Syllabus Outline

The content of this module was designed by a mixed team of specialist module leads, ethicists and clinicians.

Teaching for all course components is undertaken by teams of academic and clinical specialists. 

The curriculum is designed to:

  • Provide students with the highest quality learning experience;
  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required in professional life;
  • Ensure teaching is informed and refreshed by research and best practice evidence;
  • Ensure staff are encouraged and supported in the development of excellent teaching practice.

The syllabus incorporates the following areas:

  • Attitudes to dying, death and bereavement, including societal engagement;
  • Clinical management of patients requiring end-of-life care;
  • Clinical management of symptoms commonly experienced by dying patients including pain, nausea and vomiting, dyspnoea, agitation and respiratory tract secretions.
  • Psychosocial, cultural and spiritual aspects of dying and death;
  • Spiritual care at the end of life;
  • An introduction to ethical considerations in end of life care, including clinically assisted hydration and nutrition, sedation, euthanasia and clinically assisted suicide;
  • Recognising dying;
  • Service organisation and delivery;
  • End of life care strategy;
  • Multidisciplinary team and multi-agency working in end of life care;
  • Continuous quality improvement programmes relating to end of life care;
  • Research and end of life care;
  • End of Life Care Models, including North West End- of-Life Care Model;
  • Theories and principles of loss, grief and bereavement.

Learning Outcomes

Ref No. 

Learning Outcome / Skill: 



Demonstrate critical awareness and a systematic understanding of the management of physical, psychological, spiritual and social issues encountered at the end of life

Learning Outcomes: Master's 


Appraise critically the evidence for the management of complex issues at the end of life.

Learning Outcomes: Master's 


Provide a critical appreciation of the roles of agencies across a range of healthcare settings and an understanding of the different responsibilities of the health and social care professionals who contribute to the care of the dying patient and the family.

Learning Outcomes: Master's 


Demonstrate a critical awareness of the ethical and legal implications of the decision making process in care at the end of life.

Learning Outcomes: Master's 


Demonstrate the ability to communicate analysis and conclusions effectively and discuss issues raised with other health and social care professionals.

Learning Outcomes: Master's 


Ethical awareness



Problem solving skills



Professional Behaviour and Teamwork



Advanced Communication skills






Critical Thinking




Back to: School of Medicine