Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Master degree provides theoretical preparation and research skills for professionals who in the future will integrate Level II and II teams in Palliative Care. With theoretical, theoretical-practical and practical sessions, trainees are exposed to various specialists in this area who address various dimensions of the theme: epidemiology and social impact, symptomatic control, networking with various medical specialties, multiculturalism, ethics, end-of-life, spirituality, medical-legal and legal aspects, organization of the National Network, the role of various health professionals, their intervention in neonatal and pediatric age, clinical communication, bereavement process and intervention.


3 reasons to choose this program


If you want to integrate stage 2 teams in Palliative Care


Understanding the physical, mental, social, spiritual, ethical and legal dimensions of Palliative Medicine


To explore the capacity for ethical and deontological reflection that the exercise of palliative care raises

Educational Plan

FMUL has a teaching staff with specialists in the area of Palliative Care.


  • To endow trainees with academic and professional qualifications in Palliative Care, contributing to the qualification and reinforcement of human resources in this area with the final objective of improving and making more efficient the provision of health care to the population
  • To promote scientific and clinical research in health services
  • To promote the dissemination of this area among health professionals and the general population, including policy makers, in a moment of discussion at the highest level of aspects related to end of life.
  • To contribute to the future medical specialty in Palliative Care.
  • Promote networking and dissemination with other medical specialties e.g. cardiology, pneumology, nephrology, gastroenterology, hepatology, general medicine, neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics, anesthesia, intensive care medicine, oncology, hematology, among many others.

Skills acquisition

  • Give relevant and updated theoretical and practical information in the field of palliative care, including facts and figures, in a context of progressive aging of the Portuguese population;
  • Understand the physical, mental, social, spiritual, ethical and legal dimension of Palliative Medicine;
  • To train our students for the management of assessment instruments/metrics, scores and therapies that enable an effective clinical approach in palliative care;
  • Invest in methodological preparation that enables scientific research in health services;
  • To train from the pedagogical point of view for the development of training plans in services for health professionals in palliative care;
  • To contribute to the trainees' capacity for ethical and deontological reflection, as well as for equating the human problems (physical, mental and social) and techniques that the exercise of palliative care raises;
  • Understand the social and human relevance of the palliative care theme, as well as the need for affirmation and multidisciplinary network of this area of knowledge and multidisciplinary clinical practice;
  • Elaborate a master's thesis with scientific methodology, involving the writing of a scientific text and presentation in public trials with an evaluation panel.
  • Understand the international dimension of the increasing relevance of this area of knowledge and social and humanitarian intervention.


Professional Opportunities

  • Network Palliative Care Units
  • Companies dedicated to the provision of Palliative Care
  • Differentiated Hospital Units
  • Health Centers with areas of interest in this area


Research Topics

  • Validation of various scores and metrics for Portugal
  • Communication and Grief
  • Palliative Care clinical aspects
  • Multicultural and multiprofessional ethical and deontological discussion

Target Students

Candidates who have a degree in Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work or related fields from a Portuguese University or a legally equivalent qualification have access.


Admission Conditions

Candidates will be ranked by means of a curriculum vitae and an interview in accordance with the criteria and weighting established by the Masters' Scientific Committee, namely:

Curricular appreciation: 60%, which will include evaluation of the following parameters:

  • Professional experience in the area, including work carried out.
  • Motivation and rationale of the application, expressed in the letter of motivation;
  • Classification obtained in previous degree(s);

Interview: 40%, which will focus on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrated competencies:
  • Matching of the candidate's needs and expectations to the potentials and limitations of the master's program;
  • Suitability of the candidate's speech to the postgraduate program objectives to which he/she is applying;
  • The candidate's capacity for empathy and interpersonal relationships in the context of team and multidisciplinary research work;
  • Openness of the candidate to explore related areas in potential integrated projects with other groups dedicated to diverse topics.



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