Radiography exists in a changing professional environment and requires practitioners to continually update and review clinical practice.
This course is designed for diagnostic radiographers and provides a flexible framework to prepare you for advanced practice by studying topics relevant to your needs and those of your clinical departments. You can choose to study for a PgCert, PgDip or MSc award.
You may be granted credits for your previous academic and professional qualification through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) scheme. An independent work-based learning module enables you to study around your individual CPD and workplace needs.
|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.|
You will study modules relating to clinical roles, management, practice education, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The postgraduate admissions administrator will help you to choose the most suitable combination of modules depending on your needs.
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.
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.
Contact hours will vary depending on your modules.
Assessment typically comprises of case studies, research protocols, dissertation, essays, portfolios, practical assessment, OSCE and a reflective log book.
We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.
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 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.
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:
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 20 years as a practising radiographer, I decided to extend my studies and career by undertaking Kingston's Radiography MSc. On completing the course, my qualification soon attracted the interest of the University of Ghana, who offered me a post as head of their Department of Radiography, where I am now using my skills to train other technicians.
Ghana has many locally trained radiographers, but there are fewer than 30 who actually hold degrees. I am very keen to share examples of the good healthcare practice I saw in England with radiography students in Africa.
I also manage the CT Scanning Unit at the Korlebu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. The people skills I gained at Kingston are a huge asset in running a department, and the professional leadership techniques I mastered on the course are vital for building relationships with colleagues and students. One of my main challenges will be sourcing funds for more books, journals, computers and teaching aids.
My next goal is to develop an exchange programme with Kingston's Department of Radiography.
Lawrence Arthur, Radiography MSc
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:
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: