University of Glasgow program

Theory, Methods, and Ethics in End of Life Research

Foundational components of end of life care research: theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches and ethical considerations

This program is part of the MSc End of Life Studies degree offered by The University of Glasgow

Develop your knowledge of theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches and ethical considerations in End of Life research.

This course introduces students to three foundational components of end of life care research: theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and ethical considerations. The course will identify classic and contemporary concepts, issues, and debates within end of life research; sensitise students to the close relationship between theory, methods, and ethics in end of life research; and consider intended as well as unintended consequences of conducting end of life research within local, national, and international contexts.


2 courses

Delivered by expert academics

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • The University of Glasgow

Who will you learn with?

I am a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow with the End of Life Studies Group at the University of Glasgow. I am a medical anthropologist who is interested in interdisciplinary research on the end of life.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Evidence awareness of the key theoretical, methodological and ethical frameworks that inform end of life research in specific cultures and contexts.

  2. Demonstrate skills in assessing specific studies in relation to their theoretical and methodological rigour.

  3. Produce a research proposal or protocol that also evidences awareness of ethical issues in end of life research.

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