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Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Our Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry MSc, PGDip and PGCert explore the effective development of new drugs and technologies to treat cancer.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry MSc, PGDip and PGCert are for professionals working to develop and manufacture cancer treatments. You'll appraise current approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment. You can then apply them to real-world economic models to bring products to market. You'll learn the basics of research in oncology. You'll have the opportunity to develop your research skills in the dissertation.

You'll study alongside clinicians in oncology and palliative care. This provides a unique opportunity to explore the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare.

We offer world-class online education in cancer drug development. Our courses respond to many influences, including:

  • clinical
  • scientific
  • technical
  • economic
  • political

You'll study in a modular structure. This enables career development that wraps 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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What you'll learn

You'll build an understanding of the basic aspects of cancer, including:

  • clinical
  • epidemiological
  • genetic

You'll explore the role of cancer treatment modalities and chemotherapeutic agents. You will consider pharmacological and health economic factors in cancer treatment regimens. You'll also work to develop cancer technology implementation plans.


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 includes:

  • 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 2024 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

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

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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: Faculty of Medical Sciences, Oncology and Palliative Care


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