MSc Palliative Care

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc Palliative Care programme 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.

Particular strengths of the programme include:

  • Strong working relationship between UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems and clinical partners in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross
  • A long history of producing high quality graduates (over 200 to date) many of whom are now working in CNS/Clinical/Educational Facilitator and CNM roles
  • Clinical and university-based lecturers (multidisciplinary teaching team) with national and international expertise from clinical, research and educational perspectives
  • Modularised programme with some modules being taught using a blended approach
  • Clinical Placements in a variety of palliative care settings which enable students to learn from leading experts in oncology
  • Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme
  • Access to excellent facilities for lectures
  • Flexibility to pursue the programme over a longer period of time
  • Access to applicants who have not had the opportunity to pursue third level education before (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)

Careers & Employability

The Master of Science Palliative Care will enhance your research knowledge and skills in the context of palliative care.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This course builds on the healthcare professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of persons with life limiting illness. The programme is aimed at health professionals who have completed a Graduate Diploma (Level 9) in Palliative Care.

  • To create an interdisciplinary learning environment in which students are encouraged to critically reflect on, evaluate and implement where possible, evidence-based practice to the enhancement of palliative care practice, research, and policy
  • To develop academic and clinical leaders who embody the values, principles and philosophy of palliative care for the future progression of contemporary health care in Ireland
  • To promote innovation in inter-disciplinary learning, translation of theory into practice and enhancement of palliative care for patients, their families, the wider healthcare team and society. 

View All Modules Here

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into three trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments and completion of a Dissertation).

You will complete one module (additional 30 credits added to Grad Dip):

NMHS44020 Master's Dissertation: Evidence Synthesis and Translation (Graduate taught minor thesis) 2 Trimester (Sep-May)

MSc Palliative Care (X790) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5280
nonEU    fee per year - € 29100

***Fees are subject to change


If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts 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:

Application Fee

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €60 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:


Applicants must have completed the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care or equivalent (NQAI Level 9)

Documents Required

  • Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)
  • Nurse applicants must provide copy of current registration and Pin with An Bord Altranais
  • Other healthcare professionals must provide copy of registration with a recognised professional body
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)
  • Professional Reference Form
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be granted in respect of individual modules if applicants can demonstrate that the modules' learning outcomes have been achieved through prior credentialled or experiential learning. In some cases, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisites for entry to a programme, an RPL application may be considered. Further information can be found in respect of this here.


We have many wonderful graduates of the MSc programme and some have shared their stories with us. Please have a read of some of the inspiring alumni stories linked below:

Kim Hayden (Grad Dip Cancer Nursing 2015, MSc Palliative Care 2017)

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Palliative Care PT (X790)
1 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised