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Radiotherapy and Oncology PgCert / PgDip / MSc

Overview

A flexible, distance learning pathway for qualified therapeutic radiographers designed to meet the continuous professional development requirements of health care professionals.

Use emerging technologies and more innovative and creative working practices to prepare become a specialist research-focused radiographer who will help revolutionise health and social care provision to better meet society’s changing demographic health needs.

5 reasons to study here

Online distance learning: Study through online distance learning at a flexible pace to suit your career development and lifestyle.
Demonstrate continued professional development: 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.
Advanced radiography practice: Develop advanced knowledge, critical reflective and clinical reasoning skills within the practice of therapeutic radiography, relevant to current and future roles within the context of UK and international health provisions.
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.

This course covers...

The course has been developed to enable students to apply scientific, research, professional and technical knowledge to their role within radiotherapy and oncology and also the wider health care team.

The course offers education in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to radiotherapy and oncology. You'll gain the opportunity to critically reflect on theory, contemporary research, and evidence-based practice related to therapeutic radiography in order to inform your personal and professional practice and contribute to cancer service delivery improvement.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
PgCert Level: Distance Learning - Part-time
Duration
1-3 years
Start Date
January
Location
Mode
PgDip Level: Distance Learning - Part-time
Duration
Max of 5 years if participant wishes to undertake the top-up to MSc level
Start Date
January
Location
Mode
MSc Level: Distance Learning - Part-time
Duration
1 year top-up to MSc (complete entire qualification within 6 year timeframe)
Start Date
January
Location
Mode
Modular Employer-funded CPPD
Duration
Max 6 years
Start Date
January
Location
Mode
PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Mode
MSc
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location

Modules

This post-registration programme in Radiotherapy and Oncology is intentionally flexible; overall you'll need to complete to PgDip level within 5 years, so that you are able to complete to MSc level within 6 years. The course offers a wide variety of modules (all distance learning) that focus on current and future practice developments.

PgCert - 60 credits

  • 60 credits made up of a selection of specialist modules
  • Research in Health and Social Care – 20 credits (Optional – this can be chosen as an alternative to one of the specialist modules)

PgDip - 120 credits

  • Research in Health and Social Care – 20 credits (Core)
  • 100 credits made up of a selection of specialist modules
  • A maximum of one non-specialist module may be selected as an alternative to one of the specialist modules

MSc - 180 credits

  • Dissertation - 60 or 40 credits - (Core)
  • Research in Health and Social Care – 20 credits (Core)
  • 100 or 120 credits (depending on whether you choose 40 or 60 credit dissertation) made up of a selection of specialist modules
  • A maximum of one non-specialist module may be selected as an alternative to one of the specialist modules

Module descriptions

Core modules

  • Research in Health and Social Care – 20 credits
    The purpose of this module is to consolidate and extend your knowledge of research approaches and methods and enhance your ability to be a critical user of research evidence. We'll examine philosophical and theoretical perspectives underpinning health and social care research approaches including exploration of research design and key aspects of data gathering and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative analyses. This module will develop your practical skills for identifying, critical reviewing and synthesising research evidence relevant to professional practice. Assessment: 4,000-word written assignment incorporating a detailed search strategy, a literature review and critical appraisal of the evidence in a clinically relevant topic of your choosing.
  • Dissertation - 60 or 40 credits 
    This module enables you to plan and conduct an 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 your ability to work with relative autonomy in undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning. 

Specialist modules

  • Clinical applications of radiotherapy treatment planning (20 credits)
    This module provides the students with knowledge and skills relevant to pre-treatment and treatment planning employed in the radiotherapy management of patients.
  • Motion management in radiotherapy (20 credits)
    This module provides students with knowledge and skills relevant to motion management in radiotherapy from pre-treatment localisation, treatment planning, imaging and verification processes in cancer patients’ pathways.
  • Radiotherapy patient on-treatment review (40 credits)
    This module is designed for therapeutic radiographers who undertake on treatment review of patients receiving radiotherapy and enables students to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to make accurate assessments of patients wellbeing in the context of radiotherapy treatment.
  • Hybrid Imaging in Radiotherapy (20 credits)
    This module provides students with knowledge and skills relevant to the use of Hybrid imaging (e.g. PET/CT) within the radiotherapy localisation process.
  • Image guided radiotherapy (20 credits)
    This module provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to IGRT processes. You will be required to develop a critical awareness andunderstanding in image guided radiotherapy.
  • MRI – clinical applications in radiotherapy (20 credits)
    This module provides students with knowledge and skills relevant to the use of MRI within the radiotherapy pathway.
  • CT – clinical applications in radiotherapy (20 credits)
    This module provides students with knowledge and skills relevant to the use of CT within the radiotherapy pathway.
  • Expert / specialist practice (20 credits)
    For the following sites: Breast cancer, Gynaecological cancer, Head and Neck cancer, Prostate cancer, Palliative care. These modules are designed for Therapeutic radiographers who wish to embark toward specialist and expert practice (for the sites listed above) and enables advancement of knowledge and understanding of the advanced practice framework.

Non-specialist modules

  • Leadership and quality improvement for allied health professionals (20 credits)
    This module explores a range of leadership perspectives for AHPs, to develop leadership behaviours and change management skills. This module requires you to develop and present your own work-related quality improvement plan and submit a critical reflection, both of which are assessed components. 1: A 15-minute presentation, outlining a Quality Improvement plan and incorporating leadership approaches as part of implementation. 2: A 1,000-word academic reflection on your own learning in relation to leadership.
  • An introduction to counselling skills for health and social care professionals (20 credits)
    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. The module will consolidate learning utilising a variety of models which place patients, clients and carers at the centre of care, using theory and clinical experiences to inform practice.Learning and enhancing counselling skills will enable students to better manage resources and support clients through their experiences of changing health or social needs. Assessment: 4,000-word essay.
  • Enhancing practice through work based learning (20 credits)
    This module allows you to investigate an area of your own choice, relevant to your field of practice. This module is delivered in the form of learning negotiated between the student, module co-ordinator and practice manager. You’ll 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.
  • Mentorship for the allied health professions (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). Anyone undertaking the module will be required to mentor a student or colleague to promote integration of theory and practice. Assessment: 4,000-word reflective account of the experience of mentoring a student or colleague.
  • An introduction to teaching in higher education for allied health professionals (20 credits)
    This module will be of particular interest to those who are planning to work with students in higher education or who have an active interest in teaching in pre-registration allied health education. The module will critically examine a range of teaching and learning strategies and appropriate underlying educational theory. The module will acknowledge the learning experiences of students and will specifically address the diverse needs of the student population. You will discuss and evaluate the roles and skills of educators working in Universities and will have opportunity to prepare, plan and deliver a teaching session with students. Assessment: Part One: Taught session with lesson plan - pass/fail. Part Two: 2,000 word reflective evaluation - 100%.
  • Innovation for excellence – leading service change (20 credits)
    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 current service and to design and implement innovations and changes in health and social care services. You'll be able to explore theories and models of leadership and contemporary healthcare leadership models to develop understanding of the role of leadership in delivering a high quality service.
  • Ethics and law in professional practice (20 credits)
    This module prepares you 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 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 you to demonstrate professional leadership regarding contemporary health and social care debates within society.
  • Intravenous administration of pharmaceutical substances for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes (10 credits)
    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. The module will provide the appropriate theoretical background for practitioners to undertake intravenous injections, and allow practitioners to develop clinical expertise in intravenous injection procedures.
  • An introduction to economic evaluation for allied health professionals (20 credits)
    This module introduces the topic of economic evaluation and provides a basic critical, conceptual and theoretical understanding of the processes involved in economic evaluation.

Employability

Successful completion of the MSc (or intermediate awards) will prepare learners to seek employment which provides opportunities to develop their role further and potentially move into practice at more advanced levels. In addition it will be used to develop skills to evidence CPD and lifelong learning, as per professional body requirements. Depending on personal and professional requirements, students are able to build up from PGCert to PGDip to MSc awards.

Graduates may pursue a career in clinical practice in a variety of settings in the UK or internationally. Examples of specialities (either competency/non-competency) offered within this course include:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Education in healthcare
  • Research

Some graduates may stay in their country of origin or seek employment in another country. Alternatively graduates may pursue academic teaching or research careers in the UK or internationally. Graduates may seek to enrol for further study such as a PhD or Professional Doctorate.

Throughout the programme you'll develop the skills that will support active engagement in the process of lifelong learning through critical reflection, to influence and enhance your professional practice and future employability.

The Department of Health (2011) 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.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

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.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career 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 network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff

Aneesa Admani

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, PgDip Therapeutic Radiography

Aneesa Admani is the assigned link tutor for Guy's and St Thomas’ hospitals, Mount Vernon hospital and Imperial NHS Trust.


Ricardo Khine

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Post-Registration Lead in Therapeutic Radiography

Ricardo is a member of the Therapeutic Radiography academic team involved in the delivery of pre-registration programmes. Ricardo's role also includes leading the post-registration provisions in Therapeutic Radiography.


Noreen Sinclair

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor and Professional Lead in Therapeutic Radiography

Noreen Sinclair is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Social Care with a particular interest in quality, assessment and student feedback. She is also Professional Lead for Therapeutic Radiography. She has responsibility for student progression and achievement across the School.


Dr Adéle Stewart-Lord

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Adéle Stewart-Lord is an Associate Professor in therapeutic radiography. Her main role as Associate Professor involves the management and delivery of the Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) agenda


Rachael Williams

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Clinical Practice Educator

Rachael specialises in therapy radiography, with interests in clinical practice education.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Students are adult self-directed learners who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that we want to capitalise on within our courses. We aim to do this by utilising a range of learning and teaching strategies which are dynamic, innovative and will encourage active engagement and ownership of their learning whilst inspiring and challenging the development of enquiry. This will promote transformative learning.

Where appropriate we use digitally enhanced learning using blended learning approaches and the development of online modules and courses, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s). We utilised our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle, to enable us to offer a range of online activities including on-line discussion forums, blogs, videos and online quizzes.

All teaching and learning is research informed and where appropriate supports multi-professional and integrated learning approaches that reflect the professional health and social care environments that our students work within. Our approaches to learning and teaching are inclusive and promote academic integrity.

Assessments

A variety of approaches will be used in order to balance the assessment methods and to promote different skills / abilities whilst reflecting the nature of the module of learning. The main rationale for choosing the assessment method is helping you in the development of a wide range of professional knowledge and skills.

The types of assignments demonstrate further development of skills and abilities as you progress on the courses. Formative and summative assessments will be designed to allow you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you  have gained during your studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications required for this course

A degree or diploma in Therapeutic Radiography or any other relevant professional qualification.

Professional qualifications

Students must be registered to practice as a health practitioner in accordance with the professional requirements of their country.   The programme is designed for Therapeutic radiographers, however nurses with appropriate experience may also be considered for the Radiotherapy on-treatment review module, as a stand-alone module.

Non-standard entrants

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 programme. 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 Level: Distance Learning - Part-time
Duration
1-3 years
Start date
January
Application code
5070
Application method
Mode
PgDip Level: Distance Learning - Part-time
Duration
Max of 5 years if participant wishes to undertake the top-up to MSc level
Start date
January
Application code
Please apply to PgCert qualification as first step
Application method
Mode
MSc Level: Distance Learning - Part-time
Duration
1 year top-up to MSc (complete entire qualification within 6 year timeframe)
Start date
January
Application code
Please apply to PgCert qualification as first step
Application method
Mode
Modular Employer-funded CPPD
Duration
Max 6 years
Start date
January
Application code
Application method
Mode
PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5180
Application method
Mode
MSc
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
5181
Application method

All self-funding students should apply via UKPass Application Service.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5181Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £10665
International £12500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5180Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7110
International £8333.33
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5070Session code: 1PS00
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5071Session code: 1PS00

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.

Case studies

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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Course Enquiries - UK/EU

Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Course Enquiries - International

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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