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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Radiotherapy and Oncology

Course Description

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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-radiotherapy-and-oncology

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://www4.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/cpd/modules/

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the College of Radiographers.

Course structure

Distance learning - 3 years. Starts September and January.

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 the optional module list below.

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 the optional module list below.

-Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules
-Technical advances in radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Informed consent in healthcare practice (15 credits)
-Image guided radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Brachytherapy: principles in practice (15 credits)
-Evidencing your CPD (15 credits)
-Prostate cancer (15 credits)
-Breast cancer radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Loss, grief and bereavement (15 credits)
-Advanced planning (30 credits)
-Fundamentals of radiotherapy planning (30 credits)
-Advancing practice in prostate cancer care (30 credits)
-Advanced communication and information in supportive care (30 credits)
-Psychology of cancer care (30 credits)
-Expert practice (30 credits)
-End of life decision making (30 credits)
-Head and neck cancer (15 credits)
-Collaborative working in supportive and palliative care (15 credits)
-Complexities of symptom management (15 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.

Other admission requirements

You must also have: access to and the ability to use IT software such as Word and PowerPoint; access to a computer with reliable internet access; confidence in accessing and using web-based materials. We determine you suitability for the course and your ability to complete it through your application, references and CV. You may also have an advisory interview with the course leader or nominated tutor to: ascertain your needs and aspirations; decide on a course of study; give you guidance to prepare for any claims for credit through our accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) or accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) procedures.

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

Entry Requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis. Normally, you need one of the following: a degree in related healthcare subject such as radiotherapy and oncology or nursing; a higher diploma level, professionally recognised qualification in a related healthcare subject. Plus: a minimum of one year post-qualification clinical experience in radiotherapy or oncology; be able to satisfy the admissions team of your ability to complete the proposed pathway of study; an overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with a minimum 5.5 in all skills, if you are an international student. See course description for further admission details.

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