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The Royal Marsden School

MSc in Cancer Care

MSc Cancer Care

Delivery method

Blended Learning


Minimum 3 years

Academic credits and level

180 credits at level 7

Start date

5 September 2022

Pathway structure

All modules are 20 credits unless otherwise stated

Course availability

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Course summary

This master's level pathway is to develop autonomous cancer practitioners and equip them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop and deliver comprehensive cancer services to become leaders of the future. To meet the needs of all healthcare professionals, this pathway has been aligned to the Career Pathway and Education Framework for Cancer Practitioners (RCN/UKONS/HEE 2022).

This enables learners to develop their knowledge and skills on a specialist cancer pathway which is mapped to the four pillars of advancing practice – clinical, research, education and leadership (HEE, 2017). This is a unique opportunity to study cancer care with leading experts in the field.

You can apply for modules on the programme on a stand-alone basis. If successful these will be added to your programme when you enrol.

This pathway is in association with: UEA-logo

Who is it for?

The pathway is aimed at a multi-professional clinicians working to further their education and professional development within the speciality of cancer care. 


Costs vary depending on the choice of optional modules. Due to the flexibility of the structure, the pathway cannot be purchased as one unit. Please purchase the individual modules that you would like to undertake during an academic year. Module fees may increase in subsequent academic years.

Entry requirements

  • Healthcare professionals working with People Affected by Cancer (PABC)
  • Learners would normally be a registered Healthcare Professional with a recognised professional governing body (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registered nurse, or a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) / Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) / General Medical Council (GMC))
  • Learners will normally hold a relevant degree. If this is not the case, relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. This may also involve the submission of written academic work for assessment
  • Competency in written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

Learning Outcomes

Clinical Practice:

  • Mastery of knowledge and in-depth understanding of person-centred, cancer care provision, including the wider socio-political, financial, and cultural influences and articulate its’ application to professional practice within complex, specialist, and inter-professional contexts.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the wider ethical, legal, and professional perspectives of cancer care.
  • The ability to apply advanced reasoning skills to complex situations and an ability to reconcile uncertainty, constraints, and dilemmas within the changing context of cancer practice.

Leadership and Management: 

  • An ability to utilise change management theories by the identification of the need for change within a service through critical reflection and feedback, proposing, consulting on, planning and leading innovative and evidence-based solutions relative to the learner’s scope of practice.
  • Work collaboratively in the development and transformation of cancer services by influencing practices to enhance quality, productivity, and value within cancer care.


  • The ability to critically reflect and evaluate professional practice through self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and openness to change, addressing learning needs through ongoing professional development to continually develop practice. 
  • The ability to evaluate and respond appropriately to an individuals’ learning style, motivation, development stage and capacity by acting as a role model to instil and develop confidence in others. 
  • The ability to work collaboratively to support health literacy and empower individuals to participate in decisions about their care and to maximise their health and well-being. 
  • Critically analyse the organisational culture of their clinical area / team and contribute to a culture of organisational learning to inspire and develop colleagues professionally. 


  • Demonstrate the ability to access appropriate information systems and conduct a systematic literature search. 
  • To proficiently critically appraise and synthesise current research, audit, health initiatives, clinical guidance and policies pertaining to cancer practice, demonstrating a critical understanding of research methodologies. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesise and integrate diverse and contradictory contemporary sources, evidence and concepts and apply this to the enhancement of quality, safety, and productivity of a service.
  • The ability to disseminate research, audit, and service developments through appropriate media to further advance clinical practice. 
  • Engage in research activity and develop links between clinical practice and research by networking with clinical academics and researchers.