Clinical Imaging Foundation

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Reporting*

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*Subject to validation

This postgraduate clinical reporting programme was the first of its kind to be validated and the pioneering work of this institution has been recognised as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘sector-leading’. Research associated with the course has received international recognition.


Members of the programme team have received awards for their work in this field, including the previous Programme Director who received the Fellowship of The College of Radiographers in 2010 and more recently a Clinical Academic, who was nominated as the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Practice Innovator of the Year and AHP of the Year for 2017.

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 (pending final approval in June 2019). It provides support for developing service requirements for reporting radiographers and other healthcare practitioners at consultant and advanced practitioner levels. The aims of the programme and learning outcomes of modules encompass the four pillars of advanced clinical practice as described by Higher Education England, namely: management, leadership, education and research.

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. 

This programme is aimed at registered practitioners with an appropriate level of professional practice and post­ registration development who wish to extend their scope of practice by undertaking clinical reporting. Practitioners will be working in a relevant field of radiographic practice and will have sufficient access to the relevant range of clinical practice to support their studies. 

Most students complete a postgraduate certificate (PgC) or postgraduate diploma (PgD) in their chosen field/s 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 modules attracting 10 or 20 level 7 credit points, as outlined in the ‘Further Module Information’ section. Students are required to complete 60 level 7 credits to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate, 120 for a Postgraduate Diploma and 180 for an MSc.

Approximately 10 hours per week is spent on independent study, giving you considerable flexibility in managing your learning time.

The below information shows the range of pathways offered as a PgC and the associated modules for each.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

PgC Clinical Reporting pathways 

Modules within each pathway are compulsory.

PgC Clinical Reporting (Muscoskeletal)

  • Foundations of Clinical Reporting (Musculoskeletal) (10 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal I (20 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal II (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Clinical Reporting (Musculoskeletal) (10 credits)

PgC Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest)

  • Foundations of Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest) (10 credits)
  • Adult Chest I (20 credits)
  • Adult Chest II (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest)

PgC Clinical Reporting (MRI General Investigations)

  • Foundations of Clinical Reporting (MRI General Investigations) (10 credits)
  • MRI General Investigations I (20 credits)
  • MRI General Investigations II (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Clinical Reporting (MRI General Investigations) (10 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma

If you wish to continue your studies to gain a PgD you may continue by completing a further pathway in clinical reporting or by completion of a range of 20 or 40 credit modules. Further details are available on request.

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 (40 or 60 credit module as required)

 Read more in 'further module information' below.

Modules are pathway specific including Foundations of Clinical Reporting and Leadership & Management in Clinical Reporting.

Development of initial competencies within the student’s chosen pathway will be achieved in the Foundations of Clinical Reporting Module. This is delivered at the start of each PgC and will also focus on the role of a reporting radiographer in an interprofessional context.

The Leadership and Management module aims to develop the leadership skills required for reporting in practice within the chosen pathway. Service improvement and an innovative approach to clinical practice will be nurtured in keeping with competencies expected in advanced practice.

A standalone 20 credit module is offered for the abdomen.

Open modules (20 or 40 credits) provide an opportunity for students to study a specific area of clinical reporting practice that might otherwise be unavailable due to low numbers of students applying and/ or due to the distinct nature of the area of practice which is not included as a current module option. Examples may include reporting of one or more of the following: barium investigations, MRI head and/or cervical spine, hysterosalpingography and MRI breast. Up to 60 credits may be completed through open or standalone modules to gain a PgD Clinical Reporting where students have already completed a PgC Clinical Reporting (Musculoskeletal, Adult Chest or MRI General Investigations).

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.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £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 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 postregistration professional development. In selecting applicants for interview the University will also look for:

  • two references, one from 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.

If you wish to apply for this programme please contact the programme administration team on:

Tel: 01227 925555


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 923825


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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 may also be required to attend an interview.



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