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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Blended learning

  • Start date

    MAY-21, OCT-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

This part-time course is for radiographers who are currently working in a clinical environment within mammography services and who want to develop advanced level clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice. A postgraduate qualification in Mammography is essential for radiographers working within the National Breast Screening Programmes.

This modular, practice-based course will enable you to follow a pathway within mammography leading to advancement in specialist clinical skills. The course is run in partnership with the Scottish Mammography Education Centre based at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre in Glasgow.

Why QMU?

  • This collaborative course allows you to benefit from input from practice-based experts and professional academics.
  • You will have a named clinical trainer throughout your time studying on the PgCert Mammography.

Course overview

If you are a radiographer working in breast imaging this course will give you the skills you need to become a safe and competent breast imaging specialist. The course puts great importance on the link between theory and practical skills, with the practice-based learning element structured to promote the development of advanced-level clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in clinical practice. These skills will strengthen your ability to work as part of the multidisciplinary team. Cutting-edge issues of theory and research in mammography will be critically examined to enable you to focus, extend, develop and strengthen skills in mammography to a level of advanced professional competence.

There is a work-based learning element, which is structured to promote the development of advanced-level operational skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Teaching, learning and assessment

As this course places the student at the heart of the learning process, you will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. You will attend classes at the beginning of each module at the Scottish Mammography Education Centre in Glasgow and then carry out further independent work.

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach. Lectures introduce theoretical concepts; specialist talks give an insight on identified areas of breast imaging; tutorials explore some syllabus areas in more depth and practical learning takes place in your workplace. ‘The Hub’ virtual learning environment is used as an interactive learning resource throughout the modules.


This course is part of continuing professional development and is designed to improve the delivery of the breast care service. Gaining this qualification may enhance your career prospects within the profession of radiography.

Tuition fees

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 30 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 181
    153 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    98 98%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%



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