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Masters Degrees (Msc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration))

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The aim of this course is to develop the. analytical, theoretical and practical skills that. you learned as a graduate and focus on the. Read more
The aim of this course is to develop the
analytical, theoretical and practical skills that
you 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, eg Lothians, Fife, Forth Valley, Ayrshire, Tayside and the Borders. In Year One there are 18 weeks of placement and 21 weeks in Year Two. Four of these weeks are on elective placement which you can take anywhere in the world.

A variety of assessment methods will be used, including online examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), self-appraisal, course work, ePortfolio, viva voce examinations and clinical assessment.

The MSc Diagnostic Radiography programme has a small cohort of 12 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.
Attendance at professional modules is monitored to ensure safety to work in the clinical environment. In clinical placements you will be expected to work the normal hours of a radiographer (ie full-time, Monday to Friday).

Links with industry/professional bodies

Following successful completion you will be eligible to apply 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 Radiodiagnostic 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.

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Medical imaging is key to fast and accurate diagnosis in modern healthcare. As a radiographer you meet a variety of people and help provide them with a diagnosis to inform their treatment. Read more
Medical imaging is key to fast and accurate diagnosis in modern healthcare. As a radiographer you meet a variety of people and help provide them with a diagnosis to inform their treatment.

Course details

Radiographers work with the latest technology and often in fast paced environments where a clear head and an organised approach is key to safe practice. Through this course you build on your prior learning of anatomy and physiology to develop a critical understanding of contemporary radiography practice. You gain the skills to be a safe, autonomous, caring, professional practitioner. Core skills underpinning radiography include dispensing ionising radiation, interpreting medical image appearances, care of the patient and use of technology. We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share learning with students from other allied health professions to promote teamwork and engagement. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Society and College of Radiographers.

Students studying this programme who obtain an NHS bursary can't also apply for a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company. From September 2017 funding for this programme will change. The website will be updated when details are confirmed.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Radiographers. Practice placements are at Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside.

What you study

This is a unique, progressive and integrated fast-track course. It incorporates natural sciences, clinical sciences, health policy and research methods. The course would especially suit applicants with a biomedical sciences or anatomy background. We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share learning with students from other allied health professions. We promote teamwork and an appreciation of how other disciplines contribute to health care.

Year 1 core modules
-Clinical Placement 1
-Clinical Placement 2
-Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
-Radiographic Studies

Year 2 core modules
-Clinical Placement 3
-Contemporary Radiographic Imaging
-Major Project
-Specialist Radiographic Imaging

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

On campus, learning is facilitated through lectures, seminars, group work and problem-based learning. In addition the medical imaging team has access to IT facilities and a proportion of teaching is supported through a computer program which simulates the taking of x-rays plus special image retrieval and display systems.

Approximately 50% of your learning occurs in the clinical environment. During this time you have one day a week as study time, engaging with learning materials through the university’s VLE. The placements are designed to provide you with increasingly demanding opportunities to achieve the outcomes of the programme and to fulfil the requirement for clinical competence. You also experience a range of imaging strategies in different environments, so that as a radiographer you can act as both an informed source and an advocate for the patient. The clinical environment provides the setting for experiential learning and the development of clinical reasoning, problem-solving and a reflective approach to practice. You are encouraged to apply your theoretical knowledge to the practical situation, plan your practice, undertake the examination and reflect on the process and outcome.

A range of assessment methods are used including written assignment, presentation and oral and written examinations. If you choose to complete the major project module of the MSc you are required to write a journal article.

Employability

Graduates in diagnostic radiography are a vital part of modern health care and employment opportunities are available in the UK and abroad.

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