MSc Integrated Palliative & End of Life Care

This programme is designed to make palliative and end-of-life care real, meaningful and accessible for all frontline clinical staff. The programme is suitable for nurses (community, hospital, nursing home, hospice), health and social care practitioners, allied health professionals, paramedics and doctors (GPs, specialist doctors and doctors in training). You will gain enhanced knowledge, confidence and competence in assessing the palliative and end-of-life care needs of patients and their families, with a particular focus on transforming end-of-life communication and the psychology of spiritual care and positive emotion. The impact in different disease trajectories will be explored, looking for similarities and differences and seeing how these might be managed. In addition, you will learn how to manage symptoms and address concerns arising across the four domains of holistic care (physical, psychological, spiritual and social), consider the ethical and legal aspects of care, and undertake an advanced practice project, underpinned by a detailed understanding of clinical education research.

What you’ll study

The course introduces you to the philosophy, principles and national drivers of palliative care, assessment and symptom management.

You will study the trajectories of end-of-life care in a variety of diseases and conditions, examine holistic care from a physical, psychological, spiritual and social perspective, and gain skills and knowledge in both supporting family carers and providing bereavement support.

In addition, you will focus on the delivery of palliative care through enhanced communication skills, future advance care planning and the management of complex medicines. You will also discover major debates in clinical education research and lead, implement and evaluate a service improvement project within a health and social care setting.

Two additional, optional modules will be selected from the wider faculty portfolio.

Compulsory modules:

HEA4002 Advance Practice Project

CPD7001 Research & Clinical Education

HEA4252 Transforming End of Life Communication & Spiritual Care

HEA4219 Transforming End of Life Trajectories

HEA4197 Transforming Integrated Palliative & End of Life Care


You will select two 20 credit optional modules, negotiated with the course leader, chosen from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s professional development portfolio.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please see our Continuing Professional Development Modules for Health and Social Care Practitioners pages.

How you’ll study

The three core modules are delivered at the Terence Burgess Education Centre in Southport as an interactive hybrid of face-to-face and remote online study. Attendance is typically one half day per week with an additional full introductory day at the start of each module and a further full revision day at the end. The remaining module may be delivered at the Terence Burgess Education Centre, as a hybrid of face-to-face and remote online study, or at Edge Hill University. Contact hours will vary depending on your module choice.

Blended learning is encouraged as part of the learning time and includes a substantial amount of material available via our virtual learning environment.

As part of these online activities, you will be exposed to a variety of end-of-life care challenges faced by the residents of a virtual community of families. You will be expected to contribute to web-based discussions with your peers about the relevant care required by members of this virtual interactive community.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course, Applying directly to Edge Hill University – Edge Hill University

For more information contact the module clinical lead at

Course details:

  • Virtual Provider: The Terence Burgess Education Centre at Queenscourt Hospice, Town Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6RE
  • Tel: 01704 517920
  • Email:
  • Organisation: West Lancs, Southport & Formby Palliative Care Services

12 September 2024 - 12 September 2024


01704 517920


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