Palliative Care


Palliative care today represents a standard of care for patients with advanced chronic diseases and for their families. This area of knowledge stems from the growing ageing of the population and the corresponding change in patterns of mortality and morbidity. It is also the result of a societal context of increasing individualization of family ties, and also a reaction to an increase in the suffering of vulnerable populations due to abandonment or therapy obstinacy in an increasingly technological society. Palliative care has been progressively implemented, in the last decade, in the clinical area, research, teaching and in society.

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, following the organization of the first postgraduate courses (2000 and 2001), pioneered, in the country, the master degree in palliative care (2002-2003) and has thus contributed to professional postgraduate education (more than 380 health professionals) and to the conduction of scientific research in this area.

We have seen with satisfaction many of our master graduates and students in palliative care taking on the creation and development of palliative care teams/units across the country, as well as implementing dissemination actions in this area of knowledge.

The publication of the Palliative Care Manual (with a revised and greatly increased 3rd edition in 2016) is already a particularly well accepted reference in the professional, scientific and civic world.

The master degree has had the collaboration, from the beginning, of internationally prestigious universities: University of Sheffield, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Medical College of Wisconsin Palliative Care Center, University of California, University of Barcelona, University Hospital La Paz- Madrid, University of Vic-Catalonia, Faculty of Medicine-Pamplona, and Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa.



1st year 2nd semester

Typology of contact hours: T-Theoretical, TP – Theoretical-Practical, S – Seminar

Unidade Curricular (PT/EN) N.º de ECTS  Nº de horas de Contato (aulas)
Princípios e Desafios em Cuidados Paliativos / Principles and Challenges in Palliative Care 5 T-24
Tratamento da Dor em Cuidados Paliativos / Pain Treatment in Palliative Care 5 T-24
Tratamento Sintomático I em Cuidados Paliativos / Symptomatic Treatment I in Palliative Care 5 T-24
Tratamento Sintomático II em Cuidados Paliativos / Symptomatic Treatment II in Palliative Care 5 T-24
Comunicação e Aspectos Psicológicos / Communication and Psychological Aspects 5 T-24
Processo de Luto: Apoio Familiar e Profissional / Process of Grief: Family and Professional Support  5 T-24



1st year 2nd semester

Unidade Curricular (PT/EN)  Nº de ECTS Nº de horas de Contato (Aulas)
Educação e Formação em Cuidados Paliativos / Education and Training in Palliative Care 5 T-24
Organização e Gestão de Serviços em Cuidados Paliativos / Research in Palliative Care 5 T-24
Investigação em Cuidados Paliativos / Organization and Service Management in Palliative Care 8 T-24
Seminário de Investigação I / Research Seminar I 6 T-24
Seminário de Investigação II / Research Seminar II 6 T-24


The course aims to provide academic and professional qualification in palliative care, aiming at providing more efficient health care and promoting research in health services.



FMUL Accreditation

Skills Acquisition


At the end of the course, students must have acquired skills that allow:

  • Integrating relevant and updated theoretical and practical information in the field of palliative care;
  • Managing assessment and therapeutic techniques that enable a clinical approach in palliative care;
  • Creating in-service training plans for healthcare professionals in palliative care;
  • Reflecting critically and ethically and problematizing existential, spiritual and technical issues raised by the exercise of palliative care;
  • Conducting research on palliative care in health services;
  • Organizing teams, units and palliative care services;
Target Students | vacancies


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.

The course will open with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 enrolments.

Fees/ Registration Fee


The tuition fee may be paid, in full or in instalments, according to the terms and amounts indicated in the tuition fee determination for the academic year  2020/2021.

Scientific Committee


Professor António Barbosa – Coordinator
Professor Luís Costa
Professor Rui Tato Marinho
Paulo Reis Pina (MSc.)
Isabel Galriça Neto (MSc.) (Consultant)
Filipa Tavares (MSc.) (Consultant)
Professor Peter Lawlor (Consultant)