Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University

Advanced Practice in Palliative Care

Students gain an in depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to practice at an advanced level, as well as the ability to critically appraise relevant health and social policy; students also acquire the knowledge and skills needed to address ethical and professional issues, such as the multi-dimensional needs of patients and their families, the interdependent roles of the multi-professional team within palliative care, and the philosophical and methodological underpinning of research applied to palliative care practice.

Entry requirements

Practising health or social care practitioner; Honours degree in a science subject; or nursing; or equivalent professional experience.

Course modules

Year 1: Symptom management in palliative care, therapeutic communication in palliative care, strategic and global issues in palliative care. Year 2: Exploring professional roles in practice, research methods, option. Year 3: Dissertation. Optional modules: Adults with incapacity; assessment, evaluation and support; child protection in context; child protection: risk to reality; contemporary ethical and professional issues in healthcare; contemporary issues in intellectual disability practice; critical thinking, analysis and writing; dissertation; effective learning and teaching in higher education; exploring professional roles in practice; improving health and well being with people with intellectual disabilities; independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals; integrating cancer genetics into healthcare; leadership; interprofessional learning and mentoring; managing performance for person centred services; politics, policy and practice; practising within a consultancy role; professional study and practices; professional study and practices; research methods; safeguarding vulnerable individuals and families; strategic and global issues in palliative care; symptom management in palliative care; therapeutic communication in palliative care; strategic and global issues in cancer care; pathophysiology and epidemiology in diabetes mellitus; work based learning portfolio 1; work based learning portfolio 2.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 570 per Credit module (home fees) 3 years
MSc Part-time £ 1,614 per Credit module (overseas fees) 3 years
PgCert Part-time £ 570 per Credit module (home fees) 3 years
PgCert Part-time £ 1,614 per Credit module (overseas fees) 3 years
PgDip Part-time £ 570 per Credit module (home fees) 3 years
PgDip Part-time £ 1,614 per Credit module (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Craiglockhart Campus Edinburgh EH14 1DJ Scotland

Key information

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0333 900 6040