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Course overview

  • Develop your knowledge of and practical skills in areas such as palliative care, lung cancer, radiology and systematic anti-cancer therapy if you are a nurse or other health professional.
  • Benefit from the combined theoretical and clinical expertise of The University of Manchester and The Christie School of Oncology.
  • Study at a university ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd in the world for nursing (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Choose from a wide range of course units to suit your own interests, studying them individually for CPD or building up credits for a postgraduate award.
  • Study full-time or part-time, enabling you to fit learning around other commitments.

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Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £1,200 per 15 credit module (£2,400 dissertation) 
  • International students (per annum): £2,700 per 15 credit module (£5,400 dissertation)
  • PGDip (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £7,600 
  • International students (per annum): £14,800
  • PGDip (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £1,200 per 15 credit module (£2,400 dissertation) 
  • International students (per annum): £2,700 per 15 credit module (£5,400 dissertation)
  • PGCert (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800 
  • International students (per annum): £7,400
  • PGCert (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £1,200 per 15 credit module (£2,400 dissertation) 
  • International students (per annum): £2,700 per 15 credit module (£5,400 dissertation)
  • Modular (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £1,200 per 15 credit module 
  • International students (per annum): £2,700 per 15 credit module

The fees will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.


The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 on any one component or equivalent
  • TOEFL: 600 paper-based - 600 with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0
  • TOFEL: 250 computer-based - 250 and Test of Written English 6.0
  • GCSE English grade C

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Home/UK applicants should usually have current clinical practice experience at the point of application.

Those studying part-time should continue to practice throughout the duration of their studies. For part-time students completing units with practical components, we require written support from their employer to attend and complete any practice-based components.

International applicants should usually have current clinical practice at the point of application and up to the commencement of the course.

Professional entry qualification

We require a health/social work professional qualification relevant to the course, or current registration with relevant professional statutory or equivalent regulatory body.

Application and selection

How to apply

If you are self-funded or organisation-funded, please download and complete this  application form (Word, 58 KB).

International applicants must apply using the online application form . Please see the application and selection section for details of specific information we require from you.

We recommend you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

International applicants need to be able to reflect on your current/recent practice and demonstrate how your role can develop, enhance or propose change to patient care and service delivery in order to achieve the course aims and individual clinical unit outcomes.

When completing your application, please include the following in the 'Further Information' section of the application form:

  • the focus of your current/recent clinical practice and an overview of your role;
  • your areas of clinical interest and the units you are interested in studying.

Portfolio requirements

UK applicants who do not hold a first degree (or equivalent qualification) may be admitted on the basis of a health/social work professional qualification. You must demonstrate the ability to study at postgraduate level.

A standardised procedure for assessing this ability via the submission of a portfolio will be implemented where you are required to submit a portfolio of evidence of equivalence to the achievement of QAA FHEQ level 6 outcomes.

The portfolio will be reviewed by staff from the course team. Such evidence may include a documented track record of innovative practice, leadership, service development, research projects and publications, which are clearly underpinned by the academic skills required at level 6.

Teaching and learning

Our course units are supported by a dedicated team comprising academics, leaders in their fields of research and practice, specialist practitioners, e-learning specialists and professional support staff.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment for each unit is mostly via written assignments.

Visit the MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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