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Postgraduate in Palliative Care

Qualification awarded (in original language)
Postgraduate Training in Continuing Care

Level of qualification
Professional qualification.

Admission requirements
Holders of a bachelor degree or equivalent in Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Business Sciences;
Holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies, organized according to the Bologna model for an adherent State to this process;
Holders of a foreign academic bachelor degree that is recognized as suitable to the objectives of a bachelor degree by the Scientific Council in each school;
Holders of an academic, scientific and / or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the ability to attend the course, by the Technical and Scientific.

Recognition of prior learning

Qualification requirements and regulations

The holders of this course are allowed to develop an expertise Professional activity.

Profile of the programme
 Health and Social Protection; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Business Sciences.

Key learning outcomes
It is intended that, at the end of the course, the trainee will be able to:
• Understand the principles of palliative care;
• Determine the needs of a patient in palliative and family care;
• Recognize the problem of suffering at the end of life;
• Know and apply the principles of symptomatic control;
• Identify and monitor the most frequent symptoms of terminal illness;
• Discriminate care for the patient and family in the last days and hours of life;
• Recognize the normal evolution of mourning;
• Identify the situations of pathological mourning
• Understanding the basic skills of communicating with end-of-life patients
• To know the most frequent problematic situations in the communication with end-of-life patients and their relatives (transmission of bad news, transmission of the prognosis, request for conspiracy of silence)
• Apply ethical principles in the analysis of key ethical issues related to the end of life.

Occupational profiles of graduates

Access to further studies
The course allows the students to continue to the 2nd and 3rd cycles according to the diagram of Portuguese Higher Education System.

Graduation requirements

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Mode of study

Programme director
Maria Jose Almendra Rodrigues Gomes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Business SciencesBC5.00.0
Health and Social ProtectionHSP30.00.0
Social and Behavioral SciencesSBC10.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
12 Semestral 



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