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Radiotherapy / MSc Radiotherapy (top up) Postgraduate Diploma

University of Liverpool

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary


This full-time professional programme, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and Society and College of Radiographers is intended for graduates from a health, science, biomedical or social science background.

This programme is studied full time over two calendar years, commencing in semester two (January). It is a vocational programme, taught and assessed predominately at level 7 and includes a research dissertation in the final year. The programme structure follows the University Framework for Modular Postgraduate Programmes. The programme is a mixture of academic and clinical placement blocks, with 50 weeks of the programme delivered at the University integrated with 43 weeks of professional, clinical placement. The blocks of radiotherapy clinical placement will be delivered in the three main Cancer Centres in the North West of England – The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (and its two Satellite centres), the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (and its satellite centre) and Rosemere Cancer Centre.

Students normally complete the PGDip in 2 years, this enables successful graduates to apply for HCPC registration to work as Therapeutic Radiographers with the NHS in the UK. The programme will equip you with the radiotherapy knowledge and clinical skills developed in both the academic and practice settings. This will prepare you to plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment accurately to patients, whilst at the same time supporting them, their families and carers throughout their radiotherapy journey. This programme is for Graduate entry with up to 24 places available each year. On qualification there are excellent job and career prospects. Currently graduates from University of Liverpool have 100% employment rates. Many graduates have worked abroad and in the private sector. HCPC registration is recognised in many overseas countries; however you may have to apply to the registration body of the country in which you wish to work.

On completion of the PGDip, students will then have the opportunity to continue with an MSc on a part time basis over 12 months. Students undertaking the MSc Radiotherapy (top up), will already be in employment. Completion of your MSc dissertation will further develop your critical thinking and analytical skills through the completion and dissemination of independent radiotherapy related research.

Career prospects

Successful completion of this programme will enable these postgraduate diplomates to apply for registration as a therapeutic radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC). Registration is essential for working in the NHS in the United Kingdom. At the present time, there is 100% employability for our diplomates upon programme completion. With the advent of the proton beam therapy developments in Manchester and London (due to treat their first patients in 2018), the need for therapeutic radiographers within the UK is set to rise significantly.

The Society and College of Radiographers is the professional body for radiographers and completion of the programme resulting in the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Radiotherapy confers eligibility to apply for membership.

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University of Liverpool

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    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching that relates to the professions including medicine, dentistry, business, law, architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised themes: personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, digital, heritage, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
Extensive support network in place for International students. Students can take advantage of a meet and greet service and 'Hello International!' welcome.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 42 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 181
    134 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95.0 95%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%


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