PgDip/ MSc DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

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.
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModePgDip: Part-time Duration2-3 years Start dateSeptember Application codePlease apply to PgCert qualification as first step Application method Direct to LSBU
ModeMSc: Part-time Duration3-6 years Start dateSeptember Application codePlease apply to PgCert qualification as first step Application method Direct to LSBU
ModeModular Employer-funded CPPD DurationMax of 6 years Start dateSeptember Application code Application method CPPD prospectus

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level 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.

United Kingdom

£

Tuition fees for home students

International

£

Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees

  • Part-time

    part-time

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

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5069 Session code: 1PS00

    PgCert Diagnostic Imaging (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5067 Session code: 1PS00

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

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5068 Session 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

International students

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code 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 Direct to LSBU
Mode MSc: Part-time Duration 3-6 years Start date September Application code Please apply to PgCert qualification as first step Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode Modular Employer-funded CPPD Duration Max of 6 years Start date September Application code Application method CPPD prospectus

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.

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.

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.

        Careers

        Employability Service

        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:

        • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
        • 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.
        • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

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

        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.

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

        Contact information

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