Clinical Imaging Foundation

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Reporting

Research associated with the course has received international recognition, and the Programme Director was awarded the Fellowship of The College of Radiographers (FCR) in 2010.

This course is designed for practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the interpretation of medical images, and is jointly validated by the University and the College of Radiographers. It 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), has specialist knowledge and research interests in the range of subject areas offered.

The team has been commended for its use of research to inform learning and teaching, as well as for the degree of flexibility – meeting both student and stakeholder needs’. Research associated with the course has received international recognition and the Programme Director was awarded the Fellowship of The College of Radiographers (FCR) in 2010 for work in this field.

The research work on clinical reporting was included in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission within the Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy Unit of Assessment, in which over 95% of the research was recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

The course options primarily consist of clusters of modules offered at Postgraduate level with each module attracting 20 credit points, as outlined in the 'Modules and Pathways' section. 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.

This module is compulsory for all students, and provides the core elements that underpin and complement the rest of the course. You 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 you to exit with a PgC.

Postgraduate Diploma

If you wish to continue your studies to gain a PgD you must study Module 9, which focuses on Quality and Audit of Reporting in Practice. As this is a work- based course, it is not subject to the norms of the academic year.

You'll be expected to complete a PgD (6 modules) in 18 months or a PgC (3 modules) in 12 months. Approximately 10 hours per week is spent on independent study, giving you considerable flexibility in managing your learning time.

MSc Clinical Reporting

Having completed six modules (PgD) you can achieve the MSc Clinical Reporting by completing:

  • Research Approaches and Methods module
  • Research Dissertation (counts as 2 modules)

 

Clinical Reporting (Skeletal) pathway

PgC Clinical Reporting (Appendicular Skeleton)

  • Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory)
  • Module 2a Appendicular Skeleton I
  • Module 2b Appendicular Skeleton II

PgC Clinical Reporting (Axial Skeleton)

  • Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory)
  • Module 3a Axial Skeleton I
  • Module 3b Axial Skeleton II

PgD Clinical Reporting (Appendicular and Axial Skeleton)

  • Modules 1,2a,2b,3a,3b and Module 10 Quality and Audit of Reporting in Practice

Clinical Reporting (MRI) pathway

PgC Clinical Reporting (MRI – General Investigations)

  • Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory)
  • Module 5a MRI – General Investigations I
  • Module 5b MRI – General Investigations II

PgC Clinical Reporting (MRI – Head and Cervical Spine)

  • Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting
  • Module 6a MRI – Head and Cervical Spine I
  • Module 6b MRI – Head and Cervical Spine II

PgD Clinical Reporting (MRI – General Investigations, Head and Cervical Spine)

  • Modules 1, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b and,
  • Module 10 Quality and Audit of Reporting in Practice Clinical Reporting (CT)

PgC Clinical Reporting (CT – Head and Facial Bones)

  • Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory)
  • Module 7a CT-Head I
  • Module 7b CT- Head II

PgC Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest)

  • Module 1 Foundations of Clinical Reporting (compulsory)
  • Module 4a Adult Chest I
  • Module 4b Adult Chest II

MSc Clinical Reporting

  • PgD (or equivalent) from above (6 modules)
  • Research Approaches and Methods (1 module)
  • Dissertation (2 modules)

Successful completion of this course provides you with the skills and knowledge to enter or continue your career as an advanced practitioner or consultant within the radiography profession. Those who would like to continue to further pursue their academic potential will be able to apply for a place on the doctoral programme (MPhil/PhD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

15 /16 Fees
 Fee per year: UK/EU Overseas
 Full-time  N/A  £POA
 Fee per module  £730  N/A


Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Go to our funding your degree page for more advice.

If you would like information about paying your fees, please contact finance@canterbury.ac.uk . For specific fee queries, please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk .

Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may be available. View information about funding your postgraduate studies.

Your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed on an on-going basis throughout the pathway through a range of methods and processes. You will have opportunity to receive formative feedback on your work at various points during the course through a variety of learning activities. Formal or summative assessment will take place throughout the pathway and are scheduled to meet University guidance and to enable appropriate feedback to be returned to students in between assessments. Assessment of knowledge and skills may include written essays/reports, reflective writing, case studies, oral/poster presentations or Objective Structured Examinations (OSE). All assessments focus on your ability to progress and integrate theory and practice.

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 your potential Radiologist Mentor
  • a letter of support from your workplace.

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

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

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.

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

Address
The Programme Administrator
MSc Clinical Reporting
School of Allied Health Professions
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road, Canterbury
CT1 1QU

Tel: 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:

Keith Piper, MSc Clinical Reporting Programme Director

Tel: 01227 782425

Email: keith.piper@canterbury.ac.uk

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Entry requirements

  • Degree or Professional Diploma in Radiography or its equivalent in a relevant discipline. Applicants must be a registered practitioner with at least two years' professional practice and post- registration development.
  • Two references, one from the applicant's potential Radiologist Mentor. A letter of support from the workplace. Applicants must also attend an interview.

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