MSc Palliative Care scholarships in memory of Prof. Rob Buckman

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Applications are invited for two new scholarships for UK-based students with an interest in conducting research in psychosocial and communication issues for the MSc in Palliative Care at King’s College in London. 

Eligible applicants can attend the course on either a part-time or full time basis, commencing January 2015 or January 2016.

Professor Rob Buckman

Professor Rob Buckman, who died in 2011, was an oncologist, writer and broadcaster.

He trained in medicine at Cambridge and while working as a junior doctor at University College Hospital began a career in live comedy and revue. He went on to write for the long-running satirical BBC Radio 4 show: ‘Week Ending’, and for the television sitcom: ‘Doctor On the Go’. 

He performed at the Amnesty International fundraiser: ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball’ in 1979, and presented the long-running ITV medical series: ‘Where There’s Life’ with Miriam Stoppard.

In 1985 Rob emigrated to Canada to take up a consultant oncologist post. He became a pioneer of communication and supportive care in medicine at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and was professor in the department of medicine at the University of Toronto.

He continued making television programmes throughout his career, and wrote many books including: ‘How to Break Bad News: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals’ (1992) and ‘Cancer is a Word, Not a Sentence’ (2006).

How to apply:

The scholarships set up in his name will benefit gifted and talented students who wish to carry out research into psychosocial and communication issues. Each scholarship will fund course tuition fees, books and the publication and dissemination of a research project.  

  • The deadline for MSc applications is 30th October 2014.
  • The deadline for scholarship applications is 30th November 2014.

Further details on how to apply are on the Cicely Saunders Institute website or contact the Institute via email.

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