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MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate Medical Imaging

Year of entry

The Medical Imaging MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate offer ideal opportunities for qualified practitioners (eg in Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy and Midwifery) wishing to advance their skills and career prospects within their area of specialism.

The MSc Medical Imaging course offers the following pathways:

  • Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Medical Ultrasound
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Medical Imaging
  • Postgraduate Certificate only
    • Radiopharmacy Practice
    • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

The course aims to:

  • ensure you are a skilled, competent and confident practitioner in either Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine or Medical Imaging
  • enable you to be proactive in initiating and leading role developments in your specific field
  • integrate academic learning with the development of higher levels of professional practice.

The course is modular in structure and flexible. Each module attracts 20 credits at Master’s level (HE4). For the award of an MSc, you'll be required to successfully complete nine modules (180 credits). All pathways have a Postgraduate Certificate award comprising three modules (60 credits) and a Postgraduate Diploma award comprising six modules (120 credits).

The modules are a mixture of workplace-based (clinical applications or open), taught and research modules. The acquisition of specific competences takes place in the work setting under the supervision of an expert practitioner, underpinned by a learning agreement.

It is expected that all assignments will be relevant and specific to your own practice within the theoretical context and learning outcomes of the module. All assessments must be passed in order to gain the degree. Individual marks are not awarded. Students’ work is graded as fail, pass, merit or distinction and comprehensive written feedback is given.

 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

To gain the award of Postgraduate Certificate you'll take these compulsory modules:

  • Enhancing Health and Wellbeing
  • Principles of Science and Technology in MRI (taught)
  • Clinical Applications and Management (workplace-based); routine brain, spine and knee.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma you'll take a three further modules which will include some of the following:

  • Clinical Applications and Management II (workplace-based); musculo-skeletal
  • Clinical Applications and Management III (workplace-based); brain and head and neck
  • Clinical Applications and Management IV (workplace-based); body, cardiac and breast
  • one unit from those listed in MSc Health and Wellbeing.

Students must choose at least one but may undertake two further Clinical Applications and Management modules. Only one open module is permitted.

To gain the MSc you'll take a three further modules:

  • Research Approaches and Methods (Taught)
  • Research Module (double module, Modality-Specific).

Medical Ultrasound

To gain the award of Postgraduate Certificate you'll take two compulsory modules:

  • Enhancing Health and Wellbeing
  • Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound (taught).

You'll also take one of the Clinical Applications and Management modules offered:

  • Clinical Applications and Management I (workplace-based); obstetric
  • Clinical Applications and Management II (workplace-based); pelvic
  • Clinical Applications and Management III (workplace-based); abdominal
  • Clinical Applications and Management IV (workplace-based); superficial organs
  • Clinical Applications and Management V (workplace-based); musculoskeletal
  • Clinical Applications and Management VI (workplace-based); peripheral vascular arterial
  • Clinical Applications and Management VII (workplace-based); peripheral vascular venous

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma you'll take a further three modules. They must be either one or two other Clinical Applications and Management (workplace- based) modules plus one or two units from those listed in MSc Health and Wellbeing.

To gain the MSc you'll take three further modules:

  • Research Approaches and Methods (Taught)
  • Research Project (double module, Modality-Specific).

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Postgraduate Certificate

All students take:

  • Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound (taught)
  • Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (taught)
  • Clinical Applications and Management V (workplace-based); musculoskeletal.

Nuclear Medicine (NM)

To gain the award of Postgraduate Certificate you'll take these compulsory modules:

  • Enhancing Health and Wellbeing (Taught)
  • Principles of Science and Technology in NM (taught)
  • Clinical Applications and Management I (workplace-based); standard procedures.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma you'll take a further three modules, choosing two modules from:

  • Clinical Applications and Management II (workplace-based); complex and non-standard procedures
  • Clinical Applications and Management III (workplace-based); PET
  • Clinical Applications and Management IV (workplace-based); radionuclide therapies
  • Radiopharmacy and Non Imaging Diagnostic Tests (workplace-based). *

* This module is not compulsory but students will be strongly advised to include it in their Postgraduate Diploma.

Students also take one unit from those listed in MSc Health and Wellbeing.

To gain the MSc you'll take three further modules:

  • Research Approaches and Methods (Taught)
  • Research Module (double module, Modality-Specific).

Radiopharmacy Practice, Postgraduate Certificate

All students take:

  • Enhancing Health and Wellbeing (Taught)
  • Principles of Science and Technology in NM (taught)
  • Radiopharmacy and Non Imaging Diagnostic Tests (workplace-based).

Medical Imaging (MI)

To gain the Postgraduate Certificate you'll take the Enhancing Health and Wellbeing (taught) module, as well as one or two open modules or one open module plus one unit from those listed in MSc Health and Wellbeing.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma you'll take a further three modules. If only one open module has been completed at this stage a second open module may be undertaken at this point plus two units from those listed in MSc Health and Wellbeing.

If two open modules have been completed, three units must be selected from those listed in MSc Health and Wellbeing.

To gain the MSc three further modules are undertaken:Research Approaches and Methods (taught) and Research Project (double module, Profession-Specific).

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

Fee per moduleUK/EUOverseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £780 £1,390

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. 

Government loans of up to £10,000 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2017. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria. 

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Assessment includes long essays, seminar presentations, unseen written exams, written reports, projects and case studies and the research dissertation.

Candidates must offer a degree or a professional diploma in a relevant discipline plus evidence of current practice experience. Applicants must also be able to show evidence of their ability to study at Master’s level.

Candidates fulfilling these criteria could be invited for an informal interview to discuss their application, which would include a short personal statement. Evidence is sought from a referee about readiness for study and of a supportive, appropriate work environment.

At interview, your suitability to begin study at Master’s level, and assessment of how well the programme will meet your needs, is appraised through a robust dialogue about previous experience, current interests, perceived personal strengths and weaknesses, both academic and professional, and career development plans. The programme team is committed to the widest possible entry gate, offering places on a ’first come, first served’ basis, having due regard to the importance of constructing an interprofessional cohort.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of your specific profession, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect your offer to be based upon these values, as well as course any specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.

For more information, or to apply, contact the Programme Administrator

Tel: 01227 782418

Email: canterbury-healthadmin@canterbury.ac.uk

For an informal discussion, please contact the Programme Director, Paul Lockwood

Tel: 01227 782085

Email: paul.lockwood@canterbury.ac.uk

Fact file

Length

  • 2 years full-time
    2-6 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must offer a degree or a professional diploma in a relevant discipline (eg Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy, Midwifery) plus evidence of current practice experience. Applicants must also be able to show evidence of their ability to study at Master's level.
  • Applicants must be registered with the HCPC, NMC or GMC, and be employed by the NHS or independent healthcare sector in the UK and have agreed access to a clinical placement in the relevant imaging modality.

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