Graduate Diploma Palliative Care

The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary programme designed to enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with life limiting illness. Possessing this enhanced level of expertise will enable you to become a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team providing palliative care and further enhance the care provided to patients in your current area of practice who have a range of complex symptoms that need impeccable assessment and management.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is aimed at advancing the health care professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of persons with life limiting illness.

Programme aims

The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care aims to build upon and advance the repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to promote competence and confidence in the practitioner’s work. The course aims to prepare individuals to enhance the care provided to patients and their families facing physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems associated with life limiting illness.

What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care is aimed at advancing the health professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for palliative care practice of people who have life limiting illness within a variety of care settings and contexts.

On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma Palliative Care from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally (since its inception in 1997) and is a highly regarded qualification for health care professionals caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care.

Teaching methods

The programme is offered using a Blended Learning Approach utilising a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars are used.

Learning is facilitated by a multidisciplinary teaching team with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice. Clinical Placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in differing palliative care settings.

Programme structure

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two trimesters or a two (academic) year programme, broken down into four trimesters . Assessments are varied (assignments/ MCQ/case studies) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

Core Modules:

Spring Trimester NMHS43270 ResMethodsAppliedtoHealthcare 10.00

Spring Trimester NMHS43140 Developing Leadership Comp10.00

Specialist Modules:

Autumn Trimester NMHS42370 Pall Care,Phil,Concept 10.00

Autumn Trimester NMHS42540 Palliative Approaches Symp Mgt10.00

Spring Trimester NMHS42820 Psychosoc & Spiritual Issues10.00

Year Long Module NMHS42350 Clinical Practicum 10.00

Careers/where can I go?

The Graduate Diploma Palliative Care will provide you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care. Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for Palliative Care, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of care settings both nationally and internationally. Many graduates have assumed varying roles in the palliative care services CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

Documents to be submitted with your application

PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 01 AUGUST 2020

How to apply

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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Fees

The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

 

Please note that UCD fees are subject to change annually. The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students. 

 

Funding:

If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts student.payments@ucd.ie. Please note this is not a student facing email address.

 

Student Queries:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:

www.ucd.ie/askus

https://www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/

 

Application Fee:

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

 

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.

TO APPLY FOR RPL PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:  https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=APPLY

Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning