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06 Mar 2019
2019 03-March

Welcome to Victoria's first cancer science students

  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • University of Melbourne

Image: Contributors Paul Baden (consumer), Dr Joep Vissers and Dr Kate Sutherland at the launch

This month, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the University of Melbourne launched a new Master of Cancer Sciences program in the company of its many collaborators. 

More than 150 people attended the celebration to hear Parliamentary Secretary for Health Anthony Carbines launch the course saying, “Cancer affects far too many families – this program will build the sort of world-class workforce that renews hope and helps save lives. This degree will equip the workforce with cutting-edge tools to bring the best of cancer care to Victoria, as well as taking this state’s research findings to the world.”

Co-course convenors Prof Grant McArthur and Dr David Kok were joined by Prof Colin Royse, Academic Director, University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Custom and Professional Education in commending the program as a flexible, multidisciplinary and cutting-edge course, purpose-built to meet the demands of modern medicine.

Multidisciplinary student cohort 

The first cohort of students represent local, national and international enrolments and many disciplines including oncology, surgery, general practice, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, research, clinical trials and medical administration.

Students are now underway with their first subject Foundations of Cancer, facilitated by two of the VCCC’s leading scientists, subject development coordinator Dr Joep Vissers and tutor Dr Holly Barker, with contributions from over 30 subject matter experts. 

Master of Cancer Science, students and contributors sitting and standing

Broad range of subjects

During the next two years, students may choose from a range of subjects which focus on cancer therapeutics, diagnostics, cancer prevention and control, evaluation, end of life care, leadership, psychosocial oncology and more.  Specialist Certificate and Graduate Certificate pathways also offer contemporary topics in cancer research and clinical care. Overall more than 300 experts will continue to innovate alongside students as subject development coordinators, working party members, digital producers and animators, tutors and mentors.

University of Melbourne online courses run on a four-term structure rather than a semester structure which means students can still enrol this month and in June and September 2019.

More information is available through the University of Melbourne

The Master of Cancer Sciences Program is supported by the Victorian Government.