Official Master's Degree in Palliative Care

Submission of applications:
Start: January 9, 2017
End: September 27, 2017.

1 year (Full-time study)

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Credits: 60 ECTS
Places available: 40, Spanish

Suitable training for health care professionals is vital to guarantee quality palliative care. Therefore, the aim of the Master's Degree in Palliative Care is to ensure that participants acquire the necessary knowledge to enable them to offer comprehensive, continuous, and personalized attention in physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects to terminally ill patients and their families, promoting autonomy and respecting the patient's dignity. The Master's Degree offered is aimed at professional specialization and encouraging initiation in research tasks.

The Master's will broaden students' knowledge of illnesses, symptoms, and the therapeutic options offered by the multidisciplinary team, as well as evaluating the problems patients face at the end of life, including global suffering and understanding of the grieving process. Students must understand issues relating to the management of specific palliative care programs. The Master's also includes a modern concept of palliative care which involves solid organizational, educational and research bases through which the principles and basic skills for research are covered in depth and the literature relating to palliative care is analyzed with a critical approach, as well preparing the student to become involved in training those who are interested in end-of-life care.

With the scientific endorsement of:

Spanish Palliative Care Society

Who is it intended for?

The Master's is intended for those who hold a diploma, bachelor's degree, or licentiate degree from a course in Health Sciences.

Attendance mode:


Admission application filing period:

The admission application filing period begins on Friday, January 09, 2017, and ends on Monday, September 27, 2017.  

Information on documentation to be submitted


  • Course fees: €2,112.00
  • Teaching: €5,088.00
  • Total: €7,200.00


1 academic year.


Class sessions:

Every two weeks with the following timetable:

  • Thursday from 16:00 until 21:00
  • Fridays, from 09:00 - 14:00, and from 15:30 to 20:30.
  • Saturdays from 09:00 until 14:00

The practice placement period consists of 100 hours, with an effort made to adapt it to the student's work timetable.

Classes begin:

October 2017

Academic calendar 2016-17


San Juan de Dios University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy
Avd. San Juan de Dios, 1
Ciempozuelos Madrid.

Places available: Maximum 40.


A specific grants' program can be found following this link.


San Juan de Dios' University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy
C/ San Juan de Dios, 1, Ciempozuelos
28350 Madrid

Telephone Contact Hours from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 15:00 to 17:30.
Tel. +34 91.893.37.69 Fax: +34 91.893.02.75

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  • Acquiring assessment and consultation skills in the context of advanced or terminal illness.
  • Assessing patients' end-of-life problems.
  • Understanding the pharmacology usually used for symptom control of terminal illnesses.
  • In depth study of clinical ethics, values, and practice of clinical research.
  • Understanding and applying instruments for assessing the patient and family and methods for evaluating results.
  • Studying the principles of communication in the relationship with the patient and family and within teamwork.
  • Understanding the grieving process and the need for specific interventions; the impact of illness on the patient's self-image, the psychological problems of the patient and family.
  • Understanding the possibilities and limitations of the resources available for caring for the patient.
  • Understanding aspects relating to the management of specific palliative care programs and promoting teamwork.

The teaching methodology includes classroom teaching, group work, discussing cases studies, individual work with support from information technologies, and preparing a final research project.


The practicum will take place in specialized palliative care centers, with a specific project being established for each student, taking into account his or her professional experience.


A mixed system will be used to evaluate the student's progress during the Official Master's Degree in Palliative Care: lecturers will evaluate whether the student has met the learning objectives for each module through the use of continuous assessment methods, and/or tests of knowledge and/or assignments on the content of the modules.

This assessment, which takes place throughout the Master's program, will make it possible to certify that the student has mastered the subject content and developed the specific related competencies.


  • CG1 - Ability to analyze and synthesize.
  • CG2 - Ability to apply theory to practice.
  • CG3 - Planning and time management.
  • CG4 - Basic general knowledge in the field of study.
  • CG5 - Basic knowledge of the profession.
  • CG6 - Research skills.
  • CG7 - Learning ability.
  • CG8 - Information management (research and analysis) skills.
  • CG9 - Critical and self-critical skills.
  • CG10 - Ability to adapt to new situations.
  • CG11 - Ability to generate new ideas (creativity).
  • CG12 - Problem-solving.
  • CG13 - Decision-making.
  • CG14 - Teamwork.
  • CG15 - Interpersonal skills.
  • CG16 – Leadership.
  • CG17 - Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • CG18 - Ability to communicate with laypersons.
  • CG19 - Recognition of diversity and multiculturalism.
  • CG20 - Ability to work in an international context.
  • CG21 - Project design and management.
  • CG22 - Ethical commitment.
  • CG23 - Concern for quality.



  • CE1 - Relevant knowledge of social, behavioral and health sciences, and the ability to apply it on the field of Palliative Care.
  • CE2 - Ability to identify and understand the most common signs and symptoms in patients with an advanced or terminal illness.
  • CE3 - Ability to perform thorough, systematic assessments using the proper tools and frameworks for a patient with an advanced or terminal illness, whether it is oncological or another kind, in order to identify signs of distress.
  • CE4 - Ability to identify physical and emotional components playing a role in symptom control and relief on an advanced or terminal illness.
  • CE5 - Ability to respond to patient's needs under changing circumstances during the evolution of the advanced or terminal illness.
  • CE6 - Relevant knowledge of drugs and therapies commonly used for symptomatic control of terminal illnesses.
  • CE7 - Ability to act in emergency situations which are frequent in the advanced stages of the illness.
  • CE8 - Relevant knowledge on patient assessment instruments and the ability to properly know and apply them on a patient going through the advanced stages of a terminal illness, and more specifically those which enable assessment of quality of life in the patients and their families.
  • CE9 - Ability to effectively communicate with the patients and their families regarding palliative care.
  • CE10 - Ability to identify and respect the personal needs of the patient in the advanced stages of a terminal illness.
  • CE11 - Ability to maintain the privacy, confidentiality and dignity of the patient in the advanced stages of a terminal illness.
  • CE12 - Ability to identify the grieving process and to adequately prepare specific actions to be taken in each phase.
  • CE13 - Relevant knowledge and ability to maintain a therapeutic relationship in the context of palliative care.
  • CE14 - Ability to efficiently use the resources available at Palliative Care Units in order to care for patients, and to apply health care assessment and auditing tools in accordance with the quality standards deemed relevant.
  • CE15 - Relevant knowledge and ability to understand those factors related to managing specific, palliative care programs.
  • CE16 - Ability to participate in ethics committees in the field of palliative care, and to substantiate ethical judgments.
  • CE17 - Ability to work and communicate effectively with all the staff of the palliative care team in order to achieve the expected quality standards.
  • CE18 - Relevant knowledge and ability to identify abandonment or burnout signs in team members due to the care they are providing for terminally ill patients and their families.
  • CE19 - Relevant knowledge on clinical ethics specific for palliative care situations, and the ability to apply such principles and deliberation whenever situations of ethical conflict arise.
  • CE20 - Relevant knowledge and ability to become aware of the patient's rights in the advanced stages of a terminal illness.
  • CE21 - Relevant knowledge on scientific research principles and ability to apply them.
  • CE22 - Ability to find, assess, understand and critically summarize information obtained from databases or other documentary sources, specific to the field of palliative care.
  • CE23 - Relevant knowledge and ability to design and develop a research project on aspects relating to the field of palliative care.
  • CE24 - Relevant knowledge and ability to apply the principles of evidence-based practice within the framework of health sciences.
  • CE25 - Ability to accept the responsibility of satisfying training and professional development needs in order to easily adjust to new professional scenarios in the field of palliative care.
  • CE26 - Ability to train, supervise and support professionals in the field of palliative care.
  • CE27 - Ability to safely prescribe specific drugs and other therapies to patients with an advanced or terminal illness, and to properly recognize their effects.

The Master's consists of 60 ECTS, divided as follows:







Time scale


Research methodology and advanced design in Palliative Care.




Sociocultural and spiritual aspects.



Psychological aspects.



Physical and biological aspects of a terminal illness.



Organization of training, teaching and services.




Clinical placements with Palliative Care teams.




Master's Dissertation.









Academic calendar

Academic calendar 2016-17

In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in Palliative Care programs and services in Spain. Advances in Medicine and increased life expectancy have lead to an increase in cases of patients who might require end-of-life care and so, at present, new palliative care units are being opened in hospitals, home intervention teams are being set up and hospices specializing in this type of care are opening.

The Official Master's Degree in Palliative Care provides students with the specific knowledge they require to enable them to offer comprehensive, continuous, and individualized care in emotional, social, and spiritual aspects to patients with terminal illnesses and their families, promoting autonomy and respecting the patient's dignity, in services such as hospital care, care at home, outpatient appointments, day care, etc. Furthermore, this Master's Degree is intended to encourage research in this area of knowledge.


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