M.Sc. Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry (online study)

Newcastle University

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Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: Any time  
Duration full-time: 36 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time
Structure: Semi-structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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The Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry course is designed specifically for professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry or those working in the health and palliative care profession. The course offers an insight into the evolution of drugs used for the treatment of cancer and related illnesses. You will focus on drug research and cutting down costs to find effective medicines to treat cancer.

You will develop detailed knowledge about the interrelationship between oncology and clinical cancer service provision. The course is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in oncology pharmaceuticals, with a thorough understanding of oncology.

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).


All modules are delivered online with no attendance required.

Compulsory modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

ONC8007 Research Methods 2: Statistics (E-learning)

ONC8017 Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning)

ONC8019 Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning)

Semester 2

ONC8003 Research Methods 1 (E-learning)

ONC8011 Cancer Drugs and Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient (E-learning)

MSc only

Semesters 1 and 2

ONC8014 Dissertation (E-learning)

Optional modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

ONC8002 Cancer Pathology (E-learning)

ONC8004 Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)

ONC8005 Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning)

ONC8010 Handling Loss, Grief, and Bereavement (E-learning)

ONC8013 Quality Improvement (E-learning)

ONC8021 Health Economics (E-learning)

Semester 2

ONC8006 Management of Cancer - Psychosocial Issues (E-learning)

ONC8008 Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)

ONC8012 Managing Pain (E-learning)

ONC8016 Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice: Management of Symptoms (Other Than Pain) in Advanced Diseases (E-learning)

ONC8018 Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning)

ONC8022 Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetics (E-learning)

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 might change for your year of entry.


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.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and reading and at least 6.5 in speaking and listening), or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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