Master courses

What are UICC Master courses?

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Since 2014, Master courses have complemented the programmes of every World Cancer Congress, supporting the continuing education of more than 700 cancer control professionals over the years.

Purpose-built by internationally recognised leaders in their field, Master courses combine an online learning component with a face-to-face workshop at the Congress, in a unique blend of modular learning and peer-exchange. Subjects range from across three thematic areas: organisation and programme management, cancer control interventions, and health systems and policies.

How will Master courses be delivered in 2020?

With the suspension of the World Cancer Congress 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, UICC has taken the decision to adapt the courses’ delivery model this year to ensure the cancer community, and UICC members in particular, can still benefit from the learning opportunities provided by the courses’ online component in 2020.

The 2020 Master course call for applications is now closed. We will update this page when new offers become available.  

Three Master courses opened their online component for applications from UICC members in 2020. Read the summary below for an overview of the applications received and the course delivery for 2020.

  • A record number of over 700 applications were received from 214 different UICC member organisations across the globe.
  • The range of applications received from 104 different countries and a variety of organisations, including civil society, hospitals, ministries of health and academic institutes, ensures that each course will have a diverse group of participants which will allow for stimulating discussions and the opportunity to learn from different perspectives.
  • The 2020 Master courses began in July 2020
  • Accepted participants are expected to dedicate approximately 4-6 hours monthly study with learning activities posted every month until October 2020 to the course.
  • Certifcates will be awarded to all participants who successfully complete a UICC Master course.

Click on the 'Learn more' buttons below to read about the topics being covered by our current Master course offer.

Explore our 2020 Master course offer
Access to medicines
Patient Engagement

Who are the Master course 2020 partners?

The UICC Master courses are delivered in collaboration with the following organisations:




The current offer is sponsored by:

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What is the feedback from past Master course participants?


100% would recommend Master courses to others

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97% expressed interest in attending future Master courses.

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95% would use their learning to improve their daily work.

Master course participants at the 2016WCC

"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 Master course
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"The Master course was an eye opener for me. Well done for putting together an impactful programme. I look forward to putting into practice what I have learned from the programme."

Participant at the 2018 Law and Cancer Master course

Master course case studies

Last update: 
Monday 17 August 2020