GradDip Palliative Care

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

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.

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.

Careers & Employability

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.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

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

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.

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

Core Modules

  • NMHS42230 Leadership and Organisational Dynamics
  • NMHS43270 Research Methods Applied to Healthcare

Specialist Modules 

  • NMHS42370 Palliative Care Philosophy Concepts and Debates (Semester 1)
  • NMHS42540 Palliative Approaches to Symptom Management (Semester 2)
  • NMHS42820 Psychosocial, Spiritual and Therapeutic Issues in Palliative Care (Semester 2)
  • NMHS42350 Clinical Practicum (Semester 1&2)

GradDip Palliative Care (X791) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9210
nonEU    fee per year - € 17600

***Fees are subject to change

Your programme fees are available at the links below. You can search by programme title, keyword or major code. Please note that fees published on the links below are inclusive of the student levy, which must be paid by all students. 

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

General information about UCD Fees

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Palliative Care (X791)
1 Years
Full Time

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