Palliative Care

MSc Palliative Care
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc Palliative Care programme is an interdisciplinary programme designed to enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with life limiting illness. Possessing this enhanced level of expertise will enable you to: become a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team providing palliative care and further enhance the care provided to patients in your current area of practice who have a range of complex symptoms that need impeccable assessment and management.

- Particular strengths of the programme include:
- Strong working relationship between UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems and clinical partners in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross

- A long history of producing high quality graduates (over 200 to date) many of whom are now working in CNS/Clinical/Educational Facilitator and CNM roles

- Clinical and university-based lecturers (multidisciplinary teaching team) with national and international expertise from clinical, research and educational perspectives

- Modularised programme with some modules being taught using a blended approach

- Clinical Placements in a variety of palliative care settings which enable students to learn from leading experts in oncology

- Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme

- Access to excellent facilities for lectures

- Flexibility to pursue the programme over a longer period of time

- Access to applicants who have not had the opportunity to pursue third level education before (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)

Subjects taught

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into three trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments and completion of a Dissertation).

You will complete one module (additional 30 credits added to Grad Dip):

NMHS44020 Master's Dissertation: Evidence Synthesis and Translation (Graduate taught minor thesis) 2 Trimester (Sep-May)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care or equivalent (NQAI Level 9)

Documents Required:
- Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)

- Nurse applicants must provide copy of current registration and Pin with An Bord Altranais

- Other healthcare professionals must provide copy of registration with a recognised professional body

- Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)

- Professional Reference Form

- Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
RPL may be granted in respect of individual modules if applicants can demonstrate that the modules' learning outcomes have been achieved through prior credentialled or experiential learning. In some cases, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisites for entry to a programme, an RPL application may be considered. Further information can be found in respect of this can be found at:

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc Palliative Care PT (X790)
1 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year part-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


MSc Palliative Care (X790) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4610
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change

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Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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The Master of Science Palliative Care will enhance your research knowledge and skills in the context of palliative care.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Part time

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