The aim of the course is to equip people working in palliative, hospice and end of life care to undertake advanced study within their chosen field, including clinical work, education, research, management, policy and advocacy. The programme aims to promote the development of advanced practice in palliative care service organisation and delivery. Students will gain advanced knowledge and critical understanding of:
The PhD in Palliative Care will appeal to a wide range of people working in hospice, palliative care and end of life care:
It is not restricted to any one professional group or discipline, and is intended to be international in focus, appealing to people working in a variety of settings such as:
Our academic staff have expertise in:
Before applying, we suggest you explore the ageing and palliative care research in the Division of Health Research to ensure we have expertise in your area of interest.
The standard minimum entry requirements are normally an upper second class honours degree, or a good Masters in an appropriate subject, and relevant experience of working within palliative care.
If English is not your first language an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required (a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each separate skill: writing, reading, listening and speaking). Alternative qualifications are accepted.
Applicants must also include with their application:
The PhD in Palliative Care is offered part-time via blended learning over 5 years. Blended learning refers to the methods of interaction between students and course tutors / supervisors on a programme. Teaching and research activities are carried out through a combination of face-to-face and online interaction. Face-to-face interactions include residential academies and work-based workshops while online interactions use our virtual learning environment and include discussion forums, collaborative digital spaces and video conferencing.
Years 1 and 2 will involve online taught modules on research skills, ethical considerations, and palliative care history, concepts and debates. Online e-learning will be coupled with annual interactive academies held at Lancaster University in September. You must gain an average mark of 60% across the taught element of the programme in order to proceed to the research element in year 3.
From Year 3, you will undertake a research project, which will conclude with the submission of a thesis (35,000 words) that makes an original contribution to knowledge within your area of professional interest, and will be of direct relevance to it. This research project will be supervised from Lancaster University but undertaken in your own location or workplace. Supervisors will be chosen based on relevant theoretical or methodological expertise within the student's area of interest where possible.
The course commences in September and runs part-time (minimum duration 4 years, maximum 7 years).
Applications to the PhD in Palliative Care can be made via the University's online applications system from 1st September 2014. The deadline for applications is 1st April 2015.
All applications must include an Additional Information form.
For further information, please contact our admissions team:
Division of Health Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lancaster LA1 4YG
"The research summer academy was an intensive, stimulating, exhausting and yet exhilarating experience"
Martina O'Reilly, Quality & Research Co-Ordinator, Limerick
"Overall I found the week challenging, extremely informative and an excellent theoretical foundation to build my PhD project"
Loreena Hill, Cardiac Liaison Nurse with Belfast Health and Social Care Trust