Call For Applications In Bachelor of Science in Palliative Care

By | July 31, 2017


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What is Palliative Care? Palliative care is specialized health care for people with life-limiting or serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with symptoms’ relief and relieving stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and the family. Palliative care is best provided within a multidisciplinary team, which works together to provide an extra layer of care and support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age, at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. In our setting, palliative care is largely being provided for cancer patients, HIV and then a host of other diseases e.g. chronic renal failure.


Who should apply? Students who are interested in acquiring skills in palliative care, design and management of local palliative care service whether in hospital or community setting, palliative care advocacy, critical thinking and academic writing skills in undertaking of simple evaluation, audit or research studies. Students would usually work in private or government health facilities, in research and academic institutions (universities) and NGOs.
Course content: This is a 3-year bachelor of science program with modules in basic medical sciences (physiology, microbiology, pharmacology & therapeutics), psychosocial, spiritual & cultural issues, clinical management, communication, pain management, ethics, death and bereavement, palliative care policy & advocacy, mentoring and coaching. Students will also be required to complete a research project. Students may alternatively exit the program after completing 2 years with a Diploma in Palliative Care.

Mode of delivery: The program will be delivered over 6 semesters ‘during normal working hours’ (weekdays 8:00am to 5:00pm). The first semester will largely be classroom-based sessions and later semesters will be through largely clinical placements in palliative care centers of excellence such as Tiyanjane at QECH, Mulanje Mission.

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Program fees: MK 1,350,000 per year for Malawians, USD 3,000 for SADC and USD 3,500 for non-SADC applicants. Please note that fees are reviewed each academic year There are a few scholarships that will be offered on merit.


Admission Requirements:
1. A diploma in in Nursing or Clinical Medicine.
2. Working experience of at least two years in the clinical or nursing area (those already working in Palliative care would have an added advantage).
3. Registered with the relevant regulatory body (e.g. Medical Council of Malawi 
or the Nurses and Midwives Council of Mala
Applications for BSc Palliative Care program should include:
1. A completed undergraduate application form. The forms are available at or CoM Central Registry
2. Sealed academic transcripts
3. Authenticated copies of academic certificates
4. Authenticated copies of professional registration certificates where applicable

A non-refundable application fee of MK10, 000.00 for Malawians and $300.00 for non-Malawians.


Payment should be made to:

College of Medicine (COM POOL)
National Bank of Malawi,
Chichiri Branch (NBMAMWMW003),
Account Number 697017.

Completed application should be sent for consideration for academic year beginning September 2017 by 7th August 2017


The Registrar
College of Medicine
Private Bag 360
Blantyre 3, Malawi
Attention: Assistant Registrar (Academic)


Tel: + 265 (0) 1 874 107, Fax +265 (0) 1 874 700