Oncology MSc, PGDip

Oncology MSc, PGDip

MSc - minimum 36 months, maximum 60 months
PGDip - minimum 24 months, maximum 60 months
CPD modules available


This part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients, including treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Developed and delivered with well-established cancer institutes and oncological and palliative care expertise, you will experience a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating experience wherever you are in the world.

This course is designed to provide those working in oncology and related professional roles with detailed knowledge about the interrelationship between oncology and clinical cancer service provision.

Through the course you will develop clinical leadership, clinical excellence and the ability to cultivate interdisciplinary collaboration in the delivery of evidence based oncology. This includes sharing mutually valuable information to help develop clinical practice. You will be introduced to the basis of research in oncology, preparing you for further research within the field.

We have designed this course in collaboration with the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR) and it is delivered in association with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC).

Our students include:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • radiographers
  • Senior House Officers and Registrars training for part one of the Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) examination or in medical oncology


Newcastle and the North East of England have a tremendous amount of oncological expertise and all our teaching staff are healthcare professionals actively involved in research. This knowledge base provides a comprehensive, intellectually stimulating, and extremely useful educational experience to all students involved in it.

The course is led by:

  • Dr Charles Kelly, Deputy Degree Programme Director and Consultant Clinical Oncologist


The course is taught online, so you can choose to study anytime and anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments, plus learning online will develop your online literacy as a transferable skill.

You will be given an account on Blackboard, our managed learning environment, and an email address. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers, check that your equipment is compatible. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Online delivery is structured in weekly topics, guiding your learning via tutorials, videos, discussions and formative exercises. The courses are full of interactive exercises and activities, including immediate feedback from automatically scored activities and practices. You can discuss the course, ask questions and get help with problems through the course discussion groups or through emailing your module leader. The networking opportunities of this course give you a multi-disciplinary awareness to your studies.

Your first task will be to complete a short induction module before studying between 10 and 30 credits per semester. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • multiple choice question exams
  • essays
  • presentations
  • case studies

Each 10 credit module is the equivalent to 100 hours of notional study time, which includes:

  • studying the course materials
  • online networking with fellow students
  • directed reading
  • research
  • interactive and collaborative activities
  • preparing assessments

Semester Dates

Approximate semester start dates are as follows:

  • semester 1 - end of September
  • semester 2 - end of January

Semester dates can be found on the University Calendar.

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Palliative Care Consultant, Specialist Registrar, Medical Oncology Registrar

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

NHS, Solothurner Spitaler Ag, National Cancer Centre

Data based on responses from 64 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Cancer. See more about what our graduates do.

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  • Cancer Studies PGCert

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  • Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry MSc, PGDip

    This part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients, including treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Developed and delivered with well-established cancer institutes and oncological and palliative care expertise, you will experience a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating experience wherever you are in the world.

All related programmes


All modules are delivered online with no attendance required.

The award you receive depends on the number of credits you choose to study:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): 120 credits
  • Master of Science (MSc): 180 credits including a 60 credit dissertation

Our online module durations vary from 10 -17 weeks.  They are split between 10 and 20 credit modules and require 10-20 hours of work per week. You should set aside regular study hours to get the most out of the course.

Semester start dates are:
Semester 1: September
Semester 2: January

Modules for 2017 entry

Compulsory modules

MSc only

Semesters 1 and 2

Semester 2

Postgraduate Diploma

Semester 1

Semester 2

Optional modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

Semester 2

**  Only Chemotherapy Nurses are eligible to study ONC8023 or ONC8024.  If you wish to study this module please consult the Degree Programme Director.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

We offer the option of studying individual modules, so you can pick and choose modules relevant to your line of work or personal interest. Standalone modules are ideal if you are not particularly interested in gaining a qualification but wish to learn about the modules we offer.

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees


We offer flexible payment options for the PGDip and MSc. You can choose to:

  • pay per module at the start of each semester
  • pay annually
  • pay for the whole course upfront

Modular fees

Modular fees when studied as part of the PGDip or MSc are:


£405 per 10 credit module


£405 per 10 credit module

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2017 and 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant discipline and working in the healthcare profession or related field. We will consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and are working in the healthcare profession or related field.

You will also need to nominate a work place mentor to provide professional and specialist advice and guidance to support your progress through the course. View detailed entry requirements.

You must be IT literate to complete these highly interactive courses online and have access to a computer with a printer and a reliable internet connection.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and reading and 6.5 in speaking and listening)

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of study on the 'Programme of Study' page.

  • if you are applying for September 2017, select 2017/18 in the Academic Year field.

You will then need to insert one of the following course codes

  • 5221P - Oncology, MSc
  • 3459P - Oncology, PGDip

We accept applications to this course throughout the year.


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