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Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-registration)

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Course overview

Gain eligibility to apply to the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a diagnostic radiographer on completion of this MSc. You’ll discover the radiographic techniques and imaging technologies required to conduct patient x-rays and scans on a course underpinned by team-based and problem-based learning.

Introduction

If you want to work as a diagnostic radiographer, x-raying and scanning patients in an NHS or private setting, this pre-registration MSc combines the academic knowledge and clinical learning experience you’ll need.

The programme will immerse you in the theory and practice of a comprehensive range of radiographic techniques needed for first post competencies working in the modern healthcare sector.

You’ll build awareness of anatomy, physiology and pathology and gain experience working with radiographic and cross-sectional images. You’ll also achieve an understanding of radiological science which is associated with medical imaging and radiation protection.

An introduction to research methods in health care will highlight the importance of evidence-based practice in diagnostic radiography.

You’ll develop into a diagnostic radiographer with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for safe and ethical practice. This expertise will be underpinned by a caring approach to patients, providing care in a professional, culturally sensitive and emotionally intelligent manner, with the ability to identify potential improvements in service delivery.

On completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). This registration is required to work as a diagnostic radiographer in the UK.

Who is this course for?

We are looking for science graduates, or those with degrees in related subjects, such as psychology. You should be a caring, empathetic person who is energetic and wants to make a difference to people’s lives.

What you'll learn

  • How to deliver safe, effective and professional practice as a diagnostic radiographer
  • Diagnostic imaging techniques
  • Knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology
  • Radiographic and contrast imaging procedures
  • An understanding of radiological science and radiation protection
  • Advanced imaging techniques including ultrasound and nuclear medicine
  • How to make informed decisions about diagnostic image quality and patient dose
  • Key skills and methodologies for healthcare research
  • Professionalism and role development in radiography

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Year one

Compulsory modules

Clinical and Professional Practice (DRAD403)

Credits: 20 / Semester: whole session

This is the first of two modules that relate to Clinical Practice and Professionalism. This module combines personal and professional development with the first practice placement experience which takes place over 14 weeks during Year 1. The student will be introduced to the importance of professionalism, skills and attitudes in preparation for first post competencies and lifelong learning. The practice-based experience enforces the university-based learning to ensure the student will meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Radiographers for safe and effective practice.
This module will also enable students to develop their clinical knowledge and skills in the university and clinical environments. Within this module diagnostic imaging techniques of the chest, abdomen, appendicular and axial skeletons and AP pelvis will be taught, practised and assessed at University and undertaken whilst on clinical placement. During their placement the student will undertake, under close supervision imaging techniques of the chest, abdomen, appendicular skeleton, AP pelvis, axial skeleton (axial skeleton, lateral skull, facial bones and dental techniques).

The learning and teaching strategy for this module will take a student centred approach and will consist of university based lectures, tutorials, practicals, simulation and supportive online resources. The practical tutorials and simulation will take place in the School of Health Sciences imaging suite. Service users will also help to deliver tutorials and workshops. Practice placements will facilitate the supervised practice and consolidation of skills related to communication, patient centred care and radiographic practice. The module will be assessed by three components: assessment of radiographic imaging techniques, patient care and professional issues; reflective writing to demonstrate personal development and continuous assessment of professional practice (CPAR). In preparation for these assessments, the student will also be provided with formative feedback relating to academic and professional practice.

Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Imaging Systems 1 (DRAD402)

Credits: 20 / Semester: semester 2

This module is the first of the anatomy/patho-physiology and image interpretation modules in the Diagnostic Radiography Post-Graduate Pre-Registration Masters programme.

On successful completion the student will have developed knowledge of anatomy, patho-physiology and image interpretation of the skeleton, thoracic and abdominal cavities and their associated organs.

The module will be delivered using ‘Team Based Learning’ (TBL) and image viewing tutorials using both projection radiography (x-ray) and cross-sectional images, covering normal radiographic anatomy and common pathologies of the skeleton, thoracic and abdominal cavities. Teaching sessions in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC) contribute to this module and enable the student to visualise the anatomical body parts, giving a clearer understanding.

The module will be assessed via 2 on-campus written examinations.

The content of this module is delivered in the first teaching block, prior to clinical placement where students have the opportunity to apply this knowledge over the summer period.

Radiographic Science and Imaging Technologies (DRAD401)

Credits: 20 / Semester: semester 2

This Year 1 module provides a solid theoretical foundation in radiologic science to allow the student to make informed decisions about diagnostic image quality and patient dose. This module also provides a working knowledge of radiation protection and the relevant legislative framework in order to work safely in the clinical environment. This module also introduces a range of ionising and non-ionising imaging technologies used in radiography.
The module will be delivered via lectures to provide a theoretical foundation, while sessions using radiographic simulation software will demonstrate the application of the concepts to medical imaging. Tutorials will allow consolidation of the concepts covered in the lectures. The blended learning approach will be enhanced with a range of interactive educational technologies (e.g. Kahoot) to facilitate e-learning made available on the VLE. In addition to the ongoing formative quizzes in the VLE, a revision session will be available towards the end of the module to help students prepare for the assessment. The final assessment will be an electronic exam.

Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Imaging Systems 2 (DRAD404)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module is the second of the anatomy, patho-physiology and image interpretation modules in the Diagnostic Radiography Pre-registration Masters programme. It also includes some radiographic procedures related to imaging these anatomical areas.

On successful completion, the student will have developed an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the central and peripheral nervous systems, skull, facial bones and dentition. Additionally they will be introduced to contrast imaging procedures of the cranial, thoracic and abdominal cavities.

The module will be delivered using ‘Team Based Learning’ (TBL) and image viewing tutorials, using both projection radiography (x-ray) and cross-sectional images , covering normal radiographic anatomy and common pathologies of the cranial, thoracic and abdominal cavities

Teaching sessions in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC) contribute to this module.

The module will be assessed via 2 on-campus written examinations.

The content of this module is delivered in the second teaching block, after clinical placement.
It prepares the students for the forthcoming radiographic techniques of year 2.

Research Methods in Healthcare Practice (HEAL417)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module will enable students to develop a research proposal for either a review of evidence, empirical project, clinical audit or service evaluation that will contribute to the development of evidence-based healthcare practice.

The module is aimed at graduates from a range of different disciplines/subjects who have a range of knowledge and experience of research methods at undergraduate level and are looking to develop their research knowledge and skills further and prepare for a masters level research project in their own area of clinical practice e.g. diagnostic radiography, mental health nursing, occupational therapy or physiotherapy. The likely range of research skills in students from different undergraduate programmes is recognised and this module is designed to raise them all to the appropriate master level in the subject.
At the end of this module, students will be able to understand and appropriately critique the elements of ‘the research journey’ from conception of research question, through development of a proposal. They will be both consumers and producers of research who will meet the requirements of the standard of proficiency, for each profession, as laid down by the Health and Care Professions Council and the requirements of each professional body for evidence based practice.
The proposal produced in this module will then be undertaken as the students’ dissertation in the final year of their pre-registration master programme.

The syllabus for this module is aligned to the Curriculum 2021 Hallmarks and demonstrates active learning and authentic assessment, designed to create students with greater confidence to understand research evidence, contribute to that evidence and be able to develop research in their own area of professional practice.

The module delivery will use a blended approach with face to face and online delivery supported with synchronous and asynchronous lectures, quizzes and profession specific interactive discussion boards and tutorials.

The assessments for this module will be a Research Proposal. The assessments can be tailored to focus on the student’s area of interest and area of speciality and will include consideration of the ethical requirements of the selected project.

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.

Your experience

Diagnostic Radiography students at the University of Liverpool benefit from the School of Health Sciences‘ experience in delivering more than 100 years of teaching across practical and professionally focused programmes.

Healthcare partners across the North West provide exciting placement opportunities which allow you to bring your studies to life by gaining a breadth of patient-focused practical experience in a region with a particularly diverse population, providing an invaluable insight to future roles.

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  • 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

Graduates in diagnostic radiography are a vital part of modern health care and in high demand both in the UK and abroad.

Successful completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply for professional registration as a qualified diagnostic radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You will also be eligible to become a member of the Society and College of Radiographers.

You’ll be capable of challenging current clinical practice with an evidence-based approach and have the expertise to drive improvements in radiology services and patient-centred care.

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

Upon successful registration with the HCPC, you’ll be eligible to apply to work as a band 5 diagnostic radiographer in either the NHS or private sector. There is an excellent chance of immediate post-qualification employment.

Your future career plans could involve undertaking post-registration qualifications with the HCPC in preparation for advanced and consultant practice. This could lead to opportunities to specialise in areas including medical ultrasound, computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, radionuclide imaging or mammography.

You could alternatively choose to pursue a managerial qualification, such as an MBA, or consider PhD study and a potential career in academia as a radiography educator or researcher.

Some radiographers also take up the opportunity of progressing into the business side of radiography in the private sector and become sales reps or product specialists.

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Fees and funding

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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 £27,200
Tuition fees are for January 2025.

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 paying for your studies..

Additional costs

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

Additional study costs

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Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.


Postgraduate Global Advancement Scholarship

  • International students

If you’re a new international student starting this course with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a discount of up to £5,000 off your tuition fees.

This includes £2,500 if you have a first-class degree, or equivalent qualification, and £2,500 if you’re from a Commonwealth country.

Graduate Loyalty Advancement Scholarship

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

Completed your undergraduate degree, or studied as an undergraduate exchange student, at the University of Liverpool?

You could get a loyalty discount of up to £2,500 off the tuition fees for this course from September 2024 entry.

  • £1,500 tuition fee discount for eligible UK University of Liverpool graduates
  • £2,500 tuition fee discount for eligible international University of Liverpool graduates.

ANID Chile Scholarship

  • 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.

CONACYT Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

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

FIDERH Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

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

Fulbright 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.

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.

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.

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: https://www.marshallscholarship.org/

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 https://meb.gov.tr/ for more information.

University of Liverpool Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s 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 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 Impact Progression Scholarships

  • 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:

Sustainability
Women in STEM
Community
Career Focus (Employability)

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.

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Postgraduate entry requirements

You should include a personal statement of no more than 700 words in support of your application. This should reflect on your understanding of the profession and relevant qualities valuable to a healthcare professional.

You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree, or above, or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as biological sciences, physics, psychology or health sciences.

Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered, subject to providing details of recent relevant experience or further study. Non-health related degrees and professional qualifications may also be accepted, with each application considered on its own merits.

Five GCSEs at grades A*-C or 5-9, or equivalent, are required. This must include Mathematics, English Language and Science (Biology or Physics are preferred) at a minimum of grade 5 or C. Dual science awards are accepted.

You should demonstrate a good understanding of the scope of diagnostic radiography practice, including an awareness of the various settings a diagnostic radiographer might work in. This could preferably be indicated by observation experience of diagnostic radiographers working in a variety of clinical areas, or by other experience which can be related to the skills and qualities required to work in a radiography environment.

Experience in a paid or voluntary capacity working with the general public, children, older persons or people with special needs will also help to strengthen your application.

You should include a personal statement of no more than 700 words in support of your application. This should reflect on your understanding of the profession and relevant qualities valuable to a healthcare professional.

An interview forms part of the selection process. The interview follows the values-based recruitment (VBR) process and you will be expected to demonstrate the relevance of the NHS’ values and pertinent skills required to work in diagnostic radiography.

Please note: meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee a place on the programme as competition is high. You are encouraged to present the strongest possible application.

Declaration of criminal background
You will understand that as a health sciences student, and when you qualify, you will be asked to treat children and other vulnerable people. We therefore need information about any criminal offences of which you may have been convicted, or with which you have been charged. The information you provide may later be checked with the police.

If selected for interview you will be provided with the appropriate form to complete.

Health screening
The University and the School of Health Sciences has an obligation to undertake health screening on all prospective healthcare students. Any offer of a place to study is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University’s Occupational Health Service. This will include some obligatory immunisations and blood tests. Please visit the Higher Education Occupational Practitioners website for further information.

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 MSc, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.

English language requirements

Please note, while we accept IELTS for this course, your IELTS test must have been sat and completed in person and not online.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component below 6.5
View our IELTS academic requirements key.

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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Changes to Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-registration) MSc

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18 April 2023: International qualifications update

English language requirements have been updated – IELTS.