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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Radiotherapy Planning

Course Description

If you are a therapeutic radiographer, dosimetrist or other healthcare professional working in radiotherapy and oncology, this course can help you develop your knowledge of radiotherapy planning. It’s a highly focused course that gives you a thorough understanding of the key practices surrounding simulating and evaluating radiation doses for radiotherapy.

You gain an in-depth understanding of current and future radiotherapy planning issues and, crucially, develop the ability to apply critical thinking skills to practice. You gain general critical thinking and literature skills as well as more specific planning theory and plan evaluation skills.

Your studies cover core modules involving fundamental planning theories, plan evaluation, advanced planning and image guided radiotherapy. We also introduce you to research skills, which you use to produce a final dissertation.

The course is delivered using our virtual learning environment, known as Blackboard. You don't need to attend the university and you can study via the web in your own time, which means you can fit the course around your clinical work. The web-based learning materials are designed to help improve your radiotherapy knowledge, as well as share experiences with other students through our e-based discussion forum. If you are not confident with computers, help and support is available.

For some modules there is a requirement to produce a plan for the course and you must have access to a clinical radiotherapy planning environment. This helps support the demands of your postgraduate work.

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

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

Study individual modules

You can study individual modules from our courses and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for detailed information about the modules we offer.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the College of Radiographers.

Course structure

Distance learning – typically 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 planning (30 credits)
-Image guided radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Plus a further 15 credits from the optional modules list below.

Postgraduate Diploma core modules
-Advanced radiotherapy planning (30 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)
-Plus a further 15 credits from optional module list below.

-Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules
-Personalised study module or work-based learning for service development (15 credits)
-Technical advances in radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Breast cancer radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Prostate cancer (15 credits)
-Head and neck cancer (15 credits)
-Expert practice (30 credits)
-Brachytherapy: principles to practice (15 credits)
-Fundamentals of radiotherapy and oncology practice (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. 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.

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

Entry Requirements

One of the following: a degree in radiotherapy and oncology or therapy radiography or evidence of equivalent study; a diploma of the College of Radiographers or evidence of equivalent study in therapy radiography; a qualification of equivalent standard and relevance, such as a degree or professional qualification in a related healthcare or medical physics subject. If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above with a minimum 5.5 in all skills.

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