Study a unique course supported by Prostate Cancer UK and designed for healthcare practitioners working in or towards a specialist role caring for those affected by prostate cancer. During your studies you gain an in-depth knowledge of the management of the disease, reflect on your role as an ambassador for your patients, and develop ideas for service improvement within your practice and workplace.
If you are a healthcare professional, this course gives you the knowledge and expertise to develop as a specialist prostate cancer practitioner. Through a combination of online learning and (if appropriate) taught study days you learn how to provide, promote and develop high standards of care.
The postgraduate certificate stage focuses on developing your clinical knowledge and skills. The prostate cancer module gives you an in-depth understanding of managing the stages of the disease including • the physical and psychosocial impact • treatment • the needs of those affected • how these needs can be addressed.
As advanced communication is essential to your clinical role, you take one of two modules on the subject. This helps you develop your knowledge of the concepts underpinning advanced communication strategies used in practice. If you choose to take the advanced communication skills in practice module, you have the opportunity to practice your communication skills during intensive role play, the key learning approach.
During the postgraduate diploma stage you develop your understanding of the wider specialist and advanced practice role in areas such as • leadership • peer support • education • service development and improvement.
You also expand your knowledge of high risk or high priority areas in practice such as • care of African Caribbean men • needs relating to sexual function • survivorship • end of life care.
This stage of the course also prepares you for undertaking research by improving your understanding of research methods and helping you develop a research question for investigation.
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.
Throughout your studies you are encouraged to reflect on your role as
• an ambassador for your patients and their families
• a peer supporter for other healthcare professionals involved in caring for people affected by the disease
• an educator
You also evaluate your own practice and the practice of others to help you develop ideas for service improvement within your practice and workplace.
This is primarily a distance learning course using online learning. You must have internet access and be prepared to engage with technology. 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. This learning is enhanced by online, tutor facilitated group discussions allowing you to share views and practice experiences with other students. These sessions are a popular and valuable learning resource, and are also used to support you in your final marked assessment.
Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 2653887.
2017 entry requirements
You need a degree or a higher diploma level professionally recognised qualification in a related healthcare subject such as nursing or radiotherapy and oncology. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
A significant part 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.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Distance learning – three years
Starts September and January
Typical modules may include
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
|Postgraduate certificate core modules||
Prostate cancer (15 credits)
Contemporary issues and approaches related to patient management and care are discussed and critical reflection and evaluation of own and others clinical practice is encouraged. This will have a clear emphasis on identifying implications for the practitioner role and the delivery of service.
|Postgraduate diploma core modules||
Advancing practice in prostate cancer care (30 credits)
Research methods for practice (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
You choose a further 30 credits from the following modules:
Loss, grief and bereavement (15 credits)
You are encouraged to routinely reflect on the work undertaken throughout the module and to apply this to practice to enhance compassion and competence, when working with bereaved clients, or people who are experiencing a loss.
Complexities in symptom management (15 credits)
Collaborative working in supportive care (15 credits)
Informed consent in healthcare practice (15 credits)
This module aims to promote a proactive approach to professional development planning which will refine and enhance your approach to documenting, recording and evidencing CPD.
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. You can tailor your learning, allowing you to specialise in areas such as palliative and end of life care, survivorship and rehabilitation.
If working towards a specialist practitioner role, the course equips you with core knowledge and skills to help you perform at the necessary practice level.
The course provides academic and professional skills relevant to the role of an advanced/specialist practitioner, as defined by professional bodies such as the Royal College of Nursing and the College of Radiographers.
The course also provides opportunities to be involved in research and service development activities in a professional, clinical or academic setting. You are encouraged to share your learning and research through article publication or conference presentation, helping to raise your profile in this field.
As well as specialist clinical roles, you may also pursue academic teaching or research careers in the UK or internationally.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Distance learning - typically £6,300 for the course
£525 for a 15 credit module*£1,050 for a 30 credit module
For information about the Prostate Cancer UK bursary scheme see http://prostatecanceruk.org/for-health-professionals/funding/education-bursaries
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Distance learning - typically £6,400 for the MSc, 15 credits £535 or 30 credits £1,070
For information about the Prostate Cancer UK bursary scheme see www.prostatecanceruk.org/health-professionals/education/bursary-schemes
2016/17 academic year
Typically £7,650 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Distance Learning - Typically £7,950 for the course.
Additional course costs
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