Clinical Imaging Foundation

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate Medical Imaging

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 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.

You'll be required to register for the Medical Imaging pathway or a modality-specific pathway. The profile for each pathway and associated award is given below:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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

  • Promoting 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:

  • Promoting 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:

  • Promoting 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:

  • Promoting 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 Promoting 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

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per moduleUK/EUOverseas
Full-time

n/a

n/a

Part-time

£730

n/a

The 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per moduleUK/EUOverseas
Full-time

n/a

n/a

Part-time

£755

Price on Application

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. 

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

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 on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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: postregandfd-healthadmin@canterbury.ac.uk

For an informal discussion, please contact the Programme Director, Gill Dolbear

Tel: 01227 782085

Email: gill.dolbear@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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