Professional development

The School of Cancer Sciences runs a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes. These courses are aimed at professionals currently working in the field of oncology or an area closely related to it. These courses act to both refresh and update the student’s awareness of pertinent issues and to further their knowledge of the subject.

We welcome enquiries regarding any of the programmes detailed on this web site and would be happy to send you further information on those courses of interest to you. Please contact Louise Batchelor, Teaching Administrator on the address/telephone number below:

Claire Smith
MSc Teaching Administrator
CRUK Institute for Cancer Studies
University of Birmingham
Vincent Drive
Birmingham B15 2TT

Tel: 0121 414 7672 
Fax: 0121 414 3263


Courses available

Clinical Oncology MSc/Postgraduate Diploma - Part-time

Course Overview

For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, including:

  • medical and clinical oncology SpRs
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • radiographers
  • vets
  • clinical trial [more...]

Caring for Cancer Patients

The concept of caring will be taught, together with psychological assessment of patients needs, needs of the teenage cancer patient, genetic counselling, information giving, clinical trials participation, Ethics in Cancer Care, Living with Cancer, Survivorship, Sexuality and [more...]

Radiation Oncology

This module covers the underlying physics and radiobiology of cancer therapy in more detail than in more detail than included in the core cancer therapy module. Areas of current interest in radiation therapy are covered such as fractionation studies, conformal and [more...]

Paediatric Oncology

This module will describe the specific challenges and problems associated with the care and treatment of children with cancer, from the time of diagnosis to post treatment follow up. It will explore the theory and practice of paediatric oncology with reference to the major [more...]

Palliative Care and Cancer Patients

The theoretical and practical issues applicable to the palliation of symptoms for patients with advanced cancer will be studied. The module will look to improve the competence of practioners delivering high quality palliative care in emotion situations. The Module is divided [more...]


Neoplastic conditions of the haemapoietic and lymphoid systems are closely related and account for over 4000 deaths in the UK each year. Treatment of patients with haemopoietic malignancies involves a range of strategies such as transplantation, tyrosine kinase inhibitors and [more...]

Translational Research

This intensive week long module will give you knowledge of current translational research in the oncology field and focus on the practical application of this research to the treatment of cancer patients. Drawing on speakers from within the University and specialists from across [more...]

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