Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing

 Cancer and Haematology Nursing

Take your career to the next level: specialise in cancer and haematology nursing at Sydney Nursing School.

Learn how to make evidence-based decisions by using research generated at our very own Cancer Nursing Research Unit – an innovative collaboration between Sydney Nursing School and the Sydney Local Health District.

During this course, you will critically explore future trends in treatment, effective models of patient care, and disease prevention. This will enable you to help improve the survival and recovery of cancer patients and move towards a leadership position in this exciting field.

What impact can I have as a cancer and haematology nurse?

Cancer is the single largest cause of premature death in Australia, and represents nearly one-fifth of the total burden of disease.

Why study at Sydney Nursing School?

  • Build the professional practice capabilities needed for leadership in cancer
    and haematology nursing.
  • Further develop your research skills, enabling you to make evidence-based decisions, and opening the door to a PhD at Sydney Nursing School.
  • Enhance your specialty knowledge, clinical expertise and therapeutic skills, immediately applying what you learn in class to your professional practice.
  • Join our global community of influential students, staff and alumni, building your professional network as you study alongside academics and peers from the cancer and haematology community.
  • Choose how to fit study into your life with full-time and part-time options, as well as self-paced online study for some components of the program.

How will I learn?

Study over one and a half years full-time, or two and a half years part-time. This program is delivered via:

  • Flexible, self-paced online study, allowing you to fit study around other commitments.
  • Face-to-face study days for each unit. These sessions offer students real-time support from lecturers and clinical experts, providing the opportunity to share experiences in a small class of peers.

What will I study?

During the course you will explore the biology of cancer and haematology, associated treatments, and integrated multidisciplinary management. You will also consider the impact of illness on the individual, family and community and your role in the patient journey.

Acquiring knowledge about all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of cancer, you will consider future treatment trends such as home-based care, and intensive treatments such as stem cell transplantation.

Nursing interventions to reduce the impact of cancer and its treatment are addressed throughout the course, drawing on research and the theoretical underpinnings of cancer and haematology care. You will examine clinical judgment and decision-making, leadership capacity, and safety and quality factors in the clinical environment.

This program ends in a capstone project, offering you the choice to complete either a work-based project examining a current and professionally relevant clinical issue, or undertake a research project, giving you the opportunity to explore in depth an area that you feel passionate about. This may also provide a pathway to a PhD at Sydney Nursing School.

Study units include:

  • The biology of cancer and haematology
  • Cancer and haematology nursing practice
  • Navigating the cancer experience
  • Expanding cancer and haematology practice
  • Assessment and clinical judgment
  • Research in nursing and healthcare
  • Creating a culture of safety and quality
  • Contemporary health leadership
  • Capstone

Pathways to the Master’s

Our Cancer and Haematology Nursing programs are offered at master’s, graduate diploma graduate certificate levels. The latter two are embedded within the master’s degree, meaning you can choose to study the program over a duration which suits you best.

Next steps: Course details and planning your study