The objective of the programme is to enable graduates to integrate academic activities into palliative care structures and to implement innovations in a bid to further develop these structures in a cross-disciplinary and future-oriented manner, with specific professional groups in mind. For this purpose, students learn how to analyse and reflect on the key elements of palliative care in a system-oriented, specialist and practical manner, and to implement these elements systematically in their work practice.
The following skills (Advanced Practitioner) are fostered in a targeted manner:
Clinical skills (technical expertise)
- Research skills
- Leadership skills
- Interprofessional skills
- Learning to learn
Thanks to the close integration of theory and practice on the Master's programme, as a graduate, you will be able to work in various national and international areas, bringing your expertise to bear and taking on responsibility. These areas include:
- Specialist palliative care for selected target groups in interprofessional teams of experts
- Hospice work
- Development, implementation and management of palliative strategies
- Scientific collaboration at higher education institutions, research institutes or foundations
- Further development, management and coordination of inpatient and outpatient palliative care structures
- Conceptual work
- Association work
Due to the research perspective integrated into the Master's programme, as a graduate, you will be qualified to pursue further academic development within a doctorate.
Content and course sequence
The standard period of study for the degree programme, designed for students in employment, is six semesters. The programme begins in the summer semester each year. During term time, courses take place from Monday to Wednesday.
During the first stage of the programme, emphasis is placed on science-based care practice and theory-driven reflection. Building on this knowledge, you will acquire leadership skills and delve deep into the theory and practice of research methodological issues, always with reference to the area of activity in palliative care. You will have the option of applying and testing the knowledge gained by completing a practical project with practice partners. You will prepare and write your Master's thesis in the sixth semester, concluding your degree programme with the title "Master of Arts".
Why choose us
Besides taking an interdisciplinary approach, ensured by the teaching staff designing content and seminars across departments, the degree programme is unique due to the empirical and hermeneutic perspectives taken. Students learn in small groups, and receive individual supervision and support from the teaching staff. The goal is to combine the latest theoretical insights with practical aspects, preparing students in the best possible way for challenging work in palliative care or an academic career.
Other key information
Nursing and health scientists, social scientists, religious educators, therapy scientists and other professions that play an integral role in palliative care.
Type and duration of study: on-campus degree programme for students in employment
Language of instruction: German
Study abroad: optional
- A relevant undergraduate Bachelor's or Diplom degree in Nursing and Health Science, the Humanities and Social Sciences, Therapy or a related field.
- An overall grade of "good" (2.5) or better
- Besides meeting the aforementioned admission requirements, applicants who did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German-speaking establishment must demonstrate a sufficient command of German.