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Imaging for Radiotherapy and Oncology

Key information

Course Leader: Samantha Glendinning

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 50, Independent Hours - 100

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 40


  • 25/09/2023

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. 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

BSc in Radiotherapy based degree 

Course Overview

The aim of the course is to help you critically evaluate the role that contemporary imaging plays in the diagnosis, staging and management of cancer with specific reference to radiotherapy.

The module is designed to enable you to advance your knowledge and understanding of a range of imaging modalities and their use in the management of cancer. You will study a range of equipment and imaging techniques and reflect on their use with respect to your own clinical practice. Topics typically include: imaging modalities used in cancer staging and diagnosis. Radiotherapy imaging practices in localisation, verification and treatment.

This distance learning module can be studied on its own or as a module on the following educational pathways:

MSc / Pg. Dip / Pg Cert Advanced RT and Oncology Practice ·

MSc Advanced Practice 

Pg Cert in Imaging for Radiotherapy


Course content includes: 

The course is designed to enable practitioners to advance their knowledge and understanding of a range of imaging modalities and their use in the management of cancer. Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of the most up to date equipment and imaging techniques and be able to reflect on them with respect to their own clinical practice experience.    

The learning outcomes will be achieved through online based learning, drawing on the student's professional knowledge and experience.  


Topics will include:  

Contemporary issues in imaging practice as they apply to: 

Cancer diagnosis and staging; 

Tumour localisation 

Treatment verification 

Treatment delivery.  

Developments in Imaging modalities utilised in the above processes including:  

Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI), Computerised Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography(PET), Ultrasound (US) On−Board Imaging KV, MV, CBCT, Surface guided(OBI), Tomotherapy and the MRLinac for example 

The exact content will be dictated by the most recently available peer reviewed research and literature.  

Canvas will be used to facilitate the students' study and communication between the students and the tutors throughout the module.  


Resources and links will be provided on Canvas but students will be required to seek additional resources to enhance their learning. Throughout, the learner is encouraged to undertake independent study both to supplement their learning and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.   

Learning outcomes

Students will typically:

1. Critically evaluate a range of literature regarding the imaging modalities used in the diagnosis and staging of cancer.

2. Critically evaluate the most recent technological developments in imaging related to radiotherapy localization, verification and treatment delivery.

3. Apply their knowledge of the scope and limitations of imaging and treatment equipment to examples of clinical radiotherapy practice.

4. Reflect on their own current clinical practice experience in order to suggest how current technologies and research may impact in the near future

What our students say : 

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


100% coursework, submitted on-line. Typically a 3000-word reflective case study