Hi, I’m Lisa. I am completing the second year of my part-time MSc in Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, supported by the Professor Rob Buckman Scholarship.
Having enjoyed my experience so far of palliative care research, I am keen to progress towards a PhD. However, with limited funding within this field making PhD opportunities highly competitive, I knew I would need to complete a Master’s-level qualification first. This would be essential to not only progress my research skills, but also broaden my knowledge of the full spectrum of palliative care from biology and symptom management, to service organisation and epidemiology.
I was excited when I saw the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to complete a Palliative Care MSc, with a research focus on psychosocial issues and communication, advertised on the King’s College London website. I have a background in psychology and at the time I was conducting work around communication skills training in palliative care – it therefore seemed like a perfect opportunity to help me pursue my research interests.
I updated my CV, wrote a personal statement about my background and research interests, obtained a letter of support from my supervisor at the time, and submitted these to the team running the MSc. A few weeks later, I was delighted to hear I’d been awarded the Professor Rob Buckman Scholarship via Cicely Saunders International to support my studies part-time from 2016 to 2018.
This scholarship has enabled me to complete my MSc part-time alongside my research role, and will support me with the costs of publishing an academic paper based on the results of my MSc research. Neither of these things would have been possible without financial assistance. I’ve benefitted from not only the course content, but also the teaching expertise and student diversity seen across the educational programs at King’s College London. Learning from and with people with such a variety of expertise and backgrounds is for me one of the most enjoyable parts of my Palliative Care MSc.
The number and types of scholarships available for the MSc Palliative Care vary from year to year, so it’s always worth checking on the King’s College London website. This year for example a scholarship supported by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust is available for prospective students who have been working in palliative care in Africa. If you find a scholarship you are eligible for, I encourage you to apply. Best of luck!