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End Of Life Studies PgCert Online distance learning

End Of Life Studies PgCert Online distance learning

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Online | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 24 months | APR

Study mode



24 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Care Of Dying (Nursing)

Course type


Course Summary

Around the world there is growing interest in end of life care, assisted dying, and the cultural values that surround death and bereavement. This postgraduate programme will offer you new and critical perspectives on end of life practice and policy, palliative care, cultural representations of death and dying, and related ethical questions.


  • We will examine new theories, key concepts and a variety of research methods relating to end of life issues.
  • As the global population ages and grows, so too does the number of deaths in the world each year. We explore new patterns of ageing and dying, and the implications of these for policy and practice.
  • We will examine the specific challenges of delivering optimal end of life care in the global context, examining diverse models of care, their implementation in differing cultural settings and the global spread of palliative care approaches.
  • We will explore some of the diverse cultural beliefs surrounding what makes a ‘good death’ and consider global attempts to improve end of life care.
  • We consider the expanding debate surrounding the legalisation of assisted dying, and examine the implications for policy and practice in different settings.
  • Designed for and delivered on the FutureLearn platform.


The programme is extremely well fitted to the needs of people already engaged in some way in matters relating to death, dying, bereavement, palliative care, and end of life care: as well as those who seek to move into these fields. We envisage a rich online learning community on the degree, made up not only of practitioners, but also social activists, those working in artistic and cultural media, as well as people pursuing their own personal development on a matter of pressing human interest.


The Continuum of Ageing and Dying (20 Credits) - Core
Global Challenges and Dilemmas in End of Life Care (20 Credits) - Core
Cultural Representations of Death & Dying (20 Credits) - Core
Compassionate Communities: Promises, Practices and Pitfalls (20 Credits) - Core
Assisted Dying: Rhetorics and Reality (20 Credits) - Core
Theory, Methods and Ethics in End of Life Research (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£4,350 fee for full time. It's a guide for part time students. £1,450 per 20 credits. Tuition fees for April 2022: £4,150 (Total cost). Additional fees applicable.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

£4,350 fee for full time. It's a guide for part time students. £1,450 per 20 credits. Tuition fees for April 2022: £4,150 (Total cost). Additional fees applicable.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, if you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme team to discuss. Previous work experience: applications from candidates with relevant and substantial professional and/or industry experience are welcomed even if they do not necessarily hold a relevant qualification.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more