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Musculoskeletal Radiographic Image Interpretation

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This module aims to provide the theoretical underpinning knowledge by which you can develop and evidence your competence to formulate clinical reports of musculoskeletal radiographs and support service improvement and outcomes within your department. It is designed to help evidence your role as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in relation to Health Education England's framework for Advanced Clinical Practice.

Who the module is aimed at

This module is specifically designed for those looking to provide formal clinical reports of musculoskeletal radiographs in practice.  It is aimed at health professionals already involved in clinical reporting and wanting to expand their scope of practice, or those wishing to move into clinical reporting and taken as part of a postgraduate award.

What you learn

You will learn the theoretical principles of musculoskeletal radiographic image interpretation which, alongside work-based learning in your department, will develop your competence to provide clinical reports of musculoskeletal radiographs.

General areas covered

  • Systematic approach to musculoskeletal radiographic image interpretation
  • Normal, abnormal, and normal variant appearances of musculoskeletal radiographs across a wide range of pathologies, including trauma, arthritis, metabolic disease, and bone tumours
  • Role of musculoskeletal radiographs in relation to alternative imaging modalities
  • Your role in relation to clinical reporting of musculoskeletal radiographs and advanced clinical practice
  • Producing a clinical audit to demonstrate your on-going competence

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

The skills and knowledge developed in the academic setting will be directly applied to the clinical environment.  With the support of your mentor. you will develop the attributes required for a role in clinical reporting of musculoskeletal radiographs, and be able to evidence your competence to provide accurate and effective clinical reports, as well as other aspects of your practice related to the four pillars of advanced clinical practice.

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

As a distance learning programme of study, you will be able to work around your other personal and work commitments and study at a time and place to suit you.  Supporting your academic studies, you will be expected to have dedicated time to help develop your clinical expertise.

To Study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Fees and Funding for 2021/22

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,415

EU / International students: £1,415 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF 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 Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    Each application is assessed individually but normally an applicant would require:

    • A first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a relevant health care subject (e.g. BSc Diagnostic Radiography)
    • If you are undertaking this as a standalone module, then normally you would need to evidence that you are already working in an advanced clinical practice / clinical reporting role with an existing relevant postgraduate qualification
    • Manager/employer support and a nominated mentor(s)/supervisor(s) already working in a clinical reporting role (e.g. Radiologist/Advanced Practitioner Radiographer), with an agreement of normally 2 days per week for study (to be agreed before an unconditional offer is made)
    • Where English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and no individual element below 5.5.
    • Access to a reliable internet connection and basic skills in IT

    (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 has two planned intakes as follows:

    September 2021 
    January 2022 

    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:

    • Phase Test
    • Assessed Placement
    • Coursework

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

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Denise Foulkes - or contact the student experience team:

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