This part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients. You will study treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Well-established cancer institutes and oncological and palliative care experts developed and deliver the course. You will enjoy a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating experience wherever you are worldwide.
This course is designed to provide oncology, palliative care and oncology pharmaceutical industry professionals 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 and palliative care. This includes sharing mutually valuable information to help develop clinical practice. You will be introduced to the basis of research in oncology and palliative care, preparing you for further research within the fields.
Our students include:
- occupational therapists
- 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 and palliative care 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, Degree Programme Director and Consultant Clinical Oncologist
- Dr Victoria Hewitt, Deputy Degree Programme Director and Palliative Care Specialist
Modules are 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 digital literacy skills.
You will be given an account on Blackboard, our managed virtual 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.
As this programme is online, you should feel comfortable using the internet and networking online. You don't have to be a technical expert to study online. We'll give you an online induction before you start. This will show you the different interactive tools you will use during your studies. These include:
- discussion boards
- reflective journals
- collaborative learning spaces, e.g. wikis
No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to the following:
- the Internet
- operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
- processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
- RAM: At least 2GB
- connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
- screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px
Online delivery is structured in weekly topics, guiding your learning via tutorials, videos, discussions and formative exercises. The modules 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 module 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 40 credits per semester. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
- multiple choice question exams
- case studies
Each 10 credit module is the equivalent to 100 hours of eatimated study time, which includes:
- studying the module materials
- online networking with fellow students
- directed reading
- interactive and collaborative activities
- preparing assessments
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.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
All modules are delivered online with no attendance required.
You choose 60 credits from the following:
- ONC8004 Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)
- ONC8005 Palliative Care Themes & Perspectives (E-learning)
- ONC8007 Research Methods 2: Statistics (E-learning)
- ONC8010 Handling Loss, Grief, and Bereavement (E-learning)
- ONC8013 Quality Improvement (E-learning)
- ONC8017 Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning)
- ONC8019 Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning)
- ONC8021 Health Economics (E-learning)
- ONC8023 Chemotherapy Nurse Training (E-learning)*
- ONC8025 The Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (E-learning)
- ONC8006 Management of Cancer - Psychosocial Issues (E-learning)
- ONC8008 Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)
- ONC8011 Cancer Drugs and Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient (E-learning)
- ONC8012 Managing Pain (E-learning)
- ONC8016 Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice (E-learning)
- ONC8018 Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning)
- ONC8022 Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetics (E-learning)
- ONC8024 Chemotherapy Nurse Training (E-learning)*
- ONC8026 Research Methods 1 (E-learning)
*Only Chemotherapy Nurses are eligible to study ONC8023 or ONC8024. Students wishing to study this module must first 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.
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 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
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If you are applying for September 2018, January 2019 or April 2019 your fees will be:
£480 per 10 credit module
£480 per 10 credit module
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
You must be working in the healthcare profession or related field. You will need to nominate a work place mentor to provide professional and specialist advice and guidance to support your progress through the course.
You must be IT literate to complete our highly interactive online course. You also need to have access to a computer with a printer and a reliable internet connection.
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.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
September 2018 application deadline
The deadline is Friday 24 August 2018
When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page. If you are applying for September 2018 or January 2019, select 2018/2019 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.
CPD ModuleCPD Module
When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page:
- if you are applying for September 2018 or January 2019, select 2018/2019 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.
When applying for a CPD module, please include the module name and code you wish to study in your personal statement, eg 'I would like to study the CPD Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning) module (ONC8004)'.
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Oncology and Palliative Care Team
+44 (0) 191 208 7032
Website: Faculty of Medical Sciences, Oncology and Palliative Care