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Future Directions in Radiotherapy and Oncology

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This module aims to facilitate critical appraisal of current and future directions in radiotherapy and oncology. The emphasis is on exploring how these will impact on service users and working practices. This is an evolving module that will critically evaluate the impact of changes in policy and on-going advances or developments in a rapidly changing and specialised area of practice.

Who the course is aimed at

This module is aimed at Therapy Radiographers and health care professionals working in the radiotherapy and oncology field.

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

The module learning outcomes have a clear focus on, not only acquisition of knowledge but the development of academic, professional and transferable skills that can be applied in practice and used positively to enhance your service and your own career progression.

What you learn

  • To demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of current and future issues and challenges in radiotherapy and oncology and discuss these in the context of policy drivers, research literature and current trials.
  • To make informed judgements about current or future service delivery by critically evaluating advances in the profession including the novel or experimental in radiotherapy and oncology.
  • To critically appraise the relevant literature relating to current and future issues and challenges, and use this to critically evaluate their impact on the service, individual professions and service users.

General areas covered – indicative content

  • Treatment delivery in radiotherapy including technological advances and considerations; for example, IMRT, tomotherapy, particle therapy, intra-operative radiotherapy, stereotactic, and manufacturer presentations.
  • Oncology principles and practice including the novel and experimental
  • Technical/patient care innovations and their impact on service delivery
  • Contemporary issues and current challenges in practice
  • Current policy and guidance in radiotherapy and oncology

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

  • Evidenced based practice
  • Reflective practice
  • Critical appraisal and analysis

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

Pending accreditation by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)

To study this distance learning module you will require access to 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 2021/22

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,375

International students: £1,375 - 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 Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support
    • Reliable internet access
    • 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 during w/c 28th September 2020 with online induction activities during w/c 18th September 2020.  

    This module is delivered via distance learning.  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:

    • Coursework

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

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Rob Appleyard - r.m.appleyard@shu.ac.uk or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2373

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