BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography

Therapeutic radiography is a rewarding and caring profession which also calls for considerable technological expertise. It is the skilled application of controlled amounts of radiation as a treatment and it has a crucial role to play in the management of cancer. The therapeutic radiographer has shared responsibility for the planning and accurate delivery of radiation treatment.

With a range of learning and teaching methods, including placements in each year, this course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to work as therapeutic radiographer.


Why QMU?

  • A variety of clinical placements will take place throughout the four years of the course which provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working directly with patients and qualified staff.
  • On placements, only one student is allocated per team, maximising clinical experience.
  • There are opportunities to gain planning and branchytherapy placement experience.
  • QMU staff work closely in partnership with clinical departments.


About the course

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to work as a therapeutic radiographer in the NHS and the private sector. It is designed to progressively develop the student’s knowledge, understanding, critical thinking skills and application of radiography through close integration between the academic and clinical environment.

Year One provides an introduction to anatomy and physiology, scientific and technological radiographic principles, and the professional requirements of a therapeutic radiographer. Students study radiotherapy treatment and management of skin and benign thorax, head and neck, and digestive oncology.

In Year Two, students study the developments in the delivery of radiation treatment, the management of patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment for reproductive, urinary, endocrine and nervous system. Students are introduced to research methods. Integration of theory and practice is facilitated through 13 weeks of placement.

Year Three explores lymphatic, haemopoietic, paediatric, bones, sarcomas and emergency disease management and radiotherapy treatment. The critical skills of evidence-based practice will be further developed. Students will complete 13 weeks clinical placement.

Year Four enhances, broadens and consolidates the student’s theoretical, research, professional and clinical skills to enable a smooth transition to working life. Students complete 13 weeks of clinical placement.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision-making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.



This is a four-year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, and a dissertation in Year Four.



Year One modules

  • Introduction to the Human Body
  • Manual Handling
  • Science and Technology (D&T)
  • Radiotherapy Physics and Equipment 1
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Radiotherapy Practice 1
  • Interprofessional Education 1

Year Two modules

  • Introduction to Research
  • Radiotherapy Physics and Equipment 2
  • Radiotherapy Practice 2
  • Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 2 Block A
  • Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 2 Blocks B and C

Year Three modules

  • Research Principles
  • Radiotherapy Practice 3
  • Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 3
  • Professional Practice 3
  • Interprofessional Education 3

Year Four modules

  • Applied Research
  • Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 4
  • Professional Practice 4
  • Interprofessional Education 4

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.



Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one 2-week placement in Year One. In Years Two, Three and Four you will complete two 4-week and one 5-week placement in each year. Students will have the opportunity to organise an elective placement which can be overseas. Placements take place within the NHS at various locations across Scotland. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course.


Exchange opportunities



Most graduates begin working as general radiographers. However, with experience, opportunities exist for specialisation in varied aspects of therapeutic radiography, for example, treatment planning, treatment review and counselling.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 6.0.

Required subjects: One science at Higher/ A Level or equivalent. Eng plus two sciences at S/Int2/N5/GCSE.

Mature/ Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required. We also expect applicants to have visited an appropriate Radiotherapy Department. As the profession requires you to work with patients and their families and with other healthcare professionals, you will need excellent interpersonal skills and you need to be caring and compassionate towards individuals’ circumstances. Great attention to detail and an ability to think quickly and make decisions are also required. You should be a good team player, and work well individually.



Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Successful completion enables application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a therapeutic radiographer which is essential for employment in the UK.


Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website


Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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