Education in palliative care is valued across Europe and also internationally, particularly in resource poor countries. This PhD is the first doctoral programme to be offered globally, and the first to support the education of palliative care professionals - generating knowledge that’s relevant and applicable to their working contexts.
The Division of Health Research is home to the International Observatory on End of Life Care and a number of staff who are internationally recognised experts in this field of study. The PhD in Palliative Care is your chance to work with world-leading academics on the production of a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge development within your area of professional practice.
Combining innovative distance learning and an annual Academy held at the University, the programme will help you to gain an understanding of the development of end of life services; movements in different settings and cultures around the world; the models of care that have been adopted; and the issues involved in assessing the impact of these – individually, socially and societally.
This part-time, flexible doctorate runs over a minimum of four and a maximum of seven years. The programme begins with a compulsory five-day Induction Academy at the University. Each of the subsequent academic years start with a compulsory three-day Academy, while the rest of the course is delivered via e-learning. Attendance at the annual Academies is compulsory until you are confirmed on the PhD programme.
Throughout your studies, we will support you as you enhance your leadership skills and effectiveness, and develop advanced skills in research design, practice and dissemination. You’ll foster critical approaches to the review of evidence and improve your written and oral presentation skills.