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Studying End of Life Healthcare Ethics at the University College Cork

The MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics is a unique ground-breaking multidisciplinary course that will enable you to identify, research and critically evaluate the ethical, professional, legal and philosophical underpinnings of end-of-life decisions and care in hospital and healthcare settings. It will normally be undertaken part-time over a two-year period. The course is primarily intended for health professionals (e.g. registered nurses, doctors, consultants, directors of nursing, pharmacists, speech therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists); allied professionals (e.g. hospital and nursing home administrators, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, members of clinical and research ethics committees); solicitors; theologians, counsellors; journalists and members of the general public with a keen interest in the subject area.

You will complete modules to the value of 90 credits in total - 45 credits in Part 1 and 45 credits in Part 2.


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End of Life Healthcare Ethics: Course:

In Part 1, you are expected to attend college for lectures, tutorials and seminars for the last Monday and Tuesday of each month (September 2014-May 2015) and for one block-week: March, 2015).

In Part 2, you are expected to attend college for the last Monday and Tuesday of each month (September 2015 – December 2015). On successful completion of a dissertation, to be submitted in July 2016, you will be awarded an MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, group discussions, seminars, and workshops. You will also identify and critically discuss challenging cases drawn from clinical practice, engage in debates and participate in simulated court proceedings. You are required to have internet access for online learning and discussion boards where appropriate.

Staff from the College of Medicine and Health and the Department of Philosophy as well as invited clinical, ethical and legal experts with national and international expertise in the field of healthcare, ethics and law, all take part in teaching this course.


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End of Life Healthcare Ethics: Career:

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • apply greater insights into the ethical, professional, legal and philosophical underpinnings of end-of-life decision-making in Ireland and abroad
  • bring comprehensive and well-assimilated knowledge and critical skills to ethically challenging situations that arise in relation to death and dying in professional and personal life
  • act as innovators, leaders and facilitators in healthcare ethics and contribute to practice development and best practice.

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End of Life Healthcare Ethics: Requirements:

Entry Requirements
(a) Candidates for the MSc (End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics) must satisfy the following:

  • normally hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a relevant subject (e.g. nursing, medicine, pharmacy, clinical therapies, philosophy, law, theology, social sciences) OR in any discipline and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years' work experience in a relevant field. 
  • applicants with a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) will also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on a case by case basis.


(b) Applicants will be judged on academic credentials, previous experience and their personal statement.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a primary degree may be recommended for entry to the programme after a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. These applicants may be required to attend an interview and their admission will be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here


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University College Cork


Location: Cork Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Irland
South-West Region
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Location

Cork

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

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Type of study

Part-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 4130 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Cork

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Part-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 4130 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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