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MSc Clinical Reporting

About the Course

Level
MSc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration
Between eighteen months and a maximum of six years

Introduction

This programme, which is designed for practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the interpretation of medical images, provides support for developing service requirements for reporting radiographers at consultant and advanced practitioner levels.

The teaching team, which includes consultant radiologists and reporting radiographers (advanced practitioners/ consultant radiographers), have specialist knowledge and research interests in the range of subject areas offered.

In the recent Major Review of Healthcare Programmes the QAA (2005) described the MSc Clinical Reporting of the University as ‘sector-leading’.

The programme is validated conjointly by Canterbury Christ Church University and the College of Radiographers.

Programme Structure

The programmes primarily consist of clusters of modules offered at M-level with each module attracting 20 credit points, as outlined on the diagram overleaf. Students are required to complete three modules to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), six for a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) and nine for an MSc.

Postgraduate Certificate

Module 1 - Foundations of Clinical Reporting

The Foundations Module (Module 1) is compulsory for all students and provides the core elements that underpin and complement the rest of the programme. Students must then complete pairs of modules (one being practice-based), in addition to the Foundations Module, to be eligible for an award.

The Foundations Module plus two other modules e.g. Appendicular Skeleton I and Appendicular Skeleton II would enable a student to exit with a PgC.

Postgraduate Diploma

Those students wishing to continue their studies to gain a PgD must study Module 9, which focuses on Quality and Audit of Reporting in Practice. To gain the PgD students may combine clusters of pairs of modules (see diagram) in addition to successfully completing Modules 1 and 9. The most obvious combinations could be: Appendicular and Axial Skeleton; or MRI General Investigations and MRI Head and Cervical Spine.

As this is a work-based programme, it is not subject to the norms of the academic year. Students are expected to complete a PgD programme (6 modules) in 18 months or a PgC (3 modules) in 12 months, and it is advised that approximately 10 hours per week is spent on independent study, so giving considerable flexibility in managing students’ learning time during the programme.

MSc Clinical Reporting

Having completed six modules (PgD) students may be awarded the MSc Clinical Reporting by completing 3 Research Modules

  • Developing a Research Proposal (Validated in current MSc IHSC Programme)
  • Research Dissertation (2 modules) (Validated in current MSc IHSC Programme)

Modules and pathways

Clinical Reporting (Skeletal):

PgC Clinical Reporting
(Appendicular Skeleton)
PgC Clinical Reporting
(Axial Skeleton)
Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory) Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory)
Module 2a Appendicular Skeleton I Module 3a Axial Skeleton I
Module 2b Appendicular Skeleton II Module 3b Axial Skeleton II
PgD Clinical Reporting
(Appendicular and Axial Skeleton)
Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting
Module 2a Appendicular Skeleton I
Module 2b Appendicular Skeleton II
Module 3a Axial Skeleton I
Module 3b Axial Skeleton II
Module 9 Quality and Audit of Reporting in Practice

Clinical Reporting (MRI):

PgC Clinical Reporting
(MRI – General Investigations)
PgC Clinical Reporting
(MRI – Head and Cervical Spine)
Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory) Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting
Module 5a MRI – General Investigations I Module 6a MRI - Head and Cervical Spine I
Module 5b MRI – General Investigations II Module 6b MRI - Head and Cervical Spine II
PgD Clinical Reporting
(MRI - General Investigations, Head and Cervical Spine)
Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory)
Module 5a MRI – General Investigations I
Module 5b MRI – General Investigations II
Module 6a MRI - Head and Cervical Spine I
Module 6b MRI - Head and Cervical Spine II
Module 9 Quality and Audit of Reporting in Practice

 

Clinical Reporting (CT):*   Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest)
PgC Clinical Reporting
(CT – Head and Facial Bones)
PgC Clinical Reporting
(Adult Chest)
Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory) Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory)
Module 7 CT-Head Module 4a Adult Chest I
Module 8 CT- Facial Bones Module 4b Adult Chest II

* Modules 1 and 7 are initially offered together as a double module.

MSc Clinical Reporting
PgD (or equivalent) from above (6 modules)
Developing a Research Proposal (1 module)
Dissertation (2 modules)

 

Assessment

Assessment is by a combination of coursework including written reports, assignments and case studies, together with competence-based objective structured examinations and a dissertation (where applicable).

All modules are at Master’s level and assessment criteria are applied equitably.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must offer a degree or professional diploma in radiography or its equivalent in a relevant discipline. Applicants must also be a registered practitioner with at least two years’ professional practice and post-registration professional development. In selecting applicants for interview the University will also look for:

  • two references, one from the applicant’s potential Radiologist Mentor
  • a letter of support from the workplace
  • the applicant’s reasons for following the programme

Applicants are only offered a place after an interview. At the interview the University takes into account:

  • clinical experience in the operation of abnormality detection and initial image interpretation schemes
  • the applicant’s aptitude for participation in the role development activities, in particular clinical reporting
  • commitment and ability to study at this level.

Fees

For information on current tuition fees, please visit our finance pages.

How to Apply

To receive a Programme Information Booklet and Application Forms please contact the:

Programme Administrator
MSc Clinical Reporting
Department of Allied Health Professions
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Canterbury
CT1 1QU

Telephone: 01227 782401
Fax: 01227 451739

For further information and/or to discuss/register your interest in any of the postgraduate Clinical Reporting Pathways please contact the MSc Clinical Reporting Programme Director, Keith Piper.

Telephone: 01227 782425
Email: keith.piper@canterbury.ac.uk

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