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Healthcare Science (with pathways in Radiotherapy Physics and Nuclear Medicine) Graduate Diploma


Course Description

Do you want to put your skills to use in Nuclear Medicine? Need to develop your radiotherapy skills? Then we're here to provide you everything you need to become a specialist in your field. Our strong focus on clinical practice will give you plenty of practical experience within your specialism, with 50 weeks spent on placement in a variety of clinical settings. You'll develop the skills required to stand out from your colleagues and make you highly valued by employers.

There is a current national workforce shortage of practitioners in Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine, so it's important we produce fully trained professionals to fill the high demand. Our passionate tutors will ensure you receive the support you need to become a competent and compassionate healthcare practitioner. So if you have an interest in this area, then put your knowledge to the best use and enter a job market with excellent prospects.

Course outline

After building a foundation of knowledge in the first year, you will specialise in Radiotherapy Physics or Nuclear Medicine in year 2. Trainees (students) are employed on a particular pathway and come to UoC for a total of seven weeks academic training. These modules will be complemented by approximately 50 weeks of clinical practice in a relevant department, depending on the route taken. Students are employed full time by a training department (Nuclear Medicine or Radiotherapy) and learn the clinical component on the job.

Graduate destinations

You will quickly find a post as a practitioner with the NHS or private healthcare provider. Depending on which route you take with the course, you could work in a Nuclear Medicine Department undertaking scans or preparing Radionuclides for administration to patients, or as a Dosimetrist working in a Radiotherapy Department. You can find out more about careers in Healthcare Science on the NHS website: http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/healthcare-science/

Visit the Healthcare Science (with pathways in Radiotherapy Physics and Nuclear Medicine) Graduate Diploma page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. Applicants will be recruited by the NHS Modernising Scientific Careers Healthcare Science Graduate Diploma Scheme. Once a place is secured they will apply as a direct applicant to the University. Applicants will normally have a first degree in Physics or Applied Physics.

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