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MSc Imaging in Medicine

  1. 1. University of Bradford School of Health Studies Division of Radiography Programme specification The Division of Radiography is committed to meeting the needs of the health service and clinicians for high quality, clinically relevant, post registration education for radiographers and other health professionals within a dynamic and evolving healthcare environment. The full time MSc Imaging in Medicine programme provides a flexible pathway of study relevant to contemporary medical imaging practice. It would be of particular interest to international students interested in contributing to the improvement of medical imaging services and is designed to support healthcare professionals develop the knowledge, understanding and theoretical skills related to medical imaging required for a professional who aspires to work at an advanced level of practice. The programme is delivered by the Division of Radiography academic team in partnership with clinical and scientific experts working within specialised areas of medical imaging to ensure the curriculum remains appropriately diverse and clinically relevant. This full-time MSc pathway is a modular programme encompassing a broad range of academic modules related to medical imaging, health care, research and management. Education within the clinical environment is not a component of the course and on successful completion, students will not be eligible to apply for Health Professions Council (HPC) registration. However, upon successful completion of the MSc Imaging in Medicine, students will have the knowledge and understanding necessary to work at an advanced level of practice within their chosen medical imaging discipline and apply learning to international health communities to inform health service practice and delivery. Programme Aims The programme is intended to: A1 provide a flexible robust educational framework that is relevant to health professionals from different backgrounds and their employers; A2 stimulate students to become autonomous self-directed learners who are motivated to sustain and advance their own continuous professional learning and confident to support the professional development of colleagues; A3 develop critical thought, analysis and appraisal skills to enable students to make innovative use of the evidence base and inform medical imaging practice; A4 enhance student knowledge and understanding of specialist areas of medical imaging to promote new skills and enable complex issues to be systematically evaluated; A5 explore medical imaging provision within the context of existing and future healthcare and social communities to promote and initiate sustainable models of service delivery; A6 promote originality in the evaluation of contemporary and future issues related to medical imaging through an underpinning knowledge of appropriate research techniques and methods of enquiry; A7 enable students to identify and negotiate, where applicable, an individual programme of study. Awarding and teaching institution: University of Bradford Final award: MSc Programme title: Imaging in Medicine Programme endorsed by: College of Radiographers Duration: Normally 1 year full time (maximum 2 years) Date produced: March 2009 Last updated: June2009
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma On successful completion the student will be able to: LO1 critically appraise and synthesise research evidence related to medical imaging to inform service delivery and policy in clinical practice; LO2 apply pattern recognition and interpretive skills in the technical evaluation of medical images to inform clinical decision making; LO3 evaluate complex issues in a systematic and creative manner, identifying gaps in the evidence base and making sound judgements in the absence of complete data; LO4 demonstrate originality and independence in the application of knowledge together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge within medical imaging; LO5 communicate their learning in a variety of formats and participate in the professional development of colleagues. LO6 demonstrate their ability to act as an autonomous learner and critically reflect on their continuing development needs to ensure their knowledge and skills remain relevant to current professional practice; Degree of Master On successful completion of the final stage of the programme, the student will be able to: LO7 complete a detailed investigation/project related to medical imaging practice that demonstrates the application of knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to advanced level practice and extends the boundaries of professional knowledge. The Curriculum The curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of health care professionals aspiring to work at an advanced level of practice within medical imaging. The programme curriculum has been developed in accordance with 2 guiding principles identified in Securing the Future1 : ensuring a strong, healthy and just society; and using science responsibly. The curriculum has also been informed by key professional documents and mapped to the Quality Assurance Agency Framework for higher education2 , College of Radiographers Learning and Development Framework3 for advanced and consultant practice and the skills and competencies within the Knowledge and Skills Framework4 . The ethos of sustainable development is a fundamental feature of the programme with students encouraged to develop autonomous learning skills and ability to apply critical thinking to clinical practice in order to contribute to the Department of Health’s strategic objectives which seek to: narrow the health gap; prevent illness; and improve health and well being. The programme also promotes independent learning to provide students with the skills and desire to continue learning beyond the boundaries of the programme and inform practice developments in the future. You may choose to study any module within the MSc Imaging in Medicine module portfolio or other relevant modules available within the School of Health Studies/University of Bradford. However, in order to be eligible for the MSc in Imaging in Medicine, at least half of your credits must be from the MSc in Imaging in Medicine module portfolio. Students may be able to import credits from previous academic study to a value of up to 50% of the award. Students may also apply for prior experiential learning, where appropriate to the programme of study, to be accredited. Where this is the case, students should discuss their options with the programme leader. Students wishing to study modules that require clinical experience (see module portfolio) must arrange a clinical placement prior to registering on the module. The Division of Radiography is unable to negotiate clinical placements on behalf of students. Students following this programme should not expect to be able to
  3. 3. study modules requiring a clinical placement. It should also be noted that this award is not approved by the UK Health professions Council and therefore does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration as a radiographer. Progression to the final stage of the Master’s award is dependent upon successful completion of a research theory module appropriate to your planned final stage investigation/project. A number of modules are available within the School of Health Studies. 1 Department of Health (2005) Securing the future DoH: London 2 Quality Assurance Agency (2008) The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 3 College of Radiographers (2008) Learning and Development Framework. CoR: London 4 Department of Health (2004) The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (NHS KSF) and the Development Review Process. DoH: London Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies The University’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy informs the programme teaching, learning and assessment. The full-time MSc Imaging in Medicine programme offers a wide choice of modules, many of which are linked and delivered in a synchronised manner to provide a clear pathway of study in a specialised area of medical imaging. A feature of the programme is its clinical focus and the commitment of the course team to ensure that the programme remains relevant to clinical practice and of value to health care practitioners, and ultimately their patients. The modular format of the programme permits students to also select and study modules that are outside, but complementary, to their particular imaging speciality and so broaden their knowledge and understanding of other areas of medical imaging and health care. Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. To a degree these methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of many of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills. Learning outcomes LO1-LO6 will be developed and achieved in a number of modules, through a mix of lectures, tutorials, directed study, and group work. The wide range of teaching approaches ensures that students can consolidate learning through a range of activities. In particular, a feature of this programme is the promotion of small group learning and discussion of clinically relevant cases and scenarios to promote problem solving skills and peer education, important skills necessary for working at an advanced level of practice. Outside of formal teaching sessions, students may access course materials and engage in online discussions and learning activities through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. The development of personal transferrable skills is embedded within the programme teaching and learning approaches to enable students to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in order to fulfil their intellectual and personal potential. Learning outcome LO7 will be achieved by small group tutorials and individual guidance from a ‘project’ supervisor who will guide and advise through the research process. All the modules delivered by the Division of Radiography involve attendance at the University. The attendance pattern is dependent upon the modules you choose to follow. Modules may be offered on an annual or biannual basis and students should consider the module delivery timetable carefully when selecting their module choices. You will demonstrate your achievement of learning outcomes LO1- LO6 via a number of methods. As well as traditional examinations and assignments, assessment approaches include case studies; oral and poster presentations; objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE); critical evaluation and reflective assignments; personal and clinical skills audit; and evaluation of practice protocols. Achievement of learning outcome LO7 will be demonstrated by the completion a primary research project or systematic review related to an appropriate area of medical imaging practice.
  4. 4. MSc Imaging in Medicine Module Portfolio Assessment Regulations: (summary) Unit code Unit title Credits Level Sem Academic modules Modules requiring a clinical placement HR-7001D Biological effects of ionising radiation: radiological protection, principles and practice 20 M 2 O HR-7002L Clinical Angiography 20 M 2/1 O HR-7003L Clinical Chest & Abdomen Image Reporting 20 M 2/1 O HR-7004L Clinical Computed Tomography 20 M 1/2 O HR-7005L Clinical Cranial Computed Tomography Reporting 20 M 2/1 O HR-7006L Clinical Gastro-intestinal Image Reporting 20 M 2/1 O HR-7007L Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging 20 M 1/2 O HR-7008L Clinical Musculoskeletal Image Reporting 20 M 1/2 O HR-7009L Clinical Nuclear Medicine 20 M 2/1 O HR-7010L Computed Tomography Protocols 20 M 1/2 O HR-7011L Computed Tomography Technology 20 M 1/2 O HR-7012L Cranial Computed Tomography interpretation 20 M 2/1 O HR-7013D Developing Radiographic Awareness 20 3 1 O HR-7044D Developments in Angiography 20 M 1 O HR-7000D Developments in Computed Tomography 20 M 1&2 O HR-7014D Developments in fluoroscopy 20 M 1 O HR-7015D Developments in gastro-intestinal Imaging 20 M 1 O HR-7016D Developments in Magnetic Resonance Imaging 20 M 1&2 O HR-7017D Developments in Nuclear Medicine 20 M 1 O HR-9032Z Dissertation 60 M 1/2 C2* HR-7018D Gastro-intestinal imaging practice 20 M 2 O HR-7032D Hybrid Imaging 20 M 1 O HR-7019D Imaging in emergency care 20 M 2 O HR-7020D Imaging in older people 20 M 2 O HR-7021D Imaging remote from the radiology department 20 3 2 O HR-7022D Independent clinical imaging studies 20 M 1&2 O HR-7023D Independent imaging studies 20 M 1&2 O HH-6709D Independent study 20 M 1&2 O HH-6708M Independent study 10 M 1&2 O HR-7024L Interpreting Chest & Abdomen Images 20 M 2/1 O HR-7025L Interpreting Gastro-intestinal Images 20 M 2/1 O HR-7026L Interpreting Musculoskeletal Images 20 M 1/2 O HR-7027D Introduction to Digital Imaging 20 3 2 O HR-7028L Magnetic Resonance Imaging Protocols 20 M 1/2 O HR-7029L Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology 20 M 1/2 O HR-7030L Nuclear Medicine Protocols 20 M 2/1 O HR-7031L Nuclear Medicine Technology 20 M 2/1 O HR-7033D Preparation for advanced practice 20 M 1 O HR-7034D Preparation for consultant practice 20 M 1 O HN4057Q Prescribing modules O HR-7036L Principles of Angiographic Imaging 20 M 2/1 O HR-7037D Principles of digital imaging 20 M 1 O HR-7039D Principles of Forensic Imaging 20 M 1 O HR-7038D Principles of Image Reporting 20 M 1&2 O HR-7035D Principles of musculoskeletal ultrasound 20 M 2 O HH4010D Project Planning 20 M 1&2 C1* HN3131D Reflections on study days 20 3 1&2 O HN4056D Reflections on study days 20 M 1&2 O HH-6701D Research in Health & Social Care 20 M 1&2 C1* HR-7040D Role of imaging in clinical decision making 20 M 1 O HEA4011T Supporting learning in practice 30 M 1&2 O HR-7041B Systematic Review 60 M 1/2 C2* HR-7042D Undertaking a systematic review 20 M 1&2 C1* HR-7043B Work based project 60 M 1/2 C2* O = optional C1* = core module – only 1 can be undertaken C1* = core module – only 1 can be undertaken The curriculum may change, subject to University's course approval, monitoring and review procedures. N.B. Modules requiring a clinical placement are only suitable for students that can arrange their own clinical placement. The University offers no assistance in making these arrangements.
  5. 5. The University regulations governing postgraduate awards apply to the programme. However, components of assessment that pertain to clinical competence must be passed (see module descriptors for further details). Postgraduate Certificate To be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate, you must have undertaken 60 credits of study (of which at least 40 credits must be at level M) and achieved a mark of at least 40% in individual units amounting to 40 credits and at least 35% in individual units amounting to the other 20 Credits. If you attain an overall average of at least 60% at initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned, you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate with Merit. If you achieve an overall average of at least 70% at initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned, you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction. Postgraduate Diploma To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, you must have undertaken 120 credits of study (of which at least 100 credits must be at level M) and achieved at least 40% in individual units amounting to 100 credits and at least 35% in individual units amounting to the other 20 Credits. If you attain an overall average of at least 60% at initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned, you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Merit. If you achieve an overall average of at least 70% at initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned, you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction. Degree of Master To be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master, you must have undertaken 180 credits of study (of which at least 160 credits must be at level M) and achieved at least 40% in individual units amounting to 160 credits and at least 35% in individual units amounting to the other 20 Credits. If you attain an overall average of at least 60% at the initial attempt, including at least 60% at the initial attempt in any dissertation, project or major report, you will be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master with Merit. If you attain an overall average of at least 70% at the initial attempt, including at least 70% at the initial attempt in any dissertation, project or major report, you will be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master with Distinction. Learning Resources The support provided by the Division of Radiography is enhanced by a strong University infrastructure which includes 24-hour access to library and computing facilities. Students can use the Internet from outside the University to access facilities to support their studies such as the University library and in particular the electronic databases, and their personal files on the University computer network. Students can also participate in learning activities while away from the University through use of the VLE. Details of all student support facilities are available on the University web page http://www.bradford.ac.uk/lss/. In addition to the University’s student support facilities, the Division of Radiography has a fully functional PACS suite to replicate the clinical environment and promote the transfer of learning from the academic to the clinical environment and vice versa. Student Support Arrangements The University of Bradford has students from over 100 different countries. In 2008, 22% of students were from outside the UK. Consequently, the University has a great deal of experience of working and socialising with people from a variety of different cultures and international students are assured of a friendly and stimulating environment. The International Office is a facility dedicated to supporting overseas students from first enquiry through to graduation and provides practical help for students from outside the UK. An international student adviser is also available to offer a confidential advice service to students. Academically, you will be supported by the programme and/or module leader by the use of telephone, letter, e- mail and the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You can use the Internet from outside the University to access facilities to support your studies such as the University library, in particular the electronic databases, and your personal files on the University computer network. Where students have specifically opted to undertake clinical modules and have arranged a clinical placement, a clinical mentor and/or supervisor with recognised expertise in your area of learning will be appointed to provide an appropriate level of clinical guidance throughout your clinical studies. The appointment and specific role of the clinical mentor / supervisor will be dependent on the clinical pathway selected. A programme induction week will introduce students to the programme and the University including student support systems and information about counselling services, Learner Development Unit (LDU), Disability office and the facilities available from the interactive learning centre (ILC). Further information on these is provided on the University web page http://www.bradford.ac.uk/lss/. Admission Requirements To be eligible for admission to the programme you must posses a first degree or an appropriate professional qualification. Recruitment to the programme occurs throughout the year and you may commence your studies in semester 1 or 2 dependent upon your choice of modules.
  6. 6. If you are in employment and are seeking paid absence or intend to undertake clinical modules as part of your programme of study, you must demonstrate the support of your manager and/or clinical director (as representatives of your employers) and provide a letter of their commitment indicating, where appropriate, that appropriate facilities and time will be made available to support your studies. If you are seeking to undertake clinical modules as part of your programme of study, you must demonstrate the support of the placement manager and/or clinical director and provide a letter of commitment from them indicating that appropriate facilities and time will be made available to support your studies. Due to interactive nature of teaching on some modules, the numbers of students enrolling may be restricted. International students, that is, students from outside the UK and EU, must meet the current visa and entry requirements for study in the UK. In addition to this all international students whose first language is not English must achieve an IELTS score of at least band 7 (or equivalent in any internationally recognised test of English)’. An online application form is available from the Radiography Division page on the University website. Click the courses tab on the left hand side of the web page for further details. For further information, please check the University prospectus or contact either: Programme Coordinator Recruitment Office Mr Stephen Boynes School of Health Studies Division of Radiography Tel: 01274 236365/6/7 or 236544 School of Health Studies Tel: 01274 236310 (24 hour answerphone) University of Bradford 25 Trinity Road Bradford BD5 0BB Tel: (01274) 236318 Fax: (01274) 236390 E-Mail: s.boynes@Bradford.ac.uk
  7. 7. If you are in employment and are seeking paid absence or intend to undertake clinical modules as part of your programme of study, you must demonstrate the support of your manager and/or clinical director (as representatives of your employers) and provide a letter of their commitment indicating, where appropriate, that appropriate facilities and time will be made available to support your studies. If you are seeking to undertake clinical modules as part of your programme of study, you must demonstrate the support of the placement manager and/or clinical director and provide a letter of commitment from them indicating that appropriate facilities and time will be made available to support your studies. Due to interactive nature of teaching on some modules, the numbers of students enrolling may be restricted. International students, that is, students from outside the UK and EU, must meet the current visa and entry requirements for study in the UK. In addition to this all international students whose first language is not English must achieve an IELTS score of at least band 7 (or equivalent in any internationally recognised test of English)’. An online application form is available from the Radiography Division page on the University website. Click the courses tab on the left hand side of the web page for further details. For further information, please check the University prospectus or contact either: Programme Coordinator Recruitment Office Mr Stephen Boynes School of Health Studies Division of Radiography Tel: 01274 236365/6/7 or 236544 School of Health Studies Tel: 01274 236310 (24 hour answerphone) University of Bradford 25 Trinity Road Bradford BD5 0BB Tel: (01274) 236318 Fax: (01274) 236390 E-Mail: s.boynes@Bradford.ac.uk

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