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Palliative Care

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)

Entry requirements

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


1 Year Part-Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Dr Asmahan McCambridge

Programme Manager

B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre

Tel: +353 1 716 6490


Academic Enquiries:

Dr Michael Connolly

Associate Professor

B322, UCD Health Sciences Centre

Tel: +353 1 716 6404


Subjects taught

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


You will complete two modules in total (additional 30 credits added to Grad Dip):

NMHS42660 Advanced Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Semester 1)

NMHS43320 Dissertation (Semester 1 & 2)

Stage 1 Option

Diss: Evidence Synthesis


Applied Res Evidence Synthesis



Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This course builds on the healthcare professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of persons with life limiting illness. The programme is aimed at health professionals who have completed a Graduate Diploma (Level 9) in Palliative Care.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Palliative Care PT (X790)

Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

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 and start dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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