"I got a complete 360 degree view of oncology...
... and became part of the network of international expert colleagues."
... and became part of the network of international expert colleagues."
More than 10 years of success: The online study programme "Master Online Advanced Oncology" is a worldwide unique continuing education program for physicians and scientists working in oncology or are active in areas related to oncology.
The incidence of cancer is increasing with the higher life expectancy of the population, while at the same time innovations in oncology are leading to a decrease in cancer-related mortality and the trend towards chronic diseases under long-term care. Oncology is one of the most dynamic medical disciplines in terms of new insights into molecular mechanisms and their application as new therapies. Thanks to improved outpatient care structures, many tumor patients can now also be treated on an outpatient basis. The number of patients undergoing oncological treatment is thus constantly growing, and in return we are observing a growing disparty in oncological care.
Therefore, there is a growing demand worldwide for academic continuing education for oncologists. In addition to extensive clinical skills in various areas of oncology, aspects of personalized and patient-centered medicine, expertise in conducting clinical trials and the professional management of oncological facilities is also asked for.
The online study programme "Master Online Advanced Oncology" provides current therapy recommendations for tumors of solid or haematopoietic tissue and also the underlying molecular causes. The offer is completed by oncologically oriented business administration and management theory as well as personal coaching. The lectures are given in English and the programme is completed in four semesters on a part-time basis. During the online learning phases you are flexible with regard to time and space and will organize divide the learning material according to your individual needs.
In an international circle and small semester groups of maximum 20 participants, the course offers an intensive exchange between students from all countries and international experts. In addition to the self-study phases, participants and teachers usually meet personally for five approximately workshop seminars at the exclusive seminar location Villa Eberhardt in Ulm. Within the framework of the Advanced Oncology Alumni Circle you stay in touch with each other.
Type of study
Continuing medical education programme/part-time (M.Sc.)
363 CME points
60 ETCS points
Number of students/year
Start of the study programme
Winter semester (1 October)
application deadline 15 May
Regular duration of the study
Restriction on admission
yes (see conditions mentioned below)
4.875 € per semester
19.500 € for 4 semesters
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Döhner, expert in AML, teaches in the courses of our study program Advanced Oncology from the very beginning. Listen to our conversation about his medical research and the importance of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Seufferlein teaches at Advanced Oncology as a specialist in gastrointestinal tumors and speaks on the topic of personalized medicine.
The blended learning concept of the Master Online Advanced Oncology continuing education programme combines a sophisticated e-learning programme with networking workshops. The participants receive a total of 165 hours of lecture videos, didactically linked and provided with interactive elements, for self-study. About 150 international experts in oncology and other relevant fields guide through the learning program. The concept combines the effectiveness and flexibility of modern online learning elements with the social aspects of face-to-face encounters and the opportunity for networking during face-to-face seminars. Furthermore, we provide the participants with an extensive library.
In addition to individual study times, all participants meet for mandatory seminars. As far as possible, the meetings will take place in the university’s own seminar centre “Villa Eberhardt”. Exams are taken there and presentations and workshops are held. In addition, there is plenty of time to get to know each other and exchange ideas.
The representative former residence of an Ulm family of manufacturers is the seminar centre of the University of Ulm. This little gem on the Safranberg in Ulm offers the participants the perfect setting for seminars, exams and network discussions. The associated park invites you to take a srtoll during the conference breaks, and accommodation in the nearby Ulm hotels is organised in consultation with the students.
The aim of the Master Online Advanced Oncology Program is to improve the quality of patient care by developing professional skills. To achieve this, we cooperate with health professionals and institutions around the world and promote the exchange of scientific knowledge, methods and skills.
The continuing medical education course provides up-to-date expertise in the fields of modern cancer therapies, interdisciplinary oncology and clinical research. At the same time, it prepares the participants for senior positions in practices, clinics, tumour centres, other oncological institutions and pharmaceutical companies through intensive seminars in business administration and management as well as personal coaching.
In 2020, the master's programme Online Advanced Oncology celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since graduating, graduates from all over the world have formed the international Alumni Circle, a professional network of specialists and experts in oncology.
The Master Online Advanced Oncology program is particularly suitable for specialists in oncology and haematology, but also for physicians on their way to becoming specialists. The programme is based on the "ESMO/ASCO Recommendations for a Global Curriculum in Oncology. " Prerequisite is at least one year of professional experience in the field of oncology.
Physicians from other fields also benefit from the competencies acquired in the Master Online Advanced Oncology. The continuing education course is particularly suitable for the following specialisations:
- General Medicine
- Gynaecology/ Obstetrics
- Human genetics
- Internal Medicine
- Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
The prerequisite is proof of one year of professional experience in the field of oncology.
Graduates of natural science courses (pharmacy, biology, biophysics, chemistry) as well as engineering courses (medical engineering, biotechnology) also benefit from the competencies acquired in the Master Online Advanced Oncology. Prerequisite is at least two years of professional experience in the field of oncology.
I particularly appreciated the comprehensive overview of the tumor entities and enjoyed the many technical discussions. In this professional network of experienced researchers, I felt extremely well informed.
For me, the course Molecular Biology was very important, because here we learned and discussed the basics for diagnosis and therapeutic approaches.
Cancer is responsible for an increasing number of deaths worldwide - especially in developing countries, including my country. In any case, I will intensify my research in this area and I am glad about the many good contents and the important contacts.
I completed my medical studies more than 10 years ago and I feel very well prepared for the future with the Master Online Advanced Oncology. Clinical research and management are important aspects for me.
The Master Online Advanced Oncology study plan offers a broad and comprehensive further education programme. With respect to the recommendations for a Global Core Curriculum stated by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) we are providing an intellectual environment for acquisition of knowledge, skills, clinical judgement, and attitudes essential for the practice of medical oncology (2006, p. 1605).
Our students and lecturers are from all over the world. Join the Advanced Oncology Network today and meet at high-ranking international meetings!
Currently, the application platform is still under construction. Therefore, please send us your complete application documents via email to advanced-oncology(at)uni-ulm.de by May 15, 2023 at the latest (closing date). After the application deadline (May 15) the Selection Committee will select the applicants who will be invited to an online interview.
... in a medical course of studies (e.g. State examination in medicine) at a German or foreign university or a degree recognised as equivalent at the level of usually four years of study or 240 ECTS credits as well as at least one year of professional experience in oncology or
... in a course of studies in the natural sciences or engineering course of study at a German or foreign university or a degree recognised as equivalent at the level of usually four years of study or 240 ECTS credits or in courses of study with substantially the same content at a German or foreign university as well as at least two years of professional experience in oncology
The English language skills are assessed in the interview. Please note that the Master’s thesis must also be written in English.
Please send us the following documents via email to advanced-oncology(at)uni-ulm.de by May 15 at the latest:
The applicants, who will be invited to an online video call, will be selected by the Admissions and Selection Committee. This committee ensures that admission requirements are fulfilled. Ranking of candidates is according to primary academic achievements (BSc, MD). Bonus points (deduction of 0.1 of the final examination mark) can be achieved according to the criteria specified in the Admission Statutes. The number of online video call invitations (40) is limited to the double of the maximum number of seats in the program.
The interviews will take place in the time frame mid-June/early July. The selected applicants will be invited approximately two weeks in advance. All dates are set in Central European Summer Time (CEST). With the invitation to the online interview, you will receive a PowerPoint template, which you can use for a brief introduction of yourself (name, age, current position, research focus, motivation for your studies, planned Master's thesis). Please limit yourself to one page. The interview takes place via Zoom. The main topics are professional practice, oncological expertise, additional qualifications as well as motivation for the course of studies. The assessment also includes problem-solving skills and argumentation as well as mastery of the English language. The interview usually lasts between 10 and 15 minutes.
Once the selection interviews have been completed, we will inform you of your admission within three weeks. Candidates who cannot be admitted due to their ranking, we offer a place on the waiting list if a higher-ranking candidate does not take up his place.
The tuition fee is 4,875 € per semester. This includes all costs for the modules, tutorial guidance, online lectures, master thesis and exams. Payment is due upon receipt of payment notification which is issued in connection with re-registration for each semester. An agreement on installments is possible.
An administrative fee of 170€ per semester will be charged additionally (subject to change).
Travel, living expenses and accommodation costs during the attendance seminars are not included in the fee. For full board an amount of about 100 € per day should be calculated. The study program is intended for the prevention of human capital flight from underserved regions.
Physicians with at least one year of professional experience in oncology
Natural scientists (graduates of pharmacy, biology, biophysics, chemistry) with at least two years of professional experience in oncology
as well as
graduates of engineering courses (e.g. medical engineering, biotechnology) with at least two years of professional experience in oncology
There is no age limit.
Please send us your complete application documents by email to advanced-oncology(at)uni-ulm.de by May 15 (closing date).
Please feel free to get in touch in advance in case you have any questions or doubts.
1. Step: Pre-selection according to admission statues.
2. Step: Personal interviews with the applicants via Zoom.
The tuition fee is 4,875 € plus currently 170 € administrative fee per semester. It includes all costs for the 7 modules, tutorial guidance, online conferences, exams and master thesis.
Travel, living expenses and accommodation costs during the 5 attendance seminars are not included in the fee.
After prior agreement with the Office of the Registrar it is possible to pay the tuition fee by installments.
The current economic situation does not allow a positive prediction for a funding, i.e. we cannot reliably promise the financial support of a highly qualified new applicant.
We therefore recommend to seek funding by yourself. Our general advice is to negotiate the participation in this study program with your employer and to seek also other incentives, e.g. study time, time for attending the seminars, possibilities for career development. Upon request, we will issue a letter of support for any possible funding bodies once we received your complete application.
The program takes 4 semesters (2 years).
The program starts every year in October.
The exams will be held at the end of each semester during the mandatory attendance seminars. The exams are performed tablet-or paperbased or and consist of a selection of single-choice-questions covering the subject of the studies.
The tuition language is English. There is no requirement to be proficient in German.
The successful completion of the study program leads to the international academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) with a total of 60 ECTS credits. Furthermore, after a successful Module 3 examination you will obtain a Certificate of Good Clinical Practice (GCP).
This program is worldwide recognized, especially in Europe, since the program is based on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and is accredited according to the Bologna process for Master’s degrees.
Yes, but only for participation in the attendance seminars. This study program is mainly an online based program. In total, 5 mandatory attendance seminars will take place in Ulm, Germany (duration: between 3 and 5 days). During these seminars, the exams will be held as well.
The program is not defined for any group of specialists, but every applicant has to prove at least one year (physicians) or two years (non-physicians) of professional experience in oncology.
This program is an extra-occupational program that enables to combine career, family and studies. The workload is 360 hours per semester, i.e. 14 hours per week. However, there is no weekly study schedule, so the program allows individual time management.
We support your studies by providing milestone recommendations.
Access to an internet connection with a minimal rate of 200 kbit/s is absolutely required. Additionally, a webcam and headset (for the personal interview) are indispensable.
Yes. A previous Master’s degree will not preclude you from entering the Advanced Oncology study experience.
The master degree is only obtained, if a student has passed all four written module-examinations as well as the Master’s Thesis and has attended the seminars. This means that students who do not pass the examinations or drop out because of other reasons cannot claim that they have obtained the master’s degree although they were studying within a master degree program.
In case that the student does not complete the Master’s Thesis but has passed at least 3 module examinations, a “Diploma of Advanced Studies” certifying the study progress will be issued upon request.
In general, the Master’s Thesis is an essay on a topic related to one of the program’s modules of the student’s choice. In the past, students succeeded with the following types of Master’s thesis
Formally, the timeframe to write the thesis may not exceed 6 months. The extent of the Master Thesis is usually about 60 to 80 pages.
This is basically feasible. Please be aware that the study program is unable to compensate the laboratories for consumables.
It is possible to introduce students to the director of a particular department in order to establish a personal contact. However, further commitment is subject to the individual decision of department directors.