Short courses
Health & Social Care

Palliative Journeys

University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education:

This award draws on the knowledge from a broad humanistic-social scientific tradition (in contrast to a clinical, medical or natural science approach). It is intended to help you develop broad and critical knowledge of the importance of death, dying and bereavement in contemporary society. It does not assume prior knowledge of the area.

Course information

Part-time

  • 18 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level: Master's
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

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Death presents organisational and ideological challenges for any society, yet there are significant differences in the way societies deal with these challenges. This award focuses on continuity and change in a British context, drawing on comparative analysis with other societies to critically examine British practices.

  • Death and social order: palliative journeys explained
  • Death and social change
  • The denial of death
  • The medicalisation of death
  • 'Good' death and 'bad' death
  • Public health approaches to palliative care
  • The role of the media in the social context of rituals of death, dying and bereavement
  • Death, dying, disposal, memorialisation, social difference and inequality
  • Social death

How you learn

Attendance, distance learning or flexible learning

How you are assessed

4,000-word essay

Career opportunities

This award supports your development in the field of humanistic care in a wide range of settings including palliative care, bereavement care and health services generally.

Entry requirements

You need a degree in health sciences, social sciences or equivalent (2.2 or above). If English isn’t your first language, you need IELTS 6.5 or above.

Course information

Part-time

  • 18 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level: Master's
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

Contact details

Further information