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*
0.25 years 0.5 years 11N/A A$6,168

*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

This flexible and wholly online course has been developed to address the complex future needs of cancer care, offering a balance of integrated, cutting-edge, advanced cancer knowledge in this rapidly transforming field.

If you are a health professional who wishes to extend their career into a specialised field or build on your current skillset in clinical care and cancer research, this is the course for you.

Course aims

This course has been designed to meet the rapidly increasing market demand for skilled practitioners in cancer care and research with cutting-edge and contemporary course content developed by leaders in cancer care, research, prevention and education. As a student of this course, you will have the opportunity to study a breadth of contemporary topics in cancer research and clinical care.

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 professionals.

Where will this take me?

When you study the Specialist Certificate in Cancer Sciences, you will gain cutting-edge, specialist knowledge of the rapidly evolving fields of clinical care and cancer research.

With the opportunity to learn from and be mentored by world class experts from the VCCC, you will become equipped with the skills to advance or propel your career in this field.

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.