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MSc Therapeutic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

This MSc Therapeutic Radiography (Pre-Registration) course enables graduates to retrain and enter a rewarding and challenging healthcare profession. It will allow you to develop the technical, interpersonal and professional knowledge required to work as a therapeutic radiographer and will include a range of practical and theoretical learning.

Delivered full-time, the course has a clinical and health promotion focus. It includes two practice placements and on completion you will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a therapeutic radiographer.

Why QMU?

  • Our reputation: Therapeutic radiography education at QMU is well established, extremely popular and well respected throughout the profession.
  • Employability: Our graduates are well-prepared to embark on their career and the course has good graduate employability rates.
  • Staff expertise and experience: The teaching team includes three registered therapeutic radiographers who have strong links with the profession within Scotland and across the UK and have a range of experience.
  • Placements: Clinical placements will be facilitated by five sites within Scotland providing a wide range of clinical experience.

Who is this course for?

This course is for graduates, from any discipline, who would like to retrain as a therapeutic radiographer. This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in therapeutic radiography or medicine.

More about MSc Therapeutic Radiography (Pre-Registration) and what you will achieve

On this course you will develop the required skills to qualify as a Therapeutic Radiographer, allowing you to prepare, plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment for patients with cancer. 

To achieve this you will learn about different aspects of oncology, including diagnosis of tumours and the different treatment options available. You will also consider the wider aspects of treatment including safety, planning and developments in practice as well as the appropriate patient management.

Students on this course will complete a number of modules that integrate anatomy, physiology, radiotherapy physics and radiotherapy practice. You will have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice in a range of tutorial, workshops and clinical placements.

You will also develop your knowledge in the area of research and undertake a final dissertation.

Exit awards

MSc (340 credits)


You must complete the full MSc to be eligible to register with the HCPC and to work as a therapeutic radiographer. To be awarded the you will be required to complete 340 academic credits and pass the competency-based practice placements. Single module study is not available.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course delivers theoretical and practical campus based learning with three integrated periods of practice based learning.

Academic study is learner-centered with analysis and synthesis of knowledge being of paramount importance. You will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. Teaching methods will include key note lectures, clinical workshops and tutorials, student led seminars, group discussions, clinical observation and practice. Directed learning materials will be delivered via a virtual learning environment (the HUB) and comprise reading, self-assessment, videos and lecture slides. Clinical skills will be developed in radiotherapy departments around Scotland.

A variety of assessment structures will be used including online examinations, self-appraisal, course work, ePortfolio, viva voce, examinations, presentations and clinical assessment.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module you study will be made up of attendance in class and independent work. The structure of each module is different with different attendance requirements for each timetabled module.

Attendance at professional modules is monitored to ensure safety to work in the clinical environment. Students will normally complete the course via a full-time route and clinical placements will take place within the normal working day of a therapeutic radiographer (full-time Monday to Friday).

Industry links, accreditation and professional registration

This course provides eligibility to apply for registration as a radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council. It is accredited by the College of Radiographers.


  • Introduction to Radiotherapy Practice (40 credits): To develop the student knowledge base with regard to person centred practice, cancer management principles and processes, scientific principles and radiation protection detailed in the modular content.
  • Fundamental of Radiotherapy Practice (20 credits): To develop a knowledge base with regard to person centred practice and the ability to relate anatomy, physiology and the scientific and technological principles of radiotherapy to the treatment procedures detailed in the module content.
  • Less Commonly Occurring Cancers (20 credits): This modules aims to enable development of thorough knowledge and critical understanding of the processes involved in safe and accurate delivery of radiotherapy treatments and to develop an ability to critique standards, monitor practice and appreciate the need for informed practice.
  • Cross Sectional Imaging Science (20 credits): This modules aims to develop the ability to critically evaluate concepts and scientific principles of specialist equipment and associated cross-sectional anatomy, pathology and image quality related to Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
  • Advancing Practice in Radiotherapy (20 credits): This modules aims to facilitate an understanding of advanced practice techniques and specialist roles within radiotherapy, considering the development and transferability of skills and impact on the service.
  • Preparing for Practice as an Allied Health Professional (20 credits): This modules aims to explore factors that shape and influence the provision of health and social care by the allied health professions
  • Leadership and Enterprise in Health Practice (20 credits): This modules aims to critically evaluate the concepts of leadership and leading change, intra/entrepreneurship and innovation within the health and social care sector and explore opportunities for leading and developing enterprising ideas for health and well-being.
  • Understanding and Appraising the Evidence for Practice (20 credits): The aim of the module is to support  the learner to develop an in-depth understanding of approaches to research, to apply knowledge in order to critically appraise evidence and to form reasoned conclusions and to develop the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent research project 
  • Applying Skills of Critical Enquiry (project) (20 credits): The module aims to enable learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce a small scale study which demands a professional approach, academic rigour, independence and self-direction
  • Radiotherapy Practice-based Learning: Placement 1 (60 credits): This modules aims to enable successful integration into the multidisciplinary team and development of a holistic, safe and effective approach radiotherapy practice.
  • Radiotherapy Practice-based Learning: Placement 2 (60 credits): This modules aims to enable critical appraisal of all aspects of the role of the radiographer and the environment in which the profession is practiced to enable integration of communication, clinical and problem solving skills with theoretical studies. To demonstrate professional competence in therapeutic procedures and to recognise the relevance and implications of quality assurance systems and resource management.

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2022) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

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Single modules for CPD

Not available


Placements will take place within the five centers within Scotland, with the opportunity to undertake a 2-week elective in Year Two. The costs associated with these are met by the student (eg travel and accommodation).


Career prospects on completion of the course are good with the opportunity to seek employment throughout the UK and Ireland.

Class sizes

Normally there are 10-12 students enrolling on the course each year. Most of the classes are delivered with our undergraduate Master of Radiography: Therapeutic (MTRad) students with some classes delivered across the division with Master of Physiotherapy (MPhys) and Master of Podiatry (MPod) students.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (normally second class or above). An application should illustrate what has been done by the applicant to research, and understand more about the role of a therapeutic radiographer. In particular, evidence of understanding the skills, attributes and values required to work as a therapeutic radiographer should be evident in the application. Where possible a visit to a department should be evidenced.

This course is not suitable for those with a degree in diagnostic radiography or a medical degree.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.

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

Application deadline

For International applicants only:  Applications submitted after the 31st July 2022 will automatically be considered for the next available intake.

Applications are still open to Home (UK and Republic of Ireland) applicants after this date.

More information and contacts

Contact Elisabeth Taylor (Programme Leader) or Admissions

Course presentation 2022

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.

Course Overview

At QMU, online and in the practice setting
2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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