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

Newcastle University

Application deadline: Please enquire
Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,020 / Module (EEA)
  • £ 16,650 / Module (International)
Start date: September  2015
Credits: 180 credits
Duration full-time: 36 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 36 months
Part-time variant: Flexible
Structure: Semi-structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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This programme has been developed and is administered by Newcastle University in association with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) and affiliation of the Northern Institute of Cancer Research (NICR).

* Online distance learning no campus attendance required
* Modular programmes choose from Certificate, Diploma, MSc or stand alone modules
* Three pathways Oncology, Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry or Palliative Care

All programmes offered are Multi-disciplinary work-based, using the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Highlighting the inter-relationship between oncology and clinical cancer service provision, they include mutually valuable information which will facilitate change in clinical practice.

The programmes cover all aspects of delivering seamless care to patients and include treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives.

It provides multi-professional pathways in the fields of oncology and palliative care. It will develop practitioners who are prepared to offer clinical leadership, clinical excellence, and cultivate interdisciplinary collaboration in the delivery of evidence based oncology/palliative care. Aimed at practitioners including:

* doctors, nurses,
* pharmacists, physiotherapists,
* occupational therapists and radiographers
* or for SHOs and Registrars training for part one of the FRCR examination or in Medical Oncology.

You must be competent in the use of the Internet, e-mail and word-processing packages. You can study from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Successful completion 180 credits will lead to an MSc qualification of your chosen strand (Oncology, Palliative Care or Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry). Alternatively, you can study towards a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), or Postgraduate Certificate in Cancer Studies (60 credits).


All programmes must be completed within five years of starting and are delivered via e-learning. The MSc programmes are designed to last three-five years but you will study at your own pace within the guidelines provided. The MSc programmes will normally take a minimum of three academic years to complete, to achieve this you must study 30 credits per semester.

Pathway Options

* Oncology includes modules which are specific to the diagnosis, radical and palliative aspects of treatment.

* Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry

* Palliative Care focuses on supporting patients' complex pain / symptom / psychological needs.

* Cancer Studies no specific pathway, students can choose from any of the modules offered.

Each 10 credit module is the equivalent to 100 hours of notional study time. This includes time spent studying the course materials, networking with fellow students, reading, research, working through interactive activities preparing assessments, time spent with mentor, emailing your module leader and taking part in discussions boards.

All modules are offered subject to the constraints of the timetable and any restrictions on the number of students who may be taught that module. Not all modules will be offered each year.

We like to be as flexible as possible with students. You may wish to take fewer modules per semester. You can choose between 10 and 30 credits per semester depending on how quickly you want to finish your chosen programme.


A second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a health related subject. You must be IT literate to complete these highly interactive programmes and have access to a computer with a printer and a reliable Internet connection.

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.



These programmes have been developed by Newcastle University in association with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

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