Postgraduate Diploma in Radiotherapy / MSc Radiotherapy (top up) Postgraduate Diploma

  • Programme duration: Full-time: PG Dip Full-time 24 Months/ Up to an additional 12 months for MSc (top up)  
  • Programme start: January 2020
  • Entry requirements: 2:1 honours degree or above in a relevant health, physical, biological or life science subject
Radiotherapy pgdip

Module details

Compulsory modules

Fundamentals of Science for Radiotherapy (RADT622)
Level3
Credit level10
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

To develop knowledge, understanding and a critical appraisal of the fundamental physical sciences and equipment which underpin radiotherapy.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and systematic understanding of the importance of radiation interaction processes in diagnostic radiology and radiotherapy;

(LO2) Demonstrate an awareness of radiobiological principles and their applications and of treatment planning in the radiotherapy process;

(LO3) Appraise critically the importance of radiation protection and quality management in the clinical setting.

(S1) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S2) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

(S3) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

(S4) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

(S5) Interdisciplinary understanding in complex radiotherapy

Fundamentals of Professional, Radiotherapy & Oncology Studies (RADT625)
Level3
Credit level20
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

To develop the underpinning anatomical and pathophysiological knowledge essential to oncology and radiotherapy.

To develop the knowledge and skills base that reflect the philosophy and core values needed for safe and effective evidence-based radiotherapy practice.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) demonstrate systematic understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology knowledge underpinning oncology;

(LO2) justify the philosophy relating to choice of management of the patient with cancer and those principles that underpin radiotherapy practice supported by relevant evidence and current legislation;

(LO3) complete successfully mandatory training; demonstrate proficiency and safety in specified areas related to the linear accelerator and its accessory equipment; 

(LO4) communicate with the patient in a professional manner.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S2) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading

(S4) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S6) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

(S7) Working in groups and teams - Time management

(S8) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

(S9) Personal attributes and qualities- Reflection, integrity, caring and compassion

Clinical Radiotherapy: Theory and Practice 1 (skin/abdomen/pelvis/breast) (RADT711)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
Aims

To develop a conceptual understanding of essential gross, relational and functional anatomy in relation to cancer of the abdomen, pelvis, skin and breast

To develop a critical appreciation of the care and management of people with cancers of the abdomen, pelvis, skin and breast

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Evaluate critically the patient care pathway for patients with all stages of cancer affecting the abdomen, pelvis, skin and breast.

(LO2) Demonstrate a critical awareness of the psychosocial and ethical issues raised by a diagnosis of cancer of the abdomen, pelvis, skin and breast.

(LO3) Analyse the special communication needs that may arise in patients with cancer affecting the abdomen, pelvis, skin and breast.

(LO4) Demonstratea range of competencies and associated tasks within the practice placement environment that will include the satisfactory completion of a radical technique (minimum of two fields) to treat a malignancy within the abdomen, pelvis, skin and breast.

(S1) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

(S2) Time and project management - Personal action planning

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

Science for Radiotherapy 1 (RADT712)
LevelM
Credit level10
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

To develop in-depth knowledge, understanding and critical interpretation of the physical sciences underpinning the design, installation and use of external beam radiotherapy and imaging equipment.

To develop practical skills in computerised treatment planning for the treatment of specific tumours and to demonstrate a critical analysis of relatively straightforward plans (e.g. pelvis or site of similar complexity).

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of the principles of operation, safe use and quality control of external beam radiotherapy equipment;

(LO2) evaluate critically equipment in relation to design, functionality and impact on treatment delivery;

(LO3) demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of design and principles of operation of imaging equipment and justify their use in cancer detection and management;

(LO4) demonstrate acquired skills in computerised treatment planning and in manual dose calculations, especially in relatively straightforward plans (e.g. pelvis or site of similar complexity).

(S1) Learning and research skills

(S2) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

(S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S4) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S5) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

(S6) Interdisciplinary understanding in complex radiotherapy

Science for Radiotherapy 2 (RADT722)
LevelM
Credit level10
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop in depth knowledge, understanding and critical interpretation of the physical sciences underpinning radiobiology, computerised treatment planning and radiation dosimetry.

To consolidate and extend practical skills and experience in computerised treatment planning for the treatment of specific tumours and to demonstrate a critical analysis of more complex plans (e.g. thorax or site of similar complexity).

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply radiobiological parameters to the design of fractionated radiotherapy regimes and evaluate critically their influence on tumour and normal tissue responses;

(LO2) Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the principles and practice of radiation dosimetry and radiation detectors for radiotherapy;

(LO3) Demonstrate a systematic understanding of clinical beams of ionising radiation and apply them in clinical practice;

(LO4) Demonstrate extended acquired skills and experience in computerised treatment planning and in manual dose calculations, especially in more complex plans (e.g. thorax or site of similar complexity).

(S1) Information skills - Evaluation

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S4) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

(S5) Interdisciplinary understanding of complex radiotherapy

Clinical Radiotherapy: Theory and Practice 2 (head/neck/thorax) (RADT723)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

To develop aconceptual understanding of essential gross, relational and functional anatomyin relation to cancer of the head and neck and thorax.

To develop a critical appreciation of the management of people withcancers of the head and neck and thorax.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Evaluate critically the patient care pathway and oncological management for patients with all stages of cancer affecting the head and neck and thorax.

(LO2) Demonstrate a critical awareness of the psychosocial and ethical issues raised by a diagnosis of cancer of the head and neck and thorax.

(LO3) Analyse critically the special communication needs that may arise in patients with cancer affecting the head and neck and thorax.

(LO4) Demonstrate a range of competencies and associated tasks within the practice placement environment that will include the satisfactory completion of a radical technique employing a minimum of two fields to treat a malignancy within the thorax or head and/or neck region.

(S1) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research

(S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S3) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S4) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

(S5) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

(S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

Science for Radiotherapy 3 (RADT713)
LevelM
Credit level10
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop critical awareness of specialised treatments, advanced techniques, new and emerging technologies for radiotherapy.

To consolidate and expand practical skills in computerised treatment planning for more advanced techniques and demonstrate critical plan evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) assess critically specialised techniques, advanced, new and emerging technologies in radiotherapy and imaging applied to cancer treatment;

(LO2) demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of advanced treatment plans and evaluate critically their use in optimal design of radiotherapy;

(LO3) demonstrate expanded skills and practice acquired in computerised treatment planning using more advanced  techniques.

(S1) Learning and research skills

(S2) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

(S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S4) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S5) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

(S6) Interdisciplinary understanding in complex radiotherapy

Clinical Radiotherapy: Theory and Practice 3 (RADT714)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop a conceptual understanding of essential gross, relational and functional anatomy in relation to the management of rarer cancers and palliation.

To consolidate the core knowledge and skills base needed for radiotherapy practice within current healthcare provision.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to: evaluate critically the management of glioblastoma, pituitary tumours, myeloproliferative disorders and current approaches to the holistic management of the patient undergoing palliative and end of life care;

(LO2) evaluate critically current approaches to the management of children and young adults with cancer;

(LO3) appraise the ethical, sociological, psychological and communication issues relating to the management of patients with complex needs;

(LO4) evaluate and appraise the role of clinical trials in the development of new cancer therapies;

(LO5) perform safely, accurately and efficiently a range of radiotherapy techniques.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

(S3) Time and project management - Project planning

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

(S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

(S6) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S7) Research skills - All Information skills

(S8) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

(S9) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

Professional Practice (RADT715)
LevelM
Credit level5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To consolidate and expand the knowledge base that reflects the philosophy and core values of radiotherapy practice. To develop critical awareness of the multidimensional factors which impinge on radiotherapy practice within the current health care provision.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Appraise critically the current issues which impact upon the management and delivery of radiotherapy services.

(LO2) Discuss critically the changing role of the therapeutic radiographer in health care provision and debate critically the role and contribution of other health care professionals in health and social care provision.

(LO3) Develop further thier critical refelctive skills and application of reflection for effective radiotherapy practice.

(S1) Skills in using technology - Online communications skills

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice