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MSc Diagnostic Radiography


Who is this course for?
This course has been especially designed to help graduates become diagnostic radiographers.

Who is this course not for?
This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in diagnostic radiography or medicine.

What is the role of a diagnostic radiographer?
Diagnostic radiographers provide an imaging service for most departments within the hospital including, accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatres and wards. X-rays are an imaging technique used by diagnostic radiographers to look at injuries or disease, or monitor changes inside the body. Most diagnostic radiographers carry out a range of procedures, which may include cross-sectional imaging techniques such as computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and radionuclide imaging (RNI).

Aim of the course
The aim is to develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills that you learned as a graduate and focus on the professional and clinical elements required to be a successful diagnostic radiographer.

What qualifications and entry requirements do you need?
A second class Honours degree or above in any discipline.

How long will the course last?
This course is full-time for 26 months.

When will this course start?
January 2016 and September 2016.

What qualification will I get?
Master of Science (MSc) in Diagnostic Radiography or Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Diagnostic Radiography. These qualifications will enable you to apply for registration, as a diagnostic radiographer, with the Health and Care Professions Council; this is a requirement for employment within the UK.

What does the course cover?

  • Year One:
    · Introduction to Radiodiagnostic Imaging
    · Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiography
    · Professional Studies for Allied Health Professionals
    · Research Methods for Health Professionals
    · Practice Based Learning 1
    · Practice Based Learning 2
  • Year Two:
    · Advanced Diagnostic Radiography
    · Research Project
    · Practice Based Learning 3
    · Practice Based Learning 4

Teaching and Assessment:
A variety of teaching and assessment methods will be used, however, you will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. You will have the opportunity to develop your clinical skills with work placements in Radiology Departments in hospitals in Lothian, Fife, Forth Valley and the Borders.

What career opportunities are available?
Following graduation, and registration with the HPC, you can work as a registered diagnostic radiographer within the NHS or the private sector. Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession, and long-term career prospects include management, research and teaching.

For further information please contact:

Alanah Kirby
Programme Leader
Tel: 0131 4740000

You may also like to browse some websites for further information:

The Society of Radiographers
NHS Careers

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