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Health and Medical Sciences (Cancer Care Innovation) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This programme is a sub-specialty route within the Health and Medical Sciences programme. Healthcare professionals and health service managers can tailor this adaptable interdisciplinary programme to their individual needs by selecting from a library of modules with cancer specialist and generic themes. A Student Advisor supports students in selecting modules and in reviewing their personal development plan and career goals.

Degree information

Students learn and develop skills and knowledge to foster high-quality professional practice across healthcare with the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interests relating to the care of cancer patients. The acquisition of advanced and up-to-date knowledge, skills to support evidence-based practice, and the ability to critically evaluate current research in students’ chosen field of study are implicit.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), six optional modules (90 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma comprising one core module (15 credits) and seven optional modules (105 credits), flexible study two to five years is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate comprising one core module (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), flexible study one to two years is offered.

Core modules
-Research Innovation and Practice
-Research Methods in Healthcare (or a suitable alternative)

Optional modules - optional modules can be chosen from each of these three categories:
-Professional Development (for example, leadership, clinical education, research skills, health informatics)
-Clinical Practice/Patient Care (for example, cancer therapeutics, cancer biology, behavioural approaches to cancer prevention, early diagnosis and survivorship)
-Service Improvement (for example, healthcare quality, evidence-based practice)

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Some modules combine formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. Other modules are taught on campus through lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment is a mixture of written coursework, formal examination, oral presentation and the dissertation.


The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which supports the NHS's commitment to incorporate elements of clinical governance, quality assurance, health informatics, change management, and student supervision into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Led by specialists, this innovative programme will equip students with the professional skills needed for effective working in modern healthcare settings. Students assemble their own curriculum to reflect their individual needs and interests.

The programme offers the opportunity to study at a time and place convenient to individual circumstances, making it feasible to combine study and full-time work.

It provides access to a broad range of modules spanning all aspects of clinical practice and healthcare delivery, as well as extensive opportunities to interact with a range of senior academics and professional experts drawn from across UCL and beyond.

Visit the Health and Medical Sciences (Cancer Care Innovation) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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