University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

End Of Life Studies MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online Distance Learning (Taught)

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Course summary

Around the world there is growing interest in end of life care, assisted dying, and the cultural values that surround death and bereavement. This postgraduate programme will offer you new and critical perspectives on end of life practice and policy, palliative care, cultural representations of death and dying, and related ethical questions. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • We will examine new theories, key concepts and a variety of research methods relating to end of life issues.
  • As the global population ages and grows, so too does the number of deaths in the world each year. We explore new patterns of ageing and dying, and the implications of these for policy and practice.
  • We will examine the specific challenges of delivering optimal end of life care in the global context, examining diverse models of care, their implementation in differing cultural settings and the global spread of palliative care approaches.
  • We will explore some of the diverse cultural beliefs surrounding what makes a ‘good death’ and consider global attempts to improve end of life care.
  • We consider the expanding debate surrounding the legalisation of assisted dying, and examine the implications for policy and practice in different settings.
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Enrol on End of Life Care: Challenges and Innovation to get an introduction to the subject and studying here at the University of Glasgow. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE You will take six core courses, each with 20 credits and a final 60 credit dissertation project to complete the MSc programme. It will take three years in the first instance to complete with a maximum of six years being allowed. The programme also has exit points available for PgCert (60 credits) and PgDip (120 credits), up to a maximum period of four years of study. Core courses September - December ASSISTED DYING: RHETORICS AND REALITY GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND DILEMMAS IN END OF LIFE CARE January - April COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES: PROMISES, PRACTICES AND PITFALLS THE CONTINUUM OF AGEING AND DYING April - July CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS OF DEATH AND DYING THEORY, METHODS, AND ETHICS IN END OF LIFE RESEARCH CAREER PROSPECTS The programme is extremely well fitted to the needs of people already engaged in some way in matters relating to death, dying, bereavement, palliative care, and end of life care: as well as those who seek to move into these fields. We envisage a rich online learning community on the degree, made up not only of practitioners, but also social activists, those working in artistic and cultural media, as well as people pursuing their own personal development on a matter of pressing human interest.

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How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, if you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme team to discuss. Previous work experience: applications from candidates with relevant and substantial professional and/or industry experience are welcomed even if they do not necessarily hold a relevant qualification. If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. Please contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

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End Of Life Studies MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online Distance Learning at University of Glasgow - UCAS