University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Professional Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care)

Studied entirely online, the MSc Professional Practice (Cancer and Palliative Care) is a flexible, modular course specifically for health professionals working with patients with a cancer diagnosis. The course explores a range of issues inherent within modern cancer, from health promotion and the epidemiology of cancer, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, management of symptoms, through to end-of life-care. The MSc Professional Practice in Cancer and Palliative Care will enable you to transfer complex theoretical knowledge into comprehensive, focused and patient-centred clinical practice. You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the philosophical frameworks that support professional practice within cancer/ palliative care and a critical understanding of the elements which constitute professional practice. What's more, you will learn how to innovate and develop professional practice in a way that enhances patient and client experience.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to be health professionals with a first degree (or its equivalent) and be working with patients/ clients with cancer diagnosis or a patient/ client receiving palliative care.

For experienced health professionals who do not possess a first degree but can demonstrate a significant professional portfolio we will consider an application through the USW Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the award leader for further information.

Course modules

The Nature of Cancer (20 credits) - This explores the incidence of cancer from a local, national and global level, Discussion then moves to the development of cancer. Modern treatments are then explored along with their effects and side effects.

The Impact of Cancer (20 credits) - This explores the effects of cancer from a psychosocial perspective exploring the impact of cancer upon the person, the family and society.

End of Life Care (20 credits) - This explores modern approaches to end of life care, emphasising person centred holistic aspect of care and in doing so exploring the impact of death upon the individual and family.

Nature and Scope of Palliative Care (20 credits) - This is a good introduction to palliative care and explores this speciality as part of wider palliative care strategies along with relevant professional, legal and ethical issues.

Therapeutic Management of Life Limiting Illness (20 credits) - This explores a range of symptoms associated with a range of life limiting illnesses and reviews how they can best be managed.

Cancer Interventions (40 credits) - This explores the incidence of cancer, their treatments and what health economics contributes to modern cancer care.

Research Methods (40 credits) - This enables you to critically review literature in an analytical manner. A critical understanding of different research paradigms will be developed along with a range of different research methods.

Dissertation module (60 credits) - This final module in your course will enable you to explore a work based issue in detail under the supervision and guidance of an academic member of staff. This module comprises of an 18000-word written dissertation with periodic supervision sessions to help you progress with the module.

Assessment methods

Assessments will mainly be written and submitted online with feedback (unless otherwise stated) being provided online within 20 days of submission.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc On-line study September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cardiff (Atrium) Campus Cardiff CF37 1DL Wales

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