MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences – Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice

Key information

Course Leader: Naomi Brown

Level: 7

Start date: September 2022

Mode of delivery: blended learning

School: Health & Social Work

Entry Requirements

You will need to be registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) (or equivalent professional registration).

The normal entry requirements for the programme are:

An honours degree in Radiography and normally be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council or have acceptable qualifications in a related health profession.

Candidates will normally have some relevant clinical practice experience subsequent to qualification.

Where appropriate, candidates require employment in, or access to an appropriate clinical site whilst enrolled on the programme. Students are responsible for securing an appropriate clinical placement.

 

Course Overview 

The Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology practice pathway specialises in the field of radiotherapeutic practice. Many of the options develop competencies for advanced practice such as in the palliative care and breast localisation modules. The programme is designed to enhance your current knowledge and understanding and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. 

Professional Accreditation 

The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences – Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice programme is endorsed by the College of Radiographers 

Who is it for? 

The course is suitable for radiographers and health care professionals who want to specialise in this area and are interested in advancing their existing skills or acquiring new ones. It is designed to meet your needs whether you are in full or part-time employment. 

You will need to be registered with the Health Care & Professions Council (HCPC) (or equivalent professional registration). 

Course Structure 

The course is flexible and modular allowing you to create a programme of study to meet your personal development and career aspirations. To attain a Master’s award you need to complete 180 credits. There are also interim awards available: 

  • Postgraduate certificate (PgC) (60 credits) 
  • Postgraduate diploma (PgD) (120 credits) 

The rate and pace of study are up to you. You have up to 6 years to complete your master’s course. 

The Master’s degree consists of three elements to include: core, research and optional modules (optional modules may comprise additional core modules or interprofessional modules). 

Order of modules 

The modules can be studied in any order provided prerequisites are met for the module requirements 

Research project is normally the last module you study. 

Award titles 

Depending on your plan of study you can obtain different award titles 

Award Title 

Module requirements 

MSc Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice 

180 credit points to include 60 credits of compulsory research modules and 30 credits (minimum) from core modules 

 

 

Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice 

120 credit points to include 30 credits (minimum) from core modules 

 

Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice 

60 credit points to include 30 from core modules 

 

Postgraduate Certificate Pre-treatment radiotherapy 

60 credits to include the following modules 

Imaging for RT and oncology 

RT dosimetry and planning 

Informed consent 

 

Postgraduate Certificate Palliative radiotherapy 

60 credit points to include, 

Palliative Radiotherapy and 30 credits from a choice of the following modules 

Informed consent  

Psychology of Cancer  

Imaging for RT and oncology  

RT dosimetry and planning  

 

Postgraduate Certificate Imaging for radiotherapy 

60 credit points to include, 

MR for Radiotherapy 

Imaging for Radiotherapy and Oncology 

 

Postgraduate Certificate Radiotherapy Clinical Specialist 

60 credit points to include, 

Radiotherapy Clinical Specialist module and 30 credits from a choice of the following modules 

Psychology of Cancer 

Imaging for RT and oncology 

RT dosimetry and planning 

Advances in RT and oncology management 

 

 

Examples of study routes 

The programme allows students to specialise in particular areas of clinical practice or interest.  Also, the profession specific modules can be combined with other modules such as management to address management and professional needs. 

The boxes contain examples of suites of modules that can be taken by students.  

 

 

Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice 60 credits 

Palliative Radiotherapy  (30 credits) 

Imaging for RT and oncology (15 credits) 

Developing Professional Practice: Independent Study 1(15 credits) 

 

Postgraduate Certificate focussing on CT (60 credits) 

Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice (120 credits) 

Palliative Radiotherapy (30 credits) 

Developing Professional Practice: Independent Study 2 (30 credits) 

Developing Professional Practice: Work-based skills 3 (30 credits) 

Evidencing Professional Practice 2 (30 credits) 

 

 

MSc Advanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice (180 credits) 

Developing Professional Practice: Independent Study 2 (30 credits) 

Developing Professional Practice: Work-based skills 3 (30 credits) 

Leadership Education and Developing others (30 credits) 

Leading Service Change (15 credits) 

Advanced Decision Making in Health and Social Care (15 credits) 

AHP Independent Prescribing (30 credits) 

Research Project (30 credits) 

Preparation for Research Project (15 credits) 

Research Methods (15 credits) 

 

 

Fees

£810.00 per 15 credits - unless a module is premium priced, costs can be found by visiting   by visiting Fees and Finance Policy.  Also, prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas.  Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course.

You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found by visiting here 

What our Students say....

“The learning resources have been helpful, information has been easy to access and staff supportive” 

 ““My experience of the university is positive. It has facilitated my development through study without being prescriptive. The university is fulfilling my expectations of postgraduate study and I am happy with the service provided.” 

“Having modules that align to advanced practice roles and that can be tailored to an individual practitioner’s requirement and local ways of working are a real asset”