Radiographic Reporting (PgDip/PgCert)
n/a (full-time) / 2 years (PgDip), 1 year (PgCert) (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The course offers knowledge and expertise to enable qualified healthcare professionals to carry out clinical image reporting tasks in their workplace, acting as autonomous professionals. The number of healthcare professions using images in their work has increased over recent years and there are many groups who would like the ability to interpret films.
Radiography at Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers. The skills obtained are transferable to all NHS Trusts and recognised overseas. The course is suitable for qualified diagnostic/therapeutic radiographers with usually at least two years experience.
The skills obtained are transferable to all NHS Trusts and recognised overseas.
The course aims to equip you to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast-developing sector. A high volume of course content will be delivered by experienced Radiologists and Clinical Specialists. You will also have ample opportunity to work in clinical settings with plenty of hands-on experience.
Throughout your studies, you will be immersed in all aspects of Radiography practice (both practical and theoretical) that will help you gain invaluable skills that you will use in the further advancement of your profession.
If you successfully complete sufficient modules for Radiographic Reporting (PgDip) you have the opportunity to proceed to the dissertation stage. If successful you will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree in Radiography.
- The opportunity for you to learn in a School that is well respected within the radiography profession
- The involvement of research-active and clinical staff in Programme design and delivery
- The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
- The emphasis on acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas
- Flexibility of delivery, permitting you to pursue professional careers in radiography whilst studying part-time, or to take a career break and complete on a full time basis
- The opportunity for you to work with experts in imaging, radiotherapy and oncology and other health related disciplines
- Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the profession-specific modules.
- You will have access to an imaging suite with computed radiography system and PACS.
- Some teaching is given through the interpretation of medical test results
- A variety of assessment methods to include; presentations, practical, written assessments, coursework, reports, exams and reflective assignments.
- You will have a robust support network
This course, open to a wide range of healthcare professionals, will provide students with the chance to foster greater inter-professional links. Those healthcare professionals completing the course will have the opportunity to increase their evaluative and problem solving skills within the specialised area of clinical reporting.
A radiological mentor is required in order to satisfy the requirements of the modules.
The programme is structured in a modular format and modules are run in short blocks of two to three days. Each module is credit rated at M-level according to the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales. Students may leave with any number of credits according to how many modules they successfully complete. The PgDip/PgCert can be studied on a part-time basis, with students completing 60 credits in one year for the PgCert or 120 credits over 2 years for the PgDip. Alternatively students can register to study one or two modules per year on a sessional basis.
All students undertake the compulsory 30-credit module on Introduction to Image Appreciation and Evaluation - 30 credits, and then choose a further module from a possible three anatomical specialisations – Appendicular, Axial and Abdomen Image Appreciation.
All students undertake the compulsory 30-credit module on Introduction to Image Appreciation and Evaluation - 30 credits, and then choose a minimum of a further two modules from a possible three anatomical specialisations – Appendicular, Axial and Chest and Abdomen Image Appreciation. Where necessary, students obtain the remaining credits necessary for the PgDip by choosing a module from the general postgraduate portfolio of modules run by the School.
Indicative List of Optional Modules
Compulsory Module (PgCert and PgDip):
Optional Modules (all 30 credits each):
PgCert students choose at least 1 radiographic reporting module whilst PgDip students must undertake 2 radiographic reporting modules.
- Ethics in Health and Social Care
- Health and Safety and Radiation Protection
- Education in Practice – Personal and Professional Development of Self and Others
- Appendicular Reporting (a radiological mentor is required)
- Axial Reporting (a radiological mentor is required)
- Chest and Abdomen Reporting (a radiological mentor is required)
- Research methods and health improvement in health and social care
Where necessary students obtain the remaining credits necessary for the PgDip by choosing a module from the general postgraduate portfolio of modules run by the School of Healthcare Sciences.
Please note that your module choice must total 120 credits with a minimum of 60 credits being in Radiography modules or shared modules.
- Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to produce an accurate, informative written report in a concise and coherent way, to a sensitivity and specificity of 95%.
- Evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.
- Develop standards of practice based on reflective thinking and problem-solving.
- Initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the profession.
- Develop a holistic approach to radiological practice and be able to communicate effectively with other health related professionals to promote reporting.
This course welcomes UK-based as well as EU and International students.
The course is suitable for healthcare professionals, in particular allied health professionals (including radiographers and extended scope physiotherapists) and nursing personnel (specifically nurse practitioners in Accident and Emergency).
- Students admitted to the course should be in possession of either a first degree or a diploma in the relevant field.
- At least two years of clinical/fieldwork education is required.
- Applicants must have written support from their clinical manager, and from a consultant radiologist who is prepared to act as a mentor and provide reporting and tutorial sessions.
- Applicants must also have completed and passed an approved degree programme and be eligible for professional registration with the Health & Care Professions Council in the UK or the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Karen Eckloff
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7555 or +44 (0)29 2068 7538