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Diagnostic imaging MSc/PGDip/PGCert


University of Leeds School of Medicine

Part time September PgCert, MSc, PgDip 36 months part time

About the course

Our Diagnostic Imaging course is designed to match both the professional development needs of diagnostic imaging practitioners and the changing needs of patients in the modern healthcare system. It will develop you into a highly competent practitioner who can make a real contribution to healthcare services.

This multi-disciplinary course will appeal to a range of healthcare professionals including:

  • radiographers
  • clinical physiologists
  • mammographers
  • sonographers
  • medical doctors
  • nurses
  • clinical scientists.

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The course offers specialist clinical expertise underpinned by in-depth theoretical education in breast imaging and/or medical ultrasound. You’ll develop into a highly competent practitioner who can make a real contribution to healthcare services.

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Entry Requirements

We typically require a 2:1 honours health-related degree from a recognised higher education institution in an appropriate subject, e.g BSc (hons) in Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery, Clinical Physiology or Medicine. Applicants with a 2:2 degree and 1 year’s clinical experience also meet the entry criteria.

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Student Profile(s)

Anne Nielsen Moody

I am a Consultant Radiographer working in the Breast Imaging department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, a role I have had for the last two years. Gaining an MSc in diagnostic Imaging was a requirement for the role as a Consultant Radiographer.

I have previously studied at the University of Leeds hence it was natural for me to choose this University again.

The element I enjoy most about studying at Leeds is the familiarity. I have studied several modules in breast imaging over the years and feel very comfortable in the environment the University has to offer.

I found the research methodology module very challenging and at times difficult. The knowledge I gained from this module and the understanding of the various methodologies did help me greatly in writing my dissertation.

Working as a Consultant Radiographer in a busy Breast Unit is very rewarding. The knowledge I have gained as a postgraduate student at the University of Leeds over the years has had a very positive impact on how I have developed as a radiographer and I believe this has helped me to provide the patients attending our unit with the highest quality of care.

My supervisor for my dissertation was very helpful. He would challenge me to research issues I had regarding my dissertation and encouraged me to find answers to my questions first then discuss my findings with him. He would always answer my e-mails and enquiries promptly.

I would highly recommend studying at the University of Leeds. The course is well organised with skilled lecturers to make the courses interesting and engaging. The qualification gained from the University of Leeds is also highly regarded.


Vanessa Priestley-Shaw

I am a specialist radiographer working in breast imaging within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. My job role is shared between the Breast Screening Service and the Leeds Breast Clinic where we provide imaging and intervention services. I undertake mammographic imaging of patients attending these services and I also assist with a wide variety of image-guided diagnostic tests. My job is busy, varied, interesting and at times challenging; both practically and emotionally, but I love what I do.

I choose to study Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Leeds as my Trust has close connections with the university and as a Leeds graduate myself I was particularly happy to return to the familiar surroundings of the university.

The elements I enjoyed the most about studying at Leeds were the good facilities, enthusiastic lecturers and the convenient and familiar location.

I found the introduction to image interpretation (studied as part of the Mammographic Technique module) quite a mental challenge. Mammographic images are very difficult to read due to the nature of the tissue composition. It takes time and experience to be able to identify the subtle changes that may indicate a breast abnormality. Whilst I will not be a film reader in my current role, a good understanding of the abnormalities that are found in breast tissue is required. This is an area I would like to explore further in my future career.

The module I found the most interesting was Mammographic technique, for the above reasons and because this incorporated such a wide range of topics from communication skills to practical advice and image interpretation.

Some of the women I meet could be about to face the most difficult time in their life; a potential breast cancer diagnosis. I feel that I can make a real difference to their experience of the NHS and hopefully improve their journey in a small way. I love my job, I get to meet new, different and fascinating people every day and I find it very rewarding.

The advice I would give to students considering studying Diagnostic Imaging at Leeds is it is an academic course which (in my case) was backed up by practical hands-on experience at my place of work which helped to support my development as a specialist radiographer.


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