Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Autumn 2024
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.   Please Note:   Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.   

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Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date


Principles of Palliative Care in Practice 




Sept. 2024

€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are: 

This module examines the philosophy of palliative care and the influence of policy to inform the provision of a quality, person-centred service. It provides opportunities for participants to enhance knowledge that will inform their practice in palliative care

Participants will study the philosophy of palliative care; quality of life and living with a life limiting illness; local national and international policy and frameworks relating to palliative care; reflection and the therapeutic use of self in the provision of quality palliative care; transitions and the concepts of hope, suffering and compassion; individual and family wellbeing; psychosocial aspects; spiritual dimensions; cultural sensitivity; body image and sexuality; grief and loss in palliative care; communication dynamics; collaborative team working in palliative care; decision making in palliative care and preserving personal integrity.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the student will:

  • Have the knowledge and skills to meet patient’s palliative care needs as identified in local, national and international policy 

  • Have the ability to focus on dynamic communication strategies supporting teamwork and decision-making within the context of patient and family support throughout the trajectory of a life-limiting illness.  

  • Have an understanding of the relationship between physical, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of hope and loss 

  1. A Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.  

  1. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick. 

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU 

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

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