Radiography - MSc / PgCert / PgDip

Part Time
September 2016, January 2017
£800 per 20-credit module for UK/EU Part Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Take the next step towards a career in extended or advanced practice and enhance your qualifications with this postgraduate radiography course. It's 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.

What's covered in the course?

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'll 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'll 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'll 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.

Why Choose Us?

  • We have a reputation for developing innovative courses to meet the demands of healthcare providers who need the right people to meet the demands of an ever changing NHS.
  • You'll be taught by a range of lecturers whose expertise is internationally recognised in their field.
  • If you're returning to study after a break, we have specially designed modules to help develop your study skills.
  • You'll have access to up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.


This programme is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

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Entry Requirements

UK students

You should possess a BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic/Therapeutic Radiography or equivalent qualification e.g. a Diploma of the College of Radiographers or 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 the named Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) awards in CT Head Reporting, Appendicular Skeletal Reporting, Axial Skeletal Reporting and Adult, Chest and Abdomen Reporting you must also have a clinical supervisor within your own department who is willing to support you through the course, together with written approval from the Trust or hospital employing you for clinical practice.

EU students

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.

UK or EU students (Self Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Self Funded MSc Sep 2016 PT 3 years £800 per 20-credit module
Jan 2017 PT 3 years £800 per 20-credit module
PgCert Jan 2017 PT 1 year £800 per 20-credit module
PgDip Sep 2016 PT 2 years £800 per 20-credit module
Jan 2017 PT 2 years £800 per 20-credit module

UK or EU students (Employer Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Employer Funded MSc Sep 2016 PT 3 years Sponsored
Jan 2017 PT 3 years Sponsored
PgCert Jan 2017 PT 1 year Sponsored
PgDip Sep 2016 PT 2 years Sponsored
Jan 2017 PT 2 years Sponsored

International Students

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.

This course is not available to International Students


If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

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.

Method of payment

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:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

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, 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’.

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3) Contracted/Commissioned

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.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

This course is available part-time

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Single Modules: 20 credits

Leadership for Advanced Professional Practice (core module for all PgCert awards)
20 credits

This module embeds leadership as a core skill for radiographers moving into advanced practice. You'll develop skills to help you with studying at postgraduate level, evaluate clinical and professional aspects of advanced practice and prepare for the role of advanced practitioner.

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a flexible programme of research design and evidence based practice that will enable you to satisfy your individual learning needs to extend skills in the analysis and evaluation of specific research designs and their contribution to evidence in practice. It should contribute to personal and professional development, and foster independent study regarding the development of practice.

Forensics Imaging
20 credits

In this module, you will acquire the technical knowledge required to perform forensic medical imaging examinations appropriately and adapt your radiographic technique to suit the varied circumstances associated with forensic examination. Forensic radiography assists the legal authorities in identifying the dead, establishing the cause of death and investigating unexplained injuries.

Introduction to Image Interpretation of the Chest and Abdomen
20 credits

Through exposure to a wide range of radiographic images of the adult chest and abdomen, sourced by both the module team and through your own clinical practice, you'll systematically and creatively appraise radiographic images of the adult chest and abdomen to lead to improved patient care.

Cross Sectional Anatomy
20 credits

This module will teach you to take a critical stance when reviewing anatomical images displayed in cross section. This will allow you to apply your developing knowledge and skills and to evaluate experience gained in professional practice.

Image Interpretation for Comment Systems
20 credits

This module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the musculo-skeletal system. Indicative content includes eEvaluation of radiographic appearances of the Axial and Appendicular skeleton to ensure an informed preliminary evaluation can be made.

MRI Principles and Practice
20 credits

(MRI) remains the newest technique within the field of medical imaging. This module is designed to encourage those with an interest in MRI to proactively participate in change and development activities that lead to the enhancement of MRI service provision by developing a critical evaluative approach to the understanding of this modality.

Applications of Imaging and Verification in Radiotherapy
20 credits

This module aims to provide the student with an overview of the pivotal role that imaging plays in the radiotherapy pathway with a particular focus on imaging within treatment planning and treatment verification.

Technical Developments in Radiotherapy
20 credits

This module will develop a critical understanding and awareness of the current state of technology and related advances in radiotherapy and oncology. You will be working at a level where they will be involved in the operational and management of technological equipment. You will acquire the knowledge and the critical awareness and evaluation skills to be able to appraise the impact across a wide range of aspects within the clinical environment and profession, broadening your awareness of the implications of clinical developments.

Fundamentals of MRI
20 credits
MRI Specialist Techniques
20 credits
Student Negotiated Module
20 credits

Double Modules: 40 credits

Advanced CT Applications and Imaging Science
40 credits

This module will enable radiographers to proactively participate in the change and development of current CT imaging service provision. You will critically evaluate CT imaging applications and protocols across a broad range of regions, systems and pathologies.

Foundations and Practice of Appendicular Skeletal Reporting
40 credits

This module will provide a framework for radiographers who wish to undertake reporting of radiographs of the appendicular skeleton and pelvis. They will facilitate the development of professional and clinical competencies necessary for reporting on images of the appendicular skeleton and pelvis and be taught to have a systematic comprehension of the various trauma and pathological presentations relating to the appendicular skeleton and pelvis including their radiological manifestation.

Foundations and Practice of Axial Skeletal Reporting
40 credits

This module will provide a framework for radiographers who wish to undertake reporting of radiographs of the axial skeleton. You will facilitate the development of professional and clinical competencies necessary for reporting on images of the axial skeleton and be taught to have a systematic comprehension of the various trauma and pathological presentations relating to the axial skeleton including their radiological manifestation.

Foundations and Practice of Adult Chest and Abdomen Reporting
40 credits

This module will encourage you to engage in active and informed participation in adult chest and abdomen plain image reporting to ensure you are at the forefront of the changes within the radiography profession. 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.

Foundations and Practice of CT Head Reporting
40 credits

Enhancement of clinical service provision in recent years has placed additional pressure on radiology departments. This has subsequently led to radiographers being required to take on extended roles, one of which is radiographic reporting. This module has been designed to provide the background and skills for radiographic reporting, specifically of the brain.

Course structure

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 vivas. Each single module requires a notional 200 hours of study, and double modules require 400 hours.

Most modules are delivered either during the afternoon or evening or, 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'll also have access to Moodle, a virtual learning environment that provides online resources, discussion forums and directed and self-directed study.

Course breakdown

The suite of courses offers opportunities for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiographers to study for the following named awards:

  • PgCert Radiography
  • PgCert Radiography (Adult, Chest and Abdomen Reporting)
  • PgCert Radiography (Appendicular Reporting)
  • PgCert Radiography (Axial Reporting)
  • PgCert Radiography (CT Head Reporting)
  • PgCert Radiography (Computed Tomography)
  • PgCert Radiography (Radiotherapy)
  • PgCert Radiography (MRI)
  • PgDip Radiography (MRI)
  • PgDip Radiography
  • PgDip Radiography (Image Reporting)*
  • MSc Radiography

*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 Louise Small or call on 0121 202 4251 for more detailed course information.

Assessment methods

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.

Further Study

On successful completion of the MSc, there is the possibility of moving on to undertake a PhD with us at the School of Allied and Public Health. 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.

Module dates

The following spreadsheet gives 2016/17 dates for all Health-related modules:

Post graduate modules 2016/17

Enhancing Employability Skills

The course is intended to enhance career prospects, enabling students to progress onto more senior public health jobs at either operational, policy or commissioning levels.

There are no national prescriptions for what posts there should be in local teams, so the transferable nature of the PgDip/MSc Public Health means that past students have also moved into management or research posts.

The course enables you to address the UK National Standards for public health practice and provides a platform for individual portfolio development towards registration with the UK Voluntary Register for public health specialists.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

Graduate Jobs

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.


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.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

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.

Radiography Skills Suite

Our purpose-built Radiography Skills Suite allows you to improve your skills through simulation in a safe and protected environment, and includes:

  • Dedicated PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) suite;
  • Dedicated Xograph X-ray imaging suite (CR and DR);
  • Fully functioning Mobile X-ray and Image Intensifier units, for use in our on-site Ward and Theatre simulation workshops.
  • Oncentra Masterplan Radiotherapy Planning system;
  • Ultrasim Ultrasound machine;

X Ray room/PACS Room

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.

Simulation Mannequins

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.

Computer Facilities

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:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

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.

Staff Introduction

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.

Louise Small

Postgraduate Programme Director Radiography

My main interest is reporting and interpretation of the axial and appendicular skeleton and I teach this to students of varying levels of expertise. I maintain my clinical skills by reporting in a local Trust.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295