1 year plus further 6 months to submit dissertation (full-time) / 2 years plus further 2 years to submit dissertation (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
Radiography at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers. The skills obtained are transferable to all NHS Trusts and recognised overseas.
Our course has a flexible modular approach which provide a variety of transferable skills useful in a clinical professional environment. The course aims to expand your knowledge in areas such as Image Appreciation, Radiographic Reporting and Mammography and many other practices associated with Radiography.
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.
The distinctive features of the course include:
- 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
The course is modular with you attending for blocks of 2-3 days spread over the academic year. The compulsory Research Methods module is also available as a distance learning option.
You will complete modules totalling 120 M-level credits to be eligible for an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma. All students complete a compulsory generic module in Research Methods in Health and Social Care (30 credits). The modules are those considered to be of relevance to the practising radiographer and other allied health professionals engaged with imaging. Theoretical and clinical practice elements combine in order to optimise service delivery, enhance clinical skills and improve the overall management of the patient. Those undertaking the MSc are required to complete the research methods module.
Full-time students undertake all taught modules during one academic year, while part-time students undertake taught modules over two years. Assessment methods used vary according to the modules but include coursework, practicals and presentations with image reporting and mammography modules having clinically based assessments.
If you successfully complete sufficient modules and then you are able to proceed to the dissertation stage. If successful you will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree.
The following 30-credit module is compulsory:
The below list is indicative
- Ethics in Health and Social Care
- Health and Safety and Radiation Protection
- Education in Practice – Personal and Professional Development of Self and Others
- Introduction to Image Appreciation and Evaluation
- Appendicular Image Appreciation
- Axial Image Appreciation
- Chest and Abdomen Image Appreciation
- Appendicular Reporting (a radiological mentor is required)
- Axial Reporting (a radiological mentor is required)
- Chest and Abdomen Reporting (a radiological mentor is required)
- Clinical Comptence in Mammography
- Image Guided Interventional Procedures of the Breast
- Image Interpretation and reporting in mammography
- Evidencing Learning in Professional Specialist Practice
All the modules listed above are 30 credits each.
Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the profession-specific modules. Students will have access to an imaging suite with computed radiography system and PACS.
MSc Dissertation Modules
- Dissertation - Empirical Research
- Systematic Review of the Literature (Dissertation module)
- Work-Based Project (Dissertation module) (part-time students only)
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- Practise their profession using an analytical and problem-solving approach and show advanced skills in diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology practice
- 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 in diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology through research
- Develop a holistic approach to diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology practice and be able to communicate effectively with other health related professionals to promote diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology.
This course welcomes UK-based as well as EU and International students.
The course is suitable for qualified diagnostic/therapeutic radiographers with usually at least two years’ clinical experience.
Students admitted to the course should be in possession of:
- Either a Radiography degree or a UK diploma in radiography (or equivalent)
- Preferably a minimum of 2 years post-registration experience with evidence of CPD
Students wishing to undertake reporting modules must be meet the entry requirements for those modules.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass on IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent. 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