This Award enables professionals from a wide range of clinical, health and social care backgrounds to synthesise their experience in the context of palliative and end of life care.
The MSc Palliative & End of Life Care for Adults with Progressive Life–Limiting Diagnoses has been designed to meet the needs of health and social care practitioners who choose to underpin their practice at a higher educational level.
The course philosophy is to acknowledge your prior experience and knowledge as a qualified practitioner and subsequently enable you to fulfil your potential as a post graduate through the development of new understanding, critical insight and advanced level skills. This is a multi-professional course and specifically designed to appeal to future leaders of palliative and end of life care.
The aim of the Award is to equip you with the skills necessary to analyse and synthesise research and evidence based practice in palliative and end of life care, and to influence clinical practice and service provision.
The programme has been developed in response to current national policy and guidance for an increasing ageing population with multiple co-morbidities. In the context of meeting the diverse health and social care needs of a multi-cultural population.
For the Award of the MSc you will study six modules at 20 credits plus one 60 credit Independent Project module, which can be selected from three options. 1: Evidence Based Practice Project (of relevance to your current workplace), 2: Consultancy Project (negotiated by an employer or third party organisation) 3: Research Dissertation.
When planning the MSc Palliative & End of Life Care for Adults with Progressive Life–Limiting Diagnoses specific thematic areas emerged, these have been developed into an interim award / pathway:
Post Graduate Certificate:
You study three compulsory 20 credit modules from the specialist area of palliative and end of life care relevant to your area of practice.
Modules may include:
The palliative and end of life care service is a dynamic and challenging environment in which to work and time for continuing learning and academic study is limited. The flexible delivery enables the learner to continue in practice whilst benefitting from part-time study.
For this reason we offer a flexible route through the course with an opportunity to select option modules from the programme. Personal tutors will assist in identifying individual learning needs.
A friendly, helpful and student-focused team of academic, clinical and administrative staff. The core and some option modules for this MSc are led and delivered by practitioners who hold advanced qualifications within their specialist field.
In today’s health and social care environment, attainment of the MSc Palliative and End of Life Care for Adults with Progressive Life-Limiting Diagnoses equips you with the ability to apply for higher level clinical, educational, leadership or management roles within a variety of care setting.
Attainment of a Master’s Degree is increasingly identified as an essential or desirable characteristic within job specifications across a range of health and social care professions.
Your Masters Independent Project may provide you with ideas to progress your subject area or methodology to a higher level, advice and support can be sought from the Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI) https://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=8964 or by discussing any future aspirations with the programme leader.
The applicants will be required to hold a current professional registration to practise or equivalent if from overseas.
A first degree (2.2) in a related subject area. Students who do not have a first degree, but have successfully completed Level 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, or who can provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully the Post Graduate Certificate. For example; completion of an approved preparation course for level 7 study. Such applicants will be invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader to determine suitability for study at master’s level
If English is not the applicant’s first language, they will need to have a TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IELTS score of 7.0 or above in each of the IELTS categories.
Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative & End of Life Care for Adults with Progressive Life-Limiting Diagnoses.
A first degree (2.2) in a related subject area. Students who do not have a first degree, but have successfully completed Level 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, or who can provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully the Post Graduate Certificate.
MSc Palliative & End of Life Care for Adults with Progressive Life-Limiting Diagnoses.
Successful completion of Post Graduate Certificate modules will enable entry to the MSc in Palliative & End of Life Care for Adults with Progressive Life-Limiting Diagnoses.
The interim and full award can only be studied part time.
The course commences with the Course Induction, which you will be expected to attend, where you will receive a bespoke preparation to the course including preparation for academic writing and study skills.
Prior to the course commencing you may submit a claim for Recognition of Prior Learning against the Award you are studying (the Award Leader will advise you).
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2015/6. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.
Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.