Clinical Oncology MSc/Postgraduate Diploma - Full-time

Video introduced by Dr Jean Assender (Programme Lead).

This course is for health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, this full-time programme is particularly suitable for medical professionals with an interest in clinical, medical, surgical and translational oncology.

Duration: 3:18mins


S1 Dr Jean Assender, Programme Lead: Clinical Oncology
S2 Fawaz Al Aloosh, Full Time MSc Clinical Oncology student
S3  Dr Yuk Ting Ma, Senior Lecturer, MSc Clinical Oncology


S1       Hello, I’m Dr Jean Assender and I’m the programme lead for the MSc in Clinical Oncology.  The one year full time programme is specifically aimed at healthcare professionals from a range of different backgrounds who are hoping to learn more about the theoretical and research aspects of oncology. In the past we’ve recruited medical professionals, pharmacists and people from a range of different backgrounds.

S2       Before joining the programme I was searching many UK universities but mainly I focused my search on Birmingham University because of the highly reputable ranking of the university at the national level or international level.

S3       So the lectures are delivered by international leaders in their field but they’re also pitched at a correct level to meet the needs of people coming from various different medical backgrounds to study this programme.

S2       The most important and unique feature of this programme is the clinical observership, which I couldn’t really find another option in many other UK universities that carry the same title, ‘clinical oncology’.

S3       So for the clinical observership, we will match you and based on your area of interest in oncology, with an individual consultant mentor who will supervise you for the sixth months observership. In addition, many students will often want to do a clinical project for their dissertation and so often your consultant mentor will also be your dissertation mentor.  Whilst the clinical observership does not provide hands-on experience because you need GMC registration for this, it offers a unique opportunity to observe the practice of oncology by world-class leaders in the UK.

S2       This programme was really a turning point in my thinking how to deal with cancer and how to deal with cancer patients.   It will change many things in terms of clinical practice, in terms of palliative care and it [0:02:19] the importance in my thinking how I can start to establish clinical trials in my country, which is a very important issue.  There is a module in this programme, a clinical trial, which before I didn’t realise what is the importance of these things. Now I insist to establish clinical trials in my country, which is very important. I think all the programme, the academic and the clinical aspect of this programme, will change my practice in my hospital and I will try to translate these skills from UK universities and UK hospitals, to my hospital in Iraq.

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