Masters in Continuons and Palliative Care

Faculty of Medicine

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

José Manuel Borges Nascimento Costa (uc12934@uc.pt)

Marilia Assunção Rodrigues Ferreira Dourado (mdourado@fmed.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Marilia Assunção Rodrigues Ferreira Dourado (mdourado@fmed.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Course goals are:
- To prepare specialized professionals in the area of continuing and palliative care and therefore improved health care quality and symptom relief in end of life.
- To develop and support scientific quality research in the area of continuing and palliative care.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
To recognise and justify interventions specificities in of continuing and palliative area in different period of life from childhood to elderly.
- To intervene effectively in order to provide pain and other symptoms relief.
- To effectively communicate with patients and their families, taking in account their social and personal specificities.
- To demonstrate team work capacities.
- To conceive a nurturing and caring quality plane to address the needs of patients with chronic, advanced and progressive disease enhancing quality of life.
- To demonstrate ethical reflection and good review of complexes issues related with clinical practice in continuing and palliative care.
- To prepare a proposal to create, organize and evaluate a continuing and palliative care service.
- To evaluate different organizational and management proposals of a Continuing and palliative care service, and justify their options.
Mode of Study
Full-time, Face-to-face, Daytime
Access to Further Studies
The MSc in Continuing and Palliative Care will give access to the PhD programs.
Admission Requirements

Holders of a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree or a legally equivalent qualification in the areas of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sociology, Social Service, Healthcare Technology and Management, trained in Universities and other Portuguese higher education institutions or institutions with legally equivalent qualification.
After curricular appraisal by the Scientific Council may be accepted exceptionally as candidates and may also register other Bachelors already working in the provision of continuing and palliative care.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
In accordance with Article 45 of the Decree-law nº 74/2006, of 24th March, and further legislation by the Decree-Law nº 107/2008, of 25th June.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law nº 74/2006, of 24th March, amended and re-published by DL nº 107/2008, of 25th June; Ordinance nº782/2009, of 23rd of July
Professional Goals
This study cycle want to create the conditions for the development of a differentiated training that dowry students with skills in the area of Continuing and Palliative care. It also intend to promotes an increase in quality of professional practice, scientific research and in the different areas that it covers.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
1. The curricular units’ assessment is quantitative, expressed on a 0-20 scale.
2. If the student fails one of the curricular units, it will be impossible to carry on to the second year.
Graduation Requirements

The whole cycle of studies require the preparation of a dissertation or a project and its report, and their public defense.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 03-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2012-08-26 a 2018-08-25
R/A-Cr 197/2012 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2013-02-11