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Radiography (MSc)

Please note that this course is currently under review. Therefore the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. The review is expected to be completed by July 2019. This page will be updated after that date and will then represent the basis on which the University intends to deliver the course.

The programme aims to increase practical and theoretical knowledge of radiography so that you can apply these skills in the further advancement of your profession. In addition, our three mammography modules (HCT053, HCT119 and HCT254) can be studied on a stand-alone basis to provide practicing radiographers with the expertise necessary to become effective, competent, independent mammography practitioners.

The MSc Radiography has been designed to provide radiographers with advanced theoretical knowledge to enhance their clinical skills.

Radiography in the School of Healthcare Sciences is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers, and the skills you can obtain are transferable to all NHS Trusts and are recognised overseas.

This full-time course aims to expand your knowledge in areas such as image appreciation, radiographic reporting and mammography and many other practices associated with radiography.

It also aims to equip you to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast-developing sector, and a high volume of course content will be delivered by experienced radiologists and clinical specialists. You will also have the opportunity to work in our imaging suite with a computed radiography system and PACS for both film viewing experience and for experimental purposes.

The course comprises a mix of profession specific modules and generic modules, and full-time students take four taught modules in one academic year, with a further six months to complete the dissertation.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to learn in a School that is well respected within the radiography profession.
  • The involvement of research-active and clinical staff in course design and delivery.
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
  • The emphasis on acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.
  • Flexibility of delivery, permitting you to pursue professional careers in radiography while studying part-time, or to take a career break and complete on a full-time basis.
  • The opportunity for you to work with experts in imaging, radiotherapy and oncology and other health related disciplines.
  • Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the profession-specific modules.
  • You will have access to an imaging suite with a computed radiography system and PACS.
  • Some teaching is given through the interpretation of medical test results. A variety of assessment methods to include; presentations, practical, written assessments, coursework, reports, exams and reflective assignments.
  • You will have a robust support network.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration18 months
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
Other ways to study this course
AccreditationsSociety and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
Academic Tutor contact(s)
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Admissions criteria

This course welcomes UK-based as well as EU and International students.

The course is suitable for qualified diagnostic/therapeutic radiographers with usually at least two years’ clinical experience.

Students admitted to the course should be in possession of:

  • Either a Radiography degree or a UK diploma in radiography (or equivalent)
  • Preferably a minimum of two years post-registration experience with evidence of CPD.

Students wishing to undertake reporting modules must meet the entry requirements for those modules. This includes the support of a radiological mentor. The radiological mentor is not organised by Cardiff University.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Please submit your application via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

Application deadline: End of July of each academic year.  Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

Personal statements supporting the application should show that the candidate recognises the modules that are on offer at Cardiff University.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

You will complete modules totalling 120 M-level credits to be eligible for an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma. All students complete a compulsory research module (30 credits), which is also available by distance learning.

The modules are those considered to be of relevance to the practising radiographer and other allied health professionals engaged with imaging. Theoretical and clinical practice elements combine in order to optimise service delivery, enhance clinical skills and improve the overall management of the patient.

Full-time students undertake all four taught modules during one academic year, while part-time students undertake the taught modules over two years. If you successfully complete sufficient modules, you are able to proceed to the dissertation stage. If successful you will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree.

Applicants are required to undertake 2 radiography modules as a minimum to achieve the award.

Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the profession-specific modules.

Students will have access to an imaging suite with a computed radiography system and PACS.

There are a range of optional and programme specific modules available. Your programme team will guide you in identifying and selecting the appropriate and available modules.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is mainly through discussions, practitioner-led sessions, student-led seminars, presentations and individual tutorials. There are also some lectures.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

 

How will I be supported?

All students are allocated a named personal tutor, following registration onto the course. They will be able to support you in developing your personal learning needs and offer academic support throughout the course.

You will also be allocated a research supervisor for the dissertation element of the course.

Feedback

We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats.  These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark.  You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor. 

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment procedures are used such as written assignments, oral presentations, reflective diaries, poster presentations, small projects, reporting writing, image evaluation and clinical competency. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The research project is a culmination of the development of all these skills.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in the course, you should develop the skills and knowledge that will make you able to:

  • Practise your profession using an analytical and problem-solving approach and show advanced skills in diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology practice.
  • Evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.
  • Develop standards of practice based on reflective thinking and problem-solving.
  • Initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the profession in diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology through research.
  • Develop a holistic approach to diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology practice and be able to communicate effectively with other health related professionals to promote diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology.

The increase in demand for imaging services means there has never been a better time for radiographers to explore opportunities to extend in to advanced practice with an internationally recognised qualification.

Imaging services are increasingly a first line investigation in the treatment and management of patient conditions. This requires radiographers who are able to lead service, and the MSc Radiography is designed to further enhance the clinical skills and theoretical knowledge of qualified diagnostic/therapeutic radiographers to the benefit of patients and wider inter-professional teams.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

Full time - Fees will be invoiced by module. Normally, invoices will be released shortly after enrolment for all of the modules that you will be undertaking. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£20,950£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

 You will not need to provide any specific equipment.

Students completing the radiographic reporting modules or the clinical mammography modules must be working in or have access to a Diagnostic Radiology Department. Those completing reporting modules must have the support of a radiological mentor. The radiological mentor is not organised by Cardiff University.