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MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice

Study this course and become a qualified therapeutic radiographer able to make a difference to the lives of cancer patients through therapy and research. You learn practical skills in facilities that include some of the most advanced radiography teaching equipment in the world.

Course length 2 Years
Location Collegiate Campus

Course description

If you are a non-radiotherapy graduate who would like to become a registered therapeutic radiographer, this postgraduate course in radiotherapy and oncology will prepare you to become one. By graduating from this course, you are allowed to register for this role through the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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

Your on-campus training is based at the £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building. Here you use the state-of-the-art virtual environment for radiotherapy training (VERT). It creates a life-size 3D replica of a clinical environment. We also have 20 networked eclipse planning computers and 10 image review licences with specialist staff on hand to teach you radiotherapy planning and image matching. We are one of the only universities outside of the USA that can offer these facilities.

You get real insights into all aspects of radiography with our professionally approved teaching programme. You learn from a lecturing team who are all qualified radiographers involved in research at a national level.

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

As part of the course, you gain important clinical experience in one of our nine participating hospitals. This gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake and develop your professional role.

Clinical placements may be taken in

• St James' Hospital, Leeds

• Royal Derby Hospital

• James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

• Leicester Royal Infirmary

• Lincoln County Hospital

• The Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

• Nottingham City Hospital

• Castle Hill Hospital, Hull

• Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield.

To begin with, your studies focus on the theoretical knowledge you need for your clinical experience. We encourage you to question and analyse, not simply accept the theory wholesale. You also learn to look at the complete picture from the view of the • patient • healthcare team • associated scientific principles.

You gradually learn to apply theory to practice and tailor treatment to each patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues.

Your studies enable you to develop and adapt your clinical expertise through reflective practice. You learn to analyse and evaluate your experience as you gain and develop new skills and competencies and to look for areas that need changing.

The course is designed in response to recent government initiatives to • modernise healthcare education • increase recruitment into the health service • improve cancer care services.

Radiotherapy open days

To build your knowledge and understanding of radiotherapy and oncology you may be interested in attending an open day at one of our partner hospitals. More information about current opportunities to attend a hospital open day are shown here

CPD online

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.

For further information, visit the CPD Anywhere™ website at www.shu.ac.uk/faculties/hwb/cpd/anywhere.

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.

Professional recognition

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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 www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*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 www.equivalencytesting.co.uk


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.

Course structure

Full-time – two years
Starts January 2018

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• fundamentals of radiotherapy and oncology • radiotherapy and oncology principles 1 • principles of physics and technology • application of radiotherapy and oncology practice • competence for practice

Year two modules

• radiotherapy and oncology principles 2 and 3 • imaging, planning treatment and delivery • application of radiotherapy and oncology practice 2 • competence for practice 2

  • individual assignments
  • personal and professional development portfolio
  • clinical assessment and appraisal
  • case studies
  • formatively assessed learning packages
  • placement reports
  • viva
  • dissertation


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. Opportunities exist to specialise in particular areas of clinical practice such as • management • quality assurance • treatment planning • patient information/counselling.

Alternatively, you may choose to enter the teaching profession.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

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

International student

2017/18 academic year

This course is not open to international applicants as it exceeds the 50% placement threshold and therefore does not comply with the UK visa regulations.

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 information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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