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Year of Entry 2020/21

Enhanced Diagnostic Imaging Practice

Distance learning Diagnostic radiography

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,240 for the course
International: £8,240 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? September 2020
January 2021

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Course summary

  • Complete your learning at a time and place that suits your own circumstances.
  • Enhance your skills and employability in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Select elective modules to help focus your learning around your own role.
  • Develop your theoretical knowledge of image interpretation to improve your practice.

This distance learning course is designed for health professionals who use diagnostic imaging and in their current role, including diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, radiation technologists, physiotherapists, nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, junior doctors, and podiatrists. It allows practitioners useful flexibility in furthering their skills.

Graduate view
Mark Spriggs

'I would recommend the course because it pushes the boundaries of your knowledge with gradually increasing difficulty- without being overwhelming. It's made me feel more confident in clinical practice with diagnostic images.'

Mark Spriggs, MSc Enhanced Diagnostic Imaging Practice student

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Denise Foulkes talk about this course.

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

Learning for this course is based on distance learning. A series of formative assessments facilitate learning, and allows for the identification of learning needs.

Whilst predominantly focussed around radiographic image interpretation, the course also allows you to develop your understanding of a range of imaging modalities and enhance your skills in areas such as research, leadership, and education.

You learn through:

  • online presentations and live collaborative
  • forums
  • case studies
  • e-tivities online resources and textbooks

Course leaders and tutors

Denise Foulkes
Denise Foulkes
Senior Lecturer

Denise joined Hallam as a full-time Senior Lecturer in 2015. She has worked for many years as a Senior Reporting Radiographer at a local trust where her roles spanne … Read more

Applied learning

Live project

Discussion of ideas is encouraged throughout the module and participants are regularly challenged to question, explain and explore topics under consideration. Application of learning and justification of practice is strengthened by the use of questioning, peer-review, and asynchronous or synchronous online conferencing (such as the use of discussion boards and Blackboard Collaborate). A number of these activities reflect approaches which may be encountered in practice. The online discussion board and collaborate sessions will be used to provide tutorial support, peer support and share learning.

Future careers

This course enhances your existing career in

  • diagnostic imaging
  • teaching and academia
  • research

Where will I study?

You study at your own location by distance learning

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualification

All applications are assessed individually but normally require:

  • A relevant healthcare degree level qualification, or equivalent, recognised in the UK.
  • You must be a recognised and approved health professional in your own country, registered to practice professionally.
  • Have experience of using diagnostic imaging in your current role.
  • If applying straight from your first degree, a 1st or 2.1 honours classification.
  • You must satisfy the admissions team of your ability to complete the course.

Professional qualifications include:

  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography
  • Radiation Technologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners
  • Junior Doctors
  • Podiatrists.

Other formally certified qualifications

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be considered. 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

Where English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and no individual element below 5.5.

Relevant work or work-related experience

Applicants will be motivated and prepared to study independently and autonomously. They must be prepared to embrace the challenges of Masters level study including online distance learning, have access to a computer with reliable internet connection to support engagement, and have sound IT skills. The ability to use Microsoft Word and Power Point. Applicants will also need to have access to diagnostic Images in their current practice

The programme is intellectually challenging and applicants should be prepared to actively contribute to discussion and debate; critically reflect upon own and others’ practice and; explore and evaluate the evidence base underpinning their chosen course of study.

Use of Prior Credit (RPL): prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the programme in the following ways:

Through the University's recognition of prior learning (RPL) process it may be possible for applicants to be exempt from some modules of the programme.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) (previously known as accreditation for prior learning or APL)

Through the University's recognition of prior learning (RPL) process it may be possible for applicants to be exempt from some modules of the programme.

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: Abdominal Imaging Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Awareness Of Error In Diagnostic Imaging Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Chest Radiographic Image Interpretation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals Of Musculoskeletal Radiographic Image Interpretation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Cross-Sectional Imaging Credits: 15
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15
Module: Fundamentals Of Computed Tomography (Ct) Head Image Interpretation Credits: 15
Module: Leadership In Practice Credits: 15
Module: Learning And Teaching For Practice Credits: 15
Module: Theory Of Abdominal Ultrasound Credits: 15
Module: Theory Of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Credits: 15

Final year

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

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £8,240 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£690 for 15 credits or £1,375 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £8,240 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£690 for 15 credits or £1,375 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 Diagnostic radiography courses (PDF)

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