• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12-24 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time

This course is for those wishing to pursue a service or academic career in palliative care.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

The Master of Public Health (Palliative Care Research) (MPH (PCR)) is designed for those wishing to pursue a service or academic career in palliative care. It will provide you with an excellent understanding of both research and public health issues, thus increasing your career opportunities.

The MPH degree has been run successfully in Dundee for over 25 years and our past students now contribute to the global public health workforce. Building on this success, we are ideally placed to offer a new exit - in palliative care research - from the core MPH. The MPH Palliative Care Research presents an opportunity to integrate public health with quality palliative care research and the clinical palliative care services. This provides a rich learning environment for prospective students.

The Tayside Palliative and End of Life Care Network and the Tayside Specialist Palliative Care Service are well placed to support excellence in research and in research training. The varied clinical settings throughout Tayside provide an excellent basis for research projects.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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How you will be taught

  • Lectures
  • Guest lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical classes
  • Tutorials
  • Research led supervision

The Co-Directors of the course, Dr Deans Buchanan and Dr Katharine Thompson are Consultants in Palliative Medicine in Tayside. Clinicians from within the palliative care service and supervisors from the Tayside Palliative and End of Life Care Network are able to supervise dissertations In addition, Professor Bridget Johnston will also contribute to the teaching and supervision of students.

How you will be assessed

  • Written assignments
  • Examinations
  • Online discussion
  • Dissertation

What you will study

Semester 1

Number of credits:7 SCQF credits

Ensure a working understanding of palliative care regarding:

  • Identification of patients who could benefit from a palliative approach to care.
  • The management of the common symptoms in palliative care patients.
  • To enable future researchers to have the requisite understanding of and skills to deal with communication issues related to clinical research. Issues include: patient centered consent, dealing with distress, engaging other professionals reducing gate-keeping and separation of a clinical role from the researcher role.
  • To be able to describe and reflect on research governance issues and challenges specific to palliative care research.

Number of credits: 15

In this module you will learn the terminology and concepts of basic statistics – such as central tendency, variability, normal distribution, frequency and probability. This will enable you to apply and interpret the results of descriptive and inferential statistics.

Number of credits:15 

This module will introduce you to the foundational principles of epidemiology, including concepts such as mortality, morbidity, and disease distribution, as well as the major research designs used to collect data and approaches to the analysis and interpretation of data.

Semester 2

Number of credits:3 SCQF credits

Ensure a working understanding of palliative care regarding:

  • Identification of patients who could benefit from a palliative approach to care.
  • The management of the common symptoms in palliative care patients.
  • To enable future researchers to have the requisite understanding of and skills to deal with communication issues related to clinical research. Issues include: patient centered consent, dealing with distress, engaging other professionals reducing gate-keeping and separation of a clinical role from the researcher role.
  • To be able to describe and reflect on research governance issues and challenges specific to palliative care research.

Number of credits: 15

Through this module you will be introduced to specialised statistical procedures for use with record-linked routine observational data, including handling missing data, and developing clinical prediction rules.

Number of credits: 10

In this module you will learn the relevant skills necessary to design a research study, culminating in the creation of a model grant application relevant to population health research.

Semester 3

Number of credits: 5

In this module you will develop the skills necessary to use, produce, and interpret spatial epidemiology and disease mapping.

Number of credits: 5

This module will provide you with the skills to design, carry out, interpret and report a systematic review.

Number of credits: 60

In your final module you will use all of your knowledge gained on the course, as well as guidance from our teaching staff, to produce a substantial piece of written work, which will demonstrate integrative, analytical and critical skills.

A MPH (PCR) will enhance the employability of professionals interested in palliative care research.

For Specialty Trainees in Palliative Medicine this will add distinct skill sets and an essential understanding of both research and public health issues. Such qualifications will open job opportunities in academic medicine and at policy development levels. This course is compatible with the Palliative Medicine Curriculum and dissertation projects could be undertaken in candidates own localities.

Non-medical staff (including nursing staff) will benefit from the same skill set and enhanced ability to enter academic palliative care. Multi-professional learning is encouraged and dissertation projects can be tailored to specific backgrounds.

What I loved about being in Dundee was the almost seamless blend between the University environment and the city. It is a small city where you can find everything you want, with nice places to shop. I also visited some sites of importance such as the Discovery Point, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee Ice Arena and also the DUSA building where students meet to socialise.

The learning environment is so friendly and there is help available any time. We had excellent resident and visiting lecturers, gave presentations, worked on team projects on current public health issues, and worked individually on our research projects. This combination of experiences provided me with the knowledge and skills to take up a fellowship program with the West African College of Physicians on my return to Nigeria.

Ibrahim Bashir
Assistant Director of Public Health with the Presidency of Nigeria
Nigeria

I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering a career in public health. While the essential modules are in-depth and challenging, you feel supported through the whole semester by the excellent teaching staff. The MPH offers fantastic practical training in statistics and clinical trials, and also includes teaching in the more complex and innovative aspects of public health, like using health data linkage.

Not only does the course prime students for their career, it also helps you develop your independence in research. Having recently completed the course I am now working in a research role at a UK university on an exciting public health project. I can say that choosing the MPH at Dundee has been extremely rewarding, the skillset I have gained in such a short 1-year course is unbelievable.

United Kingdom

Gillian Smith
Graduate 2018

Applicants are normally required to hold a first class or upper second class degree in a health related topic and/or in subjects including medicine, the social sciences, and medical science. Applications will be considered from others who, although not graduates, are exceptionally well qualified in terms of seniority and experience. Experience in palliative care or similar area and/or specific, evidenced interest in palliative care.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £16,950 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study
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Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowPublic Health (Palliative Care Research) MPHP048962

Course Contact

Mrs Jennifer Watson
Medicine
mph@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 383987