Course overview

This course has intakes in all terms. View Key Dates for upcoming terms, application dates and important deadlines.

Full-time duration Part-time duration Core subjects Elective subjects Capstone subjects          Total course fee*
0.5 years 1 year 1 3 N/A A$12,336

*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.

Upcoming terms

With the rising incidence of cancer across the globe, there is a projected shortage of skilled practitioners in the oncology workforce. The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Sciences had been designed in collaboration with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and the University of Melbourne to meet this growing need.

This unique course is one of only two in the world that is cancer-specific, multidisciplinary and wholly online.

Course aims

This course will provide you with the unprecedented opportunity to learn from internationally renowned experts from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre to propel your career in the field of cancer care and research.

You will gain high quality and holistic knowledge that can be directly transferred into your workplace and you can tailor your learning according to your interests and career goals with the flexibility to study a breadth of contemporary topics and choose from a range of specialised subjects.

Who the course is for

Promoting a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, this program is open to scientists and clinicians from a variety of backgrounds:

  • Medical practitioners such as general practitioners, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and haematologists
  • Nurses
  • Allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Research scientists and Clinical trials professionals
  • Industry and pharmaceutical professional.

Where will this take me?

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Sciences allows you to enhance specific skills and target precise areas for professional development within cancer care, prevention, research and education.

Whether you aspire to provide top quality clinical care or high impact cancer research, our Cancer Sciences program will enable you to connect the latest evidence-based knowledge to practical skills, positioning you to make a strong contribution to a world-class cancer workforce.

What you will learn

Who you will learn from

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is an alliance of 10 leading research, clinical and academic institutions with a shared commitment to saving lives through the integration of cancer research, education and patient care. The scale and depth in expertise, knowledge, practice and patient numbers it represents, provides unprecedented access to learn from the pioneers driving the next generation of improvements in prevention, detection and cancer treatment.

Through the online learning community, you’ll become part of a global network of cancer care professionals who are passionate about providing top quality clinical care and high impact cancer research.

  • Professor Grant McArthur
    Professor Grant McArthur, Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre; Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Centre
  • Dr David Kok
    Dr David Kok, Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Dr Joep Vissers
    Dr Joep Vissers, Senior Research Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Associate Professor Andrew Weickhardt
    Associate Professor Andrew Weickhardt, Medical Oncologist, Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
  • Dr Brigid Lynch
    Dr Brigid Lynch, Principal Fellow, Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division, Cancer Council Victoria
  • Dr Catherine Poliness
    Dr Catherine Poliness, Surgical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Next: see what subjects you'll be studying

  • Your dedicated student support team

Contact student support

You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:

  • Entry requirements
  • Time commitment required for each subject
  • Fees and payment options.

Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149
Email: study-online@unimelb.edu.au
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT
Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.