MSc THERAPEUTIC RADIOGRAPHY (PRE-REGISTRATION)

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Overview

Therapeutic radiographers are at the forefront of cancer care, having a vital role in the delivery of Radiotherapy services. They treat cancer patients with x-rays using highly sophisticated equipment. They are also responsible for ensuring that treatment planning and delivery is achieved with absolute precision.

Therapeutic radiographers work closely with professionals from other disciplines, are involved in the care and support of the cancer patient and their families through all parts of the patient pathway from the initial referral through to treatment review and follow-up stages.

Therapeutic radiography is dynamic with a range of specialist roles including research, site specialisation, advancing practice, quality assurance, management, teaching and education.

London South Bank University has invested heavily to ensure that students have access to the best learning tools and staff. There are two dedicated fully equipped skill labs that enable Dosimetry (Radiotherapy treatment planning) and a state of the art virtual environment of a radiotherapy treatment room (VERT).

Through a combination of academic study and clinical practice this course provides an all-encompassing experience and skill development that, on completion, enables you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Radiographer.

The clinical aspect of the training will be offered in many of London and the South East’s internationally renowned teaching hospitals.

Location

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

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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.

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Entry Level Requirements

  • An Honours degree (minimum 2:1 Classification) in a subject related to science or health, for example, physics, biology, health sciences.
  • Consideration will also be given to other relevant qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above.
  • Students for whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.5 in listening/speaking and not less than 6 in writing and reading for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) [or TOEFL: 570 including 55 in the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and at least 5 in the Test of Written English (TWE)], at the time of application.

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.

This course is not open to international students.

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. 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.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

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

Important statement for new and continuing students studying Health and Social Care courses

An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.

Please be aware that from 1 April 2022, all NHS and Social Care personnel (including students) will be required to have evidence of double vaccination against Covid. This measure has been taken to protect the public, patients and staff.

If you are unable, or unwilling, to be vaccinated, we will not be able to provide you with the practice placements necessary to complete your health care degree.  If this is the case, you may wish to look at an alternative career.

See the government's press release statement.

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.

At LSBU, you will be required to provide:

  • Original proof of all of your existing qualifications related to your course offer at LSBU. For example, original A-Level certificates or original Degree certificate.
  • Details of how you will pay your tuition fees if you are funded via Student Finance England or another sponsor, or payment if you are self-funded.
  • Two original forms of ID which show your full name and date of birth and immigration status. For example your passport or birth certificate. Please note some applicants will be required to show additional evidence to verify your immigration status.

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 on MyLSBU, our student portal.

Preparatory reading

  1. Symonds, RP., Deehan, C., Meredith, C. & Mills, JA (2012)  Walter and Miller’s Textbook of Radiotherapy : Radiation Physics, Therapy and Oncology.  (7th ed.) Churchill Livingstone.
  2. Tobias, J. & Hochhauser, D.  (2015) Cancer and its Management.  (7th ed.). Wiley Blackwell Publishing.
  3. Waugh, A. & Grant, A.  (2014)  Ross & Wilson: Anatomy and Physiology in Health & Illness (12th ed)  Churchill Livingstone.

Year 1

  • Radiation science and technology
    This module provides you with the basic physical concepts of the production, detection and interaction of ionising radiations and the importance of safe working practices.
  • Applied biological sciences
    This module provides you with an understanding of anatomy and pathophysiology with an introduction to oncology and the concept of holistic care in the management of people with cancer, with reference to evidence based practice.
  • Radiotherapy theory and practice 1
    This module introduces you to the professional practice of radiotherapy. We'll identify the various radiotherapy modalities employed in the treatment of people with cancer. We'll also complement the knowledge and learning you gain within clinical practice by focusing on the acquisition of basic skills required for the safe, accurate planning and treatment of patients with cancer.

Year 2

  • Patient care and resource management in radiotherapy
    This module aims to develop independent practitioner thinking in relation to patient and resource management within the radiotherapy department. The pathophysiology of radiation and systemic therapies for patients with cancer will be considered.   Methods of ameliorating radiation and cytotoxic morbidity, together with the wider issue of palliative care will also be considered in the context if contemporary literature. Resource management and delivery will require student to develop a critical awareness of health care policy and the concomitant impact of advances in technology and role development on staff and the organisation. Assessment method: 50% assignment and 50% presentation.
  • Radiotherapy theory and practice 2
    This module provides you with knowledge and skills relevant to pre-treatment and verification processes employed in the radiotherapy management of patients. You'll be required to develop a critical awareness of advances in technology and practice. We'll develop your clinically-based competencies, focusing on developing the complex techniques found in Radiotherapy as well as and the problem solving skills required for successful performance in clinical practice.
  • Service improvement in radiotherapy
    This module will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an interprofessional perspective. The module looks at a strategic, evidence-based approach to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users and take an interprofessional approach. It will focus on the opportunity for service development with the radiotherapy and oncology environment. Assessment Method: 100% assignment.
  • Health promotion and public health in radiotherapy
    This module allows the student to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of health promotion and public health to critically analyse current approaches, policies and campaigns in relation to the cancer pathway. Through research informed lectures and seminars, the student will be provided with the opportunity to acquire essential knowledge of theoretical perspective in current approaches to health education and promotion. Connection between practice and theory will be an interwoven fundamental concept of the module, enabling students to demonstrate understanding and application of key concepts, justify decision making, and inform future practice. Assessment method: 100% presentation
  • Image guided radiotherapy
    This module provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to IGRT processes. Students will be required to develop a critical awareness and understanding in image guided radiotherapy. Assessment method: 100% Assignment

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.

On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a therapeutic radiographer.

Therapeutic Radiographers work in a multidisciplinary team in Radiation Oncology and play a vital role in the management and treatment of patients with cancer and tumours. They are predominantly responsible for the accurate localisation, planning and delivery of ionising radiation.

Therapeutic radiographers need excellent interpersonal skills and emotional resilience as they deal with patients and their families at very difficult and emotional times. Making patients feel comfortable and guiding those through the process can be as important as the technical skills required for this role.

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Teaching and Assessment

Academic theoretical knowledge is gained through taught session led by lecturers and experts in the field, supported by blended learning and self-study activities.

Practical skills are normally developed through practical skills based sessions using VERT and dosimetry software, problem-based approaches and clinical placement.

Types of learning activities include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Tutorials
  • Formative assessments
  • E discussions
  • Observation and demonstration of practices within clinical placements.

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