United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

We've been developing leaders in palliative care across the world for over two decades. Build on your existing knowledge and learn how to apply best practice with our faculty of experts and cutting-edge research.

At King's we take an evidence-based approach to palliative care. Our expert tutors will help you develop the skills you need to evaluate evidence and improve care. Research is embedded into every module. At MSc level, you can conduct your own research to inform clinical practice and service development, and contribute to the evidence base.

Key benefits:

  • The Cicely Saunders Institute was the world's first purpose-built institute for palliative care, and is a WHO Collaborating Centre for palliative care and rehabilitation
  • We focus on research and evidence-based practice, drawing on the Cicely Saunders Institute's world renowned expertise
  • Our programme is open to any professional working in palliative care or with people facing advanced illness
  • Our teaching staff are academics, practitioners, policy makers, and global leaders in palliative care
  • Our MSc is delivered with St Christopher's Hospice, which provides skilled and compassionate palliative care of the highest quality.

Who should take this course

A degree in medicine, nursing or dentistry or a 2:1 degree in life sciences or social sciences. You must also have experience of working in palliative care or an associated area, eg clinical or social care research.


MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

Course content

Required Modules:

  • If you are an MSc student, you will take a total of 180 credits.
  • If you are a PG Dip student, you will take a total of 120 credits.
  • If you are a PG Cert student, you will take a total of 60 credits.

If you are an MSc student or a PG Dip student, you are required to take all of these modules. If you are a PG Cert student, you are required to take two of these modules.

  • Research Methods and Statistics in Palliative Care (15 credits)
  • Biology and Management of Symptoms in Advanced Disease (15 credits)
  • Psychosocial, Cultural, Ethical and Spiritual Issues (15 credits)
  • Service Organisation and Policy in Palliative Care (15 credits)

If you are an MSc student you are required to take:

  • Research Study Project (60 credits)


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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