Postgraduate MSc

Nuclear Medicine Imaging

School of Health and Society

Part-time

Attendance

19 month

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

As a healthcare professional, this course offers you a valuable multidisciplinary opportunity to participate in continuing professional development.

During your time with us, you'll tackle five compulsory modules that will develop a deep understanding of the theory of nuclear medicine imaging. Practically, it will allow you to develop skills in nuclear medicine that will allow you to practice competently and deal with complex and challenging situations

The course takes a blended approach to learning where you have blocks of attendance at Universtiy for lectures, tutorials and workshops. Supporting these learning activities are online learning through our virtual learning environment (BlackBoard).

The opportunity to come to university and meet your peers is important as it helps to develop a sense of community and you are able to support each other through the programme. The time at university is highly valued by students.

You must have a UK-based clinical placement before commencing the course and spend a minimum of 3 days per week in clinical practice (excluding annual leave and weeks at the University). We can advise on this should you not have a placement but please note we cannot arrange it for you. Please contact the programme leader for advice

 

You will:
  • Gain a qualification that's professionally accredited by the Society of Radiograpghers
  • Enjoy access to managed practical sessions in internationally renowned nuclear medicine facilities
  • Receive guidance and tuition from respected nuclear medicine professionals

This is for you if...

1.

You want to specialist in nuclear medicine.

2.

You have the ability to work and communicate well with all types of people.

3.

You have great interpersonal skills.

Course details

All about the course

This course is made up of five compulsory modules which integrate theory with the clinical application and practice of nuclear medicine. There is a clinical practice requirement for the duration of the PgDip and you will be required to work closely with a nominated clinical supervisor.

The PGDip runs over one-year making use of the three trimesters. The dissertation module continues in year 2 if you wish to continue. There is the option of returning to complete the MSc after a break in your studies. You are advised to discuss with the programme leader the best option for you.

The course structure provides you with the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Diploma: five modules over one year
  • Master's: five modules plus a dissertation over a total of 19 months
Year one

Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate critically the underlying principles of nuclear medicine. This includes equipment function and quality control testing, administration and uptake of radio-pharmaceuticals, processing and display of acquired data. Using published literature, legislation and guidance you will be able to discuss critically the role nuclear medicine plays in patient management. You will be able to make informed choices on the appropriate imaging parameters for studies and assess the range of factors that are critical to successful imaging.

Advanced Concepts in Nuclear Medicine

This module builds on principles covered in semester trimester one and will allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles of nuclear medicine in advanced techniques such as nuclear cardiology, infection imaging and neurology. The principles of tomographic (SPECT and PET) image acquisition and processing are discussed alongside an evaluation of the role these play in patient management.

Scientific Principles of Hybrid Imaging

This module looks at the technology of hybrid imaging in nuclear medicine. The module is designed to complement the Fundamentals and Advanced modules by covering topics of hybrid imaging at a time that is relevant to the other modules. The optimization of dose and image quality in CT and safety and image quality in MR will be covered. You will be able to discuss critically methods of image formation, reconstruction and correction of or fusion with emission data. This module is available as part of the Advanced medical imaging programme or as stand-alone.

Clinically based Practices in Nuclear Medicine

Learning for this module takes place mainly in your clinical department. Within this module, you will integrate the theoretical principles covered in the academic modules into your practice. On successful completion of this module, you will be able to conduct competently and safely a range of nuclear medicine imaging procedures and adapt to a complex clinical caseload. You will consider opportunities and potential barriers to advance your career in nuclear medicine through role development.

Statistics and Research Methods in Nuclear Medicine

This module will allow you to develop skills in research related to nuclear medicine. Building on the learning activities of the other modules you will develop skills and knowledge in ethical matters, experimental design and dissemination of research findings. An online statistics tutorial package will help in your development of knowledge and skills in data analysis. The module will help prepare you for the dissertation module should you wish to continue to MSc.

Year two

Dissertation

Completed following successful completion of 120 credits this module is designed to enable you to develop further an independent and bespoke route to your learning, allowing you to enhance your skills using systematic processes of enquiry to investigate an aspect of professional, clinical or organisational practice. This module is specifically designed to instil an approach to practice that is critically reflective and evidence-based. You will negotiate your option with the module leader, taking account of your professional/practice interests and learning needs, and the expertise available within the research and scholarly community in the Diagnostic Imaging Research Programme. These choices will be underpinned by a thorough consideration of research, clinical governance and ethical issues within your practice context and in accordance with University frameworks.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Your learning will be delivered through lectures, seminars, online learning and group work.

You'll receive support from course tutors over email and via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you can access discussion boards, online lectures, podcasts, videos and other learning materials.

ASSESSMENT

Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine

  • Description and justification of a quality control procedure for a gamma camera (50%)
  • Critique and justification of a clinical imaging protocol (50%)

Advanced concepts of Nuclear Medicine

  • Case Study wrote in a style suitable for publication (100%

Scientific Principles of Hybrid Imaging in Nuclear Medicine

  • Electronic exam (2 hours) (100%)

Clinically based practices in Nuclear Medicine

  • Objective structured clinical examination (30%)
  • Portfolio of clinical learning and experience (70%)

Statistics and Research Methods in nuclear medicine

  • Portfolio of learning (100%)

Your learning will be delivered through lectures, seminars, online learning and group work. 

You'll receive support from course tutors over email and via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you can access discussion boards, online lectures, podcasts, videos and other learning materials. 

Staff profiles

Andrew Tootell Course leader.

Andrew is is a qualified radiographer and has worked in a number of large radiology departments in the Northwest.

As well as working full-time at the University, Andrew continues to maintain his clinical skills in nuclear medicine and radiography.

Andrew is currently working towards his PhD where he is investigating the radiation dose associated with low dose CT scanning that is carried out as part of SPECT-CT examinations.

He has a number of publications to his name in the field of radiography, radiography education and nuclear medicine and has presented a number of national and international conferences.

For more information on Andrew Tootell's research.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Facilities

During the scientific principles of hybrid imaging module, you will have access to the University’s CT scanner where you will be able to undertake practical workshops.

We have an extensive collection of anatomical and physics phantoms and dosimeter equipment that is available to students undertaking the dissertation module.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge that will qualify you for additional roles and responsibilities, which, in turn will enhance your career opportunities. You will have the knowledge and skills to be able to work in any nuclear medicine department. You will have developed knowledge and skills in research and will be able to evaluate critically published literature and use this to inform practice. You will have skills in creating and disseminating original.

Graduates of this programme have gained senior positions in clinical departments, industry and in education and research.

Career Links

The programme team is made up of academic and clinical staff form a range of professional backgrounds including radiographers, clinical technologists, physicists, radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. Staff have a wealth of experience in practice and research to ensure the course content is current.

We have strong links with industry especially in the North West, for example, during the SPECT and Fundamentals module, there will be a practical session at the Nuclear Medicine Department in the Christie Hospital and the Central Manchester Nuclear Medicine Department. Likewise, during the Hybrid Imaging module, there will be a practical session at the Central Manchester Nuclear Medicine Department.

Requirements

What you need to know

You must have a UK-based clinical placement before commencing the course and spend a minimum of 3 days per week in clinical practice (excluding annual leave and weeks at the University). We can advise on this should you not have a placement but please note we cannot arrange it for you. Please contact the programme leader for advice.

English language requirements 

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

2:1 or above in any health care related course.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

PgCert: £2,592

PgDip: £5,184

Dissertation only: £2,592

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,776per year
Part-time 2019 £1,296 per 30 credit module/ £648 per 15 credit module
Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020