Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology (Pre-Registration)

This programme is going through a review and will no longer be offered for entry in 2021. Please check back here for updates.

As part of our Advancing Practice in Health Framework, this award pathway will be of interest to any individual who wishes to advance their practice in the area of radiotherapy.

The radiotherapy pathway is one of a number of pathways offered within our multi-professional Advancing Practice in Health Framework.

Why QMU?

We offer a collaborative multiprofessional  online learning environment. Learning and assessment are underpinned by current research and the evolving landscape of health and wellbeing.

Course overview

The radiotherapy pathway is based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research). There are learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advanced practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research  methodologies, as well as a number of more specific modules. The framework also offers opportunities to draw on expertise across the University such as business management, leadership, social science and education.

The radiotherapy pathway aims to foster and develop QMU’s mission of cultivating intellectual capital with both a theoretical and practical focus. Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, evidence and scholarship against the background of the current and evolving
political and social landscape for health and wellbeing.

The radiotherapy pathway offers flexibility in modes of study (part time, full time or work place) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance.

Additional support is available for those new to or returning to Master’s level study.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)

Teaching, learning and assessment

The framework offers flexibility in module choice and modes of study (part-time, full-time, workplace) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning. All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance. Additional support is available for those new to or returning to master’s level study.

Teaching hours and attendance

No on-campus attendance is required at  QMU and course material is delivered entirely online. Each 20-credit module will equate with approximately 200 hours of study, which will include regular online contact and independent experiential learning.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

You can become a member of the College of Radiographers as a student and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on graduation. The course leads to eligibility to register as a therapeutic radiographer with the HCPC.


Both work-based learning modules will be undertaken whilst on clinical placement in any of the five cancer centres in Scotland (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness). In Year One clinical placement runs for 16 weeks (May-August) and in Year Two placement lasts for 20 weeks (May–September). Placements are allocated by QMU and your personal performance on placement will be assessed. Students are required to meet any costs associated with placements (ie travel, accommodation).


  • Advanced competencies I & II* (20/40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Enquiry Based Practice (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Advancing Practice (20 credits)
  • Optional module (20 credits): choice of framework approved module (see Framework page for further information)
  • Specialist Oncology Management (20 credits).

The modules listed are correct at time of publication (September 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

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Single modules for CPD

Available. Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Simon Holmes for further information.

Some modules may require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and have the support of a line manager and work place mentor.

Framework awards do not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aim to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development.


All modules will provide learners with enhanced career progression opportunities in leadership roles or within their specialist field of practice.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Application deadline


More information and contacts

Please Note:

 The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


Course Overview

At QMU and on placement
1 year full-time OR 5 years part-time
Start Date
September 2021
January 2022
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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