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Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry MSc, PGDip    Back

Newcastle University Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Duration: see details Fees/total cost: EUR 6,477.12 (GBP 4,800.00) - EUR 23,560.52 (GBP 17,460.00)


This part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients, including treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Developed and delivered with well-established cancer institutes and oncological and palliative care expertise, you will experience a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating experience wherever you are in the world.

The Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry course is designed specifically for professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry or those working in the health and palliative care profession. The course offers an insight into the evolution of drugs used for the treatment of cancer and related illnesses. You will focus on drug research and cutting down costs to find effective medicines to treat cancer.

You will develop detailed knowledge about the interrelationship between oncology and clinical cancer service provision. The course is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in oncology pharmaceuticals, with a thorough understanding of oncology.

Through the course you will develop clinical leadership, clinical excellence and the ability to cultivate interdisciplinary collaboration in the delivery of evidence based oncology. This includes sharing mutually valuable information to help develop clinical practice. You will be introduced to the basis of research in oncology, preparing you for further research within the field.

We have designed this course in collaboration with the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR) and it is delivered in association with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC).

Our students include:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • radiographers
  • Senior House Officers and Registrars training for part one of the Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) examination or in medical oncology


Newcastle and the North East of England have a tremendous amount of oncological 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:

  • Dr Ashraf Azzabi, Degree Programme Director and Associate Specialist Oncologist
  • Dr Charles Kelly, Deputy Degree Programme Director and Consultant Clinical Oncologist


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:

  • multiple choice question exams
  • essays
  • presentations
  • case studies

Each 10 credit module is the equivalent to 100 hours of notional study time, which includes:

  • studying the course materials
  • online networking with fellow students
  • directed reading
  • research
  • interactive and collaborative activities
  • preparing assessments

Semester Dates

Approximate semester start dates are as follows:

  • semester 1 - end of September
  • semester 2 - end of January

Semester dates can be found on the University Calendar.


All modules are delivered online with no attendance required.

Compulsory modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

Semester 2

MSc only

Semesters 1 and 2

Optional modules

Postgraduate Diploma and MSc

Semester 1

Semester 2

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

We offer the option of studying individual modules, so you can pick and choose modules relevant to your line of work or personal interest. Standalone modules are ideal if you are not particularly interested in gaining a qualification but wish to learn about the modules we offer.

Modules might change for your year of entry.

Masters - Part time

Start date:
3 Years - 60 Months
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Funding possible:
EUR 9,715.68 (GBP 7,200.00)
EUR 23,560.52 (GBP 17,460.00)
Tuition fees

Part time - PgDip

Start date:
2 Years - 60 Months
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Funding possible:
EUR 6,477.12 (GBP 4,800.00)
EUR 15,707.02 (GBP 11,640.00)
Additional Information:
CPD modules: UK/EU £435 per 10 credit module; International £825 per 10 credit module.
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Oncology and Palliative Care Team
University accredited:
PgDip: 120 CATS
Masters: 90 ECTS
Masters: 180 CATS
Last update: 21/03/2016


Module name Credits (ECTS or CATS) Duration Core / elective / recommended Available as Short course (CPD)
Cancer Drugs and Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient (E-learning) [ONC8011] 20 CATS core Yes
Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning) [ONC8017] 10 CATS core Yes
Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning) [ONC8019] 20 CATS core Yes
Research Methods (1) (E-learning) [ONC8003] 10 CATS core Yes
Research Methods (2) Statistics (E-learning) [ONC8007] 10 CATS core Yes
Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (E-learning) [ONC8022] 20 CATS elective Yes
Cancer Pathology (E-learning) [ONC8002] 10 CATS elective Yes
Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice: Management of Symptoms (Other Than Pain) in Advanced Diseases (E-learning) [ONC8016] 10 CATS elective Yes
Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning) [ONC8004] 10 CATS elective Yes
Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning) [ONC8008] 10 CATS elective Yes
Handling Loss, Grief and Bereavement (E-learning) [ONC8010] 10 CATS elective Yes
Health Economics (E-Learning) [ONC8021] 10 CATS elective Yes
Management of Cancer-Psychosocial Issues (E-learning) [ONC8006] 10 CATS elective Yes
Managing Pain (E-learning) [ONC8012] 10 CATS elective Yes
Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning) [ONC8018] 20 CATS elective Yes
Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning) [ONC8005] 10 CATS elective Yes
Quality Improvement (E-learning) [ONC8013] 10 CATS elective Yes