PgDip/MSc (Top-up)/MSc Therapeutic RadiographySouthwark Campus
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.
In the treatment of cancer, accuracy is paramount and a variety of highly specialised equipment is available within Radiotherapy Departments to achieve this. Computerised Tomography (CT) simulators employ the latest technology to localise tumours.
Technological advances in linear accelerator design ensure that treatment conforms to patients needs with pinpoint accuracy. Treatment units housing radioactive sources also play a useful role in patient management, as do 3D planning systems.
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).
Communication and care
Alongside the technology, the importance of high standards of communication and care of cancer patients cannot be overestimated. Cancer patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team in which the therapeutic radiographer plays a major role in reducing the sense of vulnerability and promoting patients autonomy.
As a graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Radiographer .
The PgDip programme is an accelerated programme over two years, for graduate students who already have a Level 6 qualification. Building on graduate skills you'll develop an enquiring, reflective, critical and innovative approach to Therapeutic Radiography within the context of the rapid changes occurring in the health service.
Top-up to MSc
By adding the research element of a dissertation (an extended and independent piece of written research), you'll be able to graduate with a Masters-level qualification.
On this programme we'll develop you as confident and competent practitioner who practices autonomously, compassionately, skilfully and safely. The programme comprises of five compulsory modules instilling a range of academic knowledge from health sciences to profession specific radiotherapy and oncology practice. And, add a dissertation for the award of a Masters.
Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.
- Radiation science and technology
This module provides 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 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 the professional practice of radiotherapy. It identifies the various radiotherapy modalities employed in the treatment of people with cancer. This module will also complement the knowledge and learning gained within clinical practice by focussing on the acquisition of basic skills required for the safe, accurate planning and treatment of patients with cancer.
- Patient care and resource management in radiotherapy
This module addresses the principles of radiobiology and cytotoxic chemotherapy, to facilitate appreciation of the limiting effects of normal tissues on treatment. Methods of limiting radiation and cytotoxic morbidity, together with the wider issue of palliative care will also be considered.
- Radiotherapy theory and practice 2
This module provides knowledge and skills relevant to pre-treatment and verification processes employed in the radiotherapy management of patients. You will be required to develop a critical awareness of advances in technology and practice. Clinically based competencies focus on the complex techniques found in Radiotherapy and the problem solving skills required for successful performance in clinical practice.
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.
*for the award of MSc only
Radiotherapy as a career
On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a therapeutic radiographer.
From helping plan and administering treatment, to explaining it to patients and assessing their responses, therapeutic radiographers are involved in every stage of the treatment process.
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. They are predominantly responsible for treatment 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 them through the process can be as important as the technical skills required for this role.
Most therapeutic radiographers work for the NHS, where starting salaries are between £20,000 - £27,000. Depending on career progression, you could earn up to £65,000. (All About Careers)
Through the acquisition of a wide range of transferable skills such as psychosocial, organisational, management, technical and scientific skills, individuals are well prepared to work in any situation that best suits their individual expertise and interest.Working as a consultant practitioner is one common career path as well as management, research, clinical work and teaching.
After qualification, clinically experienced therapeutic radiographers may gain additional specialist skills and expertise through the postgraduate, post-registration and continuing professional development frameworks. Find out more about professional development courses on offer through our online CPPD prospectus.
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.
- The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the regulator of health, Psychological and Social professionals.
- The Society and College of Radiographers (SOR) is the professional body representing the radiography workforce.
- Elekta - clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders
- Vertual - the company providing the technology for our Virtual Radiography VERT Lab
- Varian - medical systems
Clinical placements are an essential element of the course. You will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice within a broad variety of healthcare settings. A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent radiographer. Although sometimes initially challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a radiographer.
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.
Structure of placements
Placements are spread over two years.
The first clinical placement; approximately seven weeks after the start of the course, gives a real taster of the role of the radiotherapy radiographer in the radiotherapy treatment process. It gives you an opportunity to confirm correct choice of career early within the course. Thereafter clinical placements follow the same pattern throughout the course.
Support from a mentor
An identified Link Lecturer and Personal Tutor from the University will be the person you can contact during working day hours whilst on placement with any concerns or questions you are unable to solve otherwise. As there is a close relationship between LSBU and the clinical placement; the Link Lecturer will pay regular scheduled visits to the different sites to meet up with students.
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:
- Enquiry-based learning
- Formative assessments
- E discussions
- Observation and demonstration of practices within clinical placements.
As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor once a year for up to 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email.
It is anticipated that applicants will have a wide variety of academic backgrounds, but they should ideally possess:
- A Bachelor degree second class Honours Upper Division (2:1) 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
- All applicants must be 18 years or over at the commencement of the course.
All offers of places on the programme are conditionally based on:
- Satisfactory outcome at interview
- Occupational health clearance;
- Satisfactory outcome of an Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
- Satisfactory clinical visit report
- Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.
For those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.
How to apply
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Three stages to your application
- Attend an Open Day if possible to find out more about the University and the course
- Apply to us through UCAS Postgraduate
- Prepare for your interview, including a Clinical Visit
If your initial application is successful you will be invited to interview.
Read our interview page for important information about this stage and to help you prepare.
We recommend that, before your interview, you visit a Radiotherapy department for at least half a day.
Postgraduate Application Service
Book your time 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
The following information is for applicants once you have been successful at interview and have been offered a place on your chosen course.
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.
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.
You will receive fixed holiday periods, which will not follow the normal University timetable. Further details will be available upon commencement of the course.
Practice placements are provided under our contract with NHS Trusts and other organisations. On some health and social care courses you may find local arrangements require you to attend practice placements outside the normal work hours (evening, nights, weekends and bank holiday).
If you are required to wear a uniform on placement and during some practical sessions in the skills laboratories then this will be provided along with a formal name badge.
ODP students will be required to wear theatre scrubs on placement, which will be supplied by the host Trust. During practical sessions in the skills laboratories you will be required to wear LSBU scrubs which will be provided, along with a formal name badge. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs. No further items will be issued, and you'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniform.
If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office who you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Tobias, J. & Hochhauser, D. (2015) Cancer and its Management. (7th ed.). Wiley Blackwell Publishing.
- Waugh, A. & Grant, A. (2014) Ross & Wilson: Anatomy and Physiology in Health & Illness (12th ed) Churchill Livingstone.
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.
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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.
Funding for pre-registration postgraduate programmes
Since August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students have been able to access loans from the Student Loans Company. Accessing loans provides at least 25% more up-front living cost support whilst you study. You will also have access to the Learning Support Fund, which is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.
Background to these changes can be found on Gov.uk.
NHS Bursary will produce guidelines and information once the information has received parliamentary approval.
MSc students, please note: you are can apply for a £9250 student finance loan each year, but this will not cover the full cost of the second year of this course.
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.
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.
Kathryn Morris, PgDip Therapeutic Radiography, placement opportunities, LSBU alumni
Kathryn Morris recently graduated from PgDip Therapeutic Radiography at LSBU and landed a job straight away working at Guy's and St Thomas' hospital as a radiographer.