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Part time September PGDip, PGCert, MSc 1-7 years part time (depending on study level)
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Are you a radiographer looking to advance your career in mammography? The MSc in Mammography at QMU is tailored for you. This part-time course, delivered in collaboration with the Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging, focuses on developing advanced clinical skills and critical thinking in mammography practice. With options to pursue a PgCert, PgDip, or MSc, you can tailor your learning journey to your career goals. Modules cover topics such as Person-Centred Care, Practice-Based Learning, Advanced Skills, and more. The course emphasises the practical application of theory, ensuring you become a competent breast imaging specialist. Benefit from expert teaching by NHS professionals and gain professional accreditation from the Society and College of Radiographers. The flexible study route allows you to balance work commitments while enhancing your skills. Take charge of your learning and advance your career in mammography with QMU. Visit the course page for entry requirements and start your journey today.

About the course

This MSc in Mammography course is for radiographers who are currently working in a clinical environment within mammography services and who want to develop advanced level clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice.

A postgraduate qualification in mammography is essential for radiographers working within the National Breast Screening Programmes. This modular, practice-based course will enable you to follow a pathway within mammography leading to advancement in specialist clinical skills.

The course is run in partnership with the Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging (SABI) based at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre in Glasgow. It is delivered part-time.

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Student Profile

Jane Prady

Before arriving at QMU, Jane had already gained several years’ experience working in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital, covering accident and emergency, cardio vascular imaging and computerised tomography.

Jane, how did you combine study, work and family life?

“Ten years after qualifying as a Diagnostic Radiographer, my daughter arrived and although I could work part-time, childcare for shifts became difficult. In 2008, I started work on a part-time basis, with no shifts, at the South East of Scotland Breast Screening Service at band 6 and began the PgCert Mammography at QMU.

“In 2009, I had my son, but I enjoyed studying so much I wanted to do more. In 2011, I completed a research module, as well as modules in leadership in healthcare and managing change in healthcare in 2012. In 2013, I started the x-ray guided breast biopsy module and became an advanced practitioner at band 7. I had a real passion and aptitude for performing x-ray guided breast biopsies.

“In 2014, I took on a Principal Radiographer post, also band 7, which involved deputising for the radiology manager, managing annual leave, rotas and servicing. In 2016, I completed my master’s dissertation.

“Discussion with my management team at work about career progression made it clear to me that I wanted to remain in a clinical role but advance if possible to consultant radiographer. In 2016, I completed an image interpretation module.

“When I joined the team at the breast screening service, I didn’t think I would continue studying beyond the postgraduate certificate. However, I enjoyed learning and enjoyed being challenged, so I kept going!

“Some of the studying was self-funded and paid monthly, so it was manageable. The rest was supported by the Breast Screening Service. The team at the Breast screening service are so generous with support, encouragement and advice.”

What have you been doing since graduating from QMU?

“At present I’ve stepped down from the Principal Radiographers role to concentrate on training in ultrasound. Once I’ve completed this course, I hope to apply for a trainee Consultant Radiographer post.

“In my home life I also volunteer for the Scottish Ambulance Service as a Community First Responder and I’m involved with my local community centre stage craft team, decorating the sports hall for events and enjoy mountain biking and skiing.”

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