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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Diagnostic Imaging

Course Description

This course is designed for health professionals who use diagnostic imaging and interventions in their current role, including:
-Diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers.
-Radiation technologists.
-Advanced nurse practitioners.
-Junior doctors.

It is available worldwide as you don't have to attend the university. You complete your learning at a time and place that suits your own personal and employment circumstances.

You learn in a variety of areas and formats, tailoring the content to your individual circumstance and need. There are opportunities to develop your theoretical knowledge in and around diagnostic imaging, or to specialise in a particular area.

Modules relate to diagnostic imaging as well as wider health practice, and take place in a multi-disciplinary and international environment. The core topics covered include:
-Image interpretation (musculoskeletal, chest, abdominal, CT head).
-Cross-sectional imaging (CT / MRI).
-Education in health care.

As this is a distance learning course, you use various online platforms and technologies to support your learning, such as our virtual learning environment (SHUspace) and PebblePad. Learning takes place in various formats including:
-Online presentations and live collaborative sessions with tutors.
-Discussion forums with peers and tutors.
-Imaging case studies.
-Access to a wide range of online resources and textbooks.
-Ongoing formative activities (e-tivities).

You are supported by an expert team of academics and tutors, all of whom are experienced registered health professionals. Current clinical practitioners also help develop and deliver resources. The course team has a range of specialist expertise including:
-Image interpretation.
-Cross-sectional imaging.
-Interventional radiology.
-Higher education.
-Professional issues.
-Advanced practice.

You have a course leader and a named academic advisor to support your learning. Each module has a module leader to aid you specifically in that area, and we have dedicated student support officers who support all aspects of your time on the course.

This course allows you to apply masters level thinking to your practice and boost your confidence in your judgement. This can enhance your job prospects and career progression wherever you choose to work.

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

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

This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Course structure

Distance learning. 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.
The combination of modules studied on this course is tailored according to your own areas of interest, aims and goals. You discuss your individual study route with the course leader.

Core modules
-Awareness of error in diagnostic imaging (15 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules
-Chest radiographic image interpretation (15 credits)
-Appendicular musculoskeletal radiographic image interpretation (15 credits)
-Axial musculoskeletal radiographic image interpretation (15 credits)
-Abdominal imaging (15 credits)

Optional modules continued
-Cross-sectional imaging (15 credits)
-Computed tomography head image interpretation: acute and emergency care (15 credits)
-Introduction to healthcare education (30 credits)

The approach to assessment is varied and we use both formative (not formally marked) and summative (formally marked) assessments in each of the modules. The assessment pattern is designed to encourage your personal, professional, and academic development.Short online formative activities (e-tivities) are used to promote engagement with the distance learning materials, provide support for the final assignment and facilitate online discussion with fellow students on the module. Final summative tasks to assess your completion of the modules are varied but include methods such as:
-Traditional written coursework assignments.
-Online computer-based exams.
-Electronic poster or powerpoint presentations.
-Research proposals and projects.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

You also need:
-Access to and the ability to use IT software such as Word and PowerPoint.
-Regular access to a computer with reliable internet access.
-Confidence in accessing and using web-based materials.
-Access to diagnostic images in practice.

We determine your suitability for the course and your ability to complete it through your application, references and personal statement. You may also have an advisory interview/email communication with the course leader to:
-Ascertain your needs and aspirations.
-Decide on potential routes and modules of study.
-Give you guidance to prepare for any claims for credit through our accreditation of recognised prior learning (RPL).

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

Entry Requirements

All applications are assessed individually but normally require: a relevant healthcare degree level qualification, or equivalent; you to be a recognised and approved health professional in your own country, registered to practice professionally; experience of using diagnostic imaging in your current role; if applying straight from your first degree, a 1st or 2.1 honours classification; you to satisfy the admissions team of your ability to complete the course. See course description for further admission details.

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