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Radiotherapy Postgraduate Diploma

Course Description

The University of Liverpool, the Health and Care Professions Council and Society and College of Radiographers have recently re-approved this exciting professional programme, intended for graduates from a health, science, biomedical or social science background. Successful completion of the two-year, full-time, NHS funded (Tuition Fees) programme allows you to practice as a Therapeutic Radiographer within the National Health Service or private health sector.

Therapeutic radiographers play a vital role in the treatment of cancer patients, they are the only health professional qualified to plan and deliver radiotherapy. Crucially, they also support and care for patients throughout their treatment. This innovative pre-registration programme is designed to produce practitioners who are competent, discerning and committed to personal and professional development whilst at the same time ensuring that their patients receive the treatment and care appropriate to their needs.

This programme is studied full time over two calendar years, commencing in semester two (January). It is a vocational programme, taught and assessed predominately at level 7 but does not involve a substantial piece of independent work such as a research dissertation. The programme structure follows the University Framework for Modular Postgraduate Programmes, with students expected to take modules worth 60 credits in each year of study. The programme is a mixture of academic and clinical placement blocks, with 50 weeks of the programme delivered at the University integrated with 43 weeks of professional, clinical placement. The blocks of radiotherapy clinical placement will be delivered in the three main Cancer Centres in the North West of England – The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (and its two Satellite centres), the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (and its satellite centre) and Rosemere Cancer Centre.

The programme is delivered over four semesters and two post-semester periods to facilitate the completion of clinical placements. There are two assessment points in each year of study (normally May/June and December/January), at the end of each semester. The structure and pattern of the delivery of the programme ensures that theory and practice are fully integrated.

Why Postgraduate Diploma in Radiotherapy?

Unique programmes

We are the only Russell Group University delivering Radiotherapy education programmes.

Clinical Placement Sites

Our clinical placement sites are second to none. We have three internationally renowned cancer centres: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Rosemere Cancer Centre.

Clinical and Academic experience

We use real, 21st century radiotherapy technologies.

State of the art facilities

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a CT scanner, Virtual Reality Radiotherapy Suite, Human Anatomy Resource Centre, Oncology Management System and Eclipse Treatment Planning System.

Highly advantageous course completion date

This is the only course with a January out-turn into the employability market.

Visit the Radiotherapy Postgraduate Diploma page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally present with 2:1 and above Honours Science degree in a relevant health, physical, biological or life science.ORIf applying with a Social Science degree (2:1 and above) you must have a strong scientific background and a Science A2-Level at a minimum of Grade B.

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