Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology (Pre-Registration)

This programme is going through a review and will no longer be offered for entry in 2020. Please check back here for updates.

This course is designed to allow you to retrain in the area of radiotherapy and oncology. It is not suitable for people already holding a qualification in therapeutic radiography.

Radiography is a caring profession that calls for technological expertise. Therapeutic radiographers use radiation to give radiotherapy treatment to patients with cancer.

Why QMU?

  • This course will qualify you to embark on a professional career in which you are eligible to register within just two years.
  • You will be entering a caring profession that also calls for technological expertise in the rapid developing area of cancer treatment.

Course overview

If you are considering this career move, it is essential that you have good interpersonal skills as radiographers have to interact with other healthcare professionals as well as with patients and their families, many of whom may need considerable reassurance.

This course will focus on the professional elements required of a therapeutic radiographer. The aim of the course is to further develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills of an honours graduate so that they can demonstrate the necessary attributes required for a registered therapeutic radiographer. This will enable employment within the UK.

Exit awards

PgDip (120 credits)/ MSc (180 credits)

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will benefit from a wide range of learning and teaching methods, based on a problem-based learning approach where you will work both independently and collaboratively with your peers. The teaching and learning strategies are designed to enable independent progress within a supportive framework.

You will undertake clinical work-based learning on a rotational basis within regional cancer centres in hospitals in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, and your personal performance will be assessed. These placements will take place over May to September. In general, you will be assessed by a variety of methods including case studies, essays and presentations. Normally there are fewer than 15 students on this course; this ensures individuals receive excellent support and guidance. Joint teaching with other courses is utilised within this course. This allows individuals to benefit from a shared teaching and learning approach where discussion and experiences between students can occur.

Teaching hours and attendance

All academic modules will be studied on campus where you will be required to attend classes and carry out independent work. The number of classes on campus along with required independent study will depend on the size of the module. Both work-based learning modules will be undertaken whilst on clinical placement in any of the five cancer centres in Scotland. In Year One clinical placement runs for 16 weeks and in Year Two, 20 weeks.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

You can become a member of the College of Radiographers as a student and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on graduation. The course leads to eligibility to register as a therapeutic radiographer with the HCPC.


Both work-based learning modules will be undertaken whilst on clinical placement in any of the five cancer centres in Scotland (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness). In Year One clinical placement runs for 16 weeks (May-August) and in Year Two placement lasts for 20 weeks (May–September). Placements are allocated by QMU and your personal performance on placement will be assessed. Students are required to meet any costs associated with placements (ie travel, accommodation).


  • Preparing for Practice as an Allied Health Professional (15 credits)
  • Radiotherapy Science (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Cancer and its Management (30 credits)
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice 2 (30 credits)
  • Introduction to the Human Body (10 credits)
  • Science and Technology (10 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning 1 (50 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning 2 50 credits)

If progressing to MSc, you will also complete a research project (60 credits).

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2019) but are subject to change. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

Not available


As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and work as a therapeutic radiographer with the NHS in the UK. Currently, graduates from QMU have a high employment record.

Many of our graduates have gone on to further their careers abroad. However, although HCPC is recognised in many overseas countries, you may have to apply to the registration body of the country in which you wish to work.

Entry requirements

Normally a science or health-related honours degree. This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in therapeutic radiography.

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 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Interview: Applicants are expected to attend an interview at QMU. Interviews will take place on set dates normally between February and June. All applicants are expected to undertake a visit to a radiotherapy department prior to the interview.

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Application deadline


More information and contacts

Please Note:

 The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


Course Overview

At QMU and on placement
2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2020
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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