Education Courses at St Columba’s Hospice

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St Columba’s Hospice in collaboration with Queen Margaret University provide two programmes of study:

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care consists of three 20 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) credit (degree) level 9 modules. These modules can be taken by students with or without a degree and relevant to health and social care professionals working in adult, children or neonatal services, in either hospital, community, care home or hospice settings.

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care is achieved by successful completion of all three modules. The modules can also be accessed and used for degree completion or individual modules can be accessed for Continuing Professional Development.

One module is run per semester, the information below details the modules running in year 2017-18.

Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Semester 1: Using Person-centred Communication Skills towards the End of Life

Semester 2: Anticipating and Responding to Pain and Symptoms in Palliative Care


The MSc in Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care)

The MSc in Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care), SCQF level 11, is designed for experienced practitioners from all disciplines involved in the care of patients and their families in the palliative care phase of illness and at the end of life. The programme of study is relevant to health and social care professionals working in adult, children or neonatal services, in either hospital, community, care home or hospice settings.

The structure of the programme and exit points are detailed in the information below.

MSc in Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care)

Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Four specialist palliative care modules are delivered in the Centre for Education and Research at St. Columba’s Hospice. These modules can be studied as part of the programme or individual modules can be accessed for Continuing Professional Development. One module is run per semester, the information below details the modules running in year 2017-18.

Semester 1: Developing Advanced Communication Skills in Palliative Care

Semester 2: Supporting the Patient and Family in Palliative Care: A Team Approach


How to apply

To apply for the MSc Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care), the Postgraduate Diploma Person-centred Practice (Palliative Care), the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care or an individual module please click here.

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care or an individual module please click here.

If you have any difficulties applying via the Queen Margaret University website, please contact Sue Thorburn on 0131 551 7710 or email.