The Royal Marsden

MSc in Cancer Care: Advanced Practice

Practical training for those who aspire to advanced practitioner roles. Validated by the University of East Anglia.


3 years part-time

Academic credits and level

180 credits at level 7

Start date

October 2019

Pathway structure

All modules are 15 credits unless otherwise stated

Is this course right for me?

This course is for experienced social and healthcare professionals who want to develop their specialist skills and education in cancer care. The MSc level is designed to support nurse practitioners to work at an advanced level, so they can prescribe treatments and work more independently.

You will need:

  • a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration
  • a relevant honours degree – if you do not hold this qualification, please contact us for advice
  • at least two years' full-time experience, or the equivalent in part-time hours, working in health or social care
  • two years' post-qualifying experience working with cancer patients and their carers
  • competency in written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent)
  • specific requirements and entry criteria apply to some modules

Since taking the course, I have been able to apply my new skills on a daily basis and assess my patients in a much more thorough way. I am more confident in my clinical practice as a result

Beverley McDermott, critical care outreach sister, on the Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning module

What will I learn?


This is a very practical course that directly translates into better care for your patients. The ‘hands-on’ training will build on your existing skills, while the optional modules allow you to study different professional and clinical subjects that you’re interested in.

The advanced practice course includes:

  • physical assessment and examination
  • clinical reasoning
  • early and effective cancer diagnosis
  • prescribing
  • complex care planning
  • critical analysis of structured history taking
  • the evidence base for practice
  • clinical leadership

Students tell us they particularly enjoy practising on each other to better understand anatomy and physiology. We also use simulation labs to practise different scenarios and emergency situations, followed up with staff feedback, to help build confidence.

Small classes sizes (up to 18 people) mean our expert lecturer practitioners spend more time with students, offering greater support. Our relationship with The Royal Marsden means you’ll be also taught by working clinical specialists, so the course covers the most up-to-date treatments and research in current cancer care.

The MSc qualification is awarded by the University of East Anglia after you have successfully completed a dissertation.

Students can apply now and be advised on what activities that they can undertake prior to enrolment in October 2018.

How long is the course?

Three years part-time.

When is the next course?

1 October 2019 – if you wish to start your studies before this date 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. 

How much does this cost?

Costs vary depending on which optional modules you decide to take. The flexible nature of the course means it cannot be paid for as a whole pathway, so please purchase the individual modules you would like to study during 2018-19. Module fees may increase in following academic years.

This pathway is in association with:

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