Cancer Care MSc

  • Programme duration:   Part-time: 3 years
  • Programme start: January and September 2023
  • Entry requirements: Normally a relevant honours degree, a recognised health related professional qualification and professional registration, and experience in health or social care employment. Competency in written and spoken English (IELTS band E).
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The MSc Cancer Care is a programme produced and delivered by the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool and University of Liverpool. The programme is designed for you if you are a registered nurse, health and social care professional, someone who provides care for people with a cancer diagnosis within their care setting; or if you wish to develop your own practice in the holistic care of the person with cancer.

The broad impact of a cancer diagnosis and the complex journey of the patient and those important to them will be critically explored; enhancing awareness of individual needs and the provision of a holistic, patient centred approach to care. You will critically explore your own practice in the holistic care of the person with cancer, in order to influence development of others (peers/teams) and/or service they support in their role.

The programme will enable you to further your educational and professional development within the speciality of oncology; to drive forward practice improvements, expand the evidence base and improve care for all cancer patients.

This multi-professional part time programme allows registered healthcare practitioners to undertake master's level study whilst continuing with your NHS role. It has two intakes per year: Semester one (September) and Semester 2 (January) with both mandatory and optional module choices.

This master's level pathway is intended to enable you as a health and social care professional working with cancer patients, their carers and families in a variety of care settings throughout the cancer journey; to critically explore the evidence base underpinning decision- making and best practice.

You can tailor the programme to your area of oncology interest, expertise and practice. The programme will enable you to further your educational and professional development within the speciality of oncology to drive forward practice improvements, expand the evidence base and ultimately improve care of the cancer patient.

Whilst cancer outcomes are improving, we must strive continually to ensure that everyone with cancer, irrespective of age, gender, social class, ethnicity or sexual orientation receives world-class treatment and holistic care, throughout the entirety of their cancer journey.
As well as developing expert oncology knowledge, the programme aims to develop a practitioner with relevant reflective, communication, supportive care, clinical, leadership, research and educational skills and knowledge, which will enable you to work innovatively. Either autonomously or as part of the wider oncology health and social care team, within your scope of practice to improve quality of life outcomes for all cancer patients in your care.

You will have a truly inter-professional educational learning experience though modules delivered by Nurses, Therapeutic Radiographers, Radiation Physicists, Diagnostic Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Medics and Psychologists; as well as through a rich learning experience within your multidisciplinary cohort.

Why Health Sciences?

Breadth of expertise

The School comprises of programmes in Diagnostic Radiography, Theraputic Radiography and Oncology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics and Physiotherapy and has a vibrant Postgraduate/CPD portfolio. The School is committed to delivering quality research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. Our multi professional cohort of staff has a strong research profile and is committed to developing policy, practice and technology for the improvement of healthcare and service delivery.

Contributing to the advancement of health care practice

We offer taught modular postgraduate programmes, and higher degrees by research, providing extensive opportunity for in-depth study and development of advanced clinical skills in a range of areas and contributing to the advancement of healthcare practice, management and professional education.

Continuing professional development provision

The School also offers a wide range of accredited and non-accredited CPD modules and hosts a vibrant daytime and evening short course programme to maximise opportunity for attendance. The most up-to-date information about these activities is to be found on the School website.