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

Newcastle University
This part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients, including treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Developed and delivered with well-established cancer institutes and oncological and palliative care expertise, you will experience a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating experience wherever you are in the world.



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).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Please enquire
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date Any time We accept applications to this course throughout the year.
Duration full-time 36 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 36 months
Structure Semi-structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

All modules are delivered online with no attendance required.

Compulsory modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

ĽONC8007 Research Methods 2: Statistics (E-learning)

ĽONC8017 Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning)

ĽONC8019 Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning)

Semester 2

ĽONC8003 Research Methods 1 (E-learning)

ĽONC8011 Cancer Drugs and Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient (E-learning)

MSc only

Semesters 1 and 2

ĽONC8014 Dissertation (E-learning)

Optional modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

ĽONC8002 Cancer Pathology (E-learning)

ĽONC8004 Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)

ĽONC8005 Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning)

ĽONC8010 Handling Loss, Grief, and Bereavement (E-learning)

ĽONC8013 Quality Improvement (E-learning)

ĽONC8021 Health Economics (E-learning)

Semester 2

ĽONC8006 Management of Cancer - Psychosocial Issues (E-learning)

ĽONC8008 Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)

ĽONC8012 Managing Pain (E-learning)

ĽONC8016 Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice: Management of Symptoms (Other Than Pain) in Advanced Diseases (E-learning)

ĽONC8018 Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning)

ĽONC8022 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.

English Language Requirements


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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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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