above

Non-standard entry requirements

In exceptional circumstances, consideration may be given to a student who meets the following criteria:

  • Holds a professional qualification as a health or social care practitioner or is a non-professional undertaking voluntary work which involves patients with palliative care needs
  • Is able to supply two references giving emphasis to academic ability and clinical experience
  • Can demonstrate their expertise, for example, through change management and/or leadership through a professional portfolio
  • Demonstrate successful study at level 6 or above
  • At the discretion of the programme leader, there may be the requirement for the student to undertake a piece of work that demonstrates their academic ability prior to acceptance on the programme

To promote greater levels of flexibility and recognise the prior learning of potential course applicants, it is possible to bring into the programme 30 degree-level or master’s-level credits from previous modules.

The decision to accept such credits will lie with the programme team. Any such module(s) must be relevant to the learning outcomes of the programme. If you are interested in pursuing this option or wish to find out more please contact the programme leader.

If you are an NHS East Midlands employee, you may be eligible for funding from Health Education East Midlands and should check with your line manager/trust authorised signatory. Employees from the private, voluntary and independent sector may also be eligible. Please contact us for more information.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Compulsory modules

MSc Palliative Care Core Modules

  • HEST 5001 Research Designs in Health

This module is designed to consolidate and/or develop basic knowledge in research methods.
30 credits

  • MPHE 5007 Dissertation
    This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a major piece of original research, which will incorporate and test both the academic and practice elements of the course.
    60 credits

Option modules

MSc Palliative Care Optional Modules

  • MPHE 5301 Principles and Practice of Palliative Care
    This module aims to enable the student to explore and critically evaluate the principles and practice of palliative care within a holistic framework of care. The module will enable the student to reflect upon the knowledge and skills required to provide excellence in end of life care in a range of settings including the care of teenagers and young adults. 
    30 credits 
  • MPHE 5206 Advanced Communication Skills 
    This module will enable students to explore the challenges to effective communication at end of life. It will encourage participants to critique and challenge their own communication style and to utilise and apply skills and strategies to enhance their ability to elicit and respond to patients’ concerns and emotions and deal more effectively with difficult communication situations.
    30 credits
  • MPHE 5314 Symptom Management in Advanced Disease
    This module aims to enable the student to develop a detailed understanding of the causes, presentation, assessment and management of symptoms associated with advanced life-limiting illness. The module explores issues relevant to patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. It will enable the student to reflect upon the knowledge and skills required to provide effective symptom management to a range of individuals with palliative care needs including teenagers and young adults.
    30 credits
  • MPHE 5311/12 Independent Study in Palliative Care
    This module allows you to select a particular aspect of palliative care to study in detail. There are no taught sessions for the module but you will be allocated a personal tutor who will guide and support you in establishing your focus during the module and the related learning outcomes. Regular meetings with your personal tutor will be available throughout. This module is particularly appropriate if there is an aspect of your professional practice you would like to explore and evaluate or if there is an area of interest you would like to develop which is not addressed within the programme’s taught modules.

15 and 30 credit options 

Teaching and assessment

Application of theory to professional practice is emphasised throughout the duration of the course. You will be encouraged to transfer learning from one module to the next and to demonstrate the relevance of the learning to your professional practice within all module assessments.

Assessment is varied and includes:

  • Oral presentations
  • Reflective accounts
  • Case study reports
  • Essays
  • A research proposal
  • A dissertation

Academic expertise

Staff members at LOROS are highly skilled palliative care practitioners and educationalists with the clinical and educational knowledge and expertise essential to the delivery of a masters level course. They are familiar with the evidence-base informing palliative care practice and the wide range of accompanying issues and debates.

Visiting lecturers will contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of palliative care practice regionally and nationally. Many staff members at both DMU and LOROS are actively involved in undertaking research.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Most modules are delivered at the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS).  During 2016 LOROS will be extending its facilities to include a bespoke development for the delivery of education and training and research activities.  This will include the following:

  • New library facilities and an IT suite
  • Large seminar room/lecture theatre
  • 3 high-spec seminar rooms/meeting rooms
  • A clinical skills simulation area, with an observation room
  • Large break out spaces

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

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Graduate careers

Completing the course will support your career progression to more senior posts within health and social care organisations or within higher education institutions. This course will also help you to advance both your own practice and equip you with the change management skills to advance the practice of others. 

 

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