Aims and Learning Objectives


  • The overall aim of the programme is to equip leaders with necessary competencies to advance palliative care internationally and to address future challenges in the field.

The qualification goals

A. Scientific qualification. Graduates will be able to…

      1. … apply current research methods for evaluating the quality of palliative care supply in order to further extend the evidence base.
      2. … critically evaluate national and international palliative care policies using appropriate research designs in order to extend the evidence base concerning cross cultural perspectives.
      3. … critically apply principles of service development within a personal practice project in order to implement positive change in palliative care delivery.
      4. … develop evidence-based leadership competencies for practice in a changing health care environment where palliative care is evolving to meet the demands of a global society.

B. Qualification for skilled employment. Graduates will be able to…

      1. … interact effectively, confidently and strategically with a range of professions, health care authorities and agencies both nationally and internationally, in order to advocate for the development of palliative care.
      2. …consider a wide array of project management methods and apply them appropriately in complex and unpredictable situations.
      3. … affect positive change of palliative care policy through strategic development and implementation of an innovative personal practice project on local, national or international level.
      4. … critically evaluate the effect of change interventions using current research methods in order to improve palliative care services.
      5. … build, develop and lead multidisciplinary teams in diverse settings and in the context of complex medical challenges in palliative care.
      6. … demonstrate ability to apply written and oral (academic) English language skills through the whole programme, increasing their ability move in the international job market and enter international research projects.

C. Personality development. Graduates will be able to…

      1. … confidently and competently develop an individual leadership style and engage in continuing professional development.
      2. … enhance the capacity and confidence for strategic decision making in complex situations while taking into account scientific, social-cultural and ethical aspects.
      3. … apply learning, reflect on personal and professional growth and strive to continuously improve through engagement in the programme and beyond.
      4. … demonstrate a solution-focused approach to self-management and care and the management of resources in order to confidently provide high-quality leadership to project team members.