Postgraduate Taught

MSc Mammography

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

The modular choice of this course will enable you to follow a pathway within mammography that will lead to advancement in specialist clinical skills. The course is run in partnership with the Scottish Mammography Education Center based at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Center in Glasgow.

 

Why QMU?

This collaborative course allows students to benefit from input from practice based experts and professional academics.

Each student has a named clinical trainer throughout their time studying on the PgCert Mammography.

Course overview

The modular choice of this course will enable you to follow a pathway within mammography that will lead to advancement in specialist clinical skills. The course is run in partnership with the Scottish Mammography Education Center based at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Center in Glasgow.

The course is designed to meet the needs of radiographers working in breast imaging giving them the skills to become safe and competent breast imaging specialists. The link between theory and practical skills is integral to the course. The practice based learning element is structured to promote the development of advanced level clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice. These skills will strengthen your ability to work as part of the 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.

There is work-based learning element which is structured to promote the development of advanced-level operational skills and critical and reflective thinking in clinical practice.

Exit Awards

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

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

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. You will attend classes at the beginning of each module at the Scottish Mammography Education Center in Glasgow and then carry out further independent work.

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach. Lectures introduce theoretical concepts; specialist talks give an insight on identified areas of breast imaging; tutorials explore some syllabus areas in more depth and practical learning takes place in the students workplace. The Hub virtual learning environment is used as an interactive learning resource throughout the modules.

A variety of assessment methods are used including essays, portfolios, presentations, practice based assessments and case studies.

Teaching hours and attendance

For the four modules required for completion of the PgCert Mammography students will attend the Scottish Mammography Education Center for a total of eleven days spread throughout one year. For additional specialist clinical skills modules students will attend for five days. The research methods, education and dissertation modules are delivered as distance learning, on line.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

The course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Modules

  • 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: Mammographic Image
Interpretation (30 credits) X-ray guided Interventional Breast Procedures (30 credits) or agreed optional education, management or health related module.

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 18), 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. Please check this site for any updates.

Single modules for CPD

Register as a associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Maureen McAuley for further information.

Placement

There is no formal placement on this course, but there is a work-based learning element which you will carry out with your current employer.

Careers

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.

Class sizes

Class sizes are variable and can range from approximately 8-25.

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

None

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 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

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Course Overview

Delivery
At Scottish Mammography Education Centre, Glasgow and online learning (PgDip and MSc only)
Duration
Part-time: 3-7 years
Start Date
May 2019
September 2019
October 2019
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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