What will I study?


What you will learn

A comprehensive and integrated understanding of cancer biology, research and clinical care

You’ll develop the ability to apply evidence-based patient care in each of the common cancer types.

A detailed knowledge of the historical, societal and political context of cancer science and cancer care

You’ll gain skills in how to influence public health policy, evaluate the social impact of cancer, and assess and develop prevention strategies.

The ability to design and conduct a substantial research project in an ethical manner

You’ll improve your ability to critically evaluate policies and practices in cancer research and gain skills to examine current research problems.


The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15-19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

Course structure

For the award of Master of Cancer Sciences, you must complete 100 points comprised of:

  • Two 12.5-point core subjects,
  • Two 12.5-point research capstone subjects (Part 1 & Part 2) (taken over two terms), and
  • Four 12.5-point elective subjects.

Alternative exit pathways are available through the Specialist Certificate and Graduate Certificate of Cancer Sciences.

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Single subjects

You can also study single subjects to contribute to your professional development. For more information, please contact Student Support.

Course Planning

To help you plan your studies please see the following link for information about the subjects and pathways you could take based on different professions.

Course planning document


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4


Starts 30 Jan to 26 Mar
Census: 17 Feb

Starts 01 May to 25 Jun
Census: 19 May

Starts 24 Jul to 17 Sep
Census: 11 August

Starts 16 Oct to 10 Dec
Census: 03 November

Core subjects

Foundations of Cancer 

Cancer Research 

Foundations of Cancer 

Cancer Research 

Research Thesis Capstone - Part 1 

Research Thesis Capstone - Part 2 

Research Thesis Capstone - Part 1 

Research Thesis Capstone - Part 2 

Elective subjects

Drug Discovery and Development

Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer in Society

Cancer Therapeutics

Cancer Diagnostics


Cancer across the Lifespan

Supportive Care and Palliative care

Extended electives

Foundations of Leadership

Quantitative Research Methods

Qualitative Methods of Evaluation

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