Study Plan and Module Guide

The Master Online Program Advanced Oncology is developed for working physicians and scientists. The concept "modulated time schedule" allows a temporal and local flexibility in arranging the workload. Further, a specific support-system and tutoring program will help you to organize your learning time and effort.

Enrollment year 2015:

  • ESO-ESMO MasterClass: 24-30 March 2017 (Landgut Stober, Berlin)
5th Attendance Seminar: 16-22 July 2017

Enrollment year 2016:

  • 1st Attendance Seminar: 23-28 October 2016
2nd Attendance Seminar: 12-16 March 2017 (Villa Eberhardt, Ulm)
3rd Attendance Seminar: 16-21 July 2017
  • ESO-ESMO MasterClass: 23-29 March 2018 (Landgut Stober, Berlin)
5th Attendance Seminar: 15-21 July 2018

Enrollment year 2017:

  • 1st Attendance Seminar: 22-27 October 2017

Module 2 ( ECTS Points: 11 )

Credit points of the Federal State of Baden-Würtemberg: 60

  • Course 2.1: Cellular and molecular biology

    Cellular and molecular biology of cancer is focusing on recent key aspects of translational research. The units vary from gene structure to cancer stem cells representing the broad spectrum of knowledge in cancerogenesis.

  • Course 2.2: Diagnostics

    Diagnostics is summarizing all modern tools used for work-up of a cancer patient. Benefits and limitations of imaging techniques up to molecular diagnostics are being discussed by means of case-based scenarios.

  • Course 2.3: Principles of Therapy

    Principles of Therapy is highlighting treatment options in oncology ranging from surgery to targeted therapy. Interdisciplinary cooperation among the different competencies is being elaborated.

  • Course 2.4: Epidemiology

    Epidemiology is giving an overview on cancer statistics and cancer etiology. Epidemiologic methods are being discussed and will establish a direct connection to the subsequent semester focusing on Clinical Research.

Module 3 ( ECTS Points: 10 )

Credit points of the Federal State of Baden-Würtemberg: 54

  • Course 3.1: Biometry

    Biometry focuses on key aspects of biostatistics and their application to the field of oncology. The units comprise study types, statistical tests, survival analysis, and sample size estimation for clinical trials in oncology.

  • Course 3.2: Clinical Trials

    The Clinical trials course delivers the toolbox for setting up, running and publishing a clinical trial. Aspects like quality assurance and transfer of study results into clinical practice are being discussed by examples from the CCCU-based clinical trials center.

  • Course 3.3: Ethical Aspects

    The Ethical Aspects course deals with ethical principles for informed consent, biobanking, study participation, collaboration between stakeholders with a different background (academic/industry). Equally important is the unit on the prevention and the detection of scientific misconduct and fraud.

  • Course 3.4: Project Management

    Project Management provides basics in project management with case scenarios and problem-solving strategies from the pharmaceutical industry.

Module 4 ( ECTS Points: 11 )

Credit points of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg: 73

  • Course 4.1: Clinical Oncology I

    Clinical Oncology I presents the current state of art and recent advances in the treatment of gynecological, urologic and gastrointestinal malignancies. Aspects of surgical intervention, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as targeted therapies are being discussed.

  • Course 4.2: Clinical Oncology II

    Clinical Oncology II presents the current state of art and recent advances in the treatment of – among others – thoracic, hematologic al and pediatric malignancies. Aspects of surgical intervention, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as targeted therapies for different disease entities are being discussed by experts in the field.

  • Course 4.3: Integrated Therapeutic Concepts

    The Integrated Therapeutic Concepts course provides multidisciplinary approaches completing a patient-centered treatment approach. Topics include psycho-oncology, supportive care, complementary medicine and palliative medicine. In addition, on-site training in oncology-based communication scenarios is offered.

Module 5 ( ECTS Points: 10 )

Credit points of the Federal State of Baden-Würtemberg: 48

  • Course 5.1: Business Basics

    Business Basics provides an introduction to planning and strategic as well as human resources management for oncologists. Equally important is the introduction into accounting, finance and investment.

  • Course 5.2: Health Care Systems

    Health Care Systems introduces to different health systems and aspects of compensation for health services.

  • Course 5.3: Management of Processes and Entities

    Management of processes, entities and people provides tools for assessing and improving leadership in oncology. This comprises classical topics such as practice and hospital management as well as behavioral economics.

  • Course 5.4: Quality Control

    Quality control trains oncologists how to assess the quality of care from various perspectives. These analyses open opportunities for future improvements of cancer care.

Master's Thesis ( 15 ETCS )

Date:          The Master`s thesis takes 6 months from admission date to closing date.

Chairman:   Dean of Studies

Workload:   450 hours

  • Learning Objectives

    Students should be able to:
Perform an original scientific project in the field of Interdisciplinary Oncology, Clinical Research, Advanced Therapies and Integrated Concepts or Management
Summarize the data in written report in the context of published data
Critically discuss published data related to their project in a scientific presentation

  • Classification

    Thesis work: compulsory subject

    Disputation: facultative

  • Prerequisites

    BSc degree or equivalent degree. 
Proof of the participation and successful passing of the Modules 1 and 2.
 In case of failure of one or more of the exams, the subject-specific board of examiners will decide if the student may apply for admission.

  • Examination

    Written (thesis) and oral (disputation); the oral disputation will not be graded

  • Supervisors

    Two supervisors/examiners are required. The two supervisors must work in different departments. At least one of both supervisors must be a member of Ulm University. Industrial advisors are also possible. All examiners have to be qualified for this duty, e.g. be a professor (equivalent to full or associate professors) or should be at the level of junior professors, junior group leaders or comparable.

  • Grading

    The mark awarded for the master´s thesis must count towards the final result. The results shall be calculated as the arithmetic mean of the individual marks, provided by each examiner. The examiner has to write an expert´s report in order to state his decision. When there is a divergence of more than two marks between the two examiners, the subject-specific board of examiners shall consult a third expert.The subject-specific board of examiners shall then determine the result within the scope of previous assessments.

  • Application for admission

    At the earliest: Beginning of the third semester (time line 6 months until closing date)

    Guidelines for the completion of a Master’s thesis