Master Courses

Master Courses offer a unique opportunity to acquire specialised knowledge and skills. Each course is purpose-built by internationally-recognised cancer control professionals to meet specific needs for continuing education of those engaged in cancer control from various disciplines, and at different levels. They are offered free of charge to those who register for the World Cancer Congress.

The courses consist of 3 months of distance learning in cancer or non-cancer related organisational and technical topics, offering specialised information and skills, and culminating in one day, face-to-face workshops at the World Cancer Congress. All courses are led by international experts in the relevant fields and delivered via UICC's eLearning platform, UICC eCampus.

Master Courses aim to provide an opportunity for participants to train and build international connections in order to create sustainable cancer control programmes in their home organisations. They were launched in the run up to the 2014 World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia, where over 400 delegates registered and 250 were selected for one of 11 Master Courses. In 2016, a further 248 cancer professionals took part in one of 9 courses and the concluding workshops  at the World Cancer Congress in Paris, France.

Courses  covered a wide range of technical and organisational topics, such as:

  1. Evidence-based tobacco cessation and relapse prevention for cancer systems
  2. Using social media for public education and advocacy
  3. Cancer control planning and implementation
  4. Best practices in publishing biomedical and public health research
  5. Interacting with decision-makers to keep cancer high on the policy agenda
  6. Effective partnership management in addressing the challenges of cancer
  7. Sexuality issues in cancer care
  8. Best practice in fundraising and granting

A survey conducted among Master Course participants at the 2016 World Cancer Congress highlighted the following: 

  • 95% found the topics interesting and relevant to their work
  • 95% learned about tools and gained skills applicable to challenges in real-world situations
  • 92% acquired information and ideas which they could relate to their country’s settings
  • 88% expanded their professional networks and expected to keep regularly in touch with fellow participants
  • 100% would recommend UICC Master Courses to a colleague

We will be offering Master Courses again in connection with the 2018 World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More information and details will become available in the coming months.

Previous participants' highlights

"The contents provided me with a lot of thought starters for projects and direction moving forward"

Participant at the 2016 tobacco cessation Master Course

"This course on Global Advocacy was resourceful, well prepared, structured, focused and timely. The lecturers were inspiring. I was highly motivated to develop new ideas for advocacy and development of my community"

Participant at the 2016 global scholar advocacy course

"I feel that I have really benefited from my participation. Excellent learning opportunity. Will be doing a research project in my workplace now and hope to present it one day. Thank you"

Participant at the 2014 distress screening Master Course

"For me this course was a great way to consolidate my existing learnings in this area. The course instructors did a great job of condensing the large amount of info into a user friendly best practice guide which I will follow when planning future campaigns"

Participant at the best practice in cancer prevention campaigns Master Course

Cancer and Sexuality: A Cancer Control Success Story

Master Course participant applies learning and contributes to raising US$100,000 for paediatric cancer!

Last update: 
Friday 30 June 2017