Take the next step towards a career in extended or advanced practice and enhance your qualifications with this postgraduate radiography course. This is aimed at those with a current qualification and registration as a diagnostic radiographer, therapeutic radiographer, or other health care professional, with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or equivalent. We ensure our Radiography courses are kept innovative and up to date, teaching you the skills needed to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast-developing sector and ensuring that the patient remains core to everything we do.
This postgraduate radiography course at Birmingham City University has been designed to help you realise your full potential and succeed in becoming a truly expert practitioner.
Through your study and development you will become a 'champion' in your area of expertise and be able to place the management of patient care at the centre of informed and reflective clinical practice.
You will be seen as a role model of advanced practice and professional development within your field of practice and study, inspiring other colleagues who wish to advance their knowledge and skills.
You will gain a conceptual understanding of advances within radiography and radiotherapy and in doing so meet the needs of modern, effective and patient-centred clinical care, consistent with the highest public and peer expectations of advanced practice.
This programme is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.
You should have completed a BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic/Therapeutic Radiography (minimum of 2.2) or equivalent qualification e.g. a Diploma of the College of Radiographers or a professional qualification related to your profession and be registered with the NMC or HCPC.
You should be currently practising, and have at least two years’ post-qualification experience as a radiographer if you wish to undertake a reporting pathway.
If you apply for any of the reporting modules below you must also have a clinical supervisor within your own department who is willing to support you through the course, together with wrtitten approval from the Trust or hospital employing you for clinical practice.
You must upload the Authorisation to Participate Form signed by your clinical supervisor as part of your online application process.
If your first degree or equivalent qualification was not studied in the UK or you are applying from abroad where English is not your first language you will need to submit evidence of your IELTS score. This score will need to be a minimum of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in all categories.
|Module||Jan 2018||PT||TBC||£767 per 20 credit module|
|MSc||Jan 2018||PT||3 years||£767 per 20 credit module|
|PgCert||Jan 2018||PT||1 year||£767 per 20 credit module|
|PgDip||Jan 2018||PT||2 years||£767 per 20 credit module|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.
Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.
Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.
The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:
You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.
Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.
Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.
To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form (below), and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.
The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.
To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
We offer a suite of modules which give you the opportunity to study standalone modules or complete an award (PgCert or PgDip) in named pathways tailored to you as a Diagnostic or Therapeutic Radiographer.
Details of the number of modules/credits required and the named pathways available at PgCert and PgDip levels can be found below.
If you would like to apply for a module only, please specify which module you're applying for in your personal statement as part of the application form.
Module Options as follows:
Leadership for Advanced Professional Practice (core module)
This module aims to support you to develop independent learning and advanced scholarship which may be employed to support your continuing professional development. You will be studying the role that leadership plays within wider health contexts such as during periods of change and transformation of service delivery. You will develop academic skills that will allow you to interrogate evidence that supports aspects of your clinical practice which will allow you to act with confidence and autonomy within your own scope of responsibility.
This module will equip you with the skills required to issue a radiological report on plain images of the Paediatric skeleton. The module is aimed at Reporting radiographers who wish to develop an in depth knowledge in support of expertise already gained through PG reporting education. It is has been highlighted by clinical reporters that there is sometime a delay in issuing reports on paediatric plain imaging due to constraints being placed on reporting radiographers and the age range which they can independently report on. This may delay the report being issued and thus have an impact on further treatment for the child. The module will consider the paediatric to be up to the age of 16; this module will not explore paediatric chest and abdomen appearances.
Cross Sectional Anatomy
As a student studying this module you will be encouraged to take a critical stance during the use of cross sectional imaging. This module is designed to be suitable for both diagnostic and radiotherapy radiographers working or wishing to work in the imaging modality of cross sectional imaging such as CT or MRI. Within the module students will be able to develop their analysis of anatomy as presented on cross sectional anatomy. The successful student may accrue new insights into the usefulness of cross sectional anatomy in support of their area of practice.
Chest X-ray Interpretation for the Health Care Professional
This module is designed for all healthcare professionals to develop skills in adult chest x-ray interpretation. It is especially suited to allied health and nursing professionals but can be accessed by any healthcare professional wishing to develop skills in image interpretation of the adult chest x-ray.
By studying this module you will develop a critical approach to image interpretation of x-rays of the adult chest. Though the module does not give you the skills required to produce a formal report on a chest x-ray, the knowledge and skills you develop will enable you to make clinical decisions based on your interpretation.
Fundamentals of MRI
Fundamentals of MRI is intended to serve as an introduction to both the physical principles and the clinical applications of MRI and is suitable for study by those new to MRI, or those with more experience who wish to further their knowledge. The aim is to produce healthcare practitioners with sound academic knowledge who are considerate of patient care and safety in the MRI department, whatever their professional background. The clinical applications you will study are those most commonly encountered in practice and the physical principles are covered from a basic to intermediate level. The module may be studied as part of an award pathway, but is equally suited to being taken as a stand-alone module.
Foundations and Practice of Musculo-Skeletal Reporting (double module)
This module will encourage you to engage in active and informed participation in core image reporting of the axial and appendicular skeleton (excluding skull). The module will adopt a learner-centric approach and through your study and development, you will become champions in the specialism of musculo skeletal reporting. Your actions, as musculo skeletal reporter, will have a direct consequence on the management of patient care and will help ensure imaging departments are able to produce timely imaging reports in line with IR(me)R. The module will explore and contextualise the foundations of image reporting such as visual perception, satisfaction of search, medico-legal aspects of reporting, maintaining quality in report writing and conducting audit as well as the fundamental skill of interpreting the image.
Advanced CT Applications and Imaging Science (double module)
This module will build upon the study skills you developed at undergraduate level. We will support you in developing advanced knowledge and understanding in radiography, informed by current practice and research in the field of Computed Tomography.
We are proud of the links we have forged with both clinical departments and commercial organisations to develop a programme which meets the current and developing needs of Imaging departments and healthcare in the wider context.
We will encourage your development as a lifelong, multidisciplinary learner. It is intended that by studying this module you will develop the ability to make decisions about your professional practice based upon the best evidence available - where and how to find the evidence, and to evaluate the sources of your information.
MRI Principles and Practice
MRI Principles and Practice is designed to build on the knowledge gained in Fundamentals of MRI, but may also be taken by those who already possess a sound knowledge of the basic physical principles of MRI. It is intended that by studying this module you will gain an advanced level of knowledge regarding the physical principles of MRI which may be applied to your own practice. This module also deals with the safe use of gadolinium-based contrast agents, an awareness of which is fundamental for providing safe patient care. The clinical applications in the head and neck, abdomen, pelvis and vascular system are also studied in this module to enable you to develop a critical awareness of how MRI contributes to the management of pathology.
Research: Methods of Enquiry (PgDip core module)
Research: Methods of Enquiry (core module)
This module specifically addresses the broader programme aims related to “pursuing excellence” and “practice-led, knowledge applied” through a flexible provision that encourages students to develop their research ideas, enabling those on various Health MSc courses to satisfy their individual learning needs, whilst contributing to their area of study.
Specifically this module will contribute towards students’ personal and professional development fostering independent study. This will be done by encouraging students to further develop their critical thinking and research skills in order to:
Consistent with the learning, teaching and assessment strategies of the programme which this module serves, a range will be employed during its delivery. This will include 36 hours of scheduled learning and teaching activity comprising of lectures, demonstrations, workshops and tutorials with support from the module leader and teaching team. It will also involve 164 hours of independent study which includes guided reading and self-directed study activities with feedback available in class or on-line
Plus any PG radiography modules up to 40 credits.
MRI Specialist Techniques
MRI Specialist Techniques is designed to enhance your MRI knowledge by raising your awareness and developing your understanding of the various specialist and emerging techniques in MRI. MRI is a rapidly-changing technology and the focus of this module is the state-or-the-art, thus encouraging the exploration of current thinking and emergent practice. Your ability to present information in a manner suitable for use by others is assessed in this module – thus enhancing your ability to disseminate your knowledge. The module is suitable for study by any professional with an interest in this area who wishes to enhance their knowledge, although a sound understanding of the physical principles of MRI is advantageous.
This module is designed to broaden the horizons of your specialist knowledge by encouraging the deep exploration of a particular aspect of practice related to your award. The content of this module may be tailored to the specific needs of you and your department. Ultimate flexibility is afforded, as the subject matter is selected by you in liaison with the module leader and no university attendance is required.
This module may be used to facilitate your movement into an advance practice role by providing the academic endorsement to a training programme that is based in your own clinical department. Alternatively the module may be used as a vehicle to deepen your knowledge of an area of practice you are interested in.
Foundations and Practice of Chest and Abdomen Reporting (double module)
This module will encourage you to engage in active and informed participation in core image reporting of the Adult Chest and Abdomen. Adult is considered to be any patient over the age of 16. The module will adopt a learner-centric approach and through your study and development, you will become champions in the specialism of Adult Chest and Abdomen reporting. Your actions, as an Adult Chest and Abdomen reporter, will have a direct consequence on the management of patient care and will help ensure imaging departments are able to produce timely imaging reports in line with IR(me)R. The module will explore and contextualise the foundations of image reporting such as visual perception, satisfaction of search, medico-legal aspects of reporting, maintaining quality in report writing and conducting audit as well as the fundamental skill of interpreting the image.
Foundations and Practice of CT Head Reporting
This module provides a framework for radiographers who wish to undertake reporting of adult CT head scans and facilitates the development of professional and clinical competencies necessary for reporting images of CT head scans. This programme will allow you to have a better understanding of the theory supporting CT head reporting and thus it will allow you to realise your full potential and succeed in your development to become an advanced practitioner. You will have the confidence to disseminate this to other colleagues to improve the patient pathway and you will act as exemplars to those who wish to advance their knowledge and skills. You will confidently practice within your area of expertise, appraise current thinking and lead by example. You will establish credible links with senior medical staff across many professions and thus develop autonomy and accountability in your practice.
Radiographic Interpretation for the Healthcare Professional
This module aims to provide grounding in imaging interpretation (core imaging) for the wider healthcare sector, with a holistic approach to the patient. The module provides the necessary theoretical content to enable you to be able to interpret radiographic images. This module will support radiographers and other healthcare professionals who will be undertaking initial commenting in their imaging departments or as part of their role. Radiographers are expected to be able to assess image appearances and make a comment based on this interpretation. This offers an additional stage of interpretation for the patient and enhances the practice of the radiographer and healthcare professional. This level of interpretation offers an additional level of safety to the patient as their image will have been scrutinised prior to final reporting. This module will enhance the image interpretation skills of any healthcare professional who wishes to improve their ability to detect abnormalities on skeletal images. This module will improve image interpretation skills however, it will not equip you with the skills to offer a legally binding report.
MSc Dissertation (60 credits)
This triple module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 600 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.
MSc Dissertation (40 credits)
This double module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 400 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.
All modules can be studied part-time to fit around your personal and professional commitments. You can study modules on a standalone basis or towards an award at PgCert, PgDip or MSc level. Face-to-face learning will include lectures, tutorials, formative assessments, workshops and each single module requires a notional 200 hours of study, and double modules require 400 hours.
Most modules are delivered during a working day, on block release of two to three days at a time, with the clinical component taking place in your workplace under the direction of a clinical supervisor. You will regularly have an opportunity for formative assessment throughout the course and get regular verbal feedback on your progress.
You will also have access to Moodle, a virtual learning environment that provides online resources, discussion forums and directed and self-directed study.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The suite of courses offers opportunities for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiographers to study for the following named awards:
*Two reporting modules must be studied for this award.
Each named award has its own clinical and academic requirements. Expected durations may also vary slightly. Applicants are advised to contact Genny Sandon or call on 0121 202 4264 for more detailed course information.
There are two options available regarding the pathway you decide to take towards your MSc Radiography:
Option one – Choose modules to the value of 120 credits (including core modules above) plus a 60 credit Dissertation.
Option two – Choose modules to the value of 140 credits (including core modules above) plus a 40 credit Dissertation.
A variety of assessment methods will be employed to ensure the student gains the most from their studies. Named pathways have assessment structures which include annotated bibliography, posters, assignments and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). These are aimed to improve student study skills and encourage students to continue with their study at Postgraduate level.
Students returning to study or those wishing to study single modules will receive study skills support within the module delivery, further support can be gained from the library and our personal development department.
Details of individual module assessments are given in the PG Radiography Programme Specification.
This course is accredited by the following professional bodies.
On successful completion of the MSc, there is the possibility of moving on to undertake a PhD with us at the School of Health Sciences.
All modules also offer advice on study skills support, further support can be accessed via PDD and the library, and teaching staff are always available to support students returning to study.
For Cross Sectional Anatomy module there is the option of visiting a facility in Oswestry to study human specimens.
The following spreadsheet gives 2018 dates for all Health-related modules:
A variety of learning and teaching strategies are adopted during the course. Lectures are delivered by faculty staff and clinical colleagues who are experts in their field. This will usually be consultant radiologists or reporting radiographers, clinical leaders and specialists from manufacturers. The range of external speakers will be dependent on the modules you choose to study. A range of teaching strategies will be adopted to include whole group work, small group work, tutorials, on line quizzes and access to the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) which is our image repository. For reporting courses Formative Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)’s will be offered at every contact session to help monitor your progress and give an opportunity for discussion. Image sessions will be utilised as much as possible in support of taught content. Furthermore, students who undertake an image reporting module will require 1 day a week in the clinical setting to allow you to report and meet with your clinical supervisor.
Health Care Professionals have never been better placed to extend their scope of practice. Imaging modalities such as MRI and CT are becoming more of a first line investigation in the treatment and management of patient conditions and thus they require Radiographers who are able to lead to service. The decrease in the number of radiologists coupled with the increase in demand for imaging services means there has never been a better time for radiographers to extend in to advanced practice with a qualification that is recognised internationally.
Your experience at BCU will ensure that you can compete in the international radiographic arena as a creative problem solver and an enterprising advanced practitioner. The present workforce is more mobile and global than it has ever been; there are opportunities for diagnostic radiographers and therapeutic radiographers who have qualified in the United Kingdom to work in other countries and thus have a global outlook on clinical diagnosis and treatment.
If you are studying a particular imaging modality we recommend that you work within this modality in the clinical setting. We do stipulate 1 day a week reporting time in the clinical setting for reporting modules and this will be guided self-study to gain practical experience. This will allow you to report, meet with your clinical supervisor and attend Multi-disciplinary meetings (MDT). Your individual learning is based on professional clinical practice and you will avail yourself of any learning opportunities pertinent to your area of study.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
The PgCert/PgDip/MSc Radiography will allow you to take the next step in your radiography career, into advanced practice, as a consultant radiography or in a managerial position.
PG radiography students typically work in NHS Trusts and the Private sector in roles from two year post registration up to Consultant Radiographer. Some past students go on to teach radiography at postgraduate level.
We have very close links with clinical departments that support PG radiography learning. These sites are from all over the UK, Ireland and in Denmark.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
Our purpose-built Radiography Skills Suite allows you to improve your skills through simulation in a safe and protected environment, and includes:
This is a real, working X-ray room, where students can practice taking x-rays and also to digitise them to view on the PACS system. We also have a fully functioning Mobile X-ray and Image Intensifier units, for use in our on-site Ward and Theatre simulation workshops. We use a portable camera system that can record and stream video to any other classroom on the campus so we can simulate scenarios with our students.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Our teaching staff are motivated, enthusiastic, experienced, both clinically and academically, supportive and have a range of published work.
They have a passion for learning beyond registration and the development of the individual, both within the profession of Radiography and Radiotherapy and beyond.
Having qualified from University of Central England (now BCU) in 2000, I worked for City Hospital, Birmingham for 13 years. I became an Advanced Practitioner in 2004 as a reporting radiographer. I maintained my clinical expertise by working evening shifts alongside my university work up until October 2013.
Having worked at the university for 9 years I have been involved in a wide variety of modules. Part of my job over the last 4 years has been to develop and instil simulation into the Undergraduate Diagnostic radiography programme.
At the moment I am currently working towards my MSc in Radiography and I hope to complete this by 2015.
I am currently the module coordinator for a number of modules both undergraduate and post graduate.