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The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. Read more

About the course

The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. The aim is to advance your skills as a professional and develop your career so that you can practice safely, effectively and legally.

The Image Interpretation pathway is designed for students who want to develop competency in the extended role of image interpretation and helps you specialise in this specific area of practice. Clinical modules are offered in musculoskeletal reporting. Other specialist reporting areas can be taken via the independent study modules.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-imaging-and-radiation-sciences-image-interpretation

Course structure

The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences: image interpretation pathway is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:
- Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
- Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
- Masters degree - 180 credits

To complete a Masters degree award for this course you need to collect the following credits:
- Research modules - 60 credits
- Image interpretation modules - minimum 30 credits
- Optional interprofessional modules - maximum 90 credits

Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Delivery of modules incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you. Please contact the module lead for details.

Assessment methods include objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), clinical portfolios, case study presentations, oral presentations and written presentations.

Work Placement

A recognized clinical placement which provides access to medical diagnostic images is a requirement for the clinical competency modules within the image interpretation pathway. The University cannot offer to provide clinical placements for students.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by the College of Radiographers

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-imaging-and-radiation-sciences-image-interpretation#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

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The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. Read more
The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. The aim is to advance your skills as a professional and develop your career so that you can practice safely, effectively and legally.

The Image Interpretation pathway is designed for students who want to develop competency in the extended role of image interpretation and helps you specialise in this specific area of practice. Clinical modules are offered in musculoskeletal reporting. Other specialist reporting areas can be taken via the independent study modules.

Course structure

The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences: image interpretation pathway is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:
-Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
-Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
-Masters degree - 180 credits

Why choose this course?

-It gives you the opportunity to share ideas with other health professions in order to develop intellectual abilities and assist in the advancement of health care
-It offers you flexible study options based on a modular structure
-It includes interprofessional learning
-The teaching is done by experienced staff and visiting external specialists
-Accredited by the College of Radiographers

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by the College of Radiographers.

Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Delivery of modules incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you. Please contact the module lead for details.

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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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This programme develops the skills and expertise required to undertake skeletal image interpretation and the provision of associated definitive clinical reports. Read more
This programme develops the skills and expertise required to undertake skeletal image interpretation and the provision of associated definitive clinical reports. Modules within the programme will build on previous learning. Starting with appendicular skeleton interpretation and reporting the programme then moves to consider axial skeleton image interpretation and reporting. Students will have opportunities to complete a research methodology module to equip them as comfortable research users and develop skills as researchers who add to the evidence base.

Staff running and teaching on the programme have extensive image interpretation and reporting experience and expertise and provide stimulating and informative lectures. Lectures are supported through blended learning delivered via our online platform and formative self-assessments to allow students to check their own progress.

Programme structure

The programme has a modular structure which when completed will ensure that graduates meet the standard requirements for reporting radiographers. The programme structure consists of two 30 credit modules for the PG Cert, with further 60 credits of modules for the PG Dip, and the addition of the 60 credit MSc research project for the full MSc.

Modules

Module titles are as follows:
• Fundamentals and principles of clinical image interpretation and advanced practice
• Musculoskeletal Pathology
• Appendicular Skeletal Image Interpretation
• Axial Skeletal Image Interpretation
• Applied Research methods
• Research/Dissertation

Please note the modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. For an up to date list please see the website http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/medicalimagingmsc/#Programme-structure

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The Radiographic Reporting programme offers a depth and scope of knowledge, which incorporates a high level of clinical skill in the practice of image evaluation and reporting of the skeletal system. Read more
The Radiographic Reporting programme offers a depth and scope of knowledge, which incorporates a high level of clinical skill in the practice of image evaluation and reporting of the skeletal system. The modules fully integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skill, facilitating your development as a competent and reflective practitioner.

The programme incorporates key lectures and guided work-based learning, along with practice assessment, evaluation and report writing for radiographic images of the skeletal system. It also offers the option of pathways in skeletal and/or chest reporting.

This programme has significant work-based elements, therefore it is essential you have effective support and mentorship in your base department. The work-based learning component is well structured and monitored by us through clinical visits. The LSBU PACS has a wide range of relevant cases that will supplement work-based experience.

We have a highly motivated team of in-house and guest specialists from a variety of hospitals, with over 14 years experience successfully delivering the Radiographic Reporting programme.

Modules

The PgCert is typically achieved in Year 1 and credit carried forward to further study in Year 2 to achieve PgDip. Year 3 completes the MSc with a dissertation. The awards are flexible to suit individual needs:

PgCert (60 credits)

Foundations of image interpretation (20 credits)
Plus optional modules worth 40 credits

PgDip (120 credits)

Foundations of image interpretation (20 credits)
Research in health and social care (20 credits)
Plus optional modules worth 80 credits

MSc (180 Credits)

Foundations of image interpretation (20 credits)
Research in health and social care (20 credits)
Dissertation (40 or 60 credits)
Plus optional modules worth 80 - 100 credits

Optional modules:

Radiographic Skeletal Reporting: Appendicular skeleton (40 credits)
Radiographic Skeletal Reporting: Axial Skeleton (20 credits)
Advances in Specialised Skeletal Imaging (20 credits)
Radiographic Chest Reporting (40 credits)

Professional links

The programme is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.The Society and College of Radiographers represents the whole radiographic workforce in the UK.

Employability

This programme will assist in developing graduates career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas. The course offers a flexible and responsive education and training provision which follows the requirements in respect of Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPPD), linked to professional regulation and the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).

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Key Facts. All courses are accredited by the College and Society of Radiographers and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more
Key Facts:
All courses are accredited by the College and Society of Radiographers and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The skills obtained are transferable to all NHS Trusts and recognised Overseas.


Entry Requirements:
You should possess a BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic / Therapeutic Radiography or equivalent qualification e.g. a Diploma of the College of Radiographers. Applicants who are applying outside of the UK require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 with no element below 6.5.

For reporting qualifications you should be currently practising, with at least two years’ post-qualification experience as a radiographer.

If you apply for the named Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) reporting awards in Adult Chest and Abdomen, CT Head, Appendicular and Axial Skeletal reporting you must also have a clinical supervisor within your own department who is willing to support you through the course, together with written approval from the Trust or hospital employing you for clinical practice.


Course overview:
The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences has a reputation for developing innovative courses to meet the demands of NHS Trusts who require staff training in order to meet the demands of an ever changing NHS.

The courses are aimed at those with a current qualification and registration as radiographer, or other health care professional, registered with the HCPC who wish to enhance their qualifications and skills and to prepare themselves for the extended roles that they are expected to embrace. Applications are welcome from nurses who wish to enhance their scope of practice.

The available courses are designed to enable you to evaluate the relationship between technology, managerial responsibility and policy. As increasing emphasis is being placed on hospital-based research to support evidence-based practice, the courses also aim to enhance your abilities to critically evaluate research findings to benefit service provision, and thus ensure that the patient remains at the centre of everything that we do.

We'll equip you with specialist knowledge and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast developing sector. All modules are delivered by highly skilled lecturers with the support of dedicated visiting lecturers from the clinical setting. 90 per cent of course delivery is face to face.


Course structure:
The available accreditations can be studied part time to fit around your personal and professional commitments.

Each single module requires a notional 200 hours of study. Most single modules are delivered either during the afternoon or evening or, on the named pathways, on a two or three day block-release basis, with the clinical component taking place in your workplace under the direction of a clinical supervisor.

Most students are successful at their first attempt of assessment.

The named pathways for Appendicular and Axial Skeletal Reporting have attracted students from as far afield as Denmark and Holland.

Learning Experience / Modules Studied:
The suite of courses offers opportunities to study Radiography at Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s (MSc) level:

PgCert Radiography [Appendicular Reporting]
PgCert Radiography [Axial Reporting]
PgCert Radiography [Adult Chest and Abdomen reporting]
PgCert Radiography [CT Head Reporting]
PgCert Radiography [Computed Tomography]
PgCert MRI
PgDip MRI
PgDip Image Reporting
PgDip Radiography and MSc Radiography

Regardless of the specialist area, a PgCert involves three single 20 credit modules or one double (40 credit) and one single (20 credit) module.
The PgDip involves an additional three single or one single and one double module provided you have already gained the PgCert. Otherwise, the PgDip involves a total of six single modules or two double and two single modules. You must study the single module Leadership for Advanced Professional Practice for the PgCert and Research; Methods of Enquiry module for the PgDip award as this will help prepare you for your dissertation towards your MSc Radiography.

For a Master’s, you must have completed a total of 120 credits. You will then undertake a research project where you will be offered workshops and tutorials and will be required to submit a dissertation not exceeding 20,000 words.
Available 20 credit single modules, which can also be accessed on an individual basis, include:

Leadership for Advanced Professions; Practice (compulsory for all PgCert awards)
Cross Sectional Anatomy
Image Interpretation for Comment Systems
Fundamentals of MRI
MRI Principles and Practice
MRI Student Negotiated
MRI Specialist Techniques
Introduction to Image Interpretation of the Chest and Abdomen
Technological Developments in Radiotherapy
Applications of Imaging and Verification in Radiotherapy
Paediatric Imaging
Forensic Radiography
Ethical and Legal Issues For Advanced Practice
Research: Methods of Enquiry (compulsory for PgDip)

Available 40 Credit modules which can also be accessed on an individual basis are:

Foundations and Practice of Appendicular Skeletal Reporting
Foundations and Practice of Axial Skeletal Reporting
Foundations and Practice of Adult Chest and Abdomen Reporting
Foundations and Practice of CT Head Reporting
Advanced CT Applications and Imaging Science

Each named award has its own clinical and academic requirements. Expected durations may also vary slightly. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty for more detailed course information.


Assessment:
Modules are assessed independently using a variety of methods, which may include assignments, annotated bibliography, student presentations and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)

Visit the MSc Radiography page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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This MA gives practitioners and theorists the opportunity to research and develop the new boundaries of image-making made possible by technological change within the context of post-industrial culture. Read more

This MA gives practitioners and theorists the opportunity to research and develop the new boundaries of image-making made possible by technological change within the context of post-industrial culture.

This programme joins theory and practice, equipping you to develop and achieve highly effectively in the new image media culture. Practice uses both digital and analogue technology, still and durational as well as the study and production of interactivity.

The programme allows for specialisation in photography and/or electronic arts – which, in addition to still photography, can include interactive, durational and internet work – but encompasses a broader interpretation of practice.

You'll look at the meaning, production and distribution of images, and the relationship between theory and practice in the context of debates about post-modernism and beyond.

You also participate in enabling sessions in photography:

  • medium/large format cameras
  • portable and studio lighting technologies and their use
  • film technology
  • cinematography
  • digital imaging
  • output systems and processes

and/or in electronic arts:

  • computer and video graphics
  • post-production
  • computer-aided design
  • digital publishing
  • animation
  • animatics
  • 2D and 3D computer animation
  • still and durational image production and manipulation
  • web construction
  • interactivity

There is an MRes which follows the MA into a second year, in order to develop your work/voice. This will count as the first year of a PhD. Find out more about the MRes.

Modules & structure

This programme uniquely joins theory and practice in a way that will equip you with the tools and the vision to develop and achieve highly effectively in the new image media culture. Practice uses both digital and analogue technology, still and durational as well as the study and production of interactivity. 

You will study

  • Photography: Durational & Still; Analogue & Digital
  • Electronic Imagery: Motion & Still
  • Visualisation: Stand-alone & Interactive

The programme draws on a broad range of cultural references and technical practices. It offers the opportunity to take stock of evolving practices and developments in image media culture, and is structured to develop the intellectual imagination within each individual student. This is achieved through a combined study of practice and theory, with extensive instruction through ‘enabling sessions’ which engage technical familiarity; core tutorials; secondary tutorials; Issues in Media and Culture and additional theory course options.

Recognising the rapidly changing definitions and context of these practice areas,and the value/positioning of traditional practices, these categories may also be understood through a variety of practices which involve image construction and presentation both still and durational, including: film/video, animation, interactivity, installations, motion graphics, and hyperspace constructs, as well as evolving new exploratory categories.

The programme provides an opportunity to develop and/or research aspects of visual style, and draw on a broad range of cultural references as well as aesthetic and technical approaches engaged through ‘Practice Theory Sessions’, visiting lectures and the Issues in Media and Culture course. Fundamental to the programme is the space that it creates to make it possible for you to explore, question, change and consolidate your work and your ideas.

Assessment

Original portfolio submission; coursework and essays.

Learning & teaching

Tutorials

This course is interested in the development of the individual voice. To this end, there are two types of tutorial:

  • Core tutorials - which deal with overall development
  • Secondary tutorials - these are tutorials for each specific area of photographic media

Skills

You'll develop specific practice skills to a high level, and the articulation/understanding of the pleasures of media consumption.

Careers

Graduates from the programme are extremely successful, with finalists working commercially, developing as artists or continuing to enlarge their academic knowledge. During the course particular attention is given to the development of the individual voice. This, plus students' exposure to a range of technologies, means that our graduates can step into the arena of their choice, or sometimes of their making.

Here are just some examples of the sorts of careers graduates have gone onto:

  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Animator
  • Senior Interactive Designer
  • Head of Creative Department
  • Head Technical Creative, Experimental Film and Dance
  • Commercial Photography (fashion, editorial, photobooks, social, advertising)
  • Director (commercial narrative)
  • Director Of Photography
  • Installation Artist
  • Interactive Artist
  • Producer
  • Curator

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths



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Our postgraduate certificate in Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation is a nine month distance-learning programme to train dentists to be able to use CBCT imaging appropriately to help diagnose clinical problems of the dento-alveolar areas of the jaws, correctly interpret the radiological signs and write structured radiological reports. Read more

Our postgraduate certificate in Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation is a nine month distance-learning programme to train dentists to be able to use CBCT imaging appropriately to help diagnose clinical problems of the dento-alveolar areas of the jaws, correctly interpret the radiological signs and write structured radiological reports.

This course is mostly delivered online, so you can study with minimum disruption to your professional and personal life while benefitting from world-class teaching.

Key benefits

  • The first university-based training of its kind.
  • Enables students to understand and interpret the relatively new x-ray imaging modality of cone beam CT, enabling 3-dimensional cross-sectional imaging.
  • Curriculum delivered by expert teaching staff, all at consultant level and GDC-registered specialists in this subject.
  • The Dental Institute is home to the largest dental radiology department in UK, equipped with state-of-the-art CBCT machines.
  • Delivered primarily online, the programme also includes a block of face-to-face lectures and hands-on training at Guy’s Hospital.
  • Curriculum based on the recently adopted pan-European guidelines1 for CB scanner use, lead authored by King’s College London Dental Institute’s Jackie Brown.

Description

The programme provides knowledge and understanding of:

  • Legislation, guidelines and radiation safety in relation to the use of CBCT in dentistry
  • Justification and selection criteria for CBCT and dental radiography: the value and role of each technique
  • CBCT appearance of normal anatomy, artifacts and pathological conditions of the dento-alveolar region including:

Developmental conditions

  • Impacted teeth
  • Cysts and tumours
  • Radiological signs of benign and malignant lesions
  • Bone disease
  • Bone healing and post-surgical change
  • Soft tissue calcifications
  • Understanding of radiological signs of disease

Students will acquire skills in:

  • The process of making a differential diagnosis using radiological evidence
  • Image manipulation (anonymised scans and viewing software* provided)
  • Understanding which clinical problems may or may not be investigated using modern dental X-ray techniques
  • Viewing strategies for certain clinical applications e.g. impacted lower third molars, implants, endodontics, orthodontics
  • Understanding variations in normal anatomy in dental and maxillofacial regions
  • Critical awareness of limitations of CBCT and dental radiography and the impact of imaging artefacts on radiological interpretation
  • Writing radiological reports using a structured approach and concise description

Teaching

The course is a blended learning programme taught primarily online through the King’s College London’s online learning environment, KEATS (King's E-learning and Teaching Service) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. Content is supplemented by online seminars and tutorials delivered by teaching staff.

The compulsory face-to-face component takes place for five consecutive days in September at King’s College London, Guy’s campus. This component will consist of four days of lectures, practical exercises, mock oral exams and tutor feedback, which will help to prepare students for the final exams taking place on the fifth day.

*In order to view and manipulate CT scans during your online self study activities, you will be required to use free software that only runs on Windows operating systems. More details will be given at the start of the course.

Notes for applicants

The course does not provide great detail on implant planning or image-guided planning/surgery, for which dedicated software is often required.

We have designed the postgraduate training for dentists who want to understand CBCT imaging and wish to write interpretation reports on CBCT scans of dento-alveolar region.

This course is not intended to train a dentist to become a radiologist. In UK, a radiologist is trained within a scheme approved by the regional LETB/Deanery, in a hospital setting, which requires minimum of 4 years full-time training and is examined by the Royal College of Radiologists.

Course format and assessment

The course is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 60 credits.

You are required to take:

  • Physics and Regulations (20 credits)
  • Anatomy (20 credits)
  • Interpretation (20 credits)

Each module consists of 6 units. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework, written and oral examinations.



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Electronics is at the heart of a wide range of business and entertainment systems and is vital to the growth of the global economy. Read more
Electronics is at the heart of a wide range of business and entertainment systems and is vital to the growth of the global economy. This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to play a leading part in the future research, development and application of these technologies.

These systems are vital to the growth of the global economy; reducing costs, improving quality and providing ever more sophisticated services. All aspects of business, from research and development to production, marketing and sales, benefit from rapid advances in such technology. Our social lives, entertainment and education are also enhanced by continuing advances in personal electronic systems, media compression and seamless connectivity using communications systems.

This degree programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to play a leading part in the future research, development and application of these technologies.

You have a wide range of module choices in this degree programnme. The linkage between modules is minimised so that students are free to create a personalised study package. Thus topics from embedded systems, spoken language processing, image interpretation and 3D environments for virual reality and serious games, and some aspects of communications engineering can be combined in one degree programme.

About the School of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, is an exceptionally broad subject. It sits between Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, Materials Science, Education, Biological and Medical Sciences, with interfaces to many other areas of engineering such as transportation systems, renewable energy systems and the built environment.
Our students study in modern, purpose built and up to date facilities in the Gisbert Kapp building, which houses dedicated state-of-theart teaching and research facilities. The Department has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and boasts an annual research fund of more than £4 million a year. This means that wherever your interest lies, you can be sure you’ll be taught by experts in the field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This course is for radiographers who are currently working in a clinical environment offering mammography experience. Read more

This course is for radiographers who are currently working in a clinical environment offering mammography experience. The course will focus on the evaluation of healthcare provision enabling both skills and theory to be integrated within clinical practice while strengthening the ability to contribute effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Issues at the cutting edge of theory and research in mammography will be critically examined to enable you to focus, extend, develop and strengthen skills in mammography to a level of advanced professional competence.

Radiographers who already possess ‘The Certificate of Competence’ can apply for an exemption from the work-based learning modules. The work-based learning element is structured to promote the development of advanced-level operational skills and critical and reflective thinking in clinical practice. It will focus on the ability to undertake independent learning and to become a critically reflective practitioner.

Depending on your modules choice, you are able to follow a pathway within mammography that will lead to either advancement in specialist clinical skills, education and training or healthcare management.

Teaching, learning and assessment

As this course places the student at the heart of the learning process, you will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. The teaching and learning strategies are designed to enable independent progress within a supportive framework. Your performance on the course will be assessed by a case study, reports, seminar presentations, a clinical assessment, essays, portfolio and a research project. Class sizes are variable and can range from 8 -25 approximately.

Teaching hours and attendance

If completing the course part-time over three years, it is likely that you will attend classes at the beginning of each module at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre in Glasgow and then carry out further independent work. The Research Methods module is taught  electronically, so no attendance is required.

Links with industry/professional bodies

Membership of the College of Radiographers.

Modules

15 credits: Mammography 1/ Mammography 2/ Mammography 3/ Mammography 4

30 credits: PgDip Research Methods

You will also study a further 30 credit module from: X-ray Guided Breast Biopsy/ Stereotactic Wire Localisation for Breast/ Mammographic Image Interpretation/ Breast Ultrasound

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

Careers

This course is part of continuing professional development and is designed to improve the delivery of the breast care service. Gaining this qualification may enhance your career prospects within the profession of radiography.

Quick Facts

  • This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers. 
  • The course offers advanced practice modules. 
  • The course offers a flexible approach to learning.


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This course is for therapeutic radiographers and will enable you to develop your professional knowledge and enhance your clinical and research skills. Read more

This course is for therapeutic radiographers and will enable you to develop your professional knowledge and enhance your clinical and research skills. The modules on this course have been selected with the development and progression of the therapeutic radiography profession in mind.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The teaching and assessment strategies will enable you to develop your full potential by recognising and building on prior knowledge and experience and by facilitating development of subject-related and transferable skills. There are various forms of assessment including case study analysis, portfolio of evidence of practice, essays, written examination and a project containing evidence of research methods and analysis will be used to monitor your progress. Class sizes for attendance based modules are normally around 8-10 students. This ensures that students receive excellent support from tutors and benefit from sharing experiences with peers.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying.

Links with industry/professional bodies

On graduation you will be accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Modules

The full MSc Radiotherapy award of 180 credits will require study of two modules of 90 credits - Research Methods (30 credits), a project (60 credits), and the remaining 90 credits to be taken from the following

modules:

30 credits (distance learning): Emerging Technologies in Radiotherapy/ Management of Prostate Cancer/ Management of Breast Cancer

30 credits: Radiotherapy Verification and Analysis/ Decision Taking in Radiotherapy Planning for Palliative Cancers/Decision Taking in Radiotherapy Planning for Breast Cancer/ The Principles of Gynaecological Brachytherapy/ The Clinical Practice of Vaginal Vault Brachytherapy/ Planning and Delivery of Gynaecological Brachytherapy/ Ultrasound Localisation Procedures for Intrauterine Brachytherapy Insertions/ 3-D Computerised Tomography (CT) Treatment Planning for Vaginal Vault Brachytherapy/ Imaging Modalities (Computed  Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Positron Emission Tomography ) for Therapeutic Radiographers/ Image Interpretation and Pattern Recognition for Therapeutic Radiographers (choice of Abdomen/ Pelvis – Thorax/ CNS-Head/Neck)/Independent Study/ Current Developments

15 credits: The Principals of Gynaecological Brachytherapy/Leading in Healthcare/ Managing Change in Healthcare/ Independent Study

Careers

This course is part of continuing professional development and is designed to improve the delivery of the service. Gaining this qualification may enhance your career prospects within the profession of radiography.

Quick Facts

  • This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers. 
  • The course offers advanced practice modules. 
  • The course offers a flexible approach to learning.

This course is due for revalidation in Spring 2018. It is likely that this will result in module changes. Please check the website for updates.



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If you are a non-radiotherapy graduate who would like to become a registered therapeutic radiographer, this postgraduate course in radiotherapy and oncology will prepare you to become one. Read more

If you are a non-radiotherapy graduate who would like to become a registered therapeutic radiographer, this postgraduate course in radiotherapy and oncology will prepare you to become one. By graduating from this course, you are allowed to register for this role through the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

By qualifying in this area you are able to respond to the increasing demand for therapeutic radiographers in the health service. Medical, technological and professional advances in radiotherapy mean the role of the therapeutic radiographer is ever changing.

Your on-campus training is based at the £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building. Here you use the state-of-the-art virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT). It creates a life-size 3D replica of a clinical environment. We also have 20 networked eclipse planning computers and 10 image review licences with specialist staff on hand to teach you radiotherapy planning and image matching. We are one of the only universities outside of the USA that can offer these facilities.

You get real insights into all aspects of radiography with our professionally approved teaching programme. You learn from a lecturing team who are all qualified radiographers involved in research at a national level.

In addition to this expertise, we invite guest lecturers to teach that are leaders in their field. You also meet and hear from ex-patients who share their experiences of treatment.

As part of the course, you gain important clinical experience in one of our nine participating hospitals. This gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake and develop your professional role.

Clinical placements may be taken in

  • St James' Hospital, Leeds
  • Royal Derby Hospital
  • James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Lincoln County Hospital
  • The Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
  • Nottingham City Hospital
  • Castle Hill Hospital, Hull
  • Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield.

To begin with, your studies focus on the theoretical knowledge you need for your clinical experience. We encourage you to question and analyse, not simply accept the theory wholesale. You also learn to look at the complete picture from the view of the patient, healthcare team and associated scientific principles.

You gradually learn to apply theory to practice and tailor treatment to each patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues.

Your studies enable you to develop and adapt your clinical expertise through reflective practice. You learn to analyse and evaluate your experience as you gain and develop new skills and competencies and to look for areas that need changing.

The course is designed in response to recent government initiatives to modernise healthcare education, increase recruitment into the health service and improve cancer care services.

Radiotherapy open days

To build your knowledge and understanding of radiotherapy and oncology you may be interested in attending an open day at one of our partner hospitals. More information about current opportunities to attend a hospital open day are shown here

CPD online

CPD Online, part of our CPD Anywhere™ framework, is being offered free to new graduates of this course for 12 months, as part of our commitment to support your lifelong learning.

CPD Online is an online learning environment which provides information to help your transition into the workplace. It can enhance your employability and provide opportunities to take part in and evidence continuing professional development to help meet professional body and statutory requirements.

For further information, visit the CPD Anywhere™ website at http://www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/cpd/anywhere.

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Professional recognition

This course is pending accreditation by the College of Radiographers.

This course is subject to approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and apply to become members of the Society and College of Radiographers. You must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to practise as a therapeutic radiographer in the UK.

Course structure

Year one modules

  • Principles of Oncology, Radiotherapy and Technology 1
  • Body Systems and Anatomical Image Interpretation
  • Researching for practice • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Personal and Professional Development 1
  • Competency for Practice 1

Year two modules

  • Principles of Oncology, Radiotherapy and Technology 2
  • Dissertation
  • Personal and Professional Development 2
  • Competency for Practice 2

Assessment

  • individual assignments
  • personal and professional development portfolio
  • clinical assessment and appraisal
  • case studies
  • formatively assessed learning packages
  • placement reports
  • viva
  • dissertation

Employability

After successfully completing the course and registering with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) you will be qualified to work in radiotherapy departments throughout the UK and overseas. Opportunities exist to specialise in particular areas of clinical practice such as management, quality assurance , treatment planning and patient information/counselling.

Alternatively, you may choose to enter the teaching profession.



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This degree provides in-depth training for students interested in a career in industry or in research-oriented institutions focused on image and video analysis, and deep learning. Read more

This degree provides in-depth training for students interested in a career in industry or in research-oriented institutions focused on image and video analysis, and deep learning.

State-of-the-art computer-vision and machine-learning approaches for image and video analysis are covered in the course, as well as low-level image processing methods.

Students also have the chance to substantially expand their programming skills through projects they undertake.

Read about the experience of a previous student on this course, Gianmarco Addari.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over 12 months and part-time from 24 to 60 months. It consists of eight taught modules and a standard project. 

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Technical characteristics of the pathway

This programme in Computer Vision, Robotics and Machine Learning aims to provide a high-quality advanced training in aspects of computer vision for extracting information from image and video content or enhancing its visual quality using machine learning codes.

Computer vision technology uses sophisticated signal processing and data analysis methods to support access to visual information, whether it is for business, security, personal use or entertainment.

The core modules cover the fundamentals of how to represent image and video information digitally, including processing, filtering and feature extraction techniques.

An important aspect of the programme is the software implementation of such processes. Students will be able to tailor their learning experience through selection of elective modules to suit their career aspirations.

Key to the programme is cross-linking between core methods and systems for image and video analysis applications. The programme has strong links to current research in the Department of Electronic Engineering’s Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing.

Facilities, equipment and support

To support your learning, we hold regular MSc group meetings where any aspect of the programme, technical or non-technical, can be discussed in an informal atmosphere. This allows you to raise any problems that you would like to have addressed and encourages peer-based learning and general group discussion.

We provide computing support with any specialised software required during the programme, for example, Matlab. The Faculty’s student common room is also covered by the University’s open-access wireless network, which makes it a very popular location for individual and group work using laptops and mobile devices.

Specialist experimental and research facilities, for computationally demanding projects or those requiring specialist equipment, are provided by the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP).

Career prospects

Computer vision specialists are be valuable in all industries that require intelligent processing and interpretation of image and video. This includes industries in directly related fields such as:

  • Multimedia indexing and retrieval (Google, Microsoft, Apple)
  • Motion capture (Foundry)
  • Media production (BBC, Foundry)
  • Medical Imaging (Siemens)
  • Security and Defence (BAE, EADS, Qinetiq)
  • Robotics (SSTL)

Studying for Msc degree in Computer Vision offers variety, challenge and stimulation. It is not just the introduction to a rewarding career, but also offers an intellectually demanding and exciting opportunity to break through boundaries in research.

Many of the most remarkable advancements in the past 60 years have only been possible through the curiosity and ingenuity of engineers. Our graduates have a consistently strong record of gaining employment with leading companies.

Employers value the skills and experience that enable our graduates to make a positive contribution in their jobs from day one.

Industrial collaborations

We draw on our industry experience to inform and enrich our teaching, bringing theoretical subjects to life. Our industrial collaborations include:

  • Research and technology transfer projects with industrial partners such as the BBC, Foundry, LionHead and BAE
  • A number of our academics offer MSc projects in collaboration with our industrial partners

Research perspectives

This course gives an excellent preparation for continuing onto PhD studies in computer vision related domains.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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A major feature of this programme is the option for you to pursue specific knowledge and skills development in your area of practice through the use of work-based learning e.g. Read more
A major feature of this programme is the option for you to pursue specific knowledge and skills development in your area of practice through the use of work-based learning e.g. breast ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsy procedures.

The programme includes provision for developing a high standard of mammography skills. However, it also caters for those wishing to move into advanced and consultant practice to meet the evolving requirements of breast screening and diagnostic services.

The course is provided through a partnership between LSBU and King's College Hospital National Breast Screening Training Centre. Applicants will normally be a Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) registered radiographer, with a relevant professional qualification, or in possession of a first degree in a science, biomedical or health and social care subject.

The Breast Imaging programme is designed to address the increasingly specialised needs of practitioners for education to underpin professional practice in breast diagnosis.

* This course is currently subject to validation

Modules

The PgCert Breast Imaging programme (60 Credits) may be made up of a selection from the following specialist modules, all taught at the National Breast Screening Training Centre, King’s College NHS Foundation Trust:

Mammography Theory (20 credits)
Mammography Practice (40 credits)
Mammography Image Interpretation (40 credits)
Clinical Breast Examination and Communication Skills (20 credits)
Breast Ultrasound for Ultrasonographers (40 credits)
Breast Ultrasound (60 credits)
Ultrasound guided interventional procedures (20 credits)

Whilst these modules enable the achievement of the PgCert Breast Imaging adhering to UK national standards, they also form part of the PgDip/MSc Diagnostic Imaging award, enabling progression beyond PgCert.

Professional links

The course is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Employability

This programme will assist in developing your career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas.

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This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Read more

This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. It is intended for experienced healthcare professionals and for those wishing to formalise and develop their role as an advanced clinical practitioner. The course seeks to focus on decision-making, diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical management. You share learning with others from an extensive range of multi-professional backgrounds to create a vibrant and challenging learning environment.

The core modules focus on the four elements of advanced practice • clinical practice • education • managerial/leadership • research and flexibility is built into this course to enable you to tailor the course and focus on your area of specialism using a wide choice of elective modules.

Recognition of prior credited learning and recognition of prior experiential learning have been adopted for these awards to facilitate entry to the course.

The course enables you to

  • develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviours required to function as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • apply advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and disease processes when undertaking patient assessment and diagnosis
  • use a range of knowledge to underpin safe decision making when implementing appropriate pharmacological interventions, and prescribe medications when legally permitted as part of the advance practitioner's role
  • engage with a range of theoretical perspectives, contemporary research and evidence based literature to support clinical reasoning relevant to your supervised advanced clinical practice
  • enhance employability through the development of transferable skills and intellectual attributes necessary for lifelong learning.

Learning in multi-professional groups and being taught by a multi-professional teaching team creates a vibrant and challenging learning environment to enhance and extend your knowledge of working in transformational roles such as Advanced Clinical Practice.

This course is designed to provide a platform of essential skills, supported by a variety of pathways that provides you with a genuine choice. This range seeks to provide you with the opportunity to critically discuss cases, demonstrate knowledge within a simulation and develop critical appraisal skills.

You also take part in practical assessments that are designed to ensure that you are safe and able to make judicious clinical decisions based on your knowledge and understanding. The range of your practice related learning is recorded and documented in the Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (PPDP), which is a personal record of learning through the course. The format of your e-portfolio will be dependent on local and professional body requirements.

The course is structured around a combination of both core and elective modules, some of which are delivered via distance learning.

There is an extensive range of elective modules which may be accessed according to individual need and availability. 

Course structure

Year one core modules

  • advanced physical assessment & consultation skills (30 credits)

Year one options

One of the below elective modules

  • non-medical prescribing (30 credits, if relevant to your role)
  • pathophysiology and pharmacology for advanced management (30 credits, if relevant to your role)
  • pharmacist independent prescribing (30 credits, if relevant to your role)

Year two core modules

  • contemporary issues in advanced practice (15 credits; taught or distance learning)
  • researching for practice (15 credits; taught or distance learning)

Year two options

  • minor illness management (30 credits)
  • minor injury management (30 credits)
  • managing the acutely unwell patient (30 credits)
  • managing long term conditions (30 credits)
  • personalised study module (distance learning or taught) (15 credits)
  • personalised study module (distance learning) (30 credits)
  • evidencing your cpd (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • core principles of paediatrics in primary care & the acute sector (30 credits)
  • advancing paediatric management improving care in the primary and acute sector (30 credits)
  • chest radiographic image interpretation -acute and emergency care (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • appendicular musculoskeletal radiographic imaging interpretation (distance learning) (15 credits)
  • introduction to healthcare education (distance learning or taught) (30 credits)
  • leadership in adult safeguarding (30 credits)

Year three options

  • 45 credit dissertation*
  • 60 credit dissertation

* Note that if opting for the 45 credit version you can chose up to 45 credits from the elective modules, or if you do the 60 credit version, you can choose up to 30 credits maximum from the elective modules.

Assessment

  • written assignments
  • reflective case studies
  • examinations
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • videos and practical assessments

Employability

Successful completion of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will prepare you to seek an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) post or if already employed as a trainee ACP, to formalise this post with a nationally recognised academic qualification. Successful completion also provides the practitioner with the skill set to take on a more strategic leadership role within a secondary or primary health care setting.

Some typical case study examples of career progression opportunities taken by similarly qualified graduates are • advanced clinical practitioner - emergency department • advanced clinical practitioner - specialist paramedics (emergency and urgent care) • advanced clinical practitioner (trainee) - pharmacist • advanced clinical practitioner - complex mental health needs in prison • advanced clinical practitioner - chartered physiotherapist



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