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Course content

If you are a therapeutic radiographer or another healthcare professional working within radiotherapy and oncology, this course offers you the opportunity to progress in your specialism. The modules cover a wide range of topics relevant to this area of clinical practice, allowing you to tailor the course to your own career development needs.

Some of the modules you can take are radiotherapy specific, while others take a wider perspective and look at the interdisciplinary nature of approaches in oncology. All modules are designed to support your continuing professional development and the development of skills needed to plan and evidence this.

Opportunities for both independent study and work-based learning are included as part of the course structure. Both allow you to negotiate learning objectives that can be centred on your own area of interest within the workplace.

You may also be eligible to apply for accreditation of work-based projects and prior certificated learning, which will count towards your final award. Please contact us for more information.

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.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the College of Radiographers.

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

  • Fundamentals of radiotherapy and oncology practice (15 credits)
  • Professional practice portfolio (15 credits)

Plus a further 30 credits from optional modules - see list

Postgraduate diploma core modules

  • Research methods for practice (15 credits)
  • Personalised study module or work based learning for service development modules (15 credits)

Plus a further 30 credits from optional modules - see list


  • Dissertation (60 credits)


We use various assessment methods, supporting the development of both your academic and professional skills.Short online activities are used to promote engagement with the distance learning materials, provide support for the final assignment and facilitate online discussion with fellow peers on the module. Other methods of assessment include

  • essays
  • business cases or journal article
  • project and research work
  • poster and PowerPoint presentation
  • case studies
  • service improvement proposal and plans
  • critical evaluations
  • profiles of evidence
  • planning portfolio.


The course is designed to be clinically relevant to therapy radiographers and other healthcare professionals working in cancer care. Your studies are designed to be in line with current drivers and agendas focused on staff development and career progression.

You will be able to take advantage of an increasing number of opportunities related to role development and extension, and skills mix across the various healthcare professions working in radiotherapy and oncology. 

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




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