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

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).


The course is 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 literacy as a transferable skill.

You will be given an account on Blackboard, our managed 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.

Online delivery is structured in weekly topics, guiding your learning via tutorials, videos, discussions and formative exercises. The courses 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 course 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 30 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 notional study time, which includes:

•studying the course materials

•online networking with fellow students

•directed reading


•interactive and collaborative activities

•preparing assessments

Semester Dates

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Please enquire. We accept applications to this course throughout the year.
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

See online Prospectus.

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).

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

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  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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