Postgraduate Taught

MSc Mammography

This course is for radiographers who are currently working in a clinical environment offering mammography experience.

Depending on your modules choice, you are able to follow a pathway within mammography that will lead to either advancement in specialist clinical skills, education and training or healthcare management.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.

Course Overview

This course will focus on the evaluation of healthcare provision enabling both skills and theory to be integrated within clinical practice while strengthening the ability to contribute effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Issues at the cutting edge of theory and research in mammography will be critically examined to enable you to focus, extend, develop and strengthen skills in mammography to a level of advanced professional competence.

Radiographers who already possess ‘The Certificate of Competence’ can apply for an exemption from the work-based learning modules. The work-based learning element is structured to promote the development of advanced-level operational skills and critical and reflective thinking in clinical practice.

It will focus on the ability to undertake independent learning and to become a critically reflective practitioner.

Depending on your modules choice, you are able to follow a pathway within mammography that will lead to either advancement in specialist clinical skills, education and training or healthcare management.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

As this course places the student at the heart of the learning process, you will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. The teaching and learning strategies are designed to enable independent progress within a supportive framework. Your performance on the course will be assessed by a case study, reports, seminar presentations, a clinical assessment, essays, portfolio and a research project. Class sizes are variable and can range from 8 -25 approximately.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

If completing the course part-time over three years, it is likely that you will attend classes at the beginning of each module at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre in Glasgow and then carry out further independent work. The Research Methods module is taught electronically, so no attendance is required.

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

Membership of the College of Radiographers.


  • Mammography 1 (15 credits) 
  • Mammography 2 (15 credits) 
  • Mammography 3 (15 credits) 
  • Mammography 4 (15 credits) 
  • Research Methods (30 credits)

You will also study one further 30 credit module from: X-ray Guided Breast Biopsy/ Stereotactic Wire Localisation for Breast/ Mammographic Image Interpretation/ Breast Ultrasound

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 17), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.


This course is part of continuing professional development and is designed to improve the delivery of the breast care service. Gaining this qualification may enhance your career prospects within the profession of radiography.

Quick Facts

  • This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
  • The course offers advanced practice modules.
  • The course offers a flexible approach to learning.

Start date

PgCert – May & October

PgDip/MSc – September

Entry Requirements

A degree or diploma in Diagnostic Radiography or Therapeutic Radiography with HCPC Registration, or equivalent; Current employment in a clinical environment offering mammography experience.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Application Deadline


More Information and Contacts

QMU Admissions

Simon Holmes (Academic link at QMU )

Lorna Nimmo (Programme Co-ordinator at The Scottish Mammography Education Centre)

Maureen McAuley (Education and Training Administrator at The Scottish Mammography Education Centre)

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

At Scottish Mammography Education Centre, Glasgow and online learning
Part-time: 3-7 years
Start Date
May 2018
September 2018
October 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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