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Year of Entry 2020/21

Enhanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice

Distance learning Radiotherapy and oncology

Enhance your knowledge of specific radiotherapy practice whilst taking a wider perspective as you look at the interdisciplinary nature of oncology.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,240 for the course
International: £8,240 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? September 2020
January 2021

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Course summary

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the core principles underpinning current and future radiotherapy practice.
  • Tailor your learning to your individual professional development needs with optional modules.
  • Undertake both independent study and work-based learning relating to radiotherapy and oncology.

Learn about cancer cell biology and how treatments affect the growth and development of the disease, individually and in combination with each other. Enhance your knowledge of specific radiotherapy practice whilst taking a wider perspective as you look at the interdisciplinary nature of oncology.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Sarah Smith talk about this course.

All modules are designed to support your continuing professional development and the development of skills needed to plan and evidence this. We use various assessment methods, supporting the development of your academic and professional skills. Online activities are used to promote engagement with the distance learning materials, provide support for the final assignment and facilitate online discussion with your fellow peers on the module.

You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

You learn through

  • essays
  • business cases or journal article
  • project and research work
  • poster and PowerPoint presentation
  • case studies
  • service improvement proposal and plans
  • critical evaluations
  • profiles of evidence
  • planning portfolio

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader for MSc Advancing Professional Practice, Course Leader for MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology and Course Leader for the MSc in Radiotherapy and Oncology.

Future careers

If you are a therapeutic radiographer or another healthcare professional working within radiotherapy and oncology, this course offers you the opportunity to progress in your specialism. You take advantage of an increasing number of opportunities related to role development and extension, and skills mix across the various healthcare professions working in radiotherapy and oncology.

You may also be eligible to apply for accreditation of work-based projects and prior certificated learning, which will count towards your final award. Please contact us for more information.

Where will I study?

You study at your own location by distance learning

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualifications

Normally, applicants will hold a first degree or professional qualification recognised in the UK in a related health care subject.

Other qualifications

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be accepted. Other relevant evidence for example documented evidence of recent CPD activity, innovative practice, service development, research projects and/or publications. Such evidence must be clearly described in any application

Applicants are usually required to provide at least one reference evidencing their capability for postgraduate study.

Level of English language capability

International students studying with us over distance learning require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area.

Relevant work or work-related experience

Applicants must normally have 12 months full time (or equivalent part time) experience and be working in a professional role in a related field of health and wellbeing.

Applicants will need access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement and have competent 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: Future Directions In Radiotherapy And Oncology Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Development In Radiotherapy And Oncology Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Breast Cancer Radiotherapy Credits: 15
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 30
Module: Excellence In Prostate Cancer Treatment And Care Credits: 30
Module: Head And Neck Cancer Credits: 15
Module: Health Promotion And Lifestyle Management Credits: 15
Module: Image Guided Radiotherapy Credits: 30
Module: Information Giving And Informed Consent Credits: 30
Module: Interprofessional Education (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Module: Planning Service Improvement Credits: 15
Module: Psychology Of Cancer Care Credits: 30
Module: Radiotherapy Planning And Applied Oncology Credits: 15

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation 60 Credits Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £8,240 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£690 for 15 credits or £1,375 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 2020/21 is £8,240 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£690 for 15 credits or £1,375 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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You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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