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PgDip/ MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology (pre-registration)

Course Description

This course will allow individuals to retrain in the area of radiotherapy and oncology. It is not suitable for people already holding a qualification in therapeutic radiography.

Students normally complete a PgDip in two years. Some chose to return to progress to an MSc on a part-time basis.

Radiography is a caring profession that calls for technological expertise. Therapeutic radiographers use radiation to give radiotherapy treatment to patients with cancer. If you are considering this career move, it is essential that you have good interpersonal skills as radiographers have to interact with other healthcare professionals as well as patients and their families, many of whom may need considerable reassurance.

This course will focus on the professional elements required of a therapeutic radiographer. The aim of the course is to further develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills of an honours graduate so that they can demonstrate the necessary attributes required for a registered therapeutic radiographer. This will enable employment within the UK.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course uses a wide range of learning and teaching methods, based on a problem-based learning approach with students working independently and collaboratively. The teaching and learning strategies are designed to enable independent progress within a supportive framework.

Clinical work-based learning will be undertaken, on a rotational basis, within regional cancer centres in hospitals in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and your personal performance will be assessed. These placements will take place over May to September. In general, you will be assessed by a variety of methods including case studies, essays and presentations. Normally there are under 15 students on this course, this ensures individuals receive excellent support and guidance. Joint teaching with other courses is utilised within this course. This allows individuals to benefit from a shared teaching and learning approach where discussion and experiences between students can occur.

Teaching hours and attendance

All academic modules will be studied on campus where you will be required to attend classes and carry out independent work. The number of classes on campus along with required independent study will depend on size of the module. Both work based learning modules will be undertaken whilst on clinical placement in any of the five cancer centres in Scotland. In Year One clinical placement runs for 16 weeks May-Aug. In Year Two placement lasts for 20 weeks, May –Sept.

Links with industry/professional bodies

You can become a member of the College of Radiographers as a student and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on graduation. The course leads to eligibility to register as a therapeutic radiographer with the HCPC.


15 credits: Professional Studies for Health Professionals/ Radiotherapy Science/ Research Methods for Health Professionals
30 credits: Introduction to Cancer and its Management/ Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice One
45 credits: Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice Two
10 credits: Introduction to the Human Body / Science and Technology
50 credits: Work-Based learning 1/ Work- Based Learning 2
If progressing to MSc, you will also complete a research project (60 credits).

Quick Facts

A starting salary of ’21,176 with excellent opportunity for career progression up to consultant level.
A professional career in which you are eligible to register within just two years.
A caring profession that calls for technological expertise in the rapid developing area of cancer treatment

Visit the PgDip/ MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology (pre-registration) page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a science or health-related Honours degree. This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in therapeutic radiography.

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