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Palliative Care

GradDip Palliative Care
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care 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.

The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care aims to build upon and advance the repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to promote competence and confidence in the practitioner's work. The course aims to prepare individuals to enhance the care provided to patients and their families facing physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems associated with life limiting illness.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This programme is aimed at advancing the health care professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of persons with life limiting illness.


1 year full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care will provide you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care. Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for Palliative Care, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of care settings both nationally and internationally. Many graduates have assumed varying roles in the palliative care services CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Asmahan McCambridge
Contact Number: 01 7166490

Subjects taught

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two semesters or a two (academic) year programme, broken down into four semesters . Assessments are varied (assignments/ MCQ/case studies) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.

Core Modules
NMHS42230 Leadership and Organisational Dynamics
NMHS43270 Research Methods Applied to Healthcare

Specialist Modules
NMHS42370 Palliative Care Philosophy Concepts and Debates (Semester 1)
NMHS42540 Palliative Approaches to Symptom Management (Semester 2)
NMHS42820 Psychosocial, Spiritual and Therapeutic Issues in Palliative Care (Semester 2)
NMHS42350 Clinical Practicum (Semester 1&2)

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Palliative Care FT (X791)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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