Newcastle University

School of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences

Oncology and Palliative Care


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Cancer Studies, Postgraduate Certificate ;Oncology and Palliative Care, Postgraduate Diploma, Oncology and Palliative Care, MSc

Format: Campus

Program Description:

These unique part-time, web-based distance-learning programmes are aimed at oncology and palliative care professionals. They cover all aspects of delivering care to patients and include treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives.
These programmes have been developed by Newcastle University in association with the Northern Centre for Cancer Treatment. The MSc programme has two pathways: Oncology and Palliative Care.
The MSc comprises 180 credits, the Postgraduate Diploma 120 credits and the Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits. Modules common to both pathways include: cancer cell, molecular biology and genetics; cancer pathology; cancer pharmacology; research methods and statistics; management of cancer/psychosocial issues; and ethical dimensions of cancer/palliative care. Oncology-specific modules include: developments in diagnostic imaging in oncology; and multiprofessional management of cancer. Palliative Care-specific modules include: palliative care themes and perspectives; handling loss, grief and bereavement; interprofessional palliative care and managing pain. MSc students write a dissertation of 20,000 words (60 credits).
Students who complete 60 credits of modules are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Cancer Studies. Stand-alone modules can also be taken.


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