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Health SciencesPostgraduate study

MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care

The MSc in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care is an inter-professional programme for healthcare practitioners who wish to develop their careers in this direction.

This MSc option is very flexible, with students able to complete the course over one or two years full time, and up to four years part time.

Our ultimate goal is to produce clinical leaders who will be the drivers of change; providing expert care, which makes services better for patients.

Both your clinical abilities and your leadership qualities will be greatly enhanced as a result of this course.

We also expect your higher level performance to become the standard by which your junior colleagues judge themselves.

Introducing your course

This interdisciplinary masters degree is designed to progressively enhance your ability to provide expert and advanced care to children or adults, lead and transform clinical services, develop others and contribute to clinical research in cancer, palliative and end of life care. The programme will be tailored to your individual learning and professional development needs and assignments are negotiated so that they have relevance to and impact in your workplace. You will be supported by an internationally respected team of clinicians, educationalists researchers. The programme delivery is blended so you can expect to be engaged in work-based and e-learning, complimented by a small number of face-to-face sessions, spread across the academic year.

Programme Overview

Level: 7

Duration: One to two years full time; two to four years part time

Our Masters in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care is designed to progressively enhance your clinical talent and your ability to lead and transform services.  You will also learn to develop others and to contribute to clinical research in the specialties of cancer, palliative and end of life care.

An important central theme to this MSc in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care is the relational skills needed for clinical leadership. You can therefore expect to mix with clinical experts and renowned researchers to explore the relationship between theory, practice and research.

The key features of this programme are:

  • Individually negotiated assignments relevant to your workplace and professional development.
  • Diverse teaching approaches including master-classes, symposiums and leadership skills rehearsals.
  • Individual coaching in research and academic support for your studies.
View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can apply to register to undertake this MSc degree online

In addition to registering for the degree, many courses will also require you to separately register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. Please discuss this with the programme leader. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.  Applications are welcome from international students.

Programme Leader: Dr Sue Duke 023 8059 7882

Programme Structure

There are 3 core specialty modules on the Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care masters course:

  • Specialist practice in cancer palliative and end of life care
  • Policy and Service Design in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care
  • International and Contemporary Perspectives of Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care

Students will also complete HLTH 6042 e-Research Methods

One module selected from the choices available across the University, appropriate to the student’s practice

Dissertation module

For a Post Graduate Certificate students will need to complete the core speciality modules.

For a Post Graduate Diploma students will need to complete all of the core modules, HLTH 6042 e-Research Methods and one module of their choice.

For a MSc students will need to complete the requirements for a PG Diploma and the dissertation.

Key Facts

A programme for practitioners of any discipline caring for individuals of any age with cancer, or who have palliative and end of life care needs as a consequence of any illness or life-threatening event.

Commonwealth Scholarship promotion

There are a limited number of scholarships available for this course.  More information about the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Awards 2016/17 and how to apply can be found on their website

End of life care education

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Average applications per place: 0

The normal entry requirements for the Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care Masters degree courses are:

  • A first degree (2:2 Hons or above) or equivalent, in a
    relevant subject from an approved institution of
    higher education
  • A current professional registration with relevant
    professional/statutory body or equivalent
  • Current employment in a clinical service providing care to adults or young people or children with cancer, or palliative care (as a consequence of any illness) or end of life care needs
  • A satisfactory reference and evidence of support from their manager.
  • Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than a 6.0 in each component.

Premasters programme

The Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study is available to help international students to prepare and successfully complete this masters programme

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The core modules of the MSc in clinical leadership in cancer, palliative and end of life care are designed to enable you to progressively develop your leadership ability. Three core themes are integrated within the core modules – clinical leadership, specialist practice and clinical research. These are explored with respect to your practice, the service in which you work, and your ability to develop others and to engage in national and international agendas.

One optional module is selected from the choices available across the University, appropriate to the student's practice. To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Learning & Assessment


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. You will be expected to submit two hard copies of assessed course work. This work needs to be word processed. The University provides access to IT resources and printing but you will be expected to pay for printing costs, any visual reproductions and any binding of work required.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from most good book sellers. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: The programme utilises information technology to support your learning, e.g. a web based learning environment, emails and hyperlinks to online resources. The University has over 1,700 workstations with high-speed internet access, so you do not need to purchase your own, but if you do use your own device there is free WiFi access across campus and software free to download such as Endnote which manages references.
Printing and copyingYou will be expected to submit two hard copies of assessed course work. This work needs to be word processed. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
OtherTravel: You will be expected to manage your own transport and associated costs, such as car parking charges, associated with attending study days and any observational visits undertaken for the work-based component of the programme. Accommodation: You will be expected to manage your own accommodation and associated costs if needed to attend the programme. The University of Southampton Accommodation website offers information and guidance about accommodation in both private rented and halls of residence. A list of local bed and breakfast accommodation is also available.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Study locations

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