Specialist Certificate in Cancer Sciences

Course overview

  • 6 months 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 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.

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.

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 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.


The Specialist Certificate in Cancer Sciences is part of a suite of courses, designed for versatility. You can transform a Graduate Certificate into a Master, or start with a Master and exit early with a Specialist Certificate.