Master of Cancer Sciences
We ensure high-quality online graduate education is accessible to you – all you need is a computer and an internet connection. This course gives you access to the best minds and the opportunity to grow, expanding your skills and knowledge through innovative technologies, including:
- Audio recordings and podcasts
- Discussion forums.
Unique to the masters level course in the program, the final research project offers each student the opportunity to be closely trained and supervised by an oncology expert from within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre ten-member partnership.
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, Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Centre
- Dr David Kok, Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
- 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
Why study online?
The online learning environment has been carefully devised by expert academics, along with learning designers and technology specialists, to facilitate an interactive, enjoyable and flexible student experience.
Your virtual classroom is academically robust and designed to prepare you for competition in your field. It also provides structured opportunities for networking and collaborative learning with peers.
You’ll receive all the technical support you need to get set up in the beginning and participate in an initial welcome webinar where you’ll be guided through the University’s systems.
How does online study work?
The experiential online learning environment has been carefully devised by expert academics, along with learning designers and technology specialists, to facilitate an innovative, interactive, enjoyable and flexible student experience.
Each subject is broken down into 8 weeks of curriculum that is designed to impart foundational principles in bite-sized sections. You’ll receive all the technical support you need to get set up in the beginning and participate in an initial welcome webinar where you’ll be guided through the University’s systems.
The time and energy put into developing each subject ensures that your interests are catered to and that you are able to learn in ways that suit your individual needs. From webinars, videos and audio to articles and discussion forums, you’ll interact with the material through a range of innovative technologies. One week you may be working collaboratively with your peers to solve a complex issue and the next you could be participating in live webinars with your tutors. You’ll be taken through comprehensive case studies by global thought leaders in the field and can expect regular real-time sessions with your academic instructors, which will give you the opportunity to discuss your learnings.
The online course delivery allows for ongoing discussion and debates with fellow clinicians and researchers who have similar backgrounds and career aspirations to your own. This ensures that you’ll have the opportunity to develop your own multi-disciplinary network of like-minded colleagues.
Gain access to the highest levels of support
As an online student you will receive a high level of administrative, technical and academic support from your initial expression of interest in the course, through to your graduation. Don’t be surprised if you learn our student support team members by name; they are dedicated, personal and friendly and they understand that every student experience is unique. And if a challenge arises, they’ll do everything in their power to assist you so that you can continue to have excellent learning experiences.
Dedicated online student support consultants can assist with:
- Enrolment and subject assistance
- Administrative logistics and fee options
- Technical support, regular health checks, and technical support during live webinars
- Online learning skills and workload management
- Special circumstances.