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*
N/A 2 years 24 2 A$25,289

*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

The Master of Cancer Sciences is Australia’s first cancer-specific, multidisciplinary, flexible wholly online program, and one of only two such online programs available in the world.

Developed in collaboration with experts from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and the University of Melbourne, you will gain an unprecedented breadth of integrated, cutting-edge, specialists cancer knowledge. This program will equip you with skills to produce high quality research and deliver best practice cancer care to your patients in this rapidly evolving field.

Course aims

This course is designed to produce leaders in the fields of cancer care, research, prevention and education. Through this innovative program, you will learn to connect the latest evidence-based theory to practical skills that improve the clinical care of patients with cancer. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from world leading experts, be at the forefront of cancer research and clinical care and enable you to connect with global health professional communities in the field.

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 Clinical trials professionals
  • Industry and pharmaceutical professionals.

Where will this take me?

A masters level qualification is integral to career progression in oncology and frequently required for accreditation. Upon completing the final thesis, you will move into the workforce having completed a piece of original research that utilised the latest biological evidence, and the practical application of advanced methodologies and analytical techniques.

This course has a multi-disciplinary focus which will enable graduates to effectively integrate with other health professionals and advance their distinct role within the wider context of a today’s 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

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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.