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MSc Diagnostic Radiography (pre-registration)

Course Description

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
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

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).


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).


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.

Visit the MSc Diagnostic Radiography (pre-registration) page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Second class honours degree or above in any discipline. Applicants without these academic qualifications would beconsidered through the University’s normal Recognition of Prior Learning procedures. We would also like all applicants to have some shadowing experience in a clinical environment. This course is not suitable for those already holding a diagnosticradiography or medical qualification. Shortlised applicants will be invited for an interview.Students whose first language is not English are required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individualcomponent score below 6.5.

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