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Undergraduate

Master of Radiography: Therapeutic (MTRad)

This four-year integrated master’s course will give you the theoretical understanding and practical skills you will need to build a rewarding career as a therapeutic radiographer. Practice placements are an integrated part of the course and allow students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.

This course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to work as a therapeutic radiographer providing cancer treatment and care in the NHS and the private sector. You will develop your expertise through in-depth theoretical learning, clinical placements each year and the close support of our very experienced staff.

Why QMU?

You’ll enjoy a very high level of support and mentoring from our staff. We don’t take as many students as some institutions, so you will enjoy a more individual and interactive learning experience. We have excellent relationships clinical departments allowing us to support you constantly while you are on placement. You will be the only student on the team during your placements. You’ll learn on specialist hi-tech facilities on campus. Our purpose-built planning suite is equipped with Varian Eclipse Planning System which facilitates teaching in all areas from cross-sectional anatomy, radiotherapy physics, radiotherapy planning / treatment and oncology management. This facility is used for direct teaching and is also a resource for students to use independently for consolidation of their own learning.

About the course

Are you technically minded with an equally strong interest in person-centred care?

Therapeutic radiography is a rewarding profession that brings together care and technological expertise. It is the skilled application of controlled amounts of radiation to treat medical conditions, mainly cancer and tumours. The therapeutic radiographer has shared responsibility for the planning and accurate delivery of radiation treatment.

Are you ready to make a difference? As a therapeutic radiographer you will work with patients every day to help improve their care and their lives. You are a part of their journey, from initial referral through planning and treatment to the post treatment review. You will be a valued member of a multidisciplinary team providing a person-centred service. This course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills you need in this rewarding career.

Year One modules include anatomy and physiology, scientific and technological therapeutic radiographic principles. You will prepare for clinical practice by developing your communication skills and exploring the professional requirements of a therapeutic radiographer. You will study radiotherapy treatment and commonly occurring cancers. To assist your transition into university there is a focus on academic skills including essay writing and how to access information. A two-week placement provides the opportunity to experience and integrate into the clinical environment.

In Year Two you will undertake modules that explore the delivery of radiation treatment, therapeutic radiographic techniques including cross-sectional imaging, the management of patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment and cover more oncological sites. You will continue to broaden your understanding of health and wellbeing and how to influence behaviour change. Academic skills will be further developed by exploring the application of knowledge. You will develop your practical skills through 12 weeks of clinical placement.

Year Three modules are designed to enhance your critical thinking and further develop your knowledge of less commonly occurring cancers and specialist therapeutic modalities. You will broaden your healthcare awareness and challenge your understanding of health education and promotion. You will continue to link theory and practice during 12 weeks of placement, which includes a two-week elective placement.

Year Four provides the opportunity to enhance, consolidate and reflect on your theoretical, research, professional and clinical skills enabling a smooth transition to working life. You will explore leadership skills and innovative practice to meet current healthcare challenges. You will take ownership of your academic learning by undertaking a quality improvement project. This year involves 12 weeks of clinical placement, including a two-week elective placement.

We aim for all our graduates to be confident in their own professional identity and have the additional skills that will allow you to work as an effective multidisciplinary team member. This is the reason why we have implemented an interprofessional focus within all of our healthcare courses, including this one.

Structure

This is a four-year integrated undergraduate master’s course. Students commence the course with a view to graduating with a Master of Radiography: Therapeutic (MTRad) in four years and the eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. Years Three and Four are taught alongside postgraduate students studying on the Pre-Registration course. There is an option for students to choose a BSc (Hons) route at the end of Year Two and they will still be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a therapeutic radiographer

Modules

Year One

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Becoming and Allied Health Professional/
  • Developing Resilience of Self and Others
  • Introduction to Radiotherapy Practice
  • Radiotherapy Practice 1
  • Finding your Academic Voice

Year Two

  • Behaviour Change
  • Developing a Spirit of Inquiry
  • Cross Sectional Imaging Science
  • Radiotherapy Practice 2
  • Radiotherapy Placement A

Year Three

  • Active Citizenship
  • Health Literacy
  • Less Common Cancers in Radiotherapy
  • Theoretical and Clinical Approaches to Multidisciplinary Team Working
  • Understanding and Appraising the Evidence for Practice
  • Radiotherapy Placement B

Year Four

  • Advancing Practice in Radiotherapy
  • Applying Skills of Critical Enquiry
  • Evidence Informed Practice
  • Leadership and Enterprise in Healthcare
  • Radiotherapy Placement C

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check the website for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops. There will be a mix of classroom and online learning. Outside timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a variety of assessment methods (eg written and practical exams, written assignments, presentations and viva voce) at the end of each module.

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

• Year One: 19%
• Year Two: 20%
• Year Three: 13%
• Year Four: 6%

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.

• Year One: 76%
• Year Two: 47%
• Year Three: 54%
• Year Four: 61%

Placement

Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

• Year One: 5%
• Year Two: 33%
• Year Three: 33%
• Year Four: 33%

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Exams

Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.

• Year One: 48%
• Year Two: 17%
• Year Three: 17%
• Year Four: 0%

Coursework

Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.

• Year One: 37%
• Year Two: 57%
• Year Three: 56%
• Year Four: 63%

Practical

Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.

• Year One: 15%
• Year Two: 27%
• Year Three: 28%
• Year Four: 37%

NB This data is based on activity undertaken by students during academic year 2018/9. Updates will be made shortly.

Placements

Placements are where your theoretical learning is consolidated and deepened by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one two-week placement in Year One. In Years Two, Three and Four you will complete two four-week and one five-week placement in each year. Placements can take place within the NHS at various locations across Scotland. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course. You can organise an elective placement overseas.

Exchange opportunities

N/A

Careers

Most graduates begin working as general radiographers, with very high graduate employment rates. Later in your career you may be able to specialise in different aspects of therapeutic radiography, for example, treatment planning, treatment review and counselling.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard: BBBC, Minimum: BCCC

A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 6.0

Required subjects: One science at Higher/A Level or equivalent. English plus two sciences at Nat 5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: Related Access course, see: www. qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements:
• A satisfactory criminal records check from the PVG Scheme, an occupational health check and personal indemnity insurance (normally through membership of the professional body) are also required. You may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B.
• The cost of the PVG check and the professional indemnity insurance is the responsibility of the student. Currently the cost of the health check is funded by the Scottish Government for Scottish students only, other students are responsible for this cost. This is, however subject to change should the Scottish Government change their funding policy.
• We expect applicants to have visited an appropriate Radiotherapy department.

 

Associate student places

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers and approved by the HCPC. Successful completion enables application for registration with the HCPC as a
therapeutic radiographer that is essential for employment in the UK.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see the 'External review' section on the How we teach and how you’ll learn page.

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Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Duration
4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
B822

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