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Year of Entry 2018/19

Prostate Cancer Care

Distance learning Radiotherapy and oncology

Study a unique online course designed for healthcare practitioners working in or towards a specialist role, caring for those affected by prostate cancer.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,500 for the course
International: £7,500 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? January

Course summary

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of the management of the disease and develop advanced communication skills
  • Reflect on your role as an ambassador for your patients
  • Learn how to provide, promote and develop high standards of care.

Develop an in-depth understanding of managing the stages of prostate cancer including the physical and psychosocial impact of treatment, and the needs of those affected and how these needs can be addressed. You gain understanding of the wider specialist and advanced practice role in areas such as leadership, peer support, education and service development and improvement.

How you learn

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This is primarily a distance learning course using online learning. We supply you with a range of online learning and teaching resources, including access to library resources and information databases.Each module provides clear guidance on how to approach your self-directed study, enhanced by online, tutor facilitated group discussions allowing you to share views and practice experience with other students.

You learn through

  • online activities and discussion
  • essays/journal article
  • project and research work
  • service improvement plans
  • reflections

Course leaders and tutors

Catherine Holborn
Catherine Holborn
Senior Lecturer

Catherine Holborn works as a senior lecturer in the Radiotherapy and Oncology team as part of the Allied Health Department in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. The … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

This is a post-registration course, supporting practitioners already working in this field. As such, much of the learning and assessment you undertake will be related to, and based on the work you are undertaking in your local practice.

Live projects

In the final masters stage you research a specific area of interest relevant to your professional role and priorities in practice. This enables you to specialise in your chosen topic, develop expertise and hopefully influence practice or policy.

Future careers

If you are a specialist practitioner in prostate cancer care, this course enables you to continue your academic and professional development and validate your role.If working towards a specialist practitioner role, the course equips you with core knowledge and skills relevant to the practice you would undertake in such a role.

The course also provides opportunities to be involved in research and service development activities in a professional, clinical or academic setting.As well as specialist clinical roles, you may also be enabled to pursue academic teaching or research careers in the UK or internationally.


Prostate Cancer UK support the programme and currently run a UK bursary scheme. You can apply here.

Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 2653887.

Where will I study?

You study at Your own location by distance learning

Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • IT based equipment and software, given the online, distance learning mode of study.

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualifications

Any of the following:

• A degree in a related healthcare subject e.g. nursing or radiotherapy & oncology.

• Higher diploma level, professionally recognised qualification in a related healthcare subject e.g. nursing or radiotherapy.

Other qualifications

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be accepted.

Level of English language capability

If English is not your first language 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

A significant proportion of your current work should focus on the care of those affected by prostate cancer. The course is specifically designed for individuals working within or towards a specialist practice role in prostate cancer care.

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'.


The elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Communication In Supportive Care Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Excellence In Prostate Cancer Treatment And Care Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £7,500 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£625 for 15 credits or £1,250 for 30 credits).For information about the Prostate Cancer UK bursary scheme visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/health-professionals/education/bursary-schemes

† 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 2018/19 is £7,500 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£625 for 15 credits or £1,250 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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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for January 2019

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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