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Part time October PGDip, PGCert, MSc 3-7 years part time 31 January 2024 30 September 2023

About the course

A postgraduate qualification in mammography is essential for radiographers working within the National Breast Screening Programmes. This modular, practice-based MSc Mammography 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 over 1-7 years.

Why QMU?

  • Collaboration provides the optimum learning experience: The collaboration between QMU and Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging (SABI) allows you to benefit from input from practice-based NHS clinical experts and professional higher education academics. This collaborative approach has allowed SABI and QMU to work together for over 20 years in delivering breast imaging courses both in Scotland and further afield to the wider UK and Ireland. 
  • Industry links/accreditation/professional registration: The course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
  • Flexible study route: Delivered part-time, this course fits ideally around your work commitments.
  • Expertise: You will be taught by the SABI Clinical Training Team and NHS radiologists, consultant radiographers, breast surgeons, advanced practice mammographers, breast care nurses, and other NHS professionals working with breast care services. 
  • Support: You will have a named clinical trainer throughout your time studying on the PgCert Mammography who will support you both clinically and academically while you study with us. Who is this 

Who is this course for?

This 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.

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Entry Requirements

A degree or diploma in Diagnostic Radiography or Therapeutic Radiography with HCPC Registration, or equivalent. Current employment in a clinical environment offering mammography experience.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

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Where will I study?

Where is Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh


Student Profile(s)

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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