Postgraduate Taught

MSc Medical Imaging (MRI/ CT)

In the Academic year of 2019-20 the Division of Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DPPR) will be launching an exciting, educationally and practice relevant Postgraduate Framework.

The Framework will draw on existing programmes, including the MSc Medical Imaging, restructured in both content and form to offer greater flexibility in choice and modes of study that are responsive to individual needs and todays culture of work and learning. Part time, full time, work based, face-to-face and online study options will be available. Individual modules can be taken for the purposes of continuous professional development or can lead to a variety of qualifications such as PgCert, PgDip or Masters. Further information on the postgraduate framework can be found on our framework overview page.

Modules available through the Medical Imaging Pathway will enable students to develop theoretical knowledge and enhanced clinical skills within their chosen modality of magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography. In addition, clinically work based modules will offer opportunities to undertake pre-approved competency based frameworks within a specified scope of practice. Pathway modules will incorporate the latest developments within imaging, allowing graduates to be leaders in their field of practice and facilitate the transition to advanced practitioner.

Applications for the Medical Imaging Pathway will open towards the end of November.

This part-time MSc provides CPD opportunities for diagnostic radiographers and other AHPs working with the specific specialist modalities.The course aims to provide flexibility in learning with the opportunity for learners to select modules in order to support individual practice development.

This course does not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aims to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development, encouraging diagnostic radiographers to challenge and progress radiography practice in response to evolutionary change.

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


Why QMU?

We have close relationships with equipment manufacturers and practising  clinicians to ensure up to date course content. These specialist individuals also teach on the course.

We offer a flexible approach to teaching and learning allowing students to fit study around their job and life commitments.


Course Overview

A range of modules related to the development and progression of the Radiography profession can be used to form the course content. Diagnostic radiography and medical imaging are core components of modern healthcare and rely on rapidly changing diagnostic modalities. It is widely accepted that medical imaging will remain an essential component of diagnostic services for many years to come and that the demand for imaging services will continue to rise.

Recent modernisation within the NHS has raised the profile and extended the scope of practice for allied health professionals (AHPs). Diagnostic radiographers, as one of the sixteen registered AHP groups, are now required to build and extend their scope of professional expertise within a multiprofessional setting. Continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement for all AHPs in the UK in order to secure re-registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to retain the right to practise within the UK. Radiographers are therefore required to evidence their learning and to demonstrate how this learning has informed practice.

Diagnostic radiography is a profession which is both intellectually and scientifically demanding. Professional responsibility includes a need to be able to formulate imaging standards and strategies as well as assume a greater degree of autonomy within different imaging modalities. To practise effectively, the radiographer needs to be able to analyse and evaluate the requirements of healthcare delivery and to be aware of the roles and skills o other healthcare professionals. To optimise patient care the diagnostic radiographer must adopt a critical approach to decision-making in the context of current practice.

The course aims to provide flexibility in learning with the opportunity for students to select modules in order to support individual practice development.

Exit Awards

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

MSc Medical Imaging (MRI/CT)

PgDip Medical Imaging (MRI/CT)

PgCert Medical Imaging (MRI/CT)


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

This course uses a wide range of learning and teaching methods including classes, workshops, online and work-based using a problem-based learning approach with students working independently and collaboratively. 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 variety of methods including critical essays, an e-portfolio, an exam and an academic poster.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

The course is modular and delivered through work-based learning; online and block attendance.

Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying. Each module normally requires between three to five days of attendance with additional online self-directed study.

Class Sizes

There is normally a minimum of eight students per module.


To obtain a PgCert in any route, you will study 60 credits from the profession specific modules outlined below. To obtain a PgDip, you will study a further 60 credits taken from either profession specific modules or elective modules from the QMU Postgraduate Module Catalogue.


  • Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging+ (15 credits)
  • Principles of Image Evaluation+ (15 credits)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Practice (MSK/CNS)* (30 credits)


  • Principles of Computed Tomography+ (15 credits)
  • Principles of Image Evaluation+ (15 credits)
  • Computed Tomography in Practice (Head, Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis)* (30 credits)

An example of relevant elective modules are:

  • Epidemiology (distance) (15 credits)
  • Developing Professional Practice* (15 credits)
  • Leading Professional Practice+ (15 credits)
  • Practice Development for Person-centred Cultures+ (30 credits)
  • Developing Professional Practice (30 credits)
  • Developing Professional Practice* (45 credits)
  • Education in Action (30 credits)

To obtain an MSc, you require:

  • Research Methods (distance/contact) (30 credits)
  • Research Project (in an area relevant to medical imaging) (distance) (60 credits)


* attendance online and work-based

+ Block/ day release

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 an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Simon Holmes (MRI/CT) for more information.

Links with Industry/ Professional Bodies

This course is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.


This qualification may enhance your career prospects within the allied health professions and lead to career progression to advanced practitioner status.

Entry Requirements

Normally an honours degree and be registered practising healthcare professional in the UK.

International: The course may not be suitable for international applicants. Please contact Simon Holmes (MRI/CT) the Programme Leader for advice.

Application Deadline


More Information and Contacts

Admissions,  Simon Holmes (MRI/CT) for more information on tel: +44 (0)131 474 0000.

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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

At QMU and on placement
Part-time: 2 - 7 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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