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Postgraduate in Palliative Care

Qualification awarded (in original language)
Formação de Pós-Graduação em Cuidados Paliativos

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 sciences

Key learning outcomes
At the end of the postgraduate course in palliative care, the student should be able to:
- Understand the importance of the values, principles and philosophy of palliative care, applying them to the level of practice and care management.
- Develop the sense of ethical-critical reflection and decision making in face of complex issues frequent in palliative care.
- Identify the main principles of symptom control and monitoring in palliative care.
- Develop skills in the implementation of an interdisciplinary care plan, directed to the person and the family in palliative care.
- Develop skills within the pillars of action in palliative care: communication in health, teamwork, symptom control and family support in grief.
- To develop research skills oriented to the specificities and limits of research in palliative care.

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
Health SciencesHS25.00.0
Social and Behavioural SciencesSBS5.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Palliative Care; Organization of services and team workHS6.0
11 Semestral 
Therapeutic relationship in Palliative CareHS6.0
11 Semestral 
Spirituality, family care and bereavement support in Palliative CareHS6.0
11 Semestral 
Paediatric Palliative CareHS6.0
11 Semestral 
Applied Research in Palliative CareHS6.0
12 Semestral 
Bioethics applied to Palliative CareSBS5.0
12 Semestral 
Symptom control in Palliative CareHS10.0
12 Semestral 
Internship in Palliative Care Units or project workHS15.0



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