Clinical Imaging Foundation

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Reporting

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Research associated with the course has received international recognition, and the previous 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 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 previous 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, 2014) 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.

This programme is aimed at registered practitioners with at least two years' professional practice and post­ registration development who wish to extend their scope of practice by undertaking clinical reporting.

Most students complete a postgraduate certificate (PgC) or postgraduate diploma (PgD) in their chosen field of study. Following completion of a PgD, students may go on to complete a Masters degree. Open modules are also available and can be tailored to each individual’s needs.

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, six for a Postgraduate Diploma 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 you must complete two other modules in addition to the Foundations module. For example, completion of the Foundations module, 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 10, 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 Postgraduate Diploma (six modules) in 18 months or a Postgraduate Certificate (three modules) in twelve 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 (Postgraduate Diploma) you can achieve the MSc Clinical Reporting by completing:

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

 Read more in 'further module information' below.

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 (Chest) pathway

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.

In keeping with the University’s Learning and Teaching strategy, the programme is learner centred and is orientated significantly towards workplace partnerships; using work based materials and the normal work environment as a source and site of learning. 

Regular briefing sessions are held at the University throughout the programme to direct learning activities, and provide tutorial support. Teaching for the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma is delivered by senior lecturers, experienced reporting radiographers and Consultant Radiologists. At each briefing block students complete test banks and regular vivas are undertaken to test knowledge and progression.

You should expect to commit around ten hours per week in independent study.


Notice of postgraduate taught tuition fees increase for 2019

The University has recently undertaken a review of its tuition fees and from 1 May 2019 the UK/EU tuition fees for this course will be increasing for new students starting in the 2019/20 academic year.

Complete and submit your application by 23:59 on 30 April to take advantage of the current tuition fees. Any applications submitted after this date will be subject to the increased fees.

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EU (Applications received before 1 May 2019)UK/EU (Applications received on or after 1 May 2019)Overseas
Full-time N/A N/A N/A
Part-time £830 per module £855 per module £1,485 per module

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed on an on­going 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 have 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 year’s professional practice and post­registration professional development. In selecting applicants the University will also look for:

  • two references, one from your potential Radiologist Mentor
  • a letter of support from your workplace.

It is mandatory that you have support from your line manager for study time to enable you to fulfil the requirements of your chosen pathway. This should equate to a minimum of approximately one half day per week (or equivalent). The support of a radiologist mentor is also essential for tutorial support at regular intervals throughout the programme. Students are also expected to attend clinical meetings as relevant at their workplace.

In addition, the university will look for:

  • 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.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.


The programme administration team can be contacted on:

Tel: 01227 782418


For further information and/or to discuss/register your interest in any of the postgraduate Clinical Reporting Pathways please contact:

Lisa Pittock, MSc Clinical Reporting Programme Director

Tel: 01227 767700 ext 3825


Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • Degree at 2.2 or above 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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