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Palliative Care MSc, PGDip    Back

Newcastle University Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Duration: see details Fees/total cost: EUR 6,477.12 (GBP 4,800.00) - EUR 23,560.52 (GBP 17,460.00)

Description

This part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients, including treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Developed and delivered with well-established cancer institutes and oncological and palliative care expertise, you will experience a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating experience wherever you are in the world.

Palliative Care is an important part of health care for those suffering from life-limiting illnesses and their families. In May 2012 the World Health Organisation (WHO) passed a resolution to incorporate palliative care into regular health care. This course has been designed to cover all aspects of palliative care, including:

  • pain
  • emotional and psychological care
  • medical, spiritual, social, and economic care

You can also take optional modules such as health economics, health technologies and medical ethics.

The course is designed to provide those working in palliative care and related professional roles with detailed knowledge about the interrelationship between oncology and clinical cancer service provision.

Through the course you will develop clinical leadership, clinical excellence and the ability to cultivate interdisciplinary collaboration in the delivery of evidence based oncology/palliative care. This includes sharing mutually valuable information to help develop clinical practice. You will be introduced to the basis of research in palliative care, preparing you for further research within the field.

We have designed this course in collaboration with the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR) and it is delivered in association with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC).

Our students include:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • radiographers
  • Senior House Officers and Registrars training for part one of the Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) examination or in medical oncology

Staff

Newcastle and the North East of England have a tremendous amount of palliative care expertise and all our teaching staff are healthcare professionals actively involved in research. This knowledge base provides a comprehensive, intellectually stimulating, and extremely useful educational experience to all students involved in it.

The course is led by:

  • Dr Ashraf Azzabi, Degree Programme Director and Associate Specialist Oncologist
  • Dr Charles Kelly, Deputy Degree Programme Director and Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Delivery

The course is taught online, so you can choose to study anytime and anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments, plus learning online will develop your online literacy as a transferable skill.

You will be given an account on Blackboard, our managed learning environment, and an email address. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers, check that your equipment is compatible. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Online delivery is structured in weekly topics, guiding your learning via tutorials, videos, discussions and formative exercises. The courses are full of interactive exercises and activities, including immediate feedback from automatically scored activities and practices. You can discuss the course, ask questions and get help with problems through the course discussion groups or through emailing your module leader. The networking opportunities of this course give you a multi-disciplinary awareness to your studies.

Your first task will be to complete a short induction module before studying between 10 and 30 credits per semester. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • multiple choice question exams
  • essays
  • presentations
  • case studies

Each 10 credit module is the equivalent to 100 hours of notional study time, which includes:

  • studying the course materials
  • online networking with fellow students
  • directed reading
  • research
  • interactive and collaborative activities
  • preparing assessments

Semester Dates

Approximate semester start dates are as follows:

  • semester 1 - end of September
  • semester 2 - end of January

Semester dates can be found on the University Calendar.

Modules

All modules are delivered online with no attendance required.

Compulsory modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

Semester 2

MSc only

Semesters 1 and 2

Optional modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

Semester 2

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

We offer the option of studying individual modules, so you can pick and choose modules relevant to your line of work or personal interest. Standalone modules are ideal if you are not particularly interested in gaining a qualification but wish to learn about the modules we offer.

Modules might change for your year of entry.

Masters - Part time

Start date:
September
Duration:
3 Years - 60 Months
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Language:
English
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 9,715.68 (GBP 7,200.00)
Non-EU-Fees:
EUR 23,560.52 (GBP 17,460.00)
Tuition fees

Part time - PgDip

Start date:
September
Duration:
2 Years - 60 Months
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Language:
English
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 6,477.12 (GBP 4,800.00)
Non-EU-Fees:
EUR 15,707.02 (GBP 11,640.00)
Additional Information:
CPD modules: UK/EU £435 per 10 credit module; International £825 per 10 credit module.
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information


Oncology and Palliative Care Team
oncpall@ncl.ac.uk
University accredited:
Credits:
PgDip: 120 CATS
Masters: 90 ECTS
Masters: 180 CATS
Last update: 21/03/2016

Modules

Module name Credits (ECTS or CATS) Duration Core / elective / recommended Available as Short course (CPD)
Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice: Management of Symptoms (Other Than Pain) in Advanced Diseases (E-learning) [ONC8016] 10 CATS core Yes
Handling Loss, Grief and Bereavement (E-learning) [ONC8010] 10 CATS core Yes
Managing Pain (E-learning) [ONC8012] 10 CATS core Yes
Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning) [ONC8005] 10 CATS core Yes
Research Methods (1) (E-learning) [ONC8003] 10 CATS core Yes
Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (E-learning) [ONC8022] 20 CATS elective Yes
Cancer Drugs and Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient (E-learning) [ONC8011] 20 CATS elective Yes
Cancer Pathology (E-learning) [ONC8002] 10 CATS elective Yes
Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning) [ONC8004] 10 CATS elective Yes
Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning) [ONC8008] 10 CATS elective Yes
Health Economics (E-Learning) [ONC8021] 10 CATS elective Yes
Management of Cancer-Psychosocial Issues (E-learning) [ONC8006] 10 CATS elective Yes
Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning) [ONC8017] 10 CATS elective Yes
Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning) [ONC8018] 20 CATS elective Yes
Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning) [ONC8019] 20 CATS elective Yes
Quality Improvement (E-learning) [ONC8013] 10 CATS elective Yes
Research Methods (2) Statistics (E-learning) [ONC8007] 10 CATS elective Yes
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