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Master of Cancer Sciences

The Master of Cancer Sciences from the University of Melbourne is Australia’s first cancer-specific, multidisciplinary, flexible wholly online program to be offered for the first time in 2019. 

Graduates will possess an unprecedented breadth of integrated cancer knowledge and skills to deliver best practice cancer care in research, clinical and academic environments.

Online graduate courses at the University of Melbourne run on a four-term structure rather than a semester structure which means students can enrol in January, April, June and September.


A masters level qualification is essential to career progression in oncology and often required for professional accreditation. World-leading content experts from the VCCC and the University of Melbourne have developed the Master of Cancer Sciences.

Course co-convenors


Professor Grant McArthur

Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre


Dr David Kok

Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Program overview

The Master of Cancer Sciences is an innovative, multidisciplinary program designed to enhance and update cancer care practitioners’ knowledge of the rapidly evolving fields of clinical care and cancer research.

The program is delivered in a fully flexible, wholly online format. It is designed to be completed by professionals with busy work schedules and can be completed part-time in 24 months.

Shorter programs are also available, including a six-month Specialist Certificate or 12-month Graduate Certificate. Both programs retain the option of returning to complete the full Masters at a later stage.

Program delivery will feature: 

  • Short online presentations from world-leading industry experts
  • Real time interactive and engaging digital workshops and webinars
  • Evidence-based case studies to contextualise content in real world scenarios
  • Learning content delivered through innovative and contemporary eLearning tools

The program is open to clinicians and scientists from multidisciplinary fields of study including; surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, allied health, nursing, haematology, clinical trials, general practice and other health professions in cancer care.

Available internationally, the Master of Cancer Sciences offers graduates the unique opportunity to learn and connect with cancer care professionals all over the globe.  

Watch a sample subject hosted by Dr David Kok

To register your interest in the course please see

To learn more, contact the University of Melbourne student support team at or +61 3 8344 0149 (Mon - Fri 8am - 9pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm, public holidays 10am - 5pm).