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Diagnostic Imaging PgCert / PgDip / MSc

Overview

This programme is primarily aimed at Diagnostic Radiographers although the individual modules, if studied ‘stand-alone’, are applicable to a wide range of healthcare professionals.

You're able to combine modules from different clinical areas, such as: image interpretation, reporting, or breast imaging, to build a postgraduate portfolio culminating in a research dissertation to complete the Masters.

6 reasons to study here

Online distance learning option: Study through online distance learning, or blended learning at a flexible pace to suit your career development and lifestyle.
Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
Professional links: Connected with the Society & College of Radiographers, and the National Breast Screening Training Centre at King’s College NHS Foundation Trust.
Career prospects: Completion may be used as evidence to support career progression, particularly where making reliable decisions from radiographic images is desirable or essential requirement.
Evidence-based practice: Develop your research skills and critical thinking. Conduct a research project, laying the foundations for future research work and clinical practice as an evidence-based practitioner.
Emerging technologies: Cover the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to diagnostic imaging to better meet society’s changing demographic health needs by using emerging technologies and more innovative and creative working practices.

Building your qualification

This post-registration programme in Diagnostic Imaging is intentionally flexible; modules may be studied in any order and at your pace (provided all modules for an award are completed within a six year timeframe).

You can also choose between modes, studying everything through distance learning, on-site, or a flexible combination that best meets your needs. You'll meet with your personal tutor/course director each semester to discuss module choice and review your progress.

MSc qualification

  • Two mandatory modules, plus the dissertation
  • Build the rest of your qualification (180 credits) from range of specialist and generalist modules

PgDip qualification

  • Two mandatory modules
  • Build the rest of your qualification (120 credits) from range of specialist and generalist modules

PgCert qualification

  • One mandatory module
  • Build the rest of qualification (60 credits) from range of specialist and generalist modules

Module-by-module CPPD

  • Flexible module-by-module study through CPPD route, take a single module at-a-time building up to the above qualifications.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
PgCert: Part-time / Distance Learning
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Mode
PgDip: Part-time / Distance Learning
Duration
2-3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Mode
MSc: Part-time / Distance Learning
Duration
3-6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Mode
Modular Employer-funded CPPD
Duration
Max of 6 years
Start Date
January
Location

Modules

Open the pop-up module table to see which modules are mandatory or options for PgCert, PgDip and MSc. Also see which modules are taught through blended-learning with an element of on-site teaching - and which are available 100% distance learning.

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Core modules

  • Research in Health & Social Care (20 credits)
    This module is mandatory for students studying the PgD/MSc pathway. This module is available online or taught. This module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and methods in health and social care research together with the skills to find, appraise and use the evidence to address policy and practice issues. It is available in taught or distance learning formats.
  • Foundations of Image Interpretation  (20 credits)
    This module is core for all students studying the PgC/PgD/MSc pathways. The aim of this module is to enable health care professionals to develop an understanding of the principles of image perception and decision making factors, awareness of error by investigating the ways in which decision making error occurs in diagnostic imaging relative to the common processes adopted in clinical practice. The implications for practice are considered from abnormality signalling through to written reporting, for integration within a modern healthcare system. Assessment: 4000 word essay.
  • MSc Dissertation for Allied Health Sciences (40 or 60 credits)
    Students undertaking the MSc pathway should choose between the 40 or 60 credit dissertation module. This module is available online or taught. This module enables the student to plan and conduct an in-depth investigation of a topic that contributes to professional practice. It provides the opportunity to apply an understanding of research methods to the investigation and allows demonstration of their ability to work with relative autonomy in undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning. It promotes the dissemination of findings to the relevant professional community.

Optional specialist modules

  • Image interpretation – appendicular skeleton (20 credits) Online only
    This module is ideally suited to any Healthcare Professional who needs to interpret radiographic images as part of their working practice. The aim of this module is to develop skills in preliminary clinical evaluation, specifically enabling interpretation of musculoskeletal radiographic appearances of the appendicular skeleton, with a particular emphasis on the acute and emergency setting. Assessment: 90 minute OSCE.
  • Image interpretation – axial skeleton (20 credits) Online only
    This module is ideally suited to any Healthcare Professional who needs to interpret radiographic images as part of their working practice. The aim of this module is to develop skills in preliminary clinical evaluation, specifically enabling interpretation of musculoskeletal radiographic appearances of the axial skeleton, with a particular emphasis on the acute and emergency setting. Assessment: 90 minute OSCE.
  • Image interpretation – abdomen (20 credits) Online only
    This module is ideally suited to any Healthcare Professional who needs to interpret radiographic images as part of their working practice. The aim of this module is to develop skills in preliminary clinical evaluation. Specifically enabling interpretation of radiographic appearances of the abdomen and pelvis in relation to alternative imaging modalities and the patient pathway, with a particular emphasis on the acute and emergency setting. Assessment: 4000 word case study.
  • Image interpretation – chest (20 credits) Online only
    This module is ideally suited to any Healthcare Professional who needs to interpret radiographic images as part of their working practice. The aim of this module is to develop skills in preliminary clinical evaluation, specifically enabling interpretation of radiographic appearances of the chest, with a particular emphasis on the acute and emergency setting. Assessment: 90 minute OSCE Image.
  • Image interpretation – CT head (20 credits)
    This module is ideally suited to any Healthcare Professional who needs to interpret CT Head images as part of their working practice. The aim of this module is to develop skills in CT image interpretation and preliminary clinical evaluation with a particular emphasis on the acute and emergency setting. Assessment: 90 minute OSCE Specialist Skills.
  • Specialist skills development – preliminary clinical evaluation in the acute setting (40 credits) – SINGAPORE ONLY
    The aim of this module is to develop skills in preliminary clinical evaluation, specifically enabling interpretation of radiographic appearances of the skeleton, chest, and abdomen, with a particular emphasis on the acute and emergency setting. Assessment: 4000 word reflective portfolio and 90 minute OSCE.
  • Specialist skills development – breast imaging (40 credits) – SINGAPORE ONLY
    The aim of this module is to develop skills in breast imaging and meet the requirements of BreastScreen Singapore (BSS) to work within the nationwide breast cancer screening programme initiated and governed by Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB). Assessment: 4000 word reflective portfolio and 90 minute OSCE.

Specialist modules from the PgC Breast Imaging course and the PgC/PgD Radiographic Reporting course can also contribute to the PgD/MSc Diagnostic Imaging awards.

  • Radiographic Skeletal reporting – axial skeleton (20 credits) Taught only
    This module enables Radiographers to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the axial skeleton. Assessment: progression test (P/F); 120 minute OSCE.
  • Radiographic reporting – appendicular Skeleton (40 credits) Taught only
    This module enables Radiographers to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the appendicular skeleton. Assessment: progression test (P/F); 120 minute OSCE.
  • Advances in specialised skeletal imaging (20 credits) Taught only
    This module concentrates on the contribution of specialised modalities in confirming or contributing to the diagnosis and further investigation of musculoskeletal plain image reports.  Assessment: Presentation of Academic Poster.
  • Radiographic reporting – chest (40 credits) Taught only
    This module enables Radiographers to achieve competence in the practice of radiographic reporting of the chest. Assessment: progression test (P/F); 120 minute OSCE.
  • Mammography theory (20 credits)
    This module facilitates clinical mammography training. In combination with Mammography Practice it fulfils the requirements for the College of Radiographers Postgraduate Award in Mammography (for UK based Practitioners only). This module is suitable for Practitioners working within the National Health Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP), symptomatic clinics and the private sector.
  • Mammography practice (40 credits)
    This module facilitates clinical mammography training. In combination with Mammography Theory it fulfils the requirements for the College of Radiographers Postgraduate Award in Mammography (for UK based Practitioners only). This module is suitable for Practitioners working within the National Health Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP), symptomatic clinics and the private sector.
  • Mammography image interpretation and reporting (40 credits)
    This module provides the range of clinical skills and development required for practitioners who wish to engage in the interpretation and comment on mammographic images. It provides important role development in this area and facilitates elements of advanced practice in mammography.
  • Clinical breast examination and communication skills (20 credits)
    This module provides the range of clinical skills and development required for practitioners working within the Breast Unit who wish to develop specific knowledge base and skills set in clinical breast examinations and respond to the communication needs of the patient (female or male) requiring or requesting breast care. It provides important role development in this area and facilitates elements of advance practice in breast imaging and breast care.
  • Breast ultrasound for ultrasonographers (40 credits)
    This module is for Practitioners who wish to attain competency within the field of breast ultrasound. Students should have regular access to a breast imaging department and participate in weekly breast ultrasound clinics.
    Students studying this module should already hold a recognised qualification within the field of ultrasound (general, obstetrics or gynaecology).
  • Breast ultrasound (60 credits)
    This module is for Practitioners who currently do not hold a general or obstetric/gynaecological qualification in ultrasound but wish to attain competency within the field of breast ultrasound. Students should have regular access to a breast imaging department and participate in weekly breast ultrasound clinics.
  • Ultrasound guided interventional procedures (20 credits)
    This module is to enable Practitioners performing breast ultrasound examinations within a Breast clinic to become competent in ultrasound guided interventional procedures e.g. breast core biopsies, fine needle aspirations etc.

Optional non-specialist (generalist) modules

  • Intravenous Administration of Pharmaceutical Substances for Diagnostic or Therapeutic Purposes. Taught only.
    This module provides an opportunity for learning and skills development in intravenous administration to patients of drugs and other substances for the purposes of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
  • Mentorship for allied health professionals (20 credits)
    This module will be of particular interest to allied health professionals involved in mentoring students or staff. The module incorporates theory and practice to develop mentorship skills (communication, goal setting, assessment, feedback, and reflection) and knowledge (learning styles and theories, learning environment, professional, personal and practice development). Students may choose between the online the taught versions of this module.
  • Innovation for excellence – leading service change (20 credits) Taught only
    Recent policy developments put innovation and quality improvement at the top of the health and social care agenda, The focus on delivering high quality care, centred around the patient or service user is essential.
    Healthcare and allied health professionals now have the opportunity to make a tangible difference to their service delivery through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies which underpin the leadership and management of service improvement. This Module explores key factors which together enable professionals to begin to critically reflect upon their current service and to design and implement innovations and changes in health and social care services. Students will be able to explore theories and models of leadership and contemporary healthcare leadership models to develop their understanding of the role of leadership in delivering a high quality service.
  • Ethics and law in professional practice (20 credits) Taught only
    This module prepares students to demonstrate an active leadership and consultative role regarding ethical/legal/professional issues and best interests decision making within all clinical settings. The module provides the student with a legal and ethical framework for professional practice by developing a robust and analytical understanding of key legislation relevant to a variety of patient/client groups (service users) and an awareness of the ethical tension between the protective use of authority and the principle of empowering practice. A robust understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, ethical and legal frameworks and appropriate clinical guidelines and policies will be developed along with a strong emphasis upon consultative, team working and decision-making skills. Key issues such as medical negligence litigation, consent/refusal of treatment and contemporary debates such as euthanasia, abortion, organ donation, the human genome project, cloning, behaviour control and other topical issues will be examined enabling the student to demonstrate professional leadership regarding contemporary health and social care debates within society.
  • Enhancing Practice through Work Based Learning
    Description as follows: This module allows the student to investigate an area of their own choice, relevant to their field of practice. This module is delivered in the form of learning negotiated between the student, module co-ordinator and practice manager.  The student will develop a negotiated, study management plan with agreed outcomes (learning contract).   The contract is largely student managed with tutorial support from the module co-ordinator. Learning contracts combine several elements of planning, especially setting objectives and outcomes, devising criteria and formulating action plans. The learning that has been negotiated is an agreement to undertake a specific course of action leading to learning and professional development. Students may choose between the online and taught versions of this module.
  • Leadership and quality improvement for allied health professionals (20 credits) Online only
    This module explores a range of leadership perspectives for AHPs, to develop leadership behaviours and change management skills.
  • An introduction to counselling skills for health care professionals(20 credits) Taught only
    This module offers health and social care professionals, working in a variety of settings, the opportunity to reflect upon and further develop counselling skills to address the on-going issues pertinent to the current client population.
  • An introduction to teaching in higher education for allied health professionals (20 credits) Taught only
    This module will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals practising therapists who are planning to work with students in higher education or who have an active interest in teaching in pre-registration allied health education.
  • Entrepreneurship for allied health professionals (20 credits)
    This module introduces and explores concepts such as Intellectual Property (IP), entrepreneurship, social enterprise, business development, marketing, outcomes and networking from an AHP perspective. Students may choose between the online and taught versions of this module.
  • An introduction to economic evaluation for allied health professionals (20 credits) Online only
    This module will introduce students to the topic of economic evaluation and provide them with a basic critical, conceptual and theoretical understanding of the processes involved in economic evaluation.

      Assessment

      Assessment methods are varied and include:

      • Conventional ‘essay-style’ assignment
      • Article format, suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal
      • Case-study
      • Clinical portfolio
      • Dissertation
      • Multiple choice/assertion reasoning
      • Image evaluation.

      Employability

      In 2011 the Department of Health identified that the development of advanced practitioners within allied health professional’s (AHP) could result in a significant contribution to high quality clinical care, organisational management, economic sustainability, productivity and all aspects of quality – patient safety, patient experience and the effectiveness of the care that patients receive.

      This course covers...

      This PgCert, PgDip, MSc suite of awards is designed to meet the continuous professional development requirements of health care professionals who utilise diagnostic imaging procedures in their practice, and in specific cases provides the necessary competence to practice:

      1. Provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on theory, contemporary research, and evidence-based practice related to diagnostic imaging procedures in order to inform your professional practice and enhance stakeholder experience.
      2. Develop your advanced knowledge and skills through the critical appraisal of theory and practice related to a range of diagnostic imaging modalities and procedures relevant to current and future roles within the context of UK and international health provisions.
      3. Help develop the skills that will support you to actively engagement in the process of lifelong learning (CPPD) through critical reflection, to enhance both your professional practice and future employability.
      4. Enable continued professional development through independent and multi-disciplinary learning, thereby demonstrating maintenance of the standard of proficiency articulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and other relevant professional bodies.

      Professionals undertaking this course will be able to use their knowledge and skills to enhance the service they provide in accordance with their employer's policies. Completion may be used as evidence to support career progression, particularly where making reliable decisions from radiographic images is desirable or essential requirement.

      LSBU Employability Services

      LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

      • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
      • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
      • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

      Placements

      Facilities

      • Digital diagnostic X-ray facility

        Digital diagnostic X-ray facility

        Radiography students at London South Bank University benefit from a new diagnostic radiography X-ray facility after the opening of the Fujifilm D-EVO suite.

      • K2 building

        K2 building

        A major feature of our Southwark campus is K2, a new eight-storey building, designed and constructed using the latest in green building technology.

      Teaching and learning

      Entry requirements

      For the ‘Course’

      A degree or diploma in diagnostic radiography or any other relevant professional qualification.

      Students must be registered to practice as a health practitioner in accordance with the professional requirements of their country.

      For an individual ‘Module’

      Professional qualifications. Students must be registered to practice as a health practitioner in accordance with the professional requirements of their country.

      Non-standard entry

      The University will select non-standard entrants to the programme in the following ways:

      All applications are assessed individually.  Some flexibility may be exercised to the admissions criteria for students wishing to study individual modules for CPD. Some variation in terms of professional background and education may be accepted and will be considered individually by the course director.  Regardless of these conditions, applicants must be able to satisfy the course director and admissions team of their suitability and ability to successfully complete the program of study applied for.Level of

      English language capability

      If English is not the first language, students must have an IELTS average score of 7.0 on entry into the course. No individual elements should be below 7.0.

      How to apply

      International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

      Instructions for Home/EU applicants
      Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
      Mode
      PgCert: Part-time / Distance Learning
      Duration
      1 year
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      TBC
      Application method
      Mode
      PgDip: Part-time / Distance Learning
      Duration
      2-3 years
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      Please apply to PgCert qualification as first step
      Application method
      Mode
      MSc: Part-time / Distance Learning
      Duration
      3-6 years
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      Please apply to PgCert qualification as first step
      Application method
      Mode
      Modular Employer-funded CPPD
      Duration
      Max of 6 years
      Start date
      January
      Application code
      Application method

      All self-funding students intending to undertake the PgDip and Masters should first apply for the PgCert via UKPass. Students successfully passing the PgCert can then apply to the University directly to continue their studies and enrol on the PgDip and MSc.

      CPPD applicants

      Each module is available as CPPD to working healthcare professionals sponsored by their employer.

      You can apply for the range of CPPD Health and Social Care courses on offer through our CPPD online prospectus where you can also browse through our programmes and modules. You can use the easy search facility or use one of the shortcuts to the professional groups. By clicking on the programme or module you are interested in you will be shown information on the course itself, including dates delivered. You will also be able to apply online, with no need to fill out lots of paperwork. Apply within five minutes using our system, and if your employer has offered to fund you, our system will even get their authorisation before your application is processed. Your application will be processed with ease and you will receive an e-mail at every step of the process.

      Browse our online CPPD prospectus and apply now.

      More information on UKPass Application Service

      Full-time/part-time self-funding postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

      Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

      Accommodation

      Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

      Finance

      It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

      Postgraduate Application Service

      Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

      Fees and funding

      CPPD employer-funded students

      Many of our students are funded through their NHS Trust or employer. If you are being funded by your employer,please check with your line manager before making your application. You will need to know how your fees are being paid before applying.

      For more information about fees and funding for individual CPPD modules please contact hsc-cppd@lsbu.ac.uk

      Fee paying postgraduate students

      For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

      Possible fee changes

      Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

      The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

      Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

      At the current time, no details have been published regarding the Postgraduate Loan Scheme for 2017/18. The arrangements for 2016/17 are shown as a guide, but should not be relied upon. Details will be updated as soon as they are published by Student Finance England.

      If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,000 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

      Scholarships

      We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

      Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

      Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

      Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

      LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

      This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

      International students

      As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

      Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

      New course: fees are not yet published

      This is a new course, and we are yet to release the fees for the PgCert, PgDip and MSc course. Please check back here shortly, this is where we'll publish fee information as soon as it's available.

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      Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

      Prepare to start

      We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

      Enrolment and Induction

      Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

      In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

      Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

       
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