Applied Orthopaedic Radiology - Single module
Level 7 (30 credits)

NHS Funding available
Part-time study available

3 good reasons to study Applied Orthopaedic Radiology - Single module at Salford


Gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different imaging modalities as applied to clinical orthopaedic practice


Improve the interpretation of radiographs, ultrasound and MRI in orthopaedic management


Taught by consultant radiologist active in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in practice

Course Summary

The course aims to provide an anatomical based approach providing background knowledge to clinical disorders and typical imaging features.

The course will provide a structured approach in image interpretation with particular emphasis applied to plain radiographs and MRI imaging.

It provides you with the opportunity to study and be taught by experts in the field and an opportunity for hands-on ultrasound workshops.

The curricula will cover shoulder, elbow, wrist, Hip, knee , ankle and foot imaging and spines, as appropriate to your field of practice. Bone tumours and arthritides shall also be covered.

Entry Requirements

  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent health care degree or qualification in medicine equivalent to MBBS
  • Specialist interest in Spinal Orthopaedics
  • Doctor, nurse or therapist wishing to specialise within this area
  • IELTS minimum 6.5 with no element below 6

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

Aimed at surgical Trainees/orthopaedic surgical trainees (Foundation level and above), sports physicians, specialist orthopaedic allied health professionals and nurses wishing to expand their knowledge & skills at a Masters level.


This course is delivered part-time and offers a flexible approach. The course is delivered by a blend of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory based session.

Attendance is required on 4 days over the semester. The remainder is on-line study and support, including live sessions with tutors. Student directed e-learning tasks, and formative assessments will be delivered in a variety of formats.

A number of strategies have been designed to integrate this into your practice for those taking the programme part-time. Both part-time and full-time students will be assigned a clinical tutor who will assist in guiding students through complex cases.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Critically appraise and debate the role of differing imaging modalities in the practise of orthopaedic radiology.    
  • Gain an understanding of the diagnostic tests available and their relation to basic science in the role in imaging.  
  • Critically analyse the patient clinical information and produce an informed clinically reasoned pathway for investigation.
  • Critically reflect on their own performance to develop self and practice in orthopaedic radiology.
  • Develop clear communication strategies when presenting analysis of imaging in relation to a wide range of patients with different ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Synthesise information in relation to clinical governance and legal and ethical issues in relation to imaging in a wide range of patients in orthopaedics.


Students will be assessed by a series of multiple choice questions (20mins) and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (40 mins).

Each will constitute 50% of the final mark and both components must be passed.  


Career Prospects

You can enhance your career progression in your orthopaedic and/or sports management within your profession by demonstrating increased skills in image appreciation.

This module will assist orthopaedic doctors and other specialists in image interpretation. These are valuable skills that are required to assess and manage patients effectively in practice.

Contact with a range of specialists including Radiologists, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists.

Links with Industry

The module offers strong links with the NHS partners and consultants and experts within their field. These include University Hospitals of South Manchester (Wythenshawe Hospital), Salford Royal NHS Trust, Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Experts include Consultant Radiologists, Professor Waqar A Bhatti, MBChB FRCS(Ed) DMRD FRCR

Waqar specialises in musculoskeletal and sports radiology.

On appointment as a consultant to the University Hospital of South Manchester he developed the first comprehensive musculoskeletal ultrasound and arthrography service in Manchester in 2001 and has a busy practise in latest musculoskeletal interventional procedures such a s platelet rich plasma therapy and high volume saline therapy for Tendon disorders. He is one of the first to be practising shoulder hydrodistension in the management of the frozen shoulder with excellent audited results.

Waqar is one the named radiologists for leading premiership and European cup winning football teams and provides radiological support to a number of Rugby clubs locally in Manchester and other teams in the North West.

He provided also ultrasound support for the Olympic teams and events based in Manchester.

In addition to his radiology qualifications, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and holds a Diploma in Medical Radiodiagnosis from the University Of Liverpool.

Waqar lectures nationally and has been invited speaker at the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, British Orthopeadic Association and Master Course for Arthroscopic Shoulder surgery.

Waqar is a regular presenter internationally and has received CUM Laude awards and two certificates of merit for presentations at the Radiological Society of North America Annual meeting Chicago – 2008, 2009 and 2010.

And Consultant Radiologists, Dr Amit Herwadker,  Dr Jonathan Harris Dr Reda Braham and Dr Rakesh Meehan.

Further Study

Opportunity to combine the module with other specialist modules to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (2 x 30 credit modules) or Postgraduate Diploma (4 x 30 credit modules) in addition to completing a full MSc in your chosen area of orthopaedics.

  • MSc Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics: Upper Limb
  • MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics: Lower Limb
  • MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics: Spinal  

Fees and Funding

Applying for postgraduate Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University.

North West SHA-SLA funded applications

If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system:

Self funded applications

If you are self funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.


We support the teaching of radiographic skills with the use of a dedicated imaging suite.

The X-ray room contains equipment that is of a similar standard and function to that used in the clinical area and allows you to gain skills in radiographic techniques.

In addition the room also contains a mobile fluoroscopy unit used mainly for project work, and a dedicated ultrasound unit used for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Medical imaging is a highly technical diagnostic tool and developments in technology are constantly being made. We have recently invested £55,000 to purchase and install an Agfa Computed Radiography facility in the imaging suite.