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  MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh    School of Health Sciences

Full time September MSc 2 years full-time
Medicine (26)

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Are you looking to refocus your career and become a diagnostic radiographer? The MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration) programme at QMU is the perfect choice for graduates from any discipline. This well-established and highly respected course will equip you with the necessary skills to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). With a focus on theory, practical skills, and clinical experience, you will develop expertise in areas such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI, ultrasound, and more. Small class sizes ensure excellent academic support, and a variety of clinical placements provide a unique learning experience. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to join a caring profession with excellent graduate employment prospects. Please note that applicants should have a second-class honours degree or above in any discipline and some shadowing experience in a clinical environment. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. International students must provide evidence of English language competence. Don't forget, a satisfactory criminal records check is also required. Visit the QMU website for more information on module options and career prospects.

About the course

If you have a degree and are looking for a career change into a caring profession with excellent employment rates, why not consider becoming a diagnostic radiographer?

This MSc in Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration) course will enable graduates to refocus their career in only two years and on completion you will be able to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a diagnostic radiographer.

You will develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills you learned on your undergraduate degree and focus on the professional and clinical elements required to be a successful diagnostic radiographer. The course includes three blocks of practice placement that will build on course modules providing theoretical knowledge, ensuring you are well-equipped to enter into this caring profession.

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Entry Requirements

Second class honours degree or above in any discipline. It is essential that all applicants have some shadowing experience in a clinical environment. This course is not suitable for those already holding a diagnostic radiography or medical qualification. Shortlised applicants will be invited for an interview.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 with no individual component score less than 6.5.

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Student Profile

Heather Burke


Heather graduated from University College Dublin in 2013 with a BSc in Genetics. She continued her interest in biomedical science by undertaking an MSc in Translational Oncology from Trinity College Dublin in 2014.

Following her MSc, Heather decided to work in clinical research as she believed this would be a hands-on way of working in science and healthcare. Heather gained invaluable work experience and knowledge in her two years at a multi-national clinical research organisation. However, she felt that this position highlighted certain aspects of her career goals that were not being fulfilled. Heather’s ideal career would involve daily application of her scientific knowledge, direct patient contact, a diverse workload, the ability to expand her knowledge and advance in her chosen field. Based on this, Heather decided to pursue a career in radiography.

“Chosing to study at QMU was one of the easiest decisions of my career progression. The University is a leading centre of excellence for diagnostic radiography in the UK and the course is one of the few offered at masters’ level.

“Full summers of clinical placement allow students to build practical skills and develop the clinical competencies required for professional accreditation. The course also allows students to complete a four-week clinical placement anywhere in the world, which is a very exciting opportunity. Graduates from the course have excellent employment prospects and are well trained to begin their career as newly qualified radiographers.”

“The workload is challenging but certainly manageable. The lecturers are approachable, supportive and are always willing to help with any areas that that you may be finding challenging.”

“I hoped that the course would allow me to build on my prior knowledge and experience and to develop a career that is interesting, challenging and enjoyable. I see it as both a career change and a career progression. This course in particular is perfect as it allows me to commit full-time for two intense years and progress my career as efficiently as possible.

“I really appreciate that this course not only teaches us what to do but how and why we are doing it. We cover a broad base of anatomy, physiology and physics, with a particular focus on the science and reasoning underpinning each clinical procedure.

“On-site imaging equipment allows us to practice our clinical skills in a controlled environment before he


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