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MSc Prostate Cancer Care

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Year of Entry 2023/24

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.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,910 for the course
International/EU: £9,910 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? September 2023
January 2024

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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.

Graduate view
Robert McConkey

'As far as I'm aware this is the only MSc with a specific focus on prostate cancer. However, the available modules also make the knowledge transferable to other areas of Uro-Oncology. The course gave me the knowledge and skills needed to fulfil my role as an advanced nurse practitioner.'

Robert McConkey, MSc Prostate Cancer Care, 2017 graduate

How you learn

Watch course leader Catherine Holborn talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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 College of Health, Wellbeing and Li … 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 this course online from any location

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.

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 Communication In Supportive Care Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Excellence In Prostate Cancer Treatment And Care Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Personalised Care And Supported Self-Management For Those Affected By Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Collaborative Working In Symptom Management Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: End Of Life Decision Making Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evaluating Service Improvement Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Giving And Informed Consent Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Leadership In Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Psychology Of Cancer Care Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

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

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,910 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£830 for 15 credits or £1,655 for 30 credits).For information about the Prostate Cancer UK bursary scheme visit

† 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/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,910 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£830 for 15 credits or £1,655 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, 199.1KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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