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MSc Therapeutic Radiography (pre-registration)

Southwark Campus
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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.


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.
  • Clinical 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

  • Management of morbidities
    This module addresses the principles of radiobiology and cytotoxic chemotherapy, to facilitate appreciation of the limiting effects of normal tissues on treatment. We'll also consider method limiting radiation and cytotoxic morbidity, together with the wider issue of palliative care.
  • Clinical 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.
  • Dissertation
    This module provides the you with the opportunity to undertake original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice. Here, you'll be able to consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design and associated methods of enquiry.  You'll be supported to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out your chosen project. In the preparatory learning we'll address ethical and governance issues and processes relevant to your project.


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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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.


At LSBU you will experience a variety of clinical settings, such as: NHS Trusts and the independent sector.

Placements for Therapeutic Radiography include:

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospital
  • Sussex Cancer Centre
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Kent Oncology Centre
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Surrey Hospital
  • Queens Hospital Romford
  • Mount Vernon Hospital.

The course is split between academic weeks and clinical weeks undertaken at your assigned clinical placement site. The course is split evenly between academic taught weeks and clinical placement weeks where you will undertake developing clinical skills.

Teaching and learning

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.


Entry 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.

How to apply

International students

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

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).


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.


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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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.

Fees and funding

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.


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.

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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