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Palliative & End of Life Care

The aim of this programme is to develop student's knowledge and skills, and to introduce methods required for improving quality of care within palliative and end of life care.

The student will develop the ability to comprehensively understand the interdisciplinary approach to providing person centred care services to persons within palliative and end of life areas. The programme examines the principles and competences required in Palliative and End of Life Care and will equip the student with a set of skills that can be utilised in his/her day to day practice. Students will learn how to build a culture of high performance and high standards and practice innovation in an intellectually stimulating environment. The programme will provide graduates with an enhanced contextual appreciation of cultural and professional factors relevant to the Palliative and End of Life Care. Graduates will also be equipped with skills of critical thinking and critical analysis of evidence based practice reflecting the evolving nature and demands of contemporary palliative care/end of life healthcare delivery.

Entry requirements

Nurses, doctors, administration staff, support staff, social care staff, chaplaincy/pastoral care, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, catering staff, counsellors, therapists. Non-clinicians are required to demonstrate the application of their discipline to palliative care practice. All candidates applying for the course must have a minimum of one year's experience in delivering a palliative care approach in practice within the last two years, and for the duration of the course, be employed in an area where the principles of palliative care are operationalised when engaged with individuals with life limiting illness and their families.

In addition;
1. All health care professionals must be currently registered with a recognised professional body.
2. Those applicants wishing to undertake the Clinical Practicum must meet additional criteria (Registered nurses only).

The standard GMIT entry requirement for undertaking the programmes/courses is an Honours Degree (H2.2) in any health or social care discipline or recognised cognate professional qualification and 1 fulltime year relevant experience which must be in the last 5 years.

Specific to this programme: All applicants must have a minimum of two years' post-registration/graduation experience. All graduates who are working within palliative care practice are eligible to apply.

Current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register (applicable only to nurses undertaking this course); Currently working a minimum of 78 hours per month. Be employed in a clinical area that is approved as an appropriate clinical learning environment by the course team and satisfies the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Requirements and Standards for nurse applicants. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applicants may use RPL as a means of accessing the programme.


2 Years (inclusive of 13 weeks for Certificate)

This is an exciting blended learning approach which includes
Four (4) residential sessions across each semester in year
one (1.5 days per month – Friday and Saturday morning). This
offers an opportunity for ongoing networking with your fellow
students without placing onerous demands on your employment

Number of credits

Yr 1 30+60
Yr 2 30

Further enquiries

Dr. Maura Fitzsimons
Tel: 094 9043264

Subjects taught

Certificate in Science in Palliative and End of Life Care
(30 Credits);
Semester I-3 Modules (September start (13 Weeks):
Principles of Palliative and End of Life Care
Psychosocial, Ethical and Spiritual Care

Choose from one of the following Electives:
Effective Symptom Management in Life Limiting Conditions – (Compulsory for Health Care Professionals)
Reflective Practice
End of Life Care for the Person with Dementia

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Palliative and End of Life Care (60 Credits);
Semester I and II (Year 1-6 modules) Same as above plus the
Applied Research: Theory, Bereavement and Loss

Choose from one of the following Electives:
Clinical Practice Placement
Creative Arts in Palliative Care

Masters in Science in Palliative and End of Life Care (30 Credits);

Year 2 MSc. is achieved by successful completion of a thesis by
research. (30 ECTS)


A student seeking to undertake a clinical practicum must submit a written commitment from the student's host organisation to support him/her for the entire clinical practicum.

Assessment method

A variety of method of continuous assessments used such as poster presentation, debate, PowerPoint presentations, work projects, portfolios and reflective assignments

Application date

How to Apply
Apply online at

Course fee

Certificate in Science in Palliative and End of Life Care (30 Credits); €2,180.
Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Palliative and End of Life Care (60 Credits); €4,360.
Masters in Science in Palliative and End of Life Care (30 Credits); €2,240.

Details of course fees can be found with the course description in this prospectus or online. The fees indicated include examinations and internal assessments but do not include class materials unless otherwise indicated in the course details. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately. An instalment plan, which is designed to give students the flexibility in paying their fees, will be offered.

Providing a place is still available on the course, your fee will be accepted and receipted in writing. In all cases, fees must be paid in full by second week of class.

Fee Payment
Once an application and fee is processed, a written receipt will be posted to the applicant using the postal correspondence address provided on the application form. Students are advised to keep this in a safe place and bring it with them on the first night of classes. For security reasons, the preferred methods of payment are credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft.

Credit or Debit Card
Payment can be made using credit or debit card details over the telephone or by post. For security reasons, please do not email credit or debit card details.

Cash – Not Accepted
In line with Institute policy, the Lifelong Learning Office can no longer accept cash.

Where the course fees are being paid for by an employer, the student should complete an application form and attach a letter of approval from the employer on company headed paper. Instead of a letter the employer may email the Life Long Learning office (attn.: Bridie Coleman) confirming their intention to pay the course fee to

Refund Policy
Cancelled courses
For a course to commence, a minimum number of student enrolments are required. If this number is not reached, the course is cancelled. When this occurs a full fee refund will be processed automatically and confirmation supplied by phone/email or web text.

Course Withdrawals
Accredited Programmes: If a student starts a programme and later decides to withdraw, a refund will be given in accordance with the GMIT Academic Regulations. A full refund is given up to 31 October, 2019. A partial refund is given up to 31 January, 2020. After these dates no refunds are given.

Single accredited module/course
If a student starts a course and later decides to withdraw, a full refund will be given if a request in writing (or email) is received by the Lifelong Learning office within 10 days from the start of the course. A 75% refund is given if requested up to three weeks from the start of the course, after this time refunds are not available.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: Sept 2019

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