PgCert / PgDip/ MSc Diagnostic Imaging

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time; Distance

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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.

5 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 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.

Accreditation

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The MSc Diagnostic Imaging offered by London South Bank University was approved by the College of Radiographers for a period of five years, from 12/2020 to 12/2025 inclusive.

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'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
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
PgDip: Part-time
Duration
2-3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
MSc: Part-time
Duration
3-6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Modular Employer-funded CPPD
Duration
Max of 6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

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 (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

  • Radiographic reporting musculoskeletal
  • Radiographic reporting: axial skeleton
  • Advances in specialised skeletal imaging
  • Radiographic chest reporting
  • Mammography theory
  • Mammography practice
  • Mammorgraphy image interpretation and reporting
  • Clinical breast examination
  • Breast ultrasound for ultrasonographers
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guided interventional procedures
  • Specialist imaging relating children and young people
  • Concepts of children and young people imaging
  • Protecting and safeguarding children and young people

Optional non-specialist modules

A maximum of TWO of the following non-specialist modules may be selected as an alternative to the inclusive modules above:

  • Leading continuous quality improvement in healthcare
  • Enhancing practice through work-based learning
  • Leadership and quality improvement for AHPs

        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.

        Employability Service

        We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

        At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

        • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
        • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

        Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

        • Society & College of Radiographers
        • National Breast Screening Training Centre, King’s College NHS Foundation Trust

        Teaching and learning

        Staff

        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 students

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

        Home applicants

        Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
        Mode
        PgCert: Part-time
        Duration
        1 year
        Start date
        September
        Application code
        5067
        Application method
        Mode
        PgDip: Part-time
        Duration
        2-3 years
        Start date
        September
        Application code
        Please apply to PgCert qualification as first step
        Application method
        Mode
        MSc: Part-time
        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
        September
        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.

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        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 the How to apply tab for this course.

        Enrolment

        Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

        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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

        Part-time

        MSc Diagnostic Imaging (Top Up) - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

        The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
        UK fee: £3158International fee: £5133.34
        AOS/LSBU code: 5069Session code: 1PS00

        PgCert Diagnostic Imaging - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

        The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
        UK fee: £3855International fee: £5133.33
        AOS/LSBU code: 5067Session code: 1PS00

        PgDip Diagnostic Imaging (Top Up) - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

        The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
        UK fee: £3855International fee: £5133.33
        AOS/LSBU code: 5068Session code: 1PS00

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

        See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

        Possible fee changes

        The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

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

        Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

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

        Scholarships

        We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

        Fee status

        Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

        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

        The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

        See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

        We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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