UCC CPD courses

Ethical Controversies in End-of-Life Care MH6112


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  • Title

    Ethical Controversies in End-of-Life Care MH6112

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    8 days

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Not applicable for 2021/2022

  • Venue

    School of Nursing & Midwifery,  Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, Cork

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Not running in the academic year 2021/2022


This module aims to develop the critical and reflective skills of students in ethical reasoning, debate and negotiation and facilitates the application of these skills to a range of contested issues in relation to death and dying. Issues addressed include: living and dying well, organ transplantation and the ownership of body parts, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, futility and the allocation of scarce resources, moral disagreement and the limits of ethical reasoning; slippery slope arguments, religious and cultural perspectives on death and dying.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Delineate key ethical concepts, positions and arguments that arise in relation to a range of controversial ethical challenges that arise in end-of-life care.
  • Critically evaluate and discuss a range of controversial ethical issues as they arise in position papers and selected case studies in relation to death and dying
  • Critically review relevant empirical ethics research in relation to a range of controversial ethical issues such as assisted suicide and euthanasia.
  • Summarise relevant professional, organisational, regulatory and legal guidelines and policies pertaining to ethical issues arising in end-of-life care.
  • Articulate and defend an ethical position on a chosen ethical issue arising in relation to death and dying.
  • Engage in reasonable and informed debate in relation to controversial issues arising in end-of-life care.

The module is 10 credits of a 90 credit MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics, a multidisciplinary programme that is offered on a part-time basis over 2 years (with exit routes for a Certificate in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics [30 credits] and a Postgraduate Diploma in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics [60 credits]).


Further details for this module is available on the Postgraduate College Calendar


Teaching Methods include Lectures, Student Led Seminars, Group Discussion, On-line Learning and Self Directed Learning.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: 1 x 1,500 word essay (100 marks); Student Seminar Presentation (100 marks).


Applicants accepted on the course would normally be expected to hold an Honours primary degree, postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. nursing, medicine, pharmacy, clinical therapies, philosophy, law, theology, social sciences) and/or relevant experience. Applicants with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants must be practising health care professionals with evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. An Bord Altranais, the Irish Medical Council, the Health & Social Care Professions Council (or equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists, occupational therapist, podiatrists, speech and language therapists etc.)) or be eligible for such registration.

Candidates who have not undertaken a programme of study at National Framework of Qualifications academic level 7 (Degree, Diploma or equivalent) must satisfy the university/college that they have the ability to complete the module. The module coordinator will recommend such applicants on the basis of prior learning, professional study and general study undertaken in the previous five-year period.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved. Students will be encouraged to take one or two modules per annum to a maximum of 15 credits.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

Not running in the academic year 2021/2022.

Similar Courses

MSc in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics
Certificate in End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics

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