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5397P - Oncology MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Oncology MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Start in: September 2021

Our Oncology MSc, PGDip and PGCert are part-time, online and expert-led. They explore evidence-based and cost-effective cancer care treatments.


Our Oncology MSc, PGDip, PGCert is for professionals working in healthcare and related fields. These fields include public health and cancer research. You'll appraise current approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment. You can then apply them to clinical management plans. You'll learn the basics of research in oncology. There will be opportunities to further develop your research skills in a dissertation.

We are world-leaders in online oncology education. We offer diverse and inclusive teaching and bring together clinicians, researchers and industry. The courses are modular to enable career development to wrap around work commitments. You'll have access to Newcastle University’s academic and pastoral support services. They offer an excellent learner experience to all.

Oncology offers 3 qualifications:

  • the postgraduate certificate requires 60 credits of study
  • the postgraduate diploma requires 120 credits
  • the MSc requires 180 credits. It includes a dissertation, which bears 60 credits


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Qualifications explained

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What you'll learn

You'll cover three themes:

  • cancer diagnosis, surveillance and early detection
  • cancer treatment, monitoring and follow-up
  • interprofessional working

You'll build an understanding of the clinical, epidemiological and genetic aspects of cancer. You'll explore:

  • cancer treatment modalities and the mechanisms of action of chemotherapeutic agents
  • cancer screening and assessment
  • treatment regimens
  • outcome measures to plan safe, effective and multidisciplinary clinical management


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

You will develop professional skills relevant to your role such as:

  • assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients
  • identify effective corrective actions in patient care
  • collaborate with other professionals in health care, research and industry
  • practice ethical and evidence-based decision-making
  • critical thinking to translate and integrate research into practice
  • future-focused and horizon scanning skills
  • design effective solutions to improve patient care and service-level issues

Personal skills

You will also develop personal skills, including:

  • digital capability
  • global and cultural awareness
  • reflection and self-awareness
  • resilience
  • confidence in your abilities, qualities and judgement

Your future

Our graduates have gone on to various roles, including:

  • speciality training in oncology and palliative care
  • promotion to specialist roles in nursing, allied health professions and senior medical practice
  • career progression in the pharmaceutical industry
  • research (PhD)
  • publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • presentation at conferences of work undertaken as part of the programme
  • leadership and management roles in healthcare and industry

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll have access to services and activities to enhance personal development and employability. These include:

  • professional support services for health and wellbeing
  • careers service
  • excellent library and IT resources
  • participation in academic and programme development

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

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  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Faculty of Medical Sciences
Oncology and Palliative Care Team
+44 (0) 191 208 7032
Website: Oncology and Palliative Care


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