The aim of this course is to enable students to build on their current skills set, through teaching and their own research, in order to work at an advanced level within the radiotherapy department and/or the radiotherapy treatment planning area. The course will develop students' knowledge and skills in the advanced radiation therapy management of cancer patients and to enable students to critically evaluate and participate in research in this area.
The M.Sc. uses a range of authentic assessments which give students the opportunity to produce assessed work which is highly relevant to the clinical environment and which develops independent life-long learning skills.
This M.Sc. course has two separate strands:
1. Advanced Radiotherapy Practice
2. Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning
Strand 1: Advanced Radiotherapy Practice
This course aims to develop students' knowledge and skills in the advanced radiotherapy management of cancer patients and to enable students to critically evaluate and participate in research in this area. The course will provide knowledge of advanced clinical practice for radiation therapists, develop the role of the radiation therapist and provide skills required to further research into cancer management in the radiotherapy department.
On completion of this strand, students will be able to demonstrate: The ability to use evidence-based medicine to underpin their radiation therapy practice Proficiency in undertaking research in the field of radiation therapy An understanding of management processes and their application in oncology An understanding of the biological consequences of ionising radiation exposure and its potential in cancer treatment Familiarity with radiological anatomy and the acquisition of optimal imaging for radiotherapy. Understand the principles of contouring and become proficient in contouring for prostate radiotherapy.
Strand 2: Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning
This course develops students' skills in the area of radiotherapy treatment planning. All components of treatment planning are taught from 3D Conformal Radiotherapy to IMRT treatment planning and treatment planning for specialist techniques such as stereotactic radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
On completion of this strand, students will be able to: Prepare 3D and IMRT treatment plans Analyse and discuss treatment plans for specialist techniques Undertaking research in the field of radiation therapy treatment planning Identify radiological anatomy and discuss optimal imaging for radiotherapy, from diagnosis to on-treatment verification. Understand the principles of contouring and become proficient in contouring for prostate radiotherapy.
For both strands, Year 1 consists of six taught modules (60 ECTS). Students who progress to Year 2 will undertake a research dissertation (30 ECTS). Students who pass the taught component and have completed 60 ECTS may exit with a postgraduate diploma if they do not wish to proceed to the dissertation in Year 2.