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Year of Entry 2021/22

Radiotherapy Planning Practice

Distance learning Radiotherapy and oncology

Gain essential knowledge and skills required for successful radiotherapy planning, on this convenient online course.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £8,490 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? September 2021
January 2022

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Course summary

  • Develop an understanding of the key practices surrounding simulating and evaluating radiation doses for radiotherapy.
  • Learn to apply critical thinking skills regarding current and future radiotherapy planning issues to practice.
  • Gain research skills and apply them in your final dissertation.
  • Work around your own commitments and requirements, with exceptional online support and resources.

On this course, you'll study remotely around your existing radiotherapy position, and enhance your clinical practices as you do so. You'll benefit from excellent web–based learning materials, and a supportive online community of students and lecturers. Upon graduating, you'll have attained worthwhile specialist skills and qualifications.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Sheela Macwan talk about this course.

We supply you with a range of online learning resources, including access to library resources and databases. Each module provides clear guidance on how to approach your self–directed study, enhanced by online, tutor–facilitated discussions.

This course meets the workforce transformation needs of employers, and your development needs as a healthcare professional by offering clear, flexible study routes, enabling you to specialise or transform your practice or career.

You can study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

You learn through

  • online materials
  • project and research work
  • case studies

Course leaders and tutors

Sheela Macwan
Sheela Macwan
Senior Lecturer and Professional Development Facilitator

Sheela is the Course leader for MSc Radiotherapy Planning Practice and MSc Advancing Professional Practice.

Applied learning

Work placements

This is a post–registration course, supporting practitioners already working in this field. As such, much of the learning and assessment you undertake will be related to, and based on, the work you are undertaking in your local practice.

Live projects

In the final masters stage you research a specific area of interest relevant to your professional role and priorities in radiotherapy planning practice. This enables you to specialise in your chosen topic, develop expertise and hopefully influence practice or policy.

Networking opportunities

You will have regular opportunities to engage in online discussions with your peers during your study on the range of modules available to you. These tutor–directed activities enable you to share your ideas and experiences from your local practice and make connections with other individuals who have common goals and may face similar challenges. On some modules, you may also have the opportunity to communicate with experts in the field of Radiotherapy Planning or other related topics, for example, during the delivery of a live webinar.

Future careers

This course enhances your existing career as a:

  • radiotherapist
  • dosimetrist
  • clinical scientist
  • oncologist


This course is accredited by the College of Radiographers.

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Equipment and facilities

  • You will require access to a Radiotherapy Planning suite and a planning computer.

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualifications

Normally, applicants will hold a first degree or professional qualification which is recognised in the UK in a related health care subject. A first degree in a relevant subject for example BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology .A Diploma of the College of Radiographers (T) or evidence of equivalent study in therapy radiography. A qualification deemed to be of equivalent standard and relevance e.g. a degree in a related health care or medical physics subject.

Other formally certified qualifications

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be accepted. Applicants will be considered on other relevant evidence which may include for example documented evidence of recent CPD activity, innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects and/or publications. Such evidence must be clearly described in any application. Applicants are usually required to provide at least one reference evidencing their capability for postgraduate study.

Level of English language capability

International students studying with us over distance learning require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area.

Relevant work or work-related experience

Applicants must usually have 12 months full time (or equivalent part time) experience and normally be working in a professional role in a related field of health and wellbeing.

Applicants must have access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement and have sound IT skills. Access to radiotherapy planning computers/software within their workplace is also ideal.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Radiotherapy Planning Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Image Guided Radiotherapy Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advancing Radiotherapy Planning Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Breast Cancer Radiotherapy Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Expert Practice For Extended Roles Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Head And Neck Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Interprofessional Education (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Practical
Module: Planning Service Improvement Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radiotherapy Planning And Applied Oncology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation 60 Credits Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£710 for 15 credits or £1,415 for 30 credits).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£710 for 15 credits or £1,415 for 30 credits).

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Radiotherapy and oncology courses (PDF)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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