Master of Palliative Care

Flinders University

The Master of Palliative Care aims to provide the opportunity for individuals from any professional background who are working in palliative care or a related area to deepen and extend their knowledge base in palliative and supported care within a global context and to address particular needs within their practice and employment. It also aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop as researchers who are able to communicate research evidence to professional communities.

Course Fee:

Australian: $36,666

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification; or hold the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, or the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care or the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care in Aged Care from Flinders University or equivalent qualification. Applicants must also have a minimum of two years' full-time equivalent clinical involvement in palliative care and/or supporting patients and families with a life-limiting illness.


This is a 54 unit program. Students complete four core (compulsory) topics, a research project and four option topics chosen from a range of option topics available. These topics aim to provide students the opportunity to critically appraise palliative care theory, research, ethics and the professional literature, further extending the students' knowledge and skills in this area and develop and complete a piece of independent intellectual work which adds to the existing body of knowledge in the area of palliative care.

Subjects you can Study:

Palliative care, Communication.

Study Pathways:

Articulates with Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care; Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care; Graduate Diploma Palliative Care in Aged Care; Master of Palliative Care in Aged Care.

Who for:

Professionals who are working in the area of palliative and supportive care

Related Careers:

Aged Care Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park No info No Full time 1.5 years
Bedford Park No info No Online 1.5 years
Bedford Park No info No Part time 3 years
Online No info No Online 1.5 years


Globally focused and locally engaged, Flinders University is making a difference through innovative research, excellence in teaching and learning, and exceptional student experience.

Why study with us

Flinders University is headquartered in South Australia with a footprint that extends through regional and remote Australia. Ranked in the top 2% of world universities[1], Flinders is number one in South Australia for teaching quality, student support, student–teacher ratio and undergraduate starting salary.[2]

In an era of disruptive change, Flinders University is growing its international reputation as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education and a source of enterprising graduates equipped to change the world.

Unique innovation offerings are supported by the Flinders New Venture Institute, a global entrepreneurship leader[3] located at the University’s high-tech Tonsley campus, while Flinders’ Victoria Square campus provides a study space in the heart of the city. An award-winning student hub at main campus fosters interactive learning in a digitally enabled environment. Students may also complete a Doctor of Medicine through Flinders’ Northern Territory Medical Program.

Internationally, joint courses are delivered with leading universities in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Flinders’ research strengths include biomedical and clinical sciences, culture, policy and society, health and human behaviour, molecular science and technology, defence, engineering, water and environment.  Its research contributions are rich and growing, with some 90 per cent ranked at or above world class[4]. 

Facilities and services

In 2020 Flinders Train Station will open, connecting Flinders’ main campus to Tonsley. The adjacent Flinders Village development has commenced, to add further research facilities and student accommodation amid shops and other amenities in a thriving urban centre.

Whether you’re enjoying the leafy surrounds of the Bedford Park campus, immersed in the CBD at Victoria Square or contemplating the industries of the future at our state-of-the-art Tonsley facility, Flinders prides itself on offering students a great on-campus experience.

There’s also the option to study online, giving you the flexibility to learn whenever and wherever you’re located.

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Admission and election

Whether you are a Year 12 student, a non-school leaver wanting to start your university studies or you want to further your university studies, we offer a range of pathways to gain admission into Flinders.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered for some 26,000 students. Flinders’ 5,400 international students come from more than 90 countries, with main campus featuring onsite accommodation for 560 students and an international pathways centre.

With our globally recognised degrees, vibrant campuses, exceptional teachers and strong industry connections, you’ll get all the support you need to build a great career.

We understand everyone has different needs at different times across their university journey. From before you apply and throughout your studies, the Flinders team is here to help with enrolment and academic advice, health and well-being support, social engagement advice and more.

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Study options

Whether you’re beginning your university journey, upskilling or changing careers, Flinders gives you the chance to develop practical, real-world skills geared towards a successful career. Our industry links, job placement opportunities and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program have helped us become South Australia’s number one university for starting salary.

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[1] THE World University Rankings 2020 according to the International Association of Universities

[2] Good Universities Guide 2020

[3] UBI World Benchmark Study 2019

[4] Flinders rating 89.7%, rounded up to 90%. Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018 

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