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Musculoskeletal Image Interpretation

Key information

Course Leader: Naomi Brown

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Blended Learning

Learner Hours: Scheduled 60 hours & Independent 240 hours

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 40


  • 01/10/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. 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 at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

It is a compulsory course in the Image Interpretation pathway where it must be taken with the Principles of Clinical Radiographic Reporting and the Clinical Radiographic Reporting courses to obtain a reporting qualification. 

Course Overview

The Musculoskeletal Image Interpretation course will be suitable for radiographers whose employment involves working with radiographic images. 


This module is designed for radiographers to develop a comprehensive, experiential knowledge-based framework in plain radiograph musculoskeletal examinations. There will be emphasis on relating theory to practice in the clinical setting to contribute to patient diagnosis and management. It further develops communication skills to assist in the communication of findings or further investigations clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. There is further development of knowledge gained in the co-requisite modules within the image interpretation pathway. This is facilitated by monitoring, reflection, and self-audit and through a range of blended learning activities. The student is expected to research and undertake activities within the 

clinical environment to supplement their radiographic knowledge. 

Learning outcomes

The aims of this course are to enable students to: 


  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of methodologies applicable to radiographic image interpretation and clinical radiographic reporting. 
  • Enable students to demonstrate clinical decision-making skills, self-direction, and reflection on practice independently demonstrating a high level of personal and professional responsibility. 


Students will typically: 


  1.  Demonstrate detailed knowledge and systematic understanding of the spectrum of relevant traumatic and pathological processes of the musculoskeletal system, to include normal anatomical and pathological variants. 
  2. Demonstrate critical awareness of how the data about the nature of patients’ conditions for a wide range of traumatic and pathological processes relate to the radiographic appearances of the musculoskeletal system. 
  3. Justify how imaging modalities are utilised in the diagnosis and management of a pathological or traumatic event.  
  4. Analyse and critically evaluate radiographic images of the normal appearances of bones, joints and associated structures and a wide range of traumatic and pathological processes relating to the skeleton 


The assessment consists of a presentation and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).