Graduate Certificate in Cancer Sciences

Course overview

  • 6 months full time / 1 year part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Term 1 Intake - January, Term 2 Intake - April, Term 3 Intake - July, and Term 4 Intake - October


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 has 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.

Who is this course 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.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

This course will provide you with the unprecedented opportunity to learn from internationally-renowned experts from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, propelling 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. The flexibility to study a breadth of contemporary topics and choose from a range of specialised subjects gives you the opportunity to tailor your learning according to your interests and career goals.


The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Sciences is part of a flexible suite of related courses. It’s easy to turn a Graduate Certificate into a Masters, or to enrol in a Master and leave with a Graduate Diploma.