Master of Science in Palliative and End of Life CareA 60 credit masters programme designed for professionals working in areas that cater for people with palliative and/or end of life care needs
Discipline: Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care
NFQ Level: 9
Mode of Study: Flexible Learning
Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT
Entry Requirements: See "Essential Information" below
The fee for this programme is €2,240
This programme provides for those who wish to develop competence in caring for persons and their families requiring palliative and end of life care.
The suite of modules are designed for all professionals who are working in areas that cater for persons with palliative and/or end of life care needs.
Who can apply?
Applications are welcome from all professionals such as;
- social workers
- occupational therapists
- speech therapists
- health care assistants
- social workers
- support staﬀ
Applicants do not have to work in a specialist palliative care area to apply.
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Year 1, Semester 1:
- Principles of palliative and end of life care
- Psychosocial, ethical and spiritual care
- Eﬀective symptom management in life limiting conditions or reﬂective practice or End of life care for the person with dementia
Year 1, Semester 2:
- Bereavement and loss
- Applied research: theory
- Clinical practice placement (for registered nurses only) or Creative arts in palliative care
- Research Dissertation
The programme is designed around four key themes
- Towards improved interdisciplinary professional understandings, principles and innovations in palliative and end of life care.
- Improving person centred care within the context of palliative and end of life care.
- Developing a systematic approach to enhancing the comfort and quality of palliative and end of life care.
- Developing professional and ethical practice in the context of palliative and end of life care.
All students are invited to choose electives* relevant to their practice area.The suite of electives provides for this choice thus respecting the diversity of palliative and end of life care environments.
There are module choice requirements speciﬁc to medical and nursing professionals undertaking the programme.
There are also Clinical Nurse Specialist career pathways oﬀered as part of this programme.
*Not all electives may run
A key feature of the programme is the strong focus on ‘real practice' for the purposes of skill development, assessment and conﬁdence building.
This will enhance understanding of the palliative care focus and approach to person care.
Lectures consist of discussion groups, presentations, debates. Guest lectures from practice experts is a key feature of this programme.
Much of this programme is completed online. Lecture notes and reading material are provided. Blogs and discussion groups occur online which is very ﬂexible for adult learners.
How often do I have to attend college for lectures?
This programme is speciﬁcally designed for busy professionals who cannot commit to weekly college attendance.
Instead, you attend college on four residential weekends in semester one and semester two only. This involves lectures all day on Friday and until 1pm on Saturday in GMIT Mayo. B&B for the residential weekend is provided.
Having completed this programme graduates will have developed enhanced contextual, cultural and professional insights into palliative and end of life care and will be equipped with a set of skills that will have a direct impact in the quality of care oﬀered to persons and families in need of palliative and end of life care in your work area. These roles vary across the spectrum of health and social care.
Graduates of this programme will advance their career prospects in terms of promotion eligibility and post-graduate training. This may be in areas of management, practice development and/or specialist clinical areas such as palliative care.
On completion of the programme, registered nurses who meet the criteria may be eligible to apply for clinical nurse specialist in palliative care.
The programme has been structured so students can progress to this Masters qualification over two years:
- Year 1, Semester 1: Certificate in Science in Palliative and End of Life Care, GMIT Mayo (30 credits)
- Year 1, Semester 2: Postgraduate Diploma in in Science (PgDip) in Palliative and End of Life Care, GMIT Mayo (30 credits)
- Year 2: Master of Science (MSc) in Palliative and End of Life Care, GMIT Mayo (30 credits)
The entry requirement for undertaking this programme are:
- Honours Degree (H2.2) in any health or social care discipline or recognised cognate professional qualiﬁcation.
- A minimum of one year's experience in delivering a palliative care approach within practice within the last two years.
- Be employed for the duration of the course in an area where the principles of palliative care are operationalized when caring for individuals with life threatening illness and their families. An example of such may be; Acute Hospitals, community hospitals, care homes, private practice, hospice and community health centers.
- Applicants other than nurses, must be employed in a practice area which allows interaction with patients who have palliative/end of life care needs and, where appropriate, be registered with their respective professional body.
Additional entry requirements speciﬁc to nurses:
- Current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register;
- Currently working a minimum of 78 hours per month.
- Be employed in a clinical area that is approved by the course team.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants may use RPL as a means of accessing the programme. They can also use RPL to gain exemptions. RPL can either be certiﬁed or experiential.
GMIT will assess individual applicants on a case-by-case basis, in line with the RPL Policy.
***How to Apply***
Applicants are invited to apply at: www.gmit.ie/apply/direct-applications
This application route is for the Certiﬁcate programme, the Postgraduate Diploma programme and the Masters Programme.
Dr Maura Fitzsimons
Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care