Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Oncology and Palliative Care MSc

Oncology and Palliative Care MSc studies

These programmes have been developed and are administered by Newcastle University, UK in association with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) and affiliation of the Northern Institute of Cancer Research (NICR).

These programmes are offered via e-learning by Newcastle University, UK:

  • MSc Oncology (MSc, PG Dip)
  • MSc Palliative Care (MSc, PG Dip)
  • MSc Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry (MSc, PG Dip)
  • PG Certificate in Cancer Studies

Programme outline

All programmes offered are multi-disciplinary, and web-based, delivered using the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard.

Highlighting the inter-relationship between oncology and clinical cancer service provision, they include mutually valuable information which will facilitate change in clinical practice.

The aims of each programme are to:

  • provide, for the first time, multi-professional pathways in the fields of oncology and palliative care and to
  • develop practitioners who are prepared to offer clinical leadership and excellence
  • cultivate interdisciplinary collaboration in the delivery of evidence based oncology, oncology for pharma and palliative care

The programmes are aimed at oncology professionals and palliative care practitioners including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiographers and pharmaceutical industry professionals. They cover all aspects of delivering seamless care to patients and include treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives.


Successful completion of 180 credits will lead to the award by Newcastle University of a Masters level degree. Exit awards for the Diploma and Certificate are also available.


  • ONC8000 Cancer Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • ONC8002 Cancer Pathology
  • ONC8003 Research Methods (1)
  • ONC8004 Developments in Diagnostic Imaging
  • ONC8005 Palliative Care Themes & Perspectives
  • ONC8006 Management of Cancer Psychological Issues
  • ONC8007 Research Methods (2) Statistics
  • ONC8008 Ethical Dimensions in Cancer/Palliative Care
  • ONC8010 Handling Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • ONC8012 Managing Pain
  • ONC8013 Practice Development
  • ONC8014 Dissertation (MSc level only)
  • ONC8016 Interprofessional Palliative Care
  • ONC8017 Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 1
  • ONC8018 Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 2
  • ONC8019 Cancer Pharmacology
  • ONC8020 Cancer Drugs & Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient
  • ONC8021 Health Economics

If you prefer not to commit to a degree level course you are able to study any of the modules (excluding the dissertation) as individual CPD credits.

Programme Fees

The fees are approximately £2160 (Home/EU) or £4980 (International) per year and are paid in GBP to Newcastle University.

Career paths

Depending on your starting point, successful completion of the programme will enable you to develop your career in many ways:

  • specialist oncology/palliative care medical posts
  • medical trainees and specialist registrars in other medical and surgical specialities involved in the treatment of patients with cancer eg gynaecology, urology or respiratory medicine
  • clinical Nurse specialists/Nurse Consultants
  • oncology/palliative care pharmacy
  • research at doctorate level
  • participation in multi-disciplinary teams within cancer centres/units/specialist palliative care units
  • medical liaison managers
  • oncology account managers
  • products specialists
  • hospital sales specialists
  • pharmaceutical physicians


We accept applications throughout the year via our online application portal.

Applicants may start their studies in either Semester 1 or Semester 2. The closing date for applications for Semester 1 is the end of August and the closing date for Semester 2 is early January. Applications after these dates will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

You must have an undergraduate health-related degree.

If English is not your first language, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • IELTS 7.0 with at least 7.0 in writing and reading and at least 6.5 in speaking and listening
  • have been educated in an English-speaking country that is included in the list of countries that are exempt from the University’s English Language Assessment
  • provide other evidence of a high level of competence in English, for example successful completion of A levels or an undergraduate programme taught in English

Further information

For further information please visit the Faculty of Medical Science website

Enquiries can be directed to:

Programme Co-ordinator
Tel: +44 (0)191 208 7032