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MSc 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.

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

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous placements have taken place at St James' Hospital in Leeds, Royal Derby Hospital, James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Lincoln County Hospital, The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, Nottingham City Hospital, Castle Hill Hospital in Hull and Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital.

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.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

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

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S10 2BP

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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

UK students

This course is subject to approval

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus

• an honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.1 or above in a related healthcare subject or science including psychology, sociology, biology, health sciences, sport sciences, engineering and humanities or a

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

Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

We expect all applicants to provide evidence of continuing professional development in their current professional area.

*GCSE maths and English equivalent

• equivalency test from

*GCSE science equivalents

• OCR science level 2

• science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification

• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)

• science equivalency test from


If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 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 & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

This course is only open to home or EU assessed students.

Applications are closed for 2016. We are now accepting applications for 2017 entry.

Other entry requirements

Applicants must

• have passed the British Council-s English language test (IELTS) with a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) if you are from a non-English speaking country

• be committed and enthusiastic about a career in radiotherapy and oncology and demonstrate a good understanding of the role. A visit to a radiotherapy and oncology department is essential to develop this understanding.

• have excellent communication skills and a caring personality with empathy for patients

• show evidence of the ability to act as part of a team, be reliable and show initiative

• be physically fit and satisfy certain criteria for Health Service employment

• have spent at least one day in a radiotherapy department prior to your selection event, and provide evidence of it. Download our department visit guide for further information.

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

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.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any

• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.

• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments

• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

You also need to complete

• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.

• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by the University.

• a pre-course day

If you fail to comply with any of these requirements your offer could be withdrawn.

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.

Disability support

If you are a disabled person or have a long term health condition, you are advised to read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) booklet: A disabled persons guide to becoming a health professional.

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 HCPC standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement. You can contact our disability co-ordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) to discuss any queries you may have.

The Disability Disclosure booklet also 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

As this profession can involve strenuous physical, psychological and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.

Credit for prior learning and experience

You may be able to claim credit for previous study or experience, which will count towards this award. However, we do not normally allow you to claim credit for the professional issues and practice and the clinical education modules.

EU and 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.


Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Body Systems And Anatomical Image Interpretation Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
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: 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

Please visit our health and social care funding pages for more information.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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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.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for January 2019

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