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Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology

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Postgraduate Diploma

If you enrol on a master’s degree and have completed 120 credits you may be able to exit the programme early and earn a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) for the work completed. This usually amounts to two full semesters when completed full-time, without having to complete the final dissertation module.

Course overview

Our two year postgraduate programme, with an optional online dissertation module for Masters qualification, will provide you with an exciting programme of study, combining clinical placement, anatomy, radiation, cancer management and patient care skills. 


If you want to work as part of a multi-professional team working together to provide compassionate care for patients with cancer, this course is designed for you. Radiotherapy is the treatment of cancer with high energy X-rays. It is planned and delivered by therapeutic radiographers, using a range of technology and equipment. Patients in your care will require information and support throughout their treatment, tailored to meet their needs. You will be part of their cancer journey, ensuring treatment effects are managed effectively, taking a holistic patient centred approach to care. You will need to have excellent communication and team working skills, a caring nature, an interest in people, cancer, science and technology.

This course will equip you with the radiotherapy knowledge and clinical skills developed in both academic and practice settings. This will prepare you to plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment accurately to patients. This programme is for graduate entry with up to 24 places available each year.

The course is studied full time over two calendar years, commencing in Semester two (January).

This Postgraduate Diploma (PGDiP) is a pre-registration programme. Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the regulatory body the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and practice as a Band 5 Therapeutic Radiographer in the UK.

Please note that this programme was previously known as Radiotherapy PGDip.

Who is this course for?

This full-time professional programme, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and Society and College of Radiographers is intended for graduates from a health, science, biomedical or social science background.

What you'll learn

  • Practice safe radiotherapy technical skills in accordance with radiation safety legislation and departmental protocols within the defined scope of practice
  • Evaluate and critically assess the use of technology in clinical practice for both photon and charged particle therapy
  • Relate the anatomy and physiology of the human body to the spread of cancer and the side effects resulting from radiotherapy treatment.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

Compulsory modules

Foundations of Radiotherapy Theory and Clinical Practice 1 (SKIN) (RADT626)

Credits: 20 / Semester: semester 2

This module is designed to encompass the whole radiotherapy patient journey, including clinically relevant anatomy and physiology, for the non-melanoma skin cancer. Careful structuring of e-lectures,online small group tutorials, online case tutorials, self-directed learning and simulated learning encompasses the programme design core value of an engaging, authentic curricula. is is the first of four Radiotherapy Theory and Clinical Practice modules in the Post Graduate Diploma in the Therapeutic Radiography and Oncology programme. This module will introduce the learner to the key concepts of cancer behaviour and management, with specific reference to non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). The study of carcinogenesis; and the anatomy and physiology of the cell, the skeletal system, integumentary system, circulatory system and lymphatic system will provide students with foundational knowledge which will be applied to understand cancer development, presentation and routes of spread. Learners will gain knowledge of benign and malignant conditions; systems used to describe the size and spread of cancer; how these cancers can present a range of signs and symptoms; and health promotion strategies employed to improve early diagnosis.

The module will use a case based approach to introduce learners to the roles of the Therapeutic Radiographer and the multi-disciplinary team in clinical decision making in the management of NMSC.
Learners will develop knowledge of radiotherapy and other management pathways for NMSC and pharmacology concepts relevant to the clinical patient cases.
Learners will also apply treatment planning principles to the technique and prescription of radiotherapy for NMSC, linking with the physics concepts taught and assessed in the concurrent module RADT627.

The module will develop the learners radiotherapy clinical skills and knowledge, including technical skills, communication skills, professionalism, resilience and compassion through clinical placement and simulation; as well as develop a foundation level understanding of the roles of the professional body (Society and College of Radiographers(SCoR)) and regulator (Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)).

A blended teaching approach will be used which includes: guided independent study, case study based tutorials, e-lectures, online practical sessions in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC) and clinical placement.
E-lectures and electronic resources will be used to provide learners with an underpinning knowledge of oncology and the profession and core skills required for clinical practice. E-Tutorials will enable learners to practise clinical skills including basic life support (BLS) and infection control as well as communication through roleplay and interactions with service users. Treatment simulation using the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy (VERT) and the Radiotherapy clinical skill suite will be used to link clinical and academic knowledge and skills.

Alternating academic and clinical blocks will allow learners to develop and consolidate academic underpinning knowledge through observation and practice.

Scheduled academic advisor meetings will help learners develop action plans for their personal, academic and clinical development.

The module assessment comprises three components:
Online Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE); A written reflective assignment; and continuous clinical assessment.

Physical and Radiobiological Science for Radiotherapy 1 (foundation) (RADT627)

Credits: 10 / Semester: semester 2

This is a Level 6, 10 credit module which is part of the pre-registration Post Graduate Diploma Therapeutic Radiography & Oncology programme. he successful student will develop their knowledge and skills in the fundamental sciences needed for safe and effective radiotherapy practice.
Content will focus on foundational concepts of: radiation interactions and production, radiotherapy equipment, radiation protection computerised treatment planning, fundamental radiobiological principles and the basis of radiation dose measurement.

By exploring the physical science principles behind pre-treatment and on-treatment processes and technologies, students will develop understanding of the treatment pathway and technologies involved. Students will develop their critical and analytical skills to identify, explain and appraise the significance of these aspects of practice.
Learners will gain the necessary understanding of mathematical and physical concepts to enable them to understand the physical theories. Learners will also learn how to generate and use radiation safely through understanding of the properties and dangers of radiation as well as understanding of the technology and equipment used in radiotherapy.

The module is delivered using lectures, e-lectures, practical sessions and group seminars. Tutorial support will be offered to learners to discuss physical concepts in a safe environment and discuss answers to online formative assessments. More able learners will be encouraged to offer peer support in these sessions with tutor support. Maths tutorials will also be provided if required.

There is one element of assessment, consisting of a 2 hour unseen written examination.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Placement opportunity

This course offers a placement opportunity so you can combine your studies with practical experience with industry professionals. It is a great way to develop key employability skills and get a head start in your career with key industry partners. View more information on the course page.

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Your experience

At the School of Health Sciences you will receive the education and support that you need to be successful in today’s demanding world of healthcare.

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An exciting place to study

  • Major centre for education and research in health sciences
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Opportunities for in-depth study and development of advanced clinical skills
  • Flexible programmes for postgraduate study
  • Active research environment
  • Provides specialist training with taught and clinical placement components.

Careers and employability

Successful graduates from this course are able to apply for HCPC registration to work as Therapeutic Radiographers with the NHS in the UK. As a therapeutic radiographer, you will enjoy secure employment prospects, a competitive starting salary (around £25k), and help to save lives.

Career planning

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Our campus Career Studio is a space for students and graduates to drop into and talk to a career coach. Career coaches are highly trained to help no matter what stage you are at in your career planning. You can access support to find and apply for full-time and part-time roles, placements, internships and graduate schemes. You will also find the help you need if you have a start-up idea or want to create a business plan. You can explore the world of work, prepare for job interviews, and access careers events and workshops. The Career Studio is open Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, simply drop in at a time that works for you.

From education to employment

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We develop our programmes with employers in mind. You will be supported to enhance your long-term employment prospects as you learn. We do this by exposing you to professionals, a variety of sectors and supporting you to work collaboratively with others to develop transferable skills. You are equipped with a clearer view of what to focus on in your area of interest, and to reflect on your studies. Our digital employability tools give you a tech-enhanced curriculum experience and make it easy for you to prepare for the world of work. You can use tools like the Handshake platform to connect with employers and message the Career Studio 24/7.

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You can start building good professional networks by attending events and employability activities. Our events are designed to develop your skills and expose you to many different employers, as well as to help you make contacts in your field. We help you improve your confidence when speaking to employers and give you access to unique opportunities. Our networking events also boost your understanding of the competencies and skills that employers are looking for in their recruitment process, giving you a competitive edge.

Your future

On qualification, there are excellent job and career prospects. Many graduates have worked abroad and in the private sector. HCPC registration is recognised in many overseas countries; however you may have to apply to the registration body of the country in which you wish to work.

After completing the PGDip, students will then have the opportunity to continue with an MSc on a part-time basis over 12 months. Students undertaking the online MSc Radiotherapy (top up), will already be in employment. Completion of your MSc dissertation will further develop your critical thinking and analytical skills through the completion and dissemination of independent radiotherapy related research.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £9,250
International fees
Full-time place, per year £24,200
Tuition fees are for January 2023.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and Postgraduate Loans.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.


  • International students
  • Chile

Postgraduate taught and research students from Chile are eligible for this scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

The University, in partnership with Chevening, is delighted to offer this generous scholarship to students who are studying a master’s programme and who have future leadership potential. Please note that there is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires applicants to cover any additional tuition costs over £18,000. You will still receive all additional allowances.


  • International students
  • Mexico

The University of Liverpool has an agreement with CONACYT to support postgraduate taught and research students from Mexico.


  • International students
  • Mexico

20% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate taught and research programmes. Must be Mexico national.

Fulbright Commission Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US and another is available for a postgraduate research student to undertake a three to six month research stay from the US

FUNED Awards

  • International students
  • Mexico

Up to ten awards are available for Masters or Research students from Mexico in receipt of FUNED loans. The award gives students a 20% reduction in fees for all applications received.

HRM Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

  • International students
  • Thailand

The University is able to offer one award to a new postgraduate taught master’s student from Thailand.

The scholarship is open to all subjects offered as a one-year taught master’s programme.  However, priority will be given to those students who wish to study in a subject area associated with HRH Princess Sirindhorn such as science, IT, medicine, the arts, geography, history and languages.

John Lennon Memorial Scholarship

  • Home students

The John Lennon Memorial Scholarships were set up by a trust fund endowed in the University for the provision of scholarships in the memory of John Lennon. The award is intended to support students from Merseyside who might be in financial need and enhance, among other things, awareness of global problems and environmental issues.

Current or prospective UK (taught and research) students, either born in or with very strong family connections to Merseyside can apply for these awards.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

  • International students
  • Mexico

Residents of State of Guanajuato, Mexico, wishing to study at postgraduate taught and research levels are eligible for this scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US to cover the cost of tuition fees. Another, to the value of £20,000, is available for Doctoral study visit:

Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary

  • Home students
  • University of Liverpool current students and alumni only

Recipients must have been in receipt of one of the University’s Widening Access Awards as an undergraduate.

UK University of Liverpool graduates who have graduated in the last two years and are progressing to a standard master’s course, including MRes programmes, in 2023.

Graduates must have been in receipt of the University’s Widening Access Award during their undergraduate studies i.e.

Liverpool Bursary
Mature Students’ Bursary
Liverpool Scholars’ Award
Realising Opportunities Award
North Liverpool Academy Scholarship
Estranged Students’ Bursary
Young Adult Carers’ Bursary
Care Leaver’s Opportunity Bursary
The Liverpool Life Sciences UTC Scholarship
Recipients of the Asylum Seekers Bursary who now have a ‘home’ fee status classification.

Postgraduate Progression Award – International Students

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool current students and alumni only

Current international University of Liverpool students and alumni are eligible for a £2,500 fee reduction when progressing to a master’s course.

If you’re a current international University of Liverpool undergraduate or alumni, including Study Abroad and Exchange students and students from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, progressing to either a full or part-time new postgraduate taught programme you’re eligible to receive our Postgraduate Progression Award.

Postgraduate Progression Award – UK students

  • Home students
  • University of Liverpool current students and alumni only

The Postgraduate Progression Award is available to all UK University of Liverpool undergraduate students or alumni considering a postgraduate taught/master’s course, including MRes qualifications, at our Liverpool campus.

Eligible applicants MUST have completed their undergraduate degree at the Liverpool campus.

Sport Liverpool Scholarships

  • Home and international students

The University is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to talented athletes competing at national and regional levels. See  for more information.

The Aziz Foundation Scholarship

  • Home students

The University of Liverpool together with the Aziz Foundation are offering master’s scholarships to support British Muslims who are dedicated to bringing positive change to society and have career aspirations in media and journalism, technology, sustainability and the environment, law, policy (excluding health policy) and creative content.

Successful applicants will receive a full scholarship for their tuition fees and access to a programme of training days and career mentors via Aziz Scholarships Plus and the Aziz Scholars Association.

Students in receipt of one of the Aziz Scholarships are not eligible for other University of Liverpool bursaries or scholarships.

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

  • International students
  • Turkey

Postgraduate taught and research students from Turkey are eligible for this scholarship, see the Turkish Ministry of Education website for more information.

University of Liverpool Commonwealth Postgraduate Bursary

  • International students
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda

The University of Liverpool Commonwealth Postgraduate Bursary fee reduction for students from Commonwealth countries new to studying at the University of Liverpool on master’s programmes.

University of Liverpool Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

  • International students
  • China
  • Hong Kong

The University is able to offer competitive scholarships for both postgraduate taught master’s and research programmes.

University of Liverpool Humanitarian Scholarships for Masters Programmes

  • International students

The three awards available cover full tuition fees, visas and support for accommodation and living expenses.

This scholarship is open to support people who have recognised status as either refugees or are under humanitarian protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention. This status must be held outside of the UK.

The scholarship is open for all postgraduate-taught programmes, excluding medicine, dentistry, veterinary and nursing.

University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC) Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

The University of Liverpool will award five University of Liverpool International College students, who achieve the highest academic excellence (minimum 75%) in their UoLIC Pre-Master’s programme, the prestigious UoLIC Excellence scholarship.

University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC) Impact Progression Scholarship

  • International students

University of Liverpool International College recipients of the Kaplan awards will receive the £3,000 Progression Impact Scholarship, deducted from first-year tuition fees, on successful progression to their UoL degree programme.

To be eligible for our Impact Progression Scholarships, students must apply for one of the Kaplan Impact Scholarships demonstrating their commitment to making an impact across issues of importance to the University and Kaplan. Themes include:

Women in STEM
Career Focus (Employability)

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship

  • International students

Open to all new international students starting a one-year full-time postgraduate master’s programme in September 2023 who:

  • Achieve a UK first-class undergraduate degree award or equivalent qualification as defined by the University of Liverpool (click here for a list of equivalent qualifications) are studying at the Liverpool campus.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for China

  • International students
  • China

Details are:
1 (one) Full scholarship
2 (two) £10,000 scholarships
5 (five) £5,000 scholarships
10 (ten) £1,000 scholarships
All scholarships will be awarded after the formal registration at the University and will take the form of a fee waiver.

Please note: This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships or bursaries provided by the University.

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements

2:1 honours degree or above in a relevant health, physical, biological or life science subject

International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, a Pre-Master’s can help you gain a place. This specialist preparation course for postgraduate study is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. Although there’s no direct Pre-Master’s route to this PGDip, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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