Master of Cancer Sciences

    Course overview

    • 2 years 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


    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.

    VCCC Scholarship

    50% fee-remission award applications open until 9am, Monday 28 October 2019.

    The VCCC will be assisting individuals with 50% fee-remission awards to participate in the first year of the Graduate Programs of Cancer Sciences. Applicants do not have to be employed within a VCCC partner organisation in order to be eligible. Preference will be given to Victorian applicants however a small number of scholarships will be available for Australian applicants outside of Victoria. Scholarship applications close at 9am on Monday 28 October 2019.

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    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 this 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.

    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.

    Course convenors:

    • Professor Grant McArthur, Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Centre
    • Dr David Kok, Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

    Subject coordinators:

    • Dr Joep Vissers, Senior Research Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    • Associate Professor Andrew Weickhardt, Medical Oncologist, Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
    • Associate Professor Brigid Lynch, Principal Fellow, Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division, Cancer Council Victoria
    • Dr Julia Lai Kwon, Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    • Dr Lucinda Morris, Radiation Oncologist, Westmead Hospital
    • Dr Kirsten Fairfax, Blood Cells and Blood Cancer division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute


    • Dr Holly Barker, ACRF Cancer Biology and Stem Cells division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
    • Dr Stephen Mieruszynski, Postdoctoral Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
    • Ann Byrne, PhD student, Cancer Therapeutics Program, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre"

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