European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA)

German Version

Coming Soon: Master of Science - Leadership in Palliative Care

Planned start: Spring 2023!

Participating Partners:

  • University of Cologne, Faculty of Medicine (Cologne, Germany)
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Our Lady's Hospice (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Medical University of Gdansk - MUG (Gdansk, Poland)
  • Casa Sperantei Hospice (Brasov, Romania)
  • St. Christopher's Hospice (London, UK)

The Master of Science - Leadership in Palliative Care in cooperation with the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) consists of the modules Change Leadership, Evidence based Leadership, Leadership for Practice, Leadership in Teams, Advocacy in Leadership and the Master Thesis, which have to be completed in 4 semesters. In total, the master's degree comprises 120 LP. Access criterion is three years of professional experience, for which 50 LP will be credited through a professionalization module.

Further information soon

Leadership Course (2019-2022)

The European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA) is a joint project of four academic centres: Center for Palliative Medicine of the University Hospital Cologne (Germany), Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London (United Kingdom), Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and the Hospice Foundation in Gdansk (Poland), Hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov (Romania) in collaboration with the University of Transsylvania. The course is conducted in collaboration with the European Palliative Care Association (EAPC). The project was initiated by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The EUPCA course is coordinated by the University Hospital Cologne. The course is accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) on Master level (27 ECTS).

Each academic institution offers one module in a face-to-face teaching week at their institution: Project Management, Research Methods, Teamwork and Advocacy. A further two modules, Personal Development and Local Best Practice, are split up over the four course weeks and therefore accompany the participants throughout the course, helping them develop as leaders in their fields and gain experience and knowledge from other examples of palliative care. In addition to the four teaching weeks, each participant completes one week of observation in a European palliative care institution of their choice. Together with continuous assignments and a personal project the course comprises about 900 hours. The course is to be completed part-time within 1.5 years, enabling participants to continue their work in palliative care. Up to 20 participants from European and up to 4 participants from non-European countries can take part.

Further Information

Course Outline (2019-2022)

23/09/2019 - 27/09/201903/02/2020 - 07/02/202007/03/2022 - 11/03/2209/05/2022 - 13/05/2022after 1st before 4th Week
Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Observational Week
Cologne, GermanyLondon, United KingdomGdansk, PolandBrasov, RomaniaPlace tbd by participant 
  Personal Development  
  Project Management  
 Research MethodsTeamworkAdvocacyObservation
Intro by all academic centres    


Coordinating Office

Annika Fritzsche
University Hospital Cologne
Centre for Palliative Medicine
50924 Cologne

Telephone +49 221 478-81385
Fax +49 221 478-87597