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Postgraduate subject

Palliative Care

07 November 2023

UC offers postgraduate study supporting the wellbeing of those living with progressive conditions.



Palliative Care


Palliative care has emerged as a speciality that incorporates inter professional health care provision for people who are living with and dying from active, progressive diseases or conditions that are not responsive to curative treatment.

Palliative care embraces the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual elements of wellbeing (tinana, whānau, hinengaro, and wairua) and embraces a person’s quality of life while they are dying. This field involves people throughout the life span from children through to the elderly and continues on to support the bereaved whānau.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care develops health practitioners' skills in palliative care and introduces palliative care as a research field. It comprises two courses and can be started in Semester 1 or 2.

The Palliative Care endorsement of the Postgraduate Diploma of Health Sciences, the Master of Health Sciences, and the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice will prepare you to be employable and/or provide leadership in palliative healthcare within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

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Palliative Care


This endorsement begins in either February (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2).


Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

This 120-point pathway consists of these compulsory courses:

Master of Health Sciences

This 240-point research pathway consists of two parts, with these compulsory courses:

Part I

Part II


Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice

This 180-point practical pathway consists of these compulsory courses:

Palliative Care

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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