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End of Life Health Care Ethics

Overview:
The MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics is a unique ground-breaking multidisciplinary course that will enable you to identify, research and critically evaluate the ethical, professional, legal and philosophical underpinnings of end-of-life decisions and care in hospital and healthcare settings. It will normally be undertaken part-time over a two-year period. The course is primarily intended for health professionals (e.g. registered nurses, doctors, consultants, directors of nursing, pharmacists, speech therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists); allied professionals (e.g. hospital and nursing home administrators, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, members of clinical and research ethics committees); solicitors; theologians, counsellors; journalists and members of the general public with a keen interest in the subject area.

Course practicalities
In Part 1, you are expected to attend college for lectures, tutorials and seminars for the last Monday and Tuesday of each month (September 2014-May 2015) and for one block-week: March, 2015).

In Part 2, you are expected to attend college for the last Monday and Tuesday of each month (September 2015 – December 2015). On successful completion of a dissertation, to be submitted in July 2016, you will be awarded an MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, group discussions, seminars, and workshops. You will also identify and critically discuss challenging cases drawn from clinical practice, engage in debates and participate in simulated court proceedings. You are required to have internet access for online learning and discussion boards where appropriate.

Entry requirements

Honours primary degree (minimum 2.1) in a relevant subject (e.g. nursing, medicine, pharmacy, clinical therapies, philosophy, law, theology, social sciences) or in any discipline and either have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two year’s work experience in a relevant field. Applicants with a 2.2 will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry Requirements
(a) Candidates for the MSc (End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics) must satisfy the following:
◾normally hold an Honours primary degree (minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade I) in a relevant subject (e.g. nursing, medicine, pharmacy, clinical therapies, philosophy, law, theology, social sciences) OR in any discipline and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years' work experience in a relevant field.
◾applicants with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will also be considered on a case by case basis.

(b) Applicants will be judged on academic credentials, previous experience and their personal statement.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme after a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. These applicants may be required to attend an interview and their admission will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.

If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of proficiency in English obtaining a minimum score of 7 in the International English Language Testing System. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Duration

2 years part-time.

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Careers or further progression

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
◾apply greater insights into the ethical, professional, legal and philosophical underpinnings of end-of-life decision-making in Ireland and abroad
◾bring comprehensive and well-assimilated knowledge and critical skills to ethically challenging situations that arise in relation to death and dying in professional and personal life
◾act as innovators, leaders and facilitators in healthcare ethics and contribute to practice development and best practice

Further enquiries

Sheila Hedderman
Senior Executive Assistant
Email: s.hedderman@ucc.ie
Te;: +353(0)21 4901560/1555/2159

For further details on the assessment of this course contact:
Dr. Tom Andrews Lecturer,
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University College Cork Cork Ireland
Email: t.andrews@ucc.ie
Tel: (021) 490 1465

Subjects taught

You will complete modules to the value of 90 credits in total; 45 credits in Part 1 and 45 credits in Part 2.

PART 1 (Year 1)
Modules:
Introduction to End-of-Life Decision-making (5 credits)

The Ethics of Cure and Care (10 credits)

End-of-Life Decision-making and the Role of Legal Rights (10 credits)

The Philosophy of Death and Dying (10 credits)Ethical Controversies in End-of-Life Care (10 Credits)

PART 2 (Year 2)

Modules:
Ethical Governance (5 Credits)

Dissertation (30 Credits)

Philosophical and Empirical Research Methodologies (10 credits)

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Comment

Who Teaches This Course
Staff from the College of Medicine and Health and the Department of Philosophy as well as invited clinical, ethical and legal experts with national and international expertise in the field of healthcare, ethics and law.

Unique aspects of this course
Described in the New York Times as the world’s first MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics, this is a unique and ground-breaking multidisciplinary course that will enable you to identify, research and critically evaluate the ethical, professional, legal and philosophical underpinnings of end-of-life decisions and care in hospital and healthcare settings. The idea for this timely and pioneering course emerged out of a national project undertaken by University College Cork, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Irish Hospice Foundation.
For details see http://www.hospicefriendlyhospitals.net/ethics

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €4,000. Two years part-time, per year.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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