Cancer Survivorship

Distance Learning
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Cancer Survivorship at Salford


Obtain a better understanding of the long-term impact of cancer diagnosis and treatment on individuals and their families


Gain an overview of the cultural shift in the approach to care and support for people living with and beyond cancer


Attracts NHS funding for eligible staff within the NHS

Course Summary

This unique course will provide you with comprehensive, up-to-date information, while exploring key developments in the field (moving from hospital-based follow-up to self-management, etc). It is aimed at anybody who has practical involvement and/or interest in dealing with people affected by cancer.

Our strong and growing links with local, national and international agencies will help you develop a critical and reflective approach to working with this growing population.

The course is delivered online via our virtual learning environment which means you study from anywhere in the world.  

Depending on the number of credits you accrue, you can achieve either a PgCert or Single Module:

  • PgCert (60 credits)    
  • Single Module (30 credits)    

"After having completed my graduate training in counselling psychology I moved onto complete a postgraduate program in cancer survivorship. I found the postgraduate program to be very beneficial, informative and educational to both to my professional and personal development in the field of psycho-oncology.

The course filled in gaps of knowledge that now allow for a more informed and communicative practice while dealing with cancer related issues in a counselling setting. The course curriculum, along with its online set up are well laid out and delivered, and result in an exquisite learning community.  Moreover,  the course curriculum covers all of the areas of cancer patients’ and survivors’ realities of life that are significant and require special attention.

Overall, the program is well put together and delivered and I can easily see how it can positively influence one's practice in a number of ways. It provides the individual with an adequate amount of knowledge as well as the tools that are necessary and crucial to dealing with cancer related issues.  It  also encourages a strong networking community. It provides an individual with an opportunity to collaborate with other professionals in the same field by brainstorming on phenomena issues present in our everyday work.

Moreover, course tutors are easily reached while having questions or concerns related to course material or course in general, ensuring that you feel you have ongoing support throughout the program. This is a program that I will definitely recommend to others in the future!"

Ewa Papis, PgCert Cancer Survivorship graduate

For an overview of the PG Cert Cancer Survivorship for 2016-17 by Sarah Bodell, Programme Leader, please see the video here.

Course Details

On the course, you will:

  • Critically appraise the complex issues associated with cancer survivors and their families.
  • Gain the appropriate knowledge and skills to adjust to the cultural shift in the approach to care and support for people living with and beyond cancer.
  • Have the comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities to evaluate research which underpins cancer survivorship.

Course Structure

The two modules that form this course are delivered online, sequentially and part-time over two 12-week semesters. You can take a module individually or take both to achieve the Post-graduate Certificate (PgCert).

Semester 1

The Impact of Cancer and its Treatment (30 credits)

You will analyse the physical, psychological and socio-economical aspects of living with cancer and its treatment as a chronic condition. You will reflect on the impact of treatment on the health and wellbeing of those affected by cancer.  You will explore the need for support for people affected by cancer. And you will consider the psychological, environmental and social factors that impact on survivorship for the individual and the family.

This module will run online from September to January and you will undertake a range of activities including guided sessions, online discussions and use of the virtual classroom.

Semester 2

Support to Live with and Beyond Cancer (30 credits)

You will critically evaluate the support provided and needed by those living with and beyond cancer. This will include the value of patient empowerment and choice in improving the individual’s experiences, recognition and management of support for people living with and beyond cancer.  This module also covers the effectiveness of a range of therapeutic interventions, in relation to optimal health and well-being.

This module will run online from February to May and will also include online discussions, a virtual classroom and guided study.

Entry Requirements

Applications would normally be accepted from any registered health and social care professional whose clinical experience includes patients with cancer. Furthermore, applications from other professionals (i.e. managers, trade unionists, occupational health practitioners, etc.) would be considered.

Applicants will be expected to have at least one year’s relevant experience.

  • You will normally be expected to have a minimum of a 2.2 degree classification and satisfactory references
  • If you don’t have a minimum 2.2 degree, your application will still be considered if you have relevant experience, in line with the University’s Accredited Prior Learning (APL) procedure
  • If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in the language: we require an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in any component. Find out how to take an IELTS test.

You can register for each module as a stand-alone to contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – either credit bearing (including assessment) or non-credit bearing (no assessment). Read more about CPD.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

  • Health and social care professionals working with people affected by cancer
  • Employers, managers, trade unionists, etc. who have either direct experience or interest in the support of this group

Applicant profile

  • The course is for you if you are working with people who are living with cancer, and are interested in the way your specific role fits into the broader process of cancer support and survivorship
  • Other professionals, such as managers, trade unionists, occupational health practitioners, etc., who would benefit from a better understanding of this growing group
  • Since this is a relatively new area, there is an enormous scope for further professional development and expansion of the evidence base in this area


Both modules are delivered online through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, and online class-room, Collaborate. Blackboard allows you to access learning materials, participate in discussion boards and webinars, and access recommended reading lists. The vast majority of this recommended reading is available through the library in electronic form.

Online lectures are delivered by subject experts via Collaborate and recorded for future use. Where appropriate experienced practitioners and clients may also join online sessions or get involved via video.

"The online teaching format of the course saved me a considerable amount of hassle and time by allowing me to easily engage in a lecture from the comfort of wherever I was. I was able to participate from almost anywhere including work, my home study desk or even hotel room while on holidays.

The collaborative classroom was well organised and designed as a vehicle of delivering live lectures, which allowed all participants to engage in an open dialogue, both live or later on via the ongoing discussion boards. The collaborative software that was used was easy to access and follow through even for those not very computer literate.

The mechanism of using an ongoing online discussion board actually better facilitates the sharing of ideas and ultimately encourages contact with other students. This ultimately creates a collaborative environment at all times rather than being only limited to the lecture time."

Ewa Papis, PgCert Cancer Survivorship graduate


You will be assessed through

  • Essay (100%)

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Ziv Amir is an honorary professor with appropriate subject knowledge and expertise. Dr Amir was one of the original members of the team who developed the MSc Psycho-Oncology and subsequently taught on the programme. He was among the original group who established the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and is at the forefront of the field.


As a health and social care practitioner, you can use this qualification as a springboard for promotion within your organisation.

This course will contribute to your continued professional development.

Links with Industry

You can take advantage of the links we have established with The Christie Hospital, the regional Centre for Cancer Care, The Wellness Works and international links with other HEIs.

Further Study

If, after you graduate, you take further study at Master’s level you could build up sufficient credits to achieve an MSc. If this is your plan, you should consider taking modules from the following courses:

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Distance Learning£1750; £875 per 30 Credit Module
International Distance Learning£2550; £1275 per 30 Credit Module

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Distance Learning£1,795
International Distance Learning£2,615

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

NHS funding

Funding for this course may be available for eligible staff within the NHS. To find out more please see the NHS CPD Apply system.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.