Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care
The Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care develops health practitioners' skills in palliative care and introduces palliative care as a research field. Students gain the knowledge and understanding needed to provide a holistic approach to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the needs of patients, family and whānau living with a life-limiting condition.
UC's Health Sciences qualifications give health professionals, non-clinical members of the health workforce and others interested in the health sector or health issues the opportunity to examine critically a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant, improve their professional practice.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates wishing to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care must have one of the following:
- qualified for a degree in a New Zealand Tertiary Educational Organisation which is of relevance to the health sciences and the proposed course of study, or
- an appropriate health or allied professional qualification requiring at least three years equivalent full-time tertiary study at an appropriate level, or
- successfully completed a qualifying course prescribed by the Joint Board of Studies: Health, and
- presented evidence of ability for advanced level academic study, or
- been admitted ad eundem statum to enrol for the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care.
Candidates must also have qualifications and experience that accord with membership of an approved health professional association, or be registered to practice within a health environment and have access to relevant clinical placement to the satisfaction of the Director, School of Health Sciences.
For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care or use the admission requirements checker.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
The PGCertPC comprises 60 points (0.5 EFTS). It is normally completed over two years part-time.
Subjects and courses
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, the social services, or local or central government.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care.
For study planning help contact the School of Health Sciences or the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800