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The Royal Marsden School

MSc in Cancer Care: Advanced Practice

Msc Adv Practice

Delivery method



3 years part-time

Academic credits and level

180 credits at level 7

Pathway structure

All modules are 15 credits unless otherwise stated

Course summary

The master’s level course is designed for experienced healthcare practitioners. Areas of focus include early and effective cancer diagnosis; history taking, physical assessment/examination; complex care planning; diagnostics; prescribing and leadership.

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 2 years full-time experience, or the equivalent in part-time hours, working in health or social care
  • 2 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

Before beginning an application for any of our Advanced Clinical Practice modules or programmes you need to download the following document and work your way through it.  The completed forms will need to be uploaded along with your professional qualification certificate(s) and your application will not be considered without them:

Download the pre-application form here

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.

How long is the course?

Three years part-time.

When is the next course?

We are only taking new applications for this programme if they are funded and approved by Health Education England by 1 July 2021. We are working to validate new programmes to start in September 2022. Otherwise, you can undertake some modules on a stand-alone basis and transfer the credit into a programme later.  Please contact us if you need advice: school@rmh.nhs.uk 

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 an academic year. Module fees may increase in the following academic years.


Phase one

Phase two

Phase three

  • Dissertation (50 credits) – the cost of undertaking the dissertation is £3883

Optional Modules

This module is in association with:


This course is currently unavailable.