Palliative Care

UCAS codes

  • 0116 -

Course contact

Stuart Milligan
+44 (0)141 849 4206 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

Graduate Certificate (Part time; 1 year)


  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

  • September
Students undertaking this programme will have experience of working with people with palliative care or end of life care needs in hospitals, hospices, care homes or the community.
Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Section 6 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements: Registration on Part 1 of the Professional Register of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or equivalent professional body.
For international students undertaking this module as part of an international cohort, you must be able to demonstrate current professional registration from the country in which you practice.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. The programme leader will be responsible for ensuring that such students who are admitted to the programme have the appropriate academic skills.
Successful completion of this programme will allow students to meet government standards for those working in hospices (e.g. NHS QIS 2002) as well as enabling local health authorities to meet their obligations in relation to national and international standards of palliative care provision (e.g. World Health Organisation 2014). Lifelong learning and continuing professional development is integral not only to the provision of high quality palliative care but also to career progression.

The Graduate Certificate consists of three core modules, each credit-rated 20 points at SCQF Level 9. Each module incorporates a variety of teaching and learning methods.

Living and Dying Well

explores the history, development and current principles and practices of palliative care.

Person-Centered Palliative Care

examines thanatology, existential issues in palliative care, effective communication and ethically sound decision-making.

Non Malignant Conditions

examines the ways in which palliative care can be utilised to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with non-malignant diseases.
This award offers professionals the opportunity to gain skills in palliative care which could support a move into a more specialised role within dedicated palliative care services. Further study options include the Postgraduate Certificate in Cancer and Palliative Care or MSc Advancing Practice.
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