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  • 1. University of Bradford School of Health Studies Division of Radiography Awarding and teaching institution: University of Bradford Final award: MSc in Medical Imaging Nested awards within the MSc: PgDip in Medical Imaging PgDip in Medical Imaging (with an endorsement dependent upon modules studied) PgDip in Medical Imaging (Nuclear Medicine)* PgDip in Medical Imaging (Radiographic Image Interpretation)* PgCert in Medical Imaging PgCert in Medical Imaging (with an endorsement dependent upon modules studied) PgCert in Medical Imaging (Computed Tomography)* PgCert in Medical Imaging (Cranial Computed Tomography Reporting)* PgCert in Medical Imaging (Gastro-intestinal Image Reporting)* PgCert in Medical Imaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)* PgCert in Medical Imaging (Vascular Imaging and Intervention)* * indicates that the modules studied to achieve these endorsements are delivered in an integrated manner and form a clearly defined pathway of study. A separate programme specification exists for these pathways. Programme title: Medical Imaging Programme accredited by: College of Radiographers, CACMRE and CANME Duration: Maximum of 5 years part-time UCAS code: Not applicable Subject benchmark statement: Not applicable Date produced: March 2003 This programme provides health care practitioners engaged in a diverse range of imaging specialities with a vocational pathway of study that is flexible and clinically relevant. It is designed to support health care practitioners develop the knowledge, understanding and skills in medical imaging that are required for a professional who aspires to work at an advanced level of practice. This programme builds on the success of the previously validated MSc in Medical Imaging, which has grown in the number of modules, pathways and students registering. It is recognised by those working in the area of medical imaging, service managers, and the QAAHE as being excellent. The programme and pathways within it are recognised by the relevant professional bodies, including the College of Radiographers, the Consortium for the Accreditation of Clinical Magnetic Resonance Education and the Consortium for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Education. Programme Aims The programme is intended to: A1 provide a flexible pathway of study that is vocationally relevant and meets the needs of relevant professional bodies, health professionals from different backgrounds and their employers A2 provide an environment in which students are stimulated by the acquisition of knowledge, which will act as a catalyst for autonomous learning and the confidence to participate in the professional development of colleagues A3 develop a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of recent development in medical imaging A4 develop the subject skills required for practice in specialist areas of medical imaging and the ability to deal with complex clinical situations systematically A5 promote self-direction and originality in problem solving and critically evaluate current research together with a practical understanding of research techniques and methods of enquiry relevant to medical imaging A6 Further develop your ability in a range of key skills. Learning Outcomes The learning outcomes indicate what you should know and understand and be able to do upon successful completion of the programme. The learning outcomes have been developed in close collaboration with key clinical specialists to reflect the attributes required of health care practitioners working in medical imaging and the QAAHE expectations of masters level. Outcomes are stated for the certificate and diploma stage of the programme and additional outcomes for the full MSc. Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma At the end of the certificate and diploma stage you will be able to: Subject Knowledge & Skills B1 • make strategic decisions on the suitability of imaging procedures
  • 2. B2 • contribute to the development of clinical protocols and practice B3 • apply pattern recognition and interpretive skills B4 confidently participate in the professional development of colleagues • . Core Academic Skills B5 identify & solve practical problems B6 demonstrate an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making and problem-solving, through ability to: identify best available evidence; analyse and interpret evidence B7 apply independent critical thinking and reflective practice to decision making in the clinical environment B8 apply methods of enquiry and interpretation of research data to your clinical practice. Personal & Key Skills B9 critically reflect in order to recognise your continuing development needs to remain at the forefront of your professional practice B10Demonstrate independent and autonomous learning abilities. B11communicate professionally with peers verbally and in writing. Masters B12After completion of the final stage of the programme you will have the ability to contribute to the development of your clinical specialism through research and dissemination of your findings in appropriate forums. Production of your final dissertation will allow you to demonstrate your confidence and ability to conduct an academic and clinically relevant piece of individual research and clearly communicate its findings to the medical imaging community. The Curriculum The diagram below indicates the pathway through the programme from admission to Masters Degree. It indicates the number of credits you need to obtain in order to be eligible for the Certificate, Diploma or Masters level award. You may choose to study any of the optional modules and successful completion of a required number of credits will lead to an appropriate award in Medical Imaging. The module Research in Health and Social Care is designed to support the development of the skills required to complete the research dissertation and must be completed before you commence your research. Most students choose to study modules that have their delivery synchronised to form a defined pathway in a specialised area of imaging. Successful completion of a defined pathway leads to an endorsement in that discipline. e.g. Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Imaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). The awards section on the first page of this document indicates the possible named awards that you may achieve. In addition to the modules offered by the Division of Radiography you may also choose to study modules offered elsewhere in the School of Health Studies. However in order to be awarded a qualification from the MSc in Medical Imaging programme at least half of your credits must be from the MSc in Medical Imaging module portfolio. MSc in Medical Imaging PgDip in Medical Imaging PgCert in Medical Imaging Total of 180 credits from portfolio of modules of which must include 40 credit dissertation and 20 credit research module. Total of 120 credits from portfolio of modules. May include 30 credits at level 3. Accumulation of 100 credits in a specific imaging discipline leads to endorsement in that discipline Total of 60 credits from portfolio of modules. May include 30 credits at level 3 Accumulation of 60 credits in a specific imaging discipline leads to endorsement in that discipline. Admitted to Programme A.P.L./A.P.E.L. Import a maximum of 60 credits A.P.L./A.P.E.L. Import a maximum of 30 credits A.P.L./A.P.E.L. Import a maximum of 90 credits
  • 3. Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies The University’s Teaching & Learning Strategy and Excellence Plus inform the teaching and learning strategy of the programme. It aims to support you in developing the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable you to fulfil your intellectual and personal potential. The strategy provides an accessible programme of teaching, learning and research with particular emphasis on applied study to assist you in developing skills required for advanced professional practice. Embedded within the curriculum are key skills as defined by the QAA such as communication, the use of information technology, working with others, problem solving and improving ones own performance and learning, all of which are essential attributes for advanced practice. To achieve learning outcomes a variety of teaching methods and student support are used and are dependent upon the modules studied and pathways followed. Individual modules descriptors should be looked at for further information. The 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. Students who successfully complete a pathway in a specialised area of medical imaging will be awarded an appropriate endorsement, e.g. Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Imaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Imaging (Computed Tomography). A feature of the programme is its clinical focus and the commitment of the course team to ensure that the programme remains clinically relevant and of value to health care practitioners and ultimately to patients. All pathways within the programme that lead to endorsements contain clinical work-based modules. The modular format also permits health care practitioners to study modules that may lie outside their particular imaging speciality and so broaden their knowledge and understanding of other areas of medical imaging and health care. All the modules delivered by the Division of Radiography involve attendance at the University. The attendance pattern is dependent upon the module and pathway that you choose to follow. The pattern of attendance at the University generally follows a block release format which is determined by the learning outcomes and module content. The block attendance pattern has been shown to be popular with students who benefit academically from the concentrated period of time devoted to their studies. Most students in the first instance choose to follow a certificate level pathway which typically involves attendance for five one- week blocks delivered at intervals during the first six months of the course, with the remainder of the course being ‘work-based learning’. The clinical modules involve attendance at the University but study, in the main, takes place in clinical sites away from the University and is essentially ‘work-based’. It is essential, that if you are taking clinical modules, you have access to clinical facilities and the support of managers and clinicians at the clinical site. A range of systems are in place to support students whilst away from the University and these include, mentors, supervisors and Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. Developments of learning outcomes B1 to B8 and the key skills, learning outcomes B9 to B11, are embedded throughout the curriculum. Lectures, tutorials, independent study and group discussions will all assist you in achieving them. The programme utilises a wide range of assessment methods and those that you will be exposed to depend upon the pathway and modules chosen. The assessment methods used for each module are determined by the learning outcomes for the module and are selected to ensure that all the learning outcomes are assessed. The table below is included to indicate the range of assessment methods that are utilised by this programme and also the learning outcome selected to assess the three key areas of: subject knowledge and skill (SK&S), core academic skills (CAS) and personal and key skills (P&KS). For the certificate and diploma stage distinction is made between modules that use clinical and theory in the title and have a different focus to the learning outcomes. Many of the clinical modules involve assessment of clinical skills and competence. Mode of Assessment SK&S CAS P&KS SK&S CAS P&KS Reflective assignment B1,2 B5 - 8 B9 - 11 Critical evaluation B1,2 B5 - 8 B9 - 11 Systemised Review B1 B5 - 8 B9 - 11 Presentation B4 B5 - 8 B11 Case Studies B1,2 B5 - 8 B9 - 11 Record of clinical Practice B1 – 3 Clinical Audit B1 –3 B5 - 8 Clinical Portfolio B1 - 4 B5 - 8 B9 - 11 Written Examination B1 –3 B5, 7
  • 4. OSCE B3 B5 Dissertation B12 B12 B12
  • 5. Modules Unit code Unit title Credits Level Sem MScinMedicalImaging PgDipinMedicalImaging PgDipinM.I.(NuclearMed)* PgDipinM.I.(Rad.ImageInterpretation)* PgDipinM.I.(ComputedTomography) PgDipinM.I.(MagneticResonanceImaging) PgCertinM.I.(ComputedTomography)* PgCertinM.I.(CranialComputedTomography)* PgCertinM.I.(Gastro-intestinalImageReporting)* PgCertinM.I.(MagneticResonanceImaging)* PgCertinM.I.(VascularandIntervention)* PgCertinMedicalImaging PgCertinRadiographicImageInterpretation HR-9015L Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Principles & Protocols – Theory 10 + 10 M 1/2 O O O C C O HR-9016K Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Clinical 20+20 M 1/2 O O C C O HR9017D Developing MRI practice – Theory 20 M 1 or 2 O O O C O HR-9018L Computed Tomography (CT) Principles & Protocols – Theory 10+ 10 M 1/2 O O C O C O HR-9019K Computed Tomography (CT) - Clinical 20+20 M 1/2 O O C C O HR-9014M Fundamentals of Image Reporting 10 M 1/2 O O C O O C C O C HR-9020V Radiographic Image Interpretation – Musculoskeletal System - Theory 20 + 10 M 1/ 2 O O C O O C HR-9021J Radiographic Image Interpretation – Musculoskeletal System - Clinical 10 + 20 M 1/ 2 O O C O C HR-9022L Radiographic Image Interpretation – Chest & Abdomen – Theory 10 + 10 M 1/ 2 O O C O O O HR-9023J Radiographic Image Interpretation – Chest & Abdomen - Clinical 10 + 20 M 1/2 O O C O HR-9013L Cranial Computed Tomography Reporting -Theory 10 + 10 M 2/3 O O C O C O HR-9012J Cranial Computed Tomography Reporting - Clinical 10 + 20 M 2/3 O O C O HR-9011L Gastro-intestinal Image Reporting - Theory 10 + 10 M 2/3 O O O O C O HR-9010J Gastro-intestinal Image Reporting - Clinical 10 + 20 M 2/3 O O C O HR-9024L Vascular Imaging & Intervention - Theory 10 + 10 M 1/ 2 O O O O C O HR-9025K Vascular Imaging & Intervention - Clinical 20 + 20 M 1/ 2 O O C O HR-9026L Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Nuclear Medicine 10 + 10 M 1/2 O O C O O O HR-9027L Nuclear Medicine Physics, Technology and Radiobiology. 10 + 10 M 1/2 O O C O O O HR-9028K Nuclear Medicine – Clinical 20 + 20 M 1/2 O O C O HR-9029K Nuclear Medicine Protocols, Techniques and Radiopharmacy 20 + 20 M 1/2 O O C O O O HR-9008L Stereotactic Needle Core Biopsy of the Breast 10 + 10 M 1/2 O O O O O HR-9030D Mini-Review 20 M 1 or 2 O O O O O HH-6701D Research in Health & Social Care 20 M 1/2 C O O O HR-9032Z Dissertation 60 M 1/2 C O = optional. C = core The curriculum may change, subject to University's course approval, monitoring and review procedures.
  • 6. Assessment Regulations: (summary) The University regulations governing postgraduate awards apply to the programme, however components of assessment that assess clinical competence must be passed. To be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate, you must achieve 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 65% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate with Merit and if you achieve over 70% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction. To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, you must achieve 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 65% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Merit and if you achieve over 70% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction. To be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master, students must achieve at least 50% in individual units amounting to 160 credits and at least 40% in individual units amounting to the other 20 Credits. If you attain an overall average of at least 65% at the initial attempt, including at least 65% at the initial attempt in any dissertation, project or major report, etc., shall be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master with Merit and. 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, etc., shall be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master with Distinction. Student Support Arrangements When you are away from the University you will be supported by the pathway coordinator, by the use of telephone, letter, e- mail and the virtual learning environment, ‘Blackboard’. You can use the Internet from outside the University to access facilities to support your studies such as the University library and your personal files on the computer network. In addition, for the majority of clinical modules you will have an appointed mentor and/or supervisor with recognised expertise in your specialised area that will provide an appropriate level of clinical guidance throughout your clinical studies. The University, School of Health Studies and Division of Radiography have a well-deserved reputation in this area, acknowledged by our latest QAAHE subject review, when it was graded ‘excellent’. The support provided by the Division is enhanced by a strong University infrastructure, including particularly the Disabilities Office and by 24-hour access to library and computing facilities. Admission Requirements In the first instance you will register for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters Degree or individual modules as an associate student. To be eligible for admission to the programme you must be working in the field of medical imaging and where appropriate be a state registered health care practitioner. (eg. Radiographer, Physiotherapist, Nurse, Medical Technical Officer) You must also posses a first degree or an appropriate professional qualification. In addition you must have the support of the Radiology Service Manager and the Clinical Director of Radiology representing your employers including a written commitment that appropriate facilities and time will be made available to support your studies. Recruitment to the programme occurs throughout the year and you may commence your studies in semester 1 or 2, dependent upon which modules are being delivered at that time. Due to the methods of delivery the numbers of students that can enrol on any pathway is restricted. (see table). Priority admission to a module will be dependent upon the pathway chosen. e.g a student who is pursuing a pathway in musculoskeletal image interpretation will be given priority to the ‘Radiographic Image Interpretation – Musculoskeletal System (Theory)’ module at the expense of those students who are not following that particular pathway. Pathway Maximum number of students Month of Commencement Computed Tomography 30 September Magnetic Resonance Imaging 30 September Radiographic Image Interpretation 15 September Nuclear Medicine 15 September Vascular Imaging 30 February Cranial Computed Tomography Reporting 15 February Gastrointestinal image reporting 15 February For further information, please check the University prospectus or contact either: Programme Coordinator Recruitment Office Stephen Boynes School of Health Studies Tel:(01274) 236317 Fax:(01274) 236390 Tel: 01274 236365/6/7 or 236544 E-Mail: s.boynes@bradford.ac.uk Tel: 01274 236310 (24 hour answerphone)
  • 7. Assessment Regulations: (summary) The University regulations governing postgraduate awards apply to the programme, however components of assessment that assess clinical competence must be passed. To be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate, you must achieve 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 65% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate with Merit and if you achieve over 70% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction. To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, you must achieve 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 65% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Merit and if you achieve over 70% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction. To be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master, students must achieve at least 50% in individual units amounting to 160 credits and at least 40% in individual units amounting to the other 20 Credits. If you attain an overall average of at least 65% at the initial attempt, including at least 65% at the initial attempt in any dissertation, project or major report, etc., shall be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master with Merit and. 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, etc., shall be eligible for the award of the Degree of Master with Distinction. Student Support Arrangements When you are away from the University you will be supported by the pathway coordinator, by the use of telephone, letter, e- mail and the virtual learning environment, ‘Blackboard’. You can use the Internet from outside the University to access facilities to support your studies such as the University library and your personal files on the computer network. In addition, for the majority of clinical modules you will have an appointed mentor and/or supervisor with recognised expertise in your specialised area that will provide an appropriate level of clinical guidance throughout your clinical studies. The University, School of Health Studies and Division of Radiography have a well-deserved reputation in this area, acknowledged by our latest QAAHE subject review, when it was graded ‘excellent’. The support provided by the Division is enhanced by a strong University infrastructure, including particularly the Disabilities Office and by 24-hour access to library and computing facilities. Admission Requirements In the first instance you will register for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters Degree or individual modules as an associate student. To be eligible for admission to the programme you must be working in the field of medical imaging and where appropriate be a state registered health care practitioner. (eg. Radiographer, Physiotherapist, Nurse, Medical Technical Officer) You must also posses a first degree or an appropriate professional qualification. In addition you must have the support of the Radiology Service Manager and the Clinical Director of Radiology representing your employers including a written commitment that appropriate facilities and time will be made available to support your studies. Recruitment to the programme occurs throughout the year and you may commence your studies in semester 1 or 2, dependent upon which modules are being delivered at that time. Due to the methods of delivery the numbers of students that can enrol on any pathway is restricted. (see table). Priority admission to a module will be dependent upon the pathway chosen. e.g a student who is pursuing a pathway in musculoskeletal image interpretation will be given priority to the ‘Radiographic Image Interpretation – Musculoskeletal System (Theory)’ module at the expense of those students who are not following that particular pathway. Pathway Maximum number of students Month of Commencement Computed Tomography 30 September Magnetic Resonance Imaging 30 September Radiographic Image Interpretation 15 September Nuclear Medicine 15 September Vascular Imaging 30 February Cranial Computed Tomography Reporting 15 February Gastrointestinal image reporting 15 February For further information, please check the University prospectus or contact either: Programme Coordinator Recruitment Office Stephen Boynes School of Health Studies Tel:(01274) 236317 Fax:(01274) 236390 Tel: 01274 236365/6/7 or 236544 E-Mail: s.boynes@bradford.ac.uk Tel: 01274 236310 (24 hour answerphone)