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Course content

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

  • an ambassador for your patients and their families
  • a peer supporter for other healthcare professionals involved in caring for people affected by the disease
  • an educator

You also evaluate your own practice and the practice of others to help you develop ideas for service improvement within your practice and workplace.

Course delivery

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.

Professional recognition

Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 2653887.

Course structure

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

  • Prostate cancer (15 credits)
  • Advanced communication and information in supportive care (30 credits)

Postgraduate diploma core modules

  • Advancing practice in prostate cancer care (30 credits)
  • Research methods for practice (15 credits)


  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

You choose a further 30 credits from the following modules:

  • Loss, grief and bereavement (15 credits)
  • Complexities in symptom management (15 credits)
  • Collaborative working in supportive care (15 credits)
  • Informed consent in healthcare practice (15 credits)
  • Evidencing your continuing professional development (15 credits)


  • online activities and discussion
  • essays
  • project and research work
  • service improvement plans
  • reflections


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.

Visit the Prostate Cancer Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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