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Year of Entry 2019/20

Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice

Become a qualified therapeutic radiographer able to make a difference to the lives of cancer patients through therapy and research.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? January

Course summary

  • Learn practical skills in facilities boasting the most advanced radiography teaching equipment in the world
  • Study under a lecturing team who are all qualified radiographers involved in research at a national level
  • Qualify for registration as a therapeutic radiographer through the Health and Care Professions Council.

Medical, technological and professional advances mean the role of the therapeutic radiographer is ever changing. By qualifying in this area you are able to respond to the increasing demand for therapeutic radiographers in the health service.

Student success story
Yasmin Korchinsky

‘I am passionate about cancer treatment and have always wanted to work with people. This course was perfect in combining the two. I was offered three jobs at excellent hospitals as a result of completing this challenging, yet very rewarding course.’
Yasmin Korchinsky, MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice, 2017 graduate.

How you learn

Initially your studies focus on the theoretical knowledge you need for your clinical experience. You also learn to look at the complete picture from the view of the patient, healthcare team and associated scientific principles. Gradually you learn to apply theory to practice and tailor treatment to each patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • practical sessions
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual assignments
  • personal and professional development portfolio
  • clinical assessment and appraisal
  • case studies
  • formatively assessed learning packages
  • placement reports
  • vivadissertation

Course leaders and tutors

Keeley Rosbottom
Keeley Rosbottom
Senior Lecturer

Keeley Rosbottom is a Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology and the Professional Development Facilitator at Royal Derby Hospital

Applied learning

Work placements

You will be on clinical placement throughout the two years of the course. This will take place at one of the following departments: St James' Hospital in Leeds, James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, Castle Hill Hospital in Hull or Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital, Royal Derby Hospital, Nottingham City hospital, Leicester and Lincoln. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Networking opportunities

In addition to the course's in-house expertise, we invite guest lecturers that are leaders in their field to teach. You also meet and hear from ex-patients who share their experiences of treatment.

CPD Online, part of our CPD Anywhere framework, is being offered free to new graduates of this course for 12 months, as part of our commitment to support your lifelong learning. CPD Online is an online learning environment which provides information to help your transition into the workplace. It can enhance your employability and provide opportunities to take part in and evidence continuing professional development to help meet professional body and statutory requirements.

Future careers

After successfully completing the course and registering with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) you will be qualified to work in radiotherapy departments throughout the UK and overseas. This prepares you for a career in particular areas of clinical practice such as: management, quality assurance, treatment planning, patient information, counselling, teaching


This course is pending accreditation by the College of Radiographers.

This course is subject to approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and apply to become members of the Society and College of Radiographers. You must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to practise as a therapeutic radiographer in the UK.

Student success story
Angela Cooke

‘This course combines technical skills with caring skills. Knowing that you’ve had a role in a patient’s cancer treatment is the most rewarding thing I have ever experienced.’

Angela Cooke, MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • state-of-the-art virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT)
  • 20 networked eclipse planning computers
  • 10 image review licences

Entry requirements

All students

An honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.2 or above in a related healthcare subject or science including psychology, sociology, biology, health sciences, sport sciences, engineering and humanities.


A professional qualification at degree level including teaching, nursing, social work or an allied health profession.


GCSE's in

  • Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents***
  • *GCSE Science equivalents

    • OCR Science level 2
    • Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma quualification
    • Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
    • Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    **GCSE Math's equivalents

    • Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
    • Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    ***GCSE English equivalents

    • Level 2 Literacy
    • Level 2 Key Skills


If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration

Helping your application succeed


Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of Therapeutic Radiographer. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in the allied health professions please take a look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics.

There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the Therapeutic Radiography profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a radiotherapy and oncology course.

You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.

Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions

Visiting a Radiotherapy Department

As part of the entry criteria you must attend a visit to a Radiotherapy department. During this visit you are assessed by the clinical staff as to your suitability for the course and the profession. We can assist with arranging a departmental visit to any one of our 9 placement sites. Please download our prospective student visitation guide and contact the admissions tutor Joanna McNamara to arrange. We advise applicants to attend a departmental visit prior to a selection event if they can, as this will assist you during the interview.


You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
  • Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
  • Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

Occupational Health Screening

You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.


You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health and social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

Other professional suitability information

Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our disability coordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day

Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book a visit please follow this link: University open days

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Body Systems And Anatomical Image Interpretation Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Competence For Practice 1 Credits: 1.00 Assessment: &:nbsp;
Module: Introduction To Professional Practice Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Personal And Professional Development 1 Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Principles Of Oncology, Radiotherapy And Technology 1 Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Competence For Practice 2 Credits: 1.00 Assessment: &:nbsp;
Module: Dissertation Credits: 45.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Personal And Professional Development 2 Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Principles Of Oncology, Radiotherapy And Technology 2 Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year. Please visit our health and social care funding pages for more information. † 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.

† 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.

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Health and social care funding

Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

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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.

Apply for January 2020

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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