Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Supportive and Palliative Care

This course enables students to give vital treatment and support patients with life-threatening illnesses to achieve the best quality of life. It is designed to be flexible, allowing students to tailor their studies to their needs and area of practice. Students: enhance their existing knowledge with an extended period of study and research; learn from a range of medical professionals who have input on course materials; have the support of an academic supervisor throughout their studies; can consolidate previous certificated study gaining accreditation towards this qualification.

Entry requirements

Typically a degree or equivalent in a health or social care discipline; applicants should be working in a general or specialist area of supportive or palliative care; if applicants are accepted on the course they are sent preparatory tasks and course information at least 2 months before they begin; late applicants receive this information as soon as they are accepted unconditionally; if English is not the student's 1st language they need an IELTS score of 7.0 or TOEFL, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: end of life decision making; loss, grief and bereavement; complexities of symptom management; collaborative working in supportive and palliative care; research methods for practice. Optional modules include: psychology of cancer care; advanced communication skills in practice; advanced communication and information in supportive care; expert practice; informed consent in healthcare practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: assignments; seminar presentation; group work.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Distance learning - 3 years
PgDip Distance learning - 3 years
MSc Distance learning £ 2,070 per Unit (home fees) 3 years
MSc Distance learning £ 41 per Credit module (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Online/Distance learning

Key information

Telephone number: 
0114 225 5555