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Year of Entry 2019/20

Advanced Clinical Practice Radiotherapy and Oncology

Distance learning Radiotherapy and oncology

Work towards or enhance your Advanced Practitioner status within a defined scope of radiotherapy and oncology practice.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,000 for the course
International: £8,000 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? September 2019
May 2020

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Course summary

  • Develop expert skills within a scope of practice.
  • Progress from expert to advanced practice.
  • Enhance critical appraisal skills around the knowledge base of your scope of practice.
  • Become an autonomous practitioner, improving your research, leadership skills and ability to implement service developments.

This MSc can be used as evidence of your development within a scope of practice, and is completed in partnership with your employer. You'll develop as a radiotherapy and oncology advanced practitioner enhancing your leadership, research and education skills

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Melanie Clarkson talk about this course.

The modules on this course are designed to encourage you to critically reflect on your role.

You’ll gain knowledge and skills around expert practice, leadership, ethical and legal elements of the field. You’ll also develop your research skills to improve patient care. Elective modules allow you to personalise your study to your career needs.

Your distance learning will be supported by your module leader. You’ll undertake regular e-tivities and peer feedback.

You learn through

  • independent guided study
  • student–directed learning
  • completion of formative tasks
  • use of ourvirtual learning environment (Blackboard)

Course leaders and tutors

Melanie Clarkson
Melanie Clarkson
MSc Senior Lecturer, Clinical Lead, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in RONC course leader, Placement Learning Tutor for JCUH, Middlesbrough

I qualified in 1999 from the University of Central England in Birmingham. On qualifying, I started work at the then named South Cleveland Radiotherapy Department. … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

This course is designed to fit your career needs, and will take place both by distance learning and work based study.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • advanced radiotherapy and oncology practice

Where will I study?

You study at your own location by distance learning

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualifications

You must hold a degree in a related health care subject, for example BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology or Therapeutic Radiography or a Diploma of the College of Radiographers (T).

Other formally certified qualifications

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

Level of English language capability

If English is not your first language or you are an international student studying with us you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area.

Relevant work or work-related experience

You will typically be working in an extended / advanced role or moving into one within the field of radiotherapy and / or oncology. You must have managerial / employer support and a nominated mentor in a suitable role to support your development during the course. This will normally be a Health Professional already working within an extended / advanced role, a Clinician or a Consultant / Advanced Clinical Practitioner. To satisfy these requirements a letter of support from your manager / employer will be required before you commence the course.

You will need to have access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement with the course and have sound IT skills.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Specialist Practice In Radiotherapy And Oncology Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Expert Practice For Extended Roles In Radiotherapy And Oncology Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Addressing Priorities In Prostate Cancer Care Credits: 15
Module: Advanced Physical Assessment And Consultation Skills Credits: 30
Module: Breast Cancer Radiotherapy Credits: 15
Module: Contemporary Issues In Advancing Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15
Module: Head And Neck Cancer Credits: 15
Module: Image Guided Radiotherapy Credits: 30
Module: Information Giving And Informed Consent Credits: 30
Module: Interprofessional Education (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Module: Inter-Professional Education (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Module: Leadership In Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Module: Non-Medical Prescribing Credits: 30
Module: Planning Service Improvement Credits: 15
Module: Psychology Of Cancer Care Credits: 30

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation 60 Credits Credits: 60

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,000 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£670 for 15 credits or £1,335 for 30 credits).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,000 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£670 for 15 credits or £1,335 for 30 credits).

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Radiotherapy and oncology courses (PDF)

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