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This course offers the academic training required for a career in scientific support of medical procedures and technology. The course is coordinated through the Medical Physics Departments in St. Read more
This course offers the academic training required for a career in scientific support of medical procedures and technology. The course is coordinated through the Medical Physics Departments in St. James's Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, Dublin.

Students enter via the M.Sc. register. This course covers areas frequently known as Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. It is designed for students who have a good honours degree in one of the Physical Sciences (physics, electronic or mechanical engineering, computer science, mathematics) and builds on this knowledge to present the academic foundation for the application of the Physical Sciences in Medicine.

The course will be delivered as lectures, demonstrations, seminars, practicals and workshops. All students must take a Core Module. Upon completion of this, the student will then take one of three specialisation tracks in Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Therapy or Clinical Engineering. The running of each of these tracks is subject to a minimum number of students taking each track and therefore all three tracks may not run each year.

Core Modules

Introduction to Radiation Protection andamp; Radiation Physics (5 ECTS)
Imaging Physics andamp; Technology (5 ECTS)
Introduction to Radiotherapy and Non-Ionising Imaging (5 ECTS)
Basic Medical Sciences (5 ECTS)
Introduction to Research Methodology and Safety (5 ECTS)
Medical Technology and Information Systems (5 ECTS)
Seminars (5 ECTS)
Specialisation Track Modules (Diagnostic Radiology)

Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (5 ECTS)
Medical Informatics and Image Processing (5 ECTS)
Ionising and Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (5 ECTS)
Imaging Physics and Technology 2 (10 ECTS)
Specialisation Track Modules (Radiation Therapy)

Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (5 ECTS)
Principles and Applications of Clinical Radiobiology (5 ECTS)
External Beam Radiotherapy (10 ECTS)
Brachytherapy and Unsealed Source Radiotherapy (5 ECTS)
Specialisation Track Modules (Clinical Engineering)

The Human Medical Device Interface (5 ECTS)
Principle and Practice of Medical Technology Design, Prototyping andamp; Testing (5 ECTS)
Medical Technology 1: Critical Care (5 ECTS)
Medical Technology 2: Interventions, Therapeutics andamp; Diagnostics (5 ECTS)
Medical Informatics and Equipment Management (5 ECTS)
Project Work and Dissertation (30 ECTS)

In parallel with the taught components, the students will engage in original research and report their findings in a dissertation. A pass mark in the assessment components of all three required sections (Core Module, Specialisation Track and Dissertation) will result in the awarding of MSc in Physical Sciences in Medicine. If the student does not pass the dissertation component, but successfully passes the taught components, an exit Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Sciences in Medicine will be awarded. Subject areas include

Radiation Protection and Radiation Physics
Imaging Physics and Technology
Basic Medical Sciences
Medical Technology Design, Prototyping and Testing
Medical Informatics
Image Processing
External Bean Radiotherapy
Brachytherapy and Unsealed Source Radiotherapy
The Human-Medical Device Interface
The course presents the core of knowledge for the application of the Physical Sciences in Medicine; it demonstrates practical implementations of physics and engineering in clinical practice, and develops practical skills in selected areas. It also engages students in original research in the field of Medical Physics / Engineering. The course is designed to be a 1 year full-time course but is timetabled to facilitate students who want to engage over a 2 year part-time process.

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The aim of this course is to develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills learned as a graduate and focus on the professional and clinical elements required to be a successful diagnostic radiographer. Read more

The aim of this course is to develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills learned as a graduate and focus on the professional and clinical elements required to be a successful diagnostic radiographer. This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in diagnostic radiography.

Diagnostic radiographers provide an imaging service for most departments within the hospital including, accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatres and wards. X-rays are an imaging technique used by diagnostic radiographers to visualise injuries or disease, or monitor changes inside the body. Diagnostic radiographers carry out a range of procedures, which may include cross-sectional imaging techniques such as computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and radionuclide imaging (RNI).

Teaching, learning and assessment

Academic study will be learner-centred with the analysis and synthesis of knowledge being of paramount importance. You will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. Teaching methods include keynote lectures, clinical workshops and tutorials, student-led seminars, group discussions, clinical observation and practice. Directed learning materials will be delivered via a virtual learning environment (Hub) and comprise readings, self assessment quizzes, workbooks, tutorial questions with answers and narrated lectures.

Clinical skills will be developed in work placements in radiology departments in hospitals in central Scotland, e.g. Lothians, Fife, Forth Valley, Ayrshire, Tayside and the Borders. In Year One there are 18 weeks of placement and 23 weeks in Year Two. Four of these weeks are on elective placement which can be taken anywhere in the world. A variety of assessment methods will be used, including online examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), self-appraisal, course work, e-Portfolio, viva voce examinations and clinical assessment.

The MSc Diagnostic Radiography programme has a small cohort of 12- 15 students to ensure that the clinical experience can be tailored to individual needs. Some academic modules have larger class sizes as students engage with other allied health professionals.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The pattern of attendance at QMU will depend on the modules you are studying. In the first semester, attendance will be mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays for professional modules.

Attendance at professional modules is monitored to ensure safety to work in the clinical environment. In clinical placements the normal hours of a radiographer (i.e. full time, Monday to Friday) will be followed.

Links with industry/professional bodies

Successful completion will enable application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council ( HCPC), a requirement for employment in the NHS. Student rates have been negotiated for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers (free for the first year of study and £48 for the subsequent year).

Modules

30 credits: Introduction to Radio diagnostic Imaging/ Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiography/ Advanced Diagnostic Radiography 15 credits: Preparing for Practice as an Allied Health Professional/ Research Methods for Health Professionals 20 credits at SCQF 10: Practice-Based Learning1/ Practice Based Learning 3

40 credits at SCQF 10: Practice-Based Learning 2/ Practice-Based Learning 4

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a research project (60 credits).

Careers

Following graduation and registration with the HCPC you can work as a registered diagnostic radiographer within the NHS. Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession, and long-term career prospects may include specialisation, management, research and teaching.

Quick Facts

  • A fast-track course to convert your existing degree into a caring profession. 
  • Clinical placements provide the integration of theory to practice by working with patients and qualified staff. 
  • This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Criminal Records Check:

A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.



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This course is designed for health professionals who use diagnostic imaging and interventions in their current role, including diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers radiation technologists physiotherapists nurses advanced nurse practitioners junior doctors dentists podiatrists. Read more

This course is designed for health professionals who use diagnostic imaging and interventions in their current role, including • diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers • radiation technologists • physiotherapists • nurses • advanced nurse practitioners • junior doctors • dentists • podiatrists.

It is available worldwide as you don't have to attend the university. You complete your learning at a time and place that suits your own personal and employment circumstances.

You learn in a variety of areas and formats, tailoring the content to your individual circumstance and need. There are opportunities to develop your theoretical knowledge in and around diagnostic imaging, or to specialise in a particular area.

Modules relate to diagnostic imaging as well as wider health practice, and take place in a multi-disciplinary and international environment in an online setting. The core topics covered may include

  • image interpretation (musculoskeletal, chest, abdominal, CT head)
  • cross-sectional imaging (CT / MRI)
  • interventional
  • research
  • education in health care

As this is a distance learning course, you use various online platforms and technologies to support your learning, such as our virtual learning environment (SHUspace) and PebblePad. Learning takes place in various formats including

  • online presentations and live collaborative sessions with tutors
  • discussion forums with peers and tutors
  • imaging case studies
  • access to a wide range of online resources and textbooks
  • ongoing formative activities (e-tivities)

You are supported by an expert team of academics and tutors, all of whom are experienced registered health professionals. Current clinical practitioners also help develop and deliver resources. The course team has a range of specialist expertise including • image interpretation • cross-sectional imaging • interventional radiology • research • higher education • professional issues • advanced practice.

You have a course leader and a named academic advisor to support your learning. Each module has a module leader to aid you specifically in that area, and we have dedicated student support officers who support all aspects of your time on the course.

This course allows you to apply masters level thinking to your practice and boost your confidence in your judgement. This can enhance your job prospects and career progression wherever you choose to work.

Study individual modules

You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers. 

Course structure

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits. The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits. The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

The combination of modules studied on this course is tailored according to your own areas of interest, aims and goals. You discuss your individual study route with the course leader.

Core modules

  • Awareness of error in diagnostic imaging (15 credits)
  • Research methods for practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

  • Chest radiographic image interpretation (15 credits)
  • Appendicular musculoskeletal radiographic image interpretation (15 credits)
  • Axial musculoskeletal radiographic image interpretation (15 credits)
  • Abdominal imaging (15 credits)
  • Cross-sectional imaging (15 credits)
  • Computed tomography head image interpretation: acute and emergency care (15 credits)
  • Introduction to healthcare education (30 credits)

Assessment

The approach to assessment is varied and we use both formative (not formally marked) and summative (formally marked) assessments in each of the modules. The assessment pattern is designed to encourage your personal, professional, and academic development.Short online formative activities (e-tivities) are used to promote engagement with the distance learning materials, provide support for the final assignment and facilitate online discussion with fellow students on the module. Final summative tasks to assess your completion of the modules are varied but include methods such as

  • traditional written coursework assignments
  • online computer-based exams
  • electronic poster or powerpoint presentations
  • research proposals and projects.

Employability

This course is designed to enhance your current practice and role, employability and professional development opportunities. You are able to take advantage of an increasing number of opportunities related to role development and extension, and skills mix across the various healthcare professions using diagnostic imaging.

You may use this course to evidence your CPD and produce a CPD portfolio, or to develop into an area of advanced practice such as image interpretation.

It is designed with health professionals in mind, helping to support career progression and service development.

The course may also allow you to develop your career into academic teaching or research, or offer a route to PhD study.



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Your programme of study. If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Read more

Your programme of study

If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Did you know the first MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner was invented at Aberdeen over 30 years ago? Major innovations to this technology are still being researched at Aberdeen today. You learn everything you need to know as an advanced grounding in medical physics such as understanding anatomy and how cells are altered by disease. You look at the engineering behind MRI and other visual scanning techniques to understand how applications are made in areas such as nuclear, Positron, Tomography, Radio diagnosis (X-ray), MRI and Ultrasound. You understand radiation and you apply electronics and computing to medical physics. The degree ensures plenty of practical understanding and application and you learn MRI within the department that built it.

If you want to work within imaging and medical physics to pursue a medical career in hospitals, industry and healthcare and diagnose disease by different methods of imaging the degree in Medical Physics will help you towards this goal. You can also develop your own research portfolio and PhD from this MSc and work within academia to pursue innovation in the discipline.

You receive a thorough academic grounding in Medical Physics, are exposed to its practice in a hospital environment, and complete a short research project. Many graduates take up careers in health service medical physics, either in the UK or their home country. The MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling part of the training requirements for those wishing to work in the NHS. You can also work as a researcher, risk manager, radiation physics specialist and within the medical device industry in product development and innovation.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science
  • Imaging in Medicine
  • Radiation in Medicine
  • Computing and Electronics in Medicine
  • Generic Skills

Semester 2

  • Radiation and Radiation Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine and Post Emission Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Medical Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Medical Image Processing and Analysis
  • Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection

Semester 3

  • Project Programmes in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by renowned researchers with opportunity to contribute to the expanding research portfolio
  • You learn in a cutting edge medical facility adjacent to the teaching hospital including a PET-CT scanner, radiotherapy centre and linac treatment machines, plus MRI scanners
  • The MRI scanner was invented and developed at University of Aberdeen

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 months or 24 months
  • Full time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs:



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The MSc Radiography has been designed to provide radiographers with advanced theoretical knowledge to enhance their clinical skills. Read more
The MSc Radiography has been designed to provide radiographers with advanced theoretical knowledge to enhance their clinical skills.

Radiography in the School of Healthcare Sciences is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers, and the skills you can obtain are transferable to all NHS Trusts and are recognised overseas.

This course aims to expand your knowledge in areas such as image appreciation, radiographic reporting and mammography and many other practices associated with radiography.

It also aims to equip you to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast-developing sector, and 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.

Structure

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 research module (30 credits), which is also available by distance learning.

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.

Full-time students undertake all four taught modules during one academic year, while part-time students undertake the taught modules over two years. If you successfully complete sufficient modules, you are able to proceed to the dissertation stage. If successful you will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree.

Applicants are required to undertake 2 radiography modules as a minimum to achieve the award.

Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the profession-specific modules.

Students will have access to an imaging suite with a computed radiography system and PACS.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/radiography-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/radiography-msc-part-time

Teaching

Teaching is mainly through discussions, practitioner-led sessions, student-led seminars, presentations and individual tutorials. There are also some lectures.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

Assessment

A variety of assessment procedures are used such as written assignments, oral presentations, reflective diaries, poster presentations, small projects, reporting writing, image evaluation and clinical competency. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The research project is a culmination of the development of all these skills.

Placements

Students completing the radiographic reporting modules or the clinical mammography modules must be working in or have access to a Diagnostic Radiology Department. Those completing reporting modules must have the support of a radiological mentor. The radiological mentor is not organised by Cardiff University.

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The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. Read more
The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. The course consists of an intense program of lectures and workshops, followed by a short project and dissertation. Extensive use is made of the electronic learning environment "Blackboard" as used by NUI Galway. The course has been accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (UK).

Syllabus Outline. (with ECTS weighting)
Human Gross Anatomy (5 ECTS)
The cell, basic tissues, nervous system, nerves and muscle, bone and cartilage, blood, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, nutrition, genital system, urinary system, eye and vision, ear, hearing and balance, upper limb – hand, lower limb – foot, back and vertebral column, embryology, teratology, anthropometrics; static and dynamic anthropometrics data, anthropometric dimensions, clearance and reach and range of movement, method of limits, mathematics modelling.

Human Body Function (5 ECTS)
Biological Molecules and their functions. Body composition. Cell physiology. Cell membranes and membrane transport. Cell electrical potentials. Nerve function – nerve conduction, nerve synapses. Skeletal muscle function – neuromuscular junction, muscle excitation, muscle contraction, energy considerations. Blood and blood cells – blood groups, blood clotting. Immune system. Autonomous nervous system. Cardiovascular system – electrical and mechanical activity of the heart. – the peripheral circulation. Respiratory system- how the lungs work. Renal system – how the kidneys work. Digestive system. Endocrine system – how hormones work. Central nervous system and brain function.

Occupational Hygiene (5 ECTS)
Historical development of Occupational Hygiene, Safety and Health at Work Act. Hazards to Health, Surveys, Noise and Vibrations, Ionizing radiations, Non-Ionizing Radiations, Thermal Environments, Chemical hazards, Airborne Monitoring, Control of Contaminants, Ventilation, Management of Occupational Hygiene.

Medical Informatics (5 ECTS)
Bio statistics, Distributions, Hypothesis testing. Chi-square, Mann-Whitney, T-tests, ANOVA, regression. Critical Appraisal of Literature, screening and audit. Patient and Medical records, Coding, Hospital Information Systems, Decision support systems. Ethical consideration in Research.
Practicals: SPSS. Appraisal exercises.

Clinical Instrumentation (6 ECTS)
Biofluid Mechanics: Theory: Pressures in the Body, Fluid Dynamics, Viscous Flow, Elastic Walls, Instrumentation Examples: Respiratory Function Testing, Pressure Measurements, Blood Flow measurements. Physics of the Senses: Theory: Cutaneous and Chemical sensors, Audition, Vision, Psychophysics; Instrumentation Examples: Evoked responses, Audiology, Ophthalmology instrumentation, Physiological Signals: Theory Electrodes, Bioelectric Amplifiers, Transducers, Electrophysiology Instrumentation.

Medical Imaging (10 ECTS)
Theory of Image Formation including Fourier Transforms and Reconstruction from Projections (radon transform). Modulation transfer Function, Detective Quantum Efficiency.
X-ray imaging: Interaction of x-rays with matter, X-ray generation, Projection images, Scatter, Digital Radiography, CT – Imaging. Fundamentals of Image Processing.
Ultrasound: Physics of Ultrasound, Image formation, Doppler scanning, hazards of Ultrasound.
Nuclear Medicine : Overview of isotopes, generation of Isotopes, Anger Cameras, SPECT Imaging, Positron Emitters and generation, PET Imaging, Clinical aspects of Planar, SPECT and PET Imaging with isotopes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging : Magnetization, Resonance, Relaxation, Contrast in MR Imaging, Image formation, Image sequences, their appearances and clinical uses, Safety in MR.

Radiation Fundamentals (5 ECTS)
Review of Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Radiation from charged particles. X-ray production and quality. Attenuation of Photon Beams in Matter. Interaction of Photons with Matter. Interaction of Charged Particles with matter. Introduction to Monte Carlo techniques. Concept to Dosimetry. Cavity Theory. Radiation Detectors. Practical aspects of Ionization chambers

The Physics of Radiation Therapy (10 ECTS)
The interaction of single beams of X and gamma rays with a scattering medium. Treatment planning with single photon beams. Treatment planning for combinations of photon beams. Radiotherapy with particle beams: electrons, pions, neutrons, heavy charged particles. Special Techniques in Radiotherapy. Equipment for external Radiotherapy. Relative dosimetry techniques. Dosimetry using sealed sources. Brachytherapy. Dosimetry of radio-isotopes.

Workshops / Practicals
Hospital & Radiation Safety [11 ECTS]
Workshop in Risk and Safety.
Concepts of Risk and Safety. Legal Aspects. Fundamental concepts in Risk Assessment and Human Factor Engineering. Risk and Safety management of complex systems with examples from ICU and Radiotherapy. Accidents in Radiotherapy and how to avoid them. Principles of Electrical Safety, Electrical Safety Testing, Non-ionizing Radiation Safety, including UV and laser safety.
- NUIG Radiation Safety Course.
Course for Radiation Safety Officer.
- Advanced Radiation Safety
Concepts of Radiation Protection in Medical Practice, Regulations. Patient Dosimetry. Shielding design in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy.
- Medical Imaging Workshop
Operation of imaging systems. Calibration and Quality Assurance of General
radiography, fluoroscopy systems, ultrasound scanners, CT-scanners and MR scanners. Radiopharmacy and Gamma Cameras Quality Control.

Research Project [28 ECTS]
A limited research project will be undertaken in a medical physics area. Duration of this will be 4 months full time

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Medical Radiation Physics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Medical Radiation Physics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Medical Radiation Physics course builds on the highly successful research partnerships between the College of Medicine and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, including the Institute of Life Science and Centre for NanoHealth initiatives, and ongoing work in Monte Carlo-based radiotherapy modelling and dosimeter development, body composition, tissue characterisation and novel modes of the detection of disease with state-of-the-art CT and MRI facilities.

Key Features of the MSc in Medical Radiation Physics

On the Medical Radiation Physics MSc, you will gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of fundamental aspects of the use of radiation in medicine, in order that you are conversant in medical terms, human physiology and radiation mechanisms.

A direct link to clinical practice is provided through hands-on instruction with equipment used routinely in the hospital setting, which will prepare you for research in a rapidly changing field, including tuition in computer-based modelling, research methodology and the ethical dimensions associated with medical research.

The Medical Radiation Physics programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

The Medical Radiation Physics programme is modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Students must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Part-time Delivery mode

The part-time scheme is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc in Medical Radiation Physics scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option.

Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.

Timetables for the Medical Radiation Physics programme are typically available one week prior to each semester.

Modules

Modules on the Medical Radiation Physics course can vary each year but you could expect to study:

• Introduction to the Practice of Medical Physicists and Clinical Engineers

• Nanoscale Simulation

• Physics of the Body

• Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology

• Research Methods

• Radiation Protection

• Radiation Physics

• Radiotherapy Physics

• Medical Imaging

• Advanced Radiotherapy

• MSc Research Project

Accreditation

The Medical Radiation Physics course has been accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). IPEM is the professional body that works with physical science, engineering and clinical professionals in academia, healthcare services and industry in the UK and supports clinical scientists and technologists in their practice through the provision and assessment of education and training.

Links with industry

The close proximity of Swansea University to two of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK outside of London, as well Velindre NHS Trust (a strongly academic cancer treatment centre), offers the opportunity for collaborative research through student placements.

The academic staff of this discipline have always had a good relationship with industrial organisations, which are the destination of our medical engineering graduates. The industrial input ranges from site visits to seminars delivered by clinical contacts.

Careers

The Medical Radiation Physics course will prepare you for research and clinical practise in a rapidly changing field, including tuition in computer modelling, human engineering and the medico-legal issues they imply. It will enable you to develop the potential to become leaders, defining and influencing medical practise.

For a medical physicist career path, the role includes opportunities for laboratory work, basic and applied research, management and teaching, offering a uniquely diverse career. In addition there is satisfaction in contributing directly to patient treatment and care.



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This MSc is specifically aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroimaging, either in clinical practice or in neuroscience research. Read more
This MSc is specifically aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroimaging, either in clinical practice or in neuroscience research. This multidisciplinary programme provides training in both the basic scientific and technological principles of modern neuroimaging methods, and in their application to understand neurological function and neurological disorders. Study by distance learning is also available.

Degree information

Students will develop a foundational knowledge of neuroanatomy, understand the principles and main technical aspects of neuroimaging instrumentation and data acquisition, basic image processing and image analysis techniques, and gain a good working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system using neuroimaging.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma is offered for Full Time, Part Time and Distance Learning modes. This consists of six core modules (90 credits) and a Library Project (30 credits). All of the Advanced Neuroimaging modules are considered core modules. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Introductory Science and Methods
-Imaging Modalities
-Advanced Imaging
-Foundational Neuroanatomy, Systems and Disease
-Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging I
-Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging II

Please note: every face-to-face module has a distance learning equivalent with alternative learning activities.

Dissertation/report
All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word project, and a laboratory research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is taught by lectures and workshops delivered by experts in various clinical and technical fields of neuroimaging. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentations, research project, dissertation and viva voce. Distance learning students may spend up to three months in London carrying out the research project and receiving relevant training and mentoring. Alternatively they may carry out an extended systematic review of the literature related to a chosen field within neuroimaging. In exceptional circumstances students may carry out the research project remotely if they are based at a hospital with established research links with Principal Investigators at the UCL Institute of Neurology.

Careers

Graduates of the programme will have developed the necessary knowledge and skills essential for a future research career in the areas of neuroradiology, imaging neuroscience or neuroimaging technology.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Doctor, Addenbrooke's Hospital (NHS) and studying Radiology, University of Cambridge
-Research Assistant, National Tsing Hua University
-Hospital Consultant, Epsom Hospital (NHS)
-Radiographer, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
-Trainee Radiologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Employability
Students on this programme are immersed in a world-class clinical and scientific environment, taught by leading experts in the field. For clinicians, and professions allied to healthcare, the programme will equip them with a sound understanding of neuroimaging techniques. For medical physicists it will enable them to develop their theoretical understanding in an internationally renowned centre. A number of high-achieving students on the programme will be offered the opportunity to undertake a paid internship at a London-based company which runs neuroimaging clinical trials.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The focus of this degree is neuroimaging of neurological disease. Together with our associated hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UCL Institute of Neurology promotes research that is of direct clinical relevance to improved patient care and treatment.

With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the institute is a unique national resource for postgraduate training in neurology, its associated disciplines and the basic neurosciences. During their time at Queen Square students will have the opportunity to contribute to world-leading research and have access to cutting-edge neuroimaging facilities.

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IN BRIEF. A fusion of work based clinical learning and academic education delivered by a motivated and dedicated team of research active professionals. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • A fusion of work based clinical learning and academic education delivered by a motivated and dedicated team of research active professionals.
  • A diverse programme of study, accredited by the Society of Radiographers, offering flexibility in study options to meet your own training whilst supporting your services requirements.
  • Benefit from our close links with NHS Clinical Providers.
  • A part-time only course

COURSE SUMMARY

The novelty of this Advanced medical imaging programme is that there is no single standard pathway. Module choices will depend on your own practice area and more complex requirements can be discussed with the course team prior to commencement.

This programme will allow you to meet the challenge of specialist, advanced and consultant practitioner status in the field of advanced medical imaging within a rapidly evolving health service.

Modules will equip you with problem solving skills and enable you to be critically aware of yourself and your practice. You will be enabled to develop, evaluate and implement evidence based practice and able to apply that comprehensive knowledge in the context of your specialist Advanced Medical Imaging  field.

COURSE DETAILS

Postgraduate Certificate: 60 graduate credits in your chosen pathway of study

Postgraduate Diploma: 120 graduate credits in your chosen pathway of study

MSc: 180 graduate credits in your chosen pathway of study to include the Dissertation module

COURSE STRUCTURE

Module Choices:

Your module choice will depend on your practice area and the profile of your award which should be discussed with the course team prior to commencement to establish a Negotiated Learning Agreement. This means your course is tailor-made to meet your exact learning requirements.

See modules here.

TEACHING

The programme employs a diverse range of teaching and learning strategies in order to meet the outcomes of the programme and the modules studied.  Equality and diversity issues are addressed within the range of learning options available, and also in terms of the module content, which aims to address the needs of a range of service users.

  • Learning methods include:
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical image viewing / examination
  • Hands-on workshops utilising our skills labs
  • Seminars
  • Blackboard online learning
  • Self-directed study
  • Clinical experience
  • Clinical tutorials

Students on clinically related modules are expected to complete required clinical experience to meet the learning outcomes and prepare them for assessment of competence.  The nature of this experience has been determined wherever possible through an evidence base, and by the guidance of professional and accrediting bodies, and external benchmarks.

In order to meet the pressure of service demands, part-time students may study up to 60 credits in one semester of an award.  Students are counselled carefully and offered support both in the University and at the workplace, as the employing trusts agree to allow students the extra time needed for study in that semester.  This has proved successful in previous cohorts of students.

ASSESSMENT

The assessment strategy encompasses both formative and summative approaches to enable students to meet the aims of the modules studied.  

Formative assessment supports students in developing new skills or applying transferable skills to new areas. Formative clinical assessments in clinically related modules are performed by mentors, who are offered training in their role and are supported by the programme team.

The assessment strategies for all modules have been designed to reflect current best practice, and aim to provide an integrated approach across all the pathways of study within this award. The use of portfolios where appropriate allows students with diverse needs and differing learning styles to evidence their knowledge and skills in a way that is best suited to their individual needs.

Assessment methods are designed to suit a variety of learning styles and include, for example;

  • Assignments
  • Viva Voce
  • Exams
  • Portfolio
  • Objective structured assessment
  • Poster presentation

The percentage and mode of assessment depends on the individual modules.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Most students have been seconded from and return to their work in the National Health Service with advanced practitioner status, and a number have gone on to become  Consultant Practitioners. Students will also be supported to apply for Advanced Practitioner Accreditation with the College of Radiographers.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The radiography directorate has a very successful history of developing advanced practice, and this course has strong links with imaging departments, mostly within the UK National Health Service. It is also supported by the North West Medical Physics Department. This means that all your learning will be relevant to current practice and will ultimately benefit your patients through development of your clinical skills and enhanced knowledge.

FURTHER STUDY

Our research (find out more here) is conducted in multi-disciplinary teams with notable collaboration and professional input from computer science, medical physics, medicine, radiology, psychology, and engineering. This input emanates from within the University of Salford and a range of other universities and hospitals throughout the world.

We have a thriving and friendly PhD community, comprising full time and part time students. The majority of our PhD research focuses on one of our research themes:

  • X-ray (Digital and Computed Radiography)
  • X-ray (Mammography)
  • X-ray (Computed Tomography)
  • Ultrasound



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The Postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in musculoskeletal ultrasound has been developed at the Homerton University’s Sport and Musculoskeletal Medicine Department in collaboration with The University of East London’s (UEL) Professional Health Sciences subject areas within the School of Health, Sports and Bioscience. The objective is to support and formally recognise the professional development of those clinicians working in the field of Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine and to achieve competence in diagnostic and interventional ultrasonography. The PGCert programme allows healthcare professionals to combine learning in the workplace with a recognised postgraduate qualification.

In addition to being validated at The University of East London the PGCert has also been accredited by The Royal College of General Practitioners and The Royal College of Radiologists who have awarded the full programme 60 CPD credits (30 CPD credits per module).

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