he Bachelor of Science degree in Palliative Care (Hons) shall be constituted by course
work and a research project in the final year. The programme duration will be three
years in keeping with the rest of the BSc programmes for clinical officers offered by the
University of Malawi within the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. For those
who do not wish to or will be unable to complete the programme, they will be awarded a
Diploma after completing and passing four semester periods of study.

The Palliative Care degree programme aims to produce palliative care experts from a
range of health disciplines who can take on clinical, service development, educational,
managerial and research and development roles to build on palliative care across the
region in both the private and public sectors.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us:

Head of Department


nterested applicants should meet the following minimum requirements:

A Malawi School Certificate of Education or any equivalent O-Level qualification with at least 4 subjects passed with credit including ENGLISH LANGUAGE and Biology. Other science subjects like mathematics, physics and chemistry will be an added advantage

A University of Malawi Diploma or, a relevant Diploma from accredited programmes of the University of Malawi such as those offered at Malawi College for Health Sciences, St. John of God College or an equivalent Diploma from a recognized Institution of higher learning. The applicant should have qualified as a nurse or clinical officer.

A minimum of 2 years post Diploma relevant work experience in a hospital setting and are registered with the Medical Council of Malawi or the Nurse’s Council of Malawi.

Applicants MUST also meet the additional entry requirements for the programme as outlined below:

Candidates who were withdrawn from the University of Malawi or any other comparable university on academic grounds and those already registered with the University of Malawi or any comparable university as residential, non-residential or mature students ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION.


Application forms can be obtained on written request or in person from the address given below and it can also be downloaded from www.unima.mw. Duly completed application forms together with proof of payment of a non-refundable application fee of K12, 000.00 for Malawian candidates and U$350 for international applicants should be sent to the same address and not to any constituent college of the University of Malawi. Applicants should attach a deposit slip as proof of payment of an appropriate application fee.


The address for obtaining and submitting application forms is:

The University Registrar

University Office

P.O. Box 278


(Attention: Admissions Office)


APPLICATION PACKAGE: A complete application package MUST include the following:

  1. Copies of all relevant degrees/diplomas/certificates/academic transcripts which have been indicated on the application form. These must be duly certified as true copies of the originals by a recognized Commissioner of Oaths.
  2. Original proof of availability of funds for training i.e. official sponsorship letter or bank statements of the applicant.
  3. Copy of a bank deposit slip showing the name of the applicant and the amount of application fee paid.
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV) with names and contact details of three traceable referees.
  5. Official reference letter(s) from the current and/or previous employer(s) showing proof of at least 2 years relevant work experience.



Tuition per annum is MK 1,350,000.00 for Malawian Students.


From time to time the Department receives funding to provide scholarships to students. This is provided to students based on the selection criteria of the scholarship. However this is not a guarantee and varies based on the funds available.


pplication forms are available from the College of Medicine registry office.

All applications for registration for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Palliative Care  should be completed on the required form and addressed to the College Registrar

The application form must be completed in full and signed by the applicant

The Registrar shall obtain references, academic transcripts (where possible) and copies of certificates.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate in advance how they intend to support themselves financially and how they intend to pay fees. Where an applicant has obtained sponsorship, a copy of the letter stating the sponsorship agreement must be submitted with the application.

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Applicant must be able to demonstrate written proficiency in English where their first degree is in another language.

Applicants must include a letter of release for the course from their employer.

All application documents should be mailed to the following address:

The University Registrar

University Office

P.O. Box 278



The College receives applications all year round. However find out from the registry for further information on when applications are being received

Organization of the Programme is as follows:

a) The programme shall be run on a Semester System consisting of six semesters

b) Learners who wish to obtain a diploma may exit from the programme after
attending four semesters and pass in all four assessments.

c) All modules are core and must be passed and taken in the order they are offered.

d) There will be three clinical placements. The first one will be in Pain Assessment
and Management. The second one will be in Palliative Care Practice during the
year-two. The third one will be in a Specialist Practice in the final year.

e) The programme can be delivered in a blending learning format with some faceto-
face teaching as well as through face to face full time study.

f) Learners must complete and pass all course work in Year One before they can
proceed to years two of study and must pass year two before proceeding to the
final year

The full list of the module and when they will be offered within programme is as follows:

Module Code Title of Module Credits Semester
FAMP 311 Introduction to Human Physiology 10 One
FAMP 312 Introduction to microbiology and host defenses 10 One
FAMP 313 Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics 10 One
FAMP 314 Introduction to Statistical Methods 10 One
FAMP 315 History, Examination and differential diagnosis 10 One
FAMP316 Philosophy of Palliative Care 10 One
  Total Credits 60 One
FAMP 321 Information Literacy 5 Two
FAMP 322 Communication 5 Two
FAMP 323 Basic Social Sciences 10 Two
FAMP 324 Pain Management 10 Two
FAMP 325 Symptom Control 10 Two
FAMP 326 Clinical Placement 1 10 Two
FAMP 327 Palliative care in disease specific conditions 10 Two
Total credits 60 Two
FAMP411 Clinical Placement 2 10 Three
FAMP412 Psychosocial Issues in Palliative care 10 Three
FAMP413 Spiritual and Cultural Issues 5 Three
FAMP414 Death, Dying and Bereavement 10 Three
FAMP415 Ethics in Palliative Care 10 Three
FAMP416 Clinical Pain Assessment and Management 10 Three
FAMP417 Disease Screening 5 Three
  Total credit 60  
FAMP421 Research Methods 10 Four
FAMP422 Therapeutic Communication 10 Four
FAMP4423 Programme Design and Implementation 10 Four
FAMP 424 Clinical Audit 10 Four
FAMP 425 Pediatric Palliative care 10 Four
FAMP 426 Managing Complex symptoms 10 Four
Total Credit 60  
FAMP 511 Dissertation 10 Five
FAMP 512 Dissertation 20 Five
FAMP513 Palliative Care for Special Groups 10 Five
FAMP514 Palliative Care Policy and Advocacy 10 Five
FAMP 515 Managing Complex symptoms 10 Five
  Total credits 60  
FAMP521 Mentoring and Coaching 10 Six
FAMP522 Clinical Placement 3 20 Six
FAMP523 Evidence Based Practice 10 Six
FAMP 524 Dissertation 20 Six
  Total credits 60  

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Palliative Care

BSc in Palliative Care

Upon successful completion of the programme, a Bachelor of Science in
Palliative (Hons)shall be awarded:

a) A candidate may be awarded a first class honours if they meet the following
i. Achieved a minimum of 3 distinctions in the semester assessments and a
distinction in the final examinations of the programme
ii. Have never had to write supplementary examination
iii. Have attained at least a credit in the other semester assessments
iv. Have had no disciplinary issues during their training

b) A candidate may be a warded a second class upper honours if they meet the
following criteria
i. Achieved a minimum of 2 distinctions in the semester assessments and a
distinction in the final examinations of the programme
ii. Have attained at least a credit in the other semesters assessment
iii. Have never had to write supplementary examination
iv. Have had no disciplinary issues during the training

c) A candidate may be awarded a second class lower honours if they meet the
following criteria
i. Achieved at least one distinction during semester assessments and a
credit in the final examinations of the programme
ii. Have attained a minimum of 3 credits in the remaining semester
iii. Has never had to write supplementary examinations
iv. Have had no disciplinary issues during training

d) A candidate that does not meet any of the above but passes all the examinations
will be awarded a third class honours degree.

e) For the award of a Diploma in Palliative Care which shall be awarded to a candidate who completes and passes all the first four semesters with a minimum of 240 credit hours, the diploma will not be classified.

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