Radiography: Medical Imaging (Mammography) PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Why choose this course?

Mammography exists in a changing professional environment and requires practitioners to continually update and review clinical practice. These courses provide a flexible framework to prepare you for advanced practice by studying topics relevant to your needs and those of your clinical departments.

You may be granted credits for your previous academic and professional qualification through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) scheme. You can take individual modules as 'free standing' as part of your continuing professional development (CPD). An independent work-based learning module enables you to study around your individual CPD and workplace needs.

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 2–5 years Normally five days per module Flexible start between September to June depending on initial module start date. For module dates, see available modules below.

Please note: this programme is only available to home/EU students.

Location This course is taught at a range of partnership sites, depending on the study route taken.

2020/21 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2020/21 (i.e. between August 2020 and July 2021), please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2020/21 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2020/21. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas Course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • These courses are delivered in partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London. You will benefit from the expertise and facilities of both institutions.
  • State-of-the-art facilities include VERT, a treatment planning suite and a diagnostic radiography simulation suite comprising two X-ray tubes, X-ray table, erect bucky, mobile machine, image intensifier and four ultrasound machines. Imaging facilities include computed radiography and digital radiography.
  • Mammography pathways are delivered in collaboration with two specialist breast screening units.

What you will study

You will study modules relating to breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care; management; supervisory and assessment roles; quality issues; research methods and ethics; as well as taking a module of independent study to meet a particular professional need or interest.

Some of the modules are developed in partnership with the Jarvis National Breast Screening Training Centre and South West London (St George's) National Breast Screening Training Centre.

Modules

Core modules

Professional Practice in Mammography 1

30 credits

This module runs concurrently with Professional Practice in Mammography 2 (RA7014). The module introduces students to the basic knowledge and skills in mammography to enable them to develop professional clinical competencies. The module will also develop critical evaluation of the basic mammographic technique in the clinical environment. Core factual material is provided via keynote lectures during attendance of the identified academic week.

Satisfactory completion of both Professional Practice in Mammography modules (1 & 2) confers eligibility for application to the College of Radiographers for the Postgraduate Award in Mammography Practice.

Professional Practice in Mammography 2

30 credits

This module runs concurrently with Professional Practice in Mammography 1 (RA7013). It further develops the knowledge and skills obtained from Professional Practice in Mammography 1 (RA7013) module and introduces additional mammographic assessment technique and associated breast pathologies. The module will also develop the student's role as a mentor enabling educational support to junior colleagues. Core factual material is provided via the keynote lectures during attendance of the identified academic week.

Satisfactory completion of both Professional Practice in Mammography modules (1 & 2) confers eligibility for application to the College of Radiographers for the Postgraduate Award in Mammography Practice.

Research and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare

30 credits

The module is designed to foster an understanding of the research process, hone skills of critical appraisal and develop research skills as applied to both quantitative and qualitative research. The delivery follows a logical progression which starts with the scientific process and hypothesis formulation and ends with the production of a research protocol. Along the way reviewing the literature, selecting an appropriate research method, sampling, data collection analysis and presentation and ethical issues are covered. The module has preparatory work, a taught component and self-directed learning/assignment time. The taught component is delivered in two parts, a two day introduction/critical reasoning component and a five day research methods component. The preparation time prior to the two periods of attendance, the guided study/exercises between the two periods of attendance and the self-directed learning/assignment time after the second period of attendance are equally important parts of the module as a whole. The preparatory work includes pre-reading of recommended texts and the basic critique/critical analysis of provided materials, papers and evidence with the emphasis being on the ease of information extraction and strength of evidence. StudySpace is used to support learning and provide clarification and practice via student based activities.

Dissertation (for MSc)

60 credits

This module builds upon the principles outlined and knowledge acquired during the Research and Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare module (RA7015). It provides the component beyond postgraduate diploma to enable the completion of a Masters degree. Professionals are consistently expected to be able to provide an evidence base to prove the effectiveness of their professional interventions. This module provides students with the experience of utilising all principles of research design. Following submission and approval of a dissertation proposal the student is provided with a project supervisor to facilitate support for both the project and dissemination material. The students will be required to undertake an independent piece of research study into a topic relevant to their own field. The aim of the module is to develop in-depth theoretical, analytical and research skills.

Available modules

Advanced Principles and Practice of Breast Interventional Techniques

30 credits

This module is designed around attendance of 2-3 days to provide the foundation for both the academic and clinical components of a variety of breast interventions, either using either X-ray or ultrasound guidance. It is then followed by 12 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare. This is a very student centered module in that each student designs their own learning outcomes, in addition to those given in the module descriptor. This enables them to personalise the outcome to their scope(s) of practice of interventional methods, within the Breast Screening Unit or Imaging department. The assessments are equally adaptable being a Logbook of clinical cases, plus a Portfolio with several listed components such as a Mapping Document, Theoretical mini-essays, Audit on practice and self-assessment, and a Reflective Summary.

Advanced Practice - Negotiated Independent Work Based Learning

30 credits

This module is an independent learning module that is available to a wide range of practitioners and of particular value to Advanced Practitioners or those preparing for an advanced practice role. In consultation with the module leader, students will identify a particular topic that is of interest to them or pertinent to their practice or role. This negotiated specified area of practice forms the foundation of the module; students will address each learning outcome in relation to their specified area of practice. The module learning outcomes and activities are generic and based around the knowledge and skills required in order to be able to effectively function as an Advanced Practitioner.

Clinical Breast Examination and Client Communication

30 credits

This module is designed around an attendance of one week to provide the foundation for understanding and relating all of the key processes involved in breast diagnosis. It is then followed by 6 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare. This develops and extends the participants' clinical expertise necessary to contribute to the multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis of breast disease. It will facilitate the participants' decision making skills based on a broad appreciation of the tools and techniques that underpin the diagnosis of breast abnormalities and incorporates both academic and clinical components. The module will also facilitate and enhance the necessary development and application of the participant's communication, counselling and interpersonal skills and will include interactive participatory learning.

Contemporary Practice in Breast Cancer Genetics and Diagnosis

30 credits

This module is designed for multi-disciplinary healthcare practitioners working in the field of breast cancer diagnosis and care. This module will develop and extend the participants' clinical expertise necessary to contribute to the multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis of breast disease. It will facilitate the participants' broader appreciation of the tools and techniques that underpin the diagnosis of breast abnormalities from the academic perspective. The module will explore a full range of current and future practice relating to modern and developing breast cancer services.

Cross-sectional Imaging - Diagnostic

30 credits

This module is designed for diagnostic radiographers and will be delivered jointly with the Cross Sectional Imaging - Therapeutic (RA7005b) module. Although the contents of the two modules are similar, there are distinct differences in the application of practice which will be evident in the assessment presentation. The module will bring together the physical principles and clinical applications of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The aim of the module is to help diagnostic radiographers at all levels to make effective and safe use of contemporary imaging systems found in imaging departments. In addition by critically exploring technological advances in cross sectional imaging systems the module will also help prepare the radiographer for the future developments in imaging practice.

Interpretation and Reporting in Mammography

30 credits

This module is designed around an attendance of one week to provide the foundation for understanding and relating all of the key processes involved in ‘reading' breast images followed by 9 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare. This module is designed for health care professionals, such as breast clinicians or radiographers who wish to perform as Advanced Practitioners. It is related to the image interpretation of screening mammograms, detecting & identifying any abnormalities, classifying those possible abnormalities, and then making a decision on the likely probabilities whether to recall the woman for further clinical assessment, with all the associated patient anxieties. The module assessment components consist of evaluating clinical skills, self-analysis, and academic skills of essay writing on an associated topic.

Management of Resources and Quality within Healthcare

30 credits

This module is designed for healthcare professionals undertaking professional and managerial tasks. The module can be taken as an option module for any pathway. The module focuses on making effective use of resources; adding value to personal and organisational effectiveness such that quality of service can be achieved. The module aims raise awareness of key concepts and theory associated that can be applied in order to manage people, co-ordinate streams of activity and achieve quality outcome measures. The module explores a range of contemporary issues and highlights the impact of these on the provision of service to the clients. The assessment utilises Problem Based Learning and encourages students to consider practical solutions in the context of practice which is complex and multifaceted in nature.

PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) Administration

30 credits

This module provides you with a broad overview of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) from image capture and storage, to operational management within the modern healthcare environment. The module aims to develop the knowledge required to enable Healthcare Professionals to provide effective day to day PACS administration within a modern radiology department.

In addition, you will be able to appreciate the application of digital imaging technologies at an advanced level within your own working practice. This knowledge will in turn lay the foundation for a more strategic managerial understanding of the use of digital imaging systems as a critical part of radiology service management.

Practice Education and Mentorship

30 credits

This module is of value to practitioners who educate and mentor learners within the clinical setting. The module focuses on developing appropriate knowledge and skills in order to effectively facilitate the development of others. Throughout the module students draw upon their clinical experiences and relate these to theoretical frameworks. The module places emphasis on the development of self, through personal development planning. Throughout the module participants engage with a wide range of learning activities which augment learning and act as a foundation for reflection.

Satisfactory completion of Practice Education and Mentorship confers eligibility for accreditation under the College of Radiographers Practice Educators Accreditation Scheme (PEAS).

Ultrasound of the Breast

30 credits

This module is designed around an attendance of one week to provide the foundation for understanding and relating all of the key processes involved in breast diagnosis. This is then followed by 6 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare. The module is designed to provide the academic and clinical components to enable students to fulfil their role in reviewing current application and uses of ultrasound to detect and evaluate breast abnormalities and then to interpret and report on findings. It will facilitate the participants' decision making skills based on a broad appreciation of the equipment available and scanning techniques that underpin the diagnosis of breast abnormalities. The module also focuses on the necessary physical processes underlying safe ultrasound practice.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

What you need to apply for this course

  • Degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography.
  • Evidence of the academic potential needed to study at postgraduate level, either at a personal interview or through professional references and examples of previous academic work.
  • You must also have mentoring support from appropriate personnel at your workplace for those modules with a clinical element.
  • Students who are undertaking modules that incorporate a clinical component conducted within a UK NHS trust need to be registered with UK Health and Care Professions Council.

International

Please note: this programme is only available to home/EU students.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0.

Teaching and assessment

The postgraduate admissions administrator will help you choose the most suitable combination of modules depending on your needs. Some of the modules are developed in partnership with a range of healthcare providers.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS – the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Contact hours will vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises of case studies, research protocols, dissertation, essays, portfolios, practical assessment, OSCE and a reflective log book.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Who teaches this course?

This course is delivered by the Department of Radiography (within the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education) in collaboration with the following centres across London and the UK:

  • the Jarvis Breast Screening Centre, Guildford
  • the Rose Breast Screening Centre at St George's Hospital, Tooting
  • The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is a unique partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

This means you benefit from the experience and facilities of two complementary institutions.

Kingston University has a long-established reputation for high-quality, vocationally relevant education.

St George's, University of London combines teaching and research excellence in areas directly applicable to healthcare sciences.

The combination of academics and expert practitioners gives the Faculty a uniquely dynamic environment in which to further your studies and your career. We also have strong links with the NHS, education and other healthcare providers and social services.

We offer classic postgraduate programmes alongside research and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities.

Fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • 30 credit module price: £1,800
  • This is equivalent to £3,600 for a PG Cert, £7,200 for a PG Dip and £10,800 for a Masters
  • PgCert Professional Practice in Mammography £4,100 (applicants currently holding or requiring a visa to work in the UK would be subject to international fees, in this instance the PgCert Professional Practice in Mammography would be £7,500)

Facilities

The unique partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London means you have access to excellent resources across two organisations. You will benefit from a modern environment with the latest equipment, including:

  • clinical teaching facilities;
  • dedicated radiography resources, including: a radiography lecture suite, with a practical room and other learning materials; two X-ray sets enabling you to gain simulated practical experience under safe conditions; anatomical models and other educational materials; virtual simulation suite; eclipse treatment planning suite; and a comprehensive image library with viewing arrangements;
  • computing facilities at both Kingston University and St George's, University of London including a range of software applications, plus free email and internet access; and
  • dedicated Graduate Centres on each Kingston University campus, providing seminar rooms, computing facilities and social spaces.

You can also access libraries at:

  • Kingston University campus - offering online database subscriptions, resource materials, PC clusters and a wireless network for laptop use, as well as subject libraries;
  • St George's, University of London including a specialist medicine and health sciences collection of more than 42,000 books, videotapes and multimedia materials;
  • Clinical teaching/assessment resources at the Jarvis breast screening centre; and
  • Postgraduate centres at clinical placement sites.

Resources in London

Kingston is just a 30 minute train journey away from central London. Here you can access a wealth of professional resources, including the Society of Radiographers and many top hospitals. For example, many students make use of the British Institute of Radiology Library, incorporating the College of Radiographers Library.

After you graduate

Graduate destinations

  • Advanced practitioner
  • Consultancy
  • Researcher
  • PhD

What our students say

I have enjoyed my five years with Kingston University as a part-time postgraduate student. Even though it has been hard work and demanding on top of a full-time job, it has been worth all the effort. 

As a radiographer in Coventry Breast Screening Unit, I had initially achieved a mammography film-reading postgraduate certificate at Salford University and then transferred to Kingston to do the research methods and digital imaging modules. After this I studied clinical-based modules, which were pertinent to my job of assessing and diagnosing breast conditions, before attempting the daunting task of my dissertation, with help and encouragement from my supervisors each step of the way.

With support from the staff at the Faculty, my workplace and my family, I gave my all to achieve my MSc, and also won a prize. However, all was not finished. With the breast screening programme extending its age range and more women passing through our department, there was a desperate need for a consultant radiographer. As I lacked a breast ultrasound qualification, I returned to Kingston to take this.

All is behind me now and the consultancy post is achievable - the Kingston programme has been enormously beneficial to my career. I have also been invited to be a guest lecturer, and my dissertation has been published in a medical journal. Overall, the MSc programme offers more than a qualification. The rewards have been so worthwhile.

Sue Garnett, Radiography Medical Imaging (Mammography) MSc

Links with the health sector

Close links with the NHS and other healthcare providers give a practical basis to our courses. They also help to ensure your studies are up-to-date and relevant to the current and future needs of the workplace.

Many of our modules on our suite of Radiography courses are taught in partnership with healthcare providers, including:

You will also benefit from:

  • teaching from staff who are fully qualified in their area of expertise many are also expert practitioners;
  • collaboration with clinical colleagues from a variety of health and social care institutions, including St George's Hospital;
  • teaching input from NHS staff; and
  • courses that are developed with input from NHS staff.

Current research in this subject

Many of our staff in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education are research active, often in partnership with NHS trusts and the Jarvis Breast screening Centre. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies. 

Research themes and programmes include: 

Changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19

Changes detailed here are for students joining this course in the academic year 2020/21 (i.e. between August 2020 and July 2021).

Course information (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Composition of the course

We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Modules

We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.

Entry requirements (changes for 2020/21 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.

Teaching (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.

While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.

Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. from September 2020 to December 2020) should be available by the end of August 2020. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.

Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Staff (changes for 2020/21 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.

The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to students to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. MSc, as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Additional (changes for 2020/21 entry)

International students

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

Students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities

The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students best interest, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.