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Contemporary Radiotherapy Planning Practice

Technical Advances in Radiotherapy
Technical Advances in Radiotherapy
Technical Advances in Radiotherapy
Technical Advances in Radiotherapy


This module aims to facilitate enhancement of existing treatment planning knowledge and skills in order to evaluate the impact of 3D planning methods on the process of radiotherapy planning. It also seeks to promote critical analysis of the radiotherapy planning process in the context of professional practice. It will offer you the opportunity to enhance and deepen your knowledge and understanding of radiotherapy planning and associated technological developments, to develop a critical evidence-based approach to your practice.

Who the module is aimed at 

This module is aimed at Therapy Radiographers and Dosimetrists working in the radiotherapy and oncology field.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the core fundamental principles underpinning current and future practice within the specific discipline of radiotherapy and the wider field of oncology.

What you learn 

By engaging successfully with this module a student will be able to

  • Discuss the causes of inaccuracies arising during the pre-treatment processes and methods of assessing and accounting for them
  • Critically assess the effects of normal tissue sensitivity and dose limitations in the decision making process of radiotherapy planning
  • Develop, justify and utilise evidence-based criteria for the critical analysis of 3D radiation treatment plans in a range of body sites
  • Effectively use the literature to critically evaluate and make judgements about published evidence in the context of radiotherapy planning practice

General areas covered 

  • Planning computer hardware and software improvements
  • Planning variables and their effect on dose distribution
  • ICRU 50/62/83 dose specification, volumes and margins
  • Impact of tumour and normal tissue radiobiology on planning process
  • Advanced imaging techniques and fusion
  • Algorithms
  • Inverse planning
  • IMRT - Basics
  • 4DCT
  • Planning procedures for brachytherapy 1
  • Planned electrons

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills 

  • Reflective practice
  • Critical appraisal and evaluation
  • Evidence based practice

Unique or interesting features 

You will have regular online opportunities to discuss and share practice and ideas with others on the module and gain feedback from your tutor.

Professional recognition

Accredited by Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a planning suite and a computer with

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer  

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,335

International students: £1,335 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Access to radiotherapy planning software is ideally required
    • Reliable internet connection
    • If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area

    The above must be evidenced in your application form


  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery from week commencing 30th September 2019 with online induction taking place from week commencing 23rd September 2019.  The module is normally delivered over a 12 week period.

    For distance learning modules attendance at the University is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Practice Portfolio

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Sheela Macwan - or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 2373

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