Our part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients. You will study treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Well-established cancer institutes and oncological and palliative care experts developed and deliver the course. You will enjoy a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating experience wherever you are worldwide.
This course is designed to provide oncology, palliative care and oncology pharmaceutical industry professionals with detailed knowledge about the interrelationship between oncology and clinical cancer service provision.
Through the course you will develop clinical leadership, clinical excellence and the ability to cultivate interdisciplinary collaboration in the delivery of evidence based oncology and palliative care. This includes sharing mutually valuable information to help develop clinical practice. You will be introduced to the basis of research in oncology and palliative care, preparing you for further research within the fields.
Our students include:
Newcastle and the North East of England have a tremendous amount of oncological and palliative care expertise and all our teaching staff are healthcare professionals actively involved in research. This knowledge base provides a comprehensive, intellectually stimulating, and extremely useful educational experience to all students involved in it.
The course is led by:
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:
Each 10 credit module is the equivalent to 100 hours of notional study time, which includes:
Approximate semester start dates are as follows:
Semester dates can be found on the University Calendar.
Our Cancer MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.
The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences or other science disciplines, and for intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.
The taught component of the course includes subject-specific content in the area of cancer research. You have the flexibility to develop your own bespoke course by selecting additional, complementary modules. You will also receive itraining in general research principles, and other professional and key skills. Subject-based modules cover:
-Clinical and pathological aspects of cancer
-Molecular mechanisms that establish and promote cancer
-Current treatments and how research translates into novel treatments
Your research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks of research in an area of cancer research under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field. Projects are undertaken in laboratories actively engaged in cancer research. Examples are:
-Roles of tumour suppressor genes
-Bio-molecular basis of hormone-dependent cancers
-Evaluation of novel bio-drugs.
The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry.
Cancer MRes is closely linked to a suite of MRes courses that you may also be interested in. See Programme information in our online Prospectus for full details.
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.
Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.
You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.
If you are a healthcare professional, this course gives you the knowledge and expertise to develop as a specialist prostate cancer practitioner. Through online learning you learn how to provide, promote and develop high standards of care.
The postgraduate certificate stage focuses on developing your clinical knowledge and skills. The prostate cancer module gives you an in-depth understanding of managing the stages of the disease including • the physical and psychosocial impact • treatment • the needs of those affected • how these needs can be addressed.
As advanced communication is essential to your clinical role, you also undertake a module on this subject. This helps you develop your knowledge of the concepts underpinning advanced communication strategies used in practice and encourages you to reflect on your skills development in this area too.
During the postgraduate diploma stage you develop your understanding of the wider specialist and advanced practice role in areas such as • leadership • peer support • education • service development and improvement.
You also expand your knowledge of high risk or high priority areas in practice, which you identify as relevant to your own local practice, such as • care of African Caribbean men • needs relating to sexual function • survivorship • end of life care.
This stage of the course also prepares you for undertaking research by improving your understanding of research methods and helping you develop a research question for investigation.
In the final masters stage you research a specific area of interest relevant to your professional role and priorities in practice. This enables you to specialise in your chosen topic, develop expertise and hopefully influence practice or policy.
Throughout your studies you are encouraged to reflect on your role as
You also evaluate your own practice and the practice of others to help you develop ideas for service improvement within your practice and workplace.
This is primarily a distance learning course using online learning. You must have internet access and be prepared to engage with technology. We supply you with a range of online learning and teaching resources, including access to library resources and information databases.
Each module provides clear guidance on how to approach your self-directed study. This learning is enhanced by online, tutor facilitated group discussions allowing you to share views and practice experiences with other students. These sessions are a popular and valuable learning resource, and are also used to support you in your final marked assessment.
Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 2653887.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
Postgraduate certificate core modules
Postgraduate diploma core modules
You choose a further 30 credits from the following modules:
If you are a specialist practitioner in prostate cancer care, this course enables you to continue your academic and professional development and validate your role. You can tailor your learning, allowing you to specialise in areas such as palliative and end of life care, survivorship and rehabilitation.
If working towards a specialist practitioner role, the course equips you with core knowledge and skills to help you perform at the necessary practice level.
The course provides academic and professional skills relevant to the role of an advanced/specialist practitioner, as defined by professional bodies such as the Royal College of Nursing and the College of Radiographers.
The course also provides opportunities to be involved in research and service development activities in a professional, clinical or academic setting. You are encouraged to share your learning and research through article publication or conference presentation, helping to raise your profile in this field.
As well as specialist clinical roles, you may also pursue academic teaching or research careers in the UK or internationally.
Translational Cancer Medicine enables you to gain detailed knowledge and understanding of research methods applied to rational drug design, clinical study design, molecular and cell biology, tumour immunology, genetics and cancer imaging. You'll gain practical experience through two six-month laboratory rotations.
The Translational Cancer Medicine MRes study pathway offers unique opportunities for you to join experienced research teams and work on particular projects from the outset. This course will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of research methods, and of how theoretical academic studies and skills relate to research projects.
You will explore Fundamentals of Translational Cancer Medicine, providing you with advanced knowledge and skills to conceptualise, design, conduct and critically appraise specialist research. You will gain hands on research experience in two six month lab projects.
We use lectures, seminars and group meetings to deliver most of the modules on the course.
On average teaching consists of:
You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
Typically, 1 credit equates to ten hours of work.
Throughout the year, you will also attend literature reviews and journal clubs that the labs/departments organise, as well as any other internal or external seminars deemed relevant to your projects/assignments.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written essays, a thesis (research report), a presentation/Q&A session regarding the research report and a draft of a scientific paper.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.
Occupational health clearance will be required for some of the projects.
Future PhD studies. Clinical and non-clinical academic careers in cancer medicine.
Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre (ECRC) strives to take a comprehensive approach to cancer research, combining both laboratory-based research and clinical approaches.
Overall the centre studies the genetic and biological basis of cancer and disease pathology, and devises and test new forms of therapy arising from our basic, translational and clinical research programs.
Our ultimate aim is to carry out high quality research into effective cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as the symptoms associated with cancer.
ECRC is part of the Edinburgh Medical School's Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences at the Western General Hospital. This centre, as part of a unit of Hospital-Based Clinical Subjects, was rated 5* in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.
We have 18 academic staff, 40 research staff, 35 support staff and 22 students.
Our Nursing Studies postgraduate students have an outstanding record of contributing to the knowledge and evidence base in nursing. The programme also has a strong tradition of welcoming students from overseas, as well as the UK.
Our main areas of research activity and development currently relate to the themes of experience of health and illness, and organisation and policy for person-centred care.
The main areas of study we can supervise for doctoral research are:
We have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative and mixed methods research approaches.
The MSc by Research in Nursing Studies provides students with an advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing.
The programme is designed for qualified practitioners and graduates and enables students to develop their understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice in relation to nursing and related fields.
The distinctive features of this degree include: