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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advanced Practice Radiotherapy and Oncology

Course Description

If you are a practitioner working in an extended role or at an advanced practice level in your clinical field, this course is designed to help you develop your practice. You can tailor course content to reflect your evolving scope of practice, individual development needs and service requirements.

You critically evaluate theoretical perspectives and relevant research to help inform and underpin your clinical decision-making and develop your ability to work collaboratively across professional boundaries.

The course improves your independent and active learning ability, so you can:
-Advance your knowledge, understanding and skills.
-Review and enhance your own and others practice.
-Develop your management of complex issues and problems.
-Lead practice developments.

It also supports and enables you to work towards developing a profile that satisfies professional body requirements for advanced practice (for UK practitioners) and statutory requirements for continuing professional development (CPD). This may also meet the requirements of advanced practice in other countries, which increases your employability and career potential. It is a requirement for all students to have a tripartite agreement with employer support to undertake the course. You must be in a role where there is an opportunity to practice advanced skills under the guidance and mentorship of someone appropriately qualified.

Study individual modules

You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information: http://www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/cpd/modules.html

Professional recognition

The course is recognised by the College of Radiographers for the purposes of professional accreditation.

Course structure

Distance learning – 3 years. A mix of e-learning and work-based learning although you can study optional taught modules. Starts January and September

Course structure
The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits. The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate Certificate core modules
-Expert practice (30 credits)
-Plus a further 30 credits of optional module list below

Postgraduate Diploma core modules
-Advancing practice (15 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)
-Personalised study module or work-based learning for service development (15 credits)
-Plus a further 15 credits from the optional module list below

-Informed consent in healthcare practice (15 credits)
-Evidencing your CPD (15 credits)
-Prostate cancer (15 credits)
-Technical advances in radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Image guided radiotherapy (15 credits)

-Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment: demonstrate clinical competencies in your field of expertise; individually negotiated assignment; portfolio; outline; business case; journal article; oral viva.

Other admission requirements

We consider applicants on an individual basis. To be accepted, you need to satisfy the course leader that you have an ability to complete the course. A telephone conversation may be arranged with the course leader to discuss your role and the suitability of the course, before a place is offered.

You must be prepared to be intellectually challenged and to reflect on your clinical practice and consider how it may be improved based on critical evaluation. You need to be motivated, able to contribute to the online discussion and debate, and be prepared to study independently to explore the research literature that underpins practice.

Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advanced Practice Radiotherapy and Oncology page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally you need one from: a degree in therapeutic radiography; a Diploma of the College of Radiographers (T) or equivalent study in therapeutic radiography; an equivalent healthcare degree If English is a second language, you also need an IELTS of 6.5 or above with a minimum 5.5 in all skills. You also need a letter of support from line manager indicating that you are in an appropriate extended role in practice, have clinical support mechanisms and a mentor assigned. See course description for further admission details.

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