Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Oncology
Medical oncology is a growing and richly rewarding area of medicine. Oncologists face multiple challenges but their skills and expertise will make an immeasurable difference to patients. According to Cancer Research UK, there were 17 million new cases of cancer worldwide in 2018. Furthermore, worldwide there will be 27.5 million new cases of cancer each year by 2040. These figures highlight the need for continuous education and healthcare professionals to enter the field of oncology.
Our 100% online and flexible diploma in medical oncology is perfectly placed to give healthcare professionals the knowledge, skills and experience needed to better support patients diagnosed with cancer.
Subject to validation
Next intake: 2022 SeptemberKey Facts
Our oncology courses will equip the individual with a systematic understanding of medical oncology, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study. Students will be able to extend the scope of practice through our oncology diploma by exploring a complex issue in more depth, utilising knowledge gained in the modules.
On completion of this diploma in medical oncology:
- Equip students with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to (clinical) practice.
- Enable graduates to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of medical oncology related care.
- Enable graduates to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
- Enable graduates to evaluate practice critically in relation to the evidence.
- Equip students with the ability to implement best practice and innovation in complex scenarios.
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This programme has not yet been validated by a University partner. We are accepting applications for this course on the basis that it will shortly be validated. Please note that all applications are subject to this validation being approved.
Prof Wolfram Dempke
Prof Dempke has developed and published research in the field of Oncology and surrounding areas over a significant period of time and in recent years has held...
Subject to validation
Next intake: 2022 November Key Facts
Why Study a Oncology Postgraduate Diploma with Learna
We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.
Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.
Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
No physical campus means we can offer world-leading programmes at the most competitive prices.
Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.
Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.
40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.
Who is this course for?
The oncology diploma is applicable to all GPs, Practice Nurses, Specialist Nurses and Pharmacists.
How Will I Learn?
You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.
Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.
These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
CurriculumDelivered over 1 year, the online, part-time Postgraduate Diploma course is specially developed for busy health professionals. Formatted in 6 modules, each 6 weeks in duration; the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.
To demonstrate independent learning skills in tackling and solving complex problems in Medical Oncology.
- Understanding the molecular biology of the process of carcinogenesis will help to pave the way for novel compounds for cancer treatment; immune-oncology and tyrosine kinase inhibitors are striking examples.
- It can be expected that our increased knowledge of carcinogenesis and cancer risk factors will provide the basis for the concept of ‘personalised medicine’ in oncology, which will be a paradigm shift towards tailor-made cancer therapy.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the risk factors for cancer, causes of cancer and multi-step carcinogenesis.
- Critically Apply an in-depth knowledge of tumour immunology and principles of immunotherapy and novel targets.
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of cancer-related care.
- Understand the pathogenesis of breast and skin cancers
- Understand different treatment options for breast and skin cancers
- Understand novel treatment opportunities (e.g. immuno-oncology, hormone therapy, etc.)
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Overview of breast and skin cancer and the underlying genetics.
- Critically apply an in-depth knowledge of oncological emergencies with breast and skin cancer and palliative care.
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of patient management across the spectrum of medical specialties caring for patients with prostate and genitourinary cancers (kidney, bladder, testis).
- Understand different treatment approaches for prostate and genitourinary tumours.
- Understand the basic role of chemotherapy for testicular cancers (first curable cancer).
- Understand the role of immune-oncology and targeted therapy concepts for these tumours.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of prostate and genitourinary malignancies and genetics.
- Focusing in particular on the role of immune checkpoint inhibitors in both early- and late-stage urologic malignancies.
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a wide range of malignant tumours, gastrointestinal cancers as a group form the second most prevalent cancers worldwide.
- Understand specific diagnostic procedures for GI tumours.
- Combined modality approaches for GI tumours.
- The current treatment situation for pancreatic carcinomas.
- Understand the emerging role of immune-oncology therapies for some GI tumours.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of diagnosis, staging, screening, referral and surgical intervention, prognosis.
- Critically apply an in-depth knowledge of GI cancers cancer and genetics.
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of thoracic cancer and the underlaying genetics. To develop an understanding of resistance to therapy and the emergence of immunotherapy for lung cancer.
- Understand the role of environmental factors (e.g., smoking and asbestos).
- Combined modality approaches for lung cancers.
- Understand the paradigm shift for treatment of lung cancers (chemotherapy → immunotherapy and targeted therapies).
- Equip students with the ability to implement best practice and innovation in complex medical oncology scenarios.
- To evaluate practice critically in relation to the evidence base in cancer treatment.
- Critically apply an in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and treatment into their practice as a Medical Oncologist.
To develop an in-depth knowledge of haematological malignancies and the underlying genetics. To improve the understanding of emerging therapies: CAR-T and stem cell transplantation.
- Understand the principles of current diagnostic procedures.
- Understand the principles of cell-based therapies (e.g., stem cell transplantation, CAR-T cells).
- The major therapy pillars of haematological malignancies.
- TUnderstand the novel treatment approaches for these malignancies.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the recent developments in stem cell biology with increased emphasis on genomic and proteomic techniques in the diagnosis of haematological malignancies.
- Demonstrate a critical knowledge, understanding of the advances in treatment of leukaemias and lymphomas.
- Critically apply knowledge of cancer diagnosis, staging, screening, referral and prognosis.
This Medical Oncology course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.
The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.
Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.
- Case problems reflective of day-to-day practice/research will be presented for the students to consider and answer every week.
- Students discuss the concepts being presented in the case within their online group discussion forum, facilitated throughout the module by their tutor and marked by them at the end of the module.
- The content of the academic forum is based on the learning outcomes for the module.
The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback to the student weekly and marks it at the end of the module. Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for professional re-validation and professional development.
This can be either a Group Activity or an Individual Activity:
Designed to stimulate and test the students’ ability to work as a team in taking the subject area forward. A group task is set, the group elects a leader using the online forum and the leader allocates tasks to group members. The leader is responsible for managing, collating and submitting the activity (online) at the end of the module. The tutor provides formative guidance part way through the module and marks the assessment at the end.
Designed to stimulate and demonstrate personalised learning, creativity and problem solving with application to each student’s own practice area.
Examples of individual activities might include either a written assignment, developing an academic poster presentation, a blog or social media project.
All students must complete the same assignment for each module which is pre-determined by the Programme Leader before the modules commence.
- Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module.
- The online exam is marked automatically.
- The examination tests related theory and problem-solving skills.
Since our oncology courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.
Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered for the oncology diploma on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
- A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
- A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
- The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
- A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
- A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the qualifications we accept.
Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.
|Deposit payable on acceptance†||£750||£750|
|1st January 2023||£750||£3,750|
|1st March 2023||£750|
|1st May 2023||£750|
|1st July 2023||£750|
|1st September 2023||£750|
† Deposits are non-refundable
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