Master of Science in Extensive End-of-Life Care

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Programme Title

Master of Science in Extensive End-of-Life Care (MSCEELCF)
(in collaboration with the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care)


The programme is based on the philosophy of death, which is a certainty in life. The end-of-life period can be a very uncertain time, with a range of decisions having to be made on matters such as health, well-being, estate disposal, a good death, and so on. Towards this end, this programme will train personnel to provide Extensive End-of-Life Care (EELC) in a person-centred manner.

Extensive End-of-Life Care (EELC) adopts the unique approach of deinstitutionalizing and normalizing of the dying process. With a passion for life and compassion for suffering as the two key attributes of the programme, health care professionals will be trained to instil hope to older people and their family members in the process – the hope for the best in their final life journey.

Programme Aims

The aims of the programme are to enable learners to:

  1. comprehend the end-of-life philosophy and principles to address an emerging needs, and to contribute to the quality end-of-life care needs of individuals in society;
  2. enhance physical comfort for care recipients throughout their disease trajectory;
  3. respond to the challenges of clinical and ethical decision-making in end-of-life care;
  4. develop interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to end-of-life care;
  5. be able to listen and self-reflect, practise self-awareness, and undergo continuing professional development in end-of-life care.

Programme Characteristics

  • This programme is designed to prepare students to take on active roles and develop their competence in the area of Extensive End-of-Life care (EELC). The Clinical Practicum course is an important practical unit in the programme. It will give students hands-on opportunities in real-life settings to apply theories and skills learnt from various courses.
  • To create synergies, efforts have been made to liaise with the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care (SPHC) to collaborate in teaching as well as clinical training. The SPHC is the first palliative and hospice care training provider in Hong Kong, and regularly offers classes on end-of-life care, bereavement support, and advance care planning to both local and overseas participants. It runs institutional, home, and respite services in end-of-life care, with a key objective of encouraging active family participation to act as a buffer against complicated grief and to improve the quality of death. It provides a platform of venues for students to experience and explore issues related to end-of-life care.

Programme Mode and Duration of Study

The programme is presented in mixed mode (face-to-face and online). The study duration will be one year for full-time students or two years for part-time students. The maximum period of study is three years for full-time mode and four years for part-time mode.

Programme Structure

The programme carries 30 credit units. The programme structure is presented below.

Course titleCredit units
Contemporary Issues in Extensive ELC3
Integrative Symptom Management in EELC3
Research Methodology3
Discourse on Life3
Therapeutic Communication in EELC3
Novel Approaches in EELC3
Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship3
Clinical Practicum6

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction of the programme is English.

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a health-related discipline from a recognized institution or equivalent qualification; and
  • Fulfil the University’s English language proficiency requirements (please refer to the University’s website for details.

Career Prospects / Professional Recognition *

  • Graduates who have satisfactorily completed all programme requirements will be awarded a Master’s Degree in Extensive End-of-Life Care.
  • Graduates with cumulative clinical experiences may subsequently experience career promotions as advanced practice nurses, administrators or educators.

* Completion of this programme would not lead to eligibility of registering as Registered Nurse (RN) with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

Tuition Fee

HKD132,300 (Subject to the latest announcement by the University)
Please refer to the University’s website for details. 
Tuition fee does not include transportation and accommodation fees for the duration of clinical practicum.

Online Application

Please click here or visit the University’s website to apply online. (


Admission Enquiry
Tel: 2768 6606

Administration Enquiry
Tel: 3970 2984

Programme Leader: Dr Queenie Law
Tel: 3970 2974

Frequently Asked Questions

It is expected that students will normally complete the Master of Science in Extensive End-of-Life Care in one year if studying full time or two years if studying part time. Any deferral of study should not exceed a maximum period of three years for full-time students and four years for part-time students. There are three terms in one academic year: Autumn Term (September to January), Spring Term (January to June), and Summer Term (June to August).

Please refer to the University’s website for details.

Last update: 13 April 2023