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Nuclear Medicine Imaging

MSc/PgDip

School - School of Health Sciences

Subject area - Imaging

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

MSc (19 months part-time)
PgDip (one year)

Fees:

Part-time - £6,000: Year One;
£1,500: Year Two (Dissertation)

In Brief:

  • Receive guidance and tuition from respected nuclear medicine professionals
  • Enjoy access to managed practical sessions in internationally renowned nuclear medicine facilities
  • Gain a qualification that's professionally accredited by the Society of Radiographers
  • Part-time study option

Course Summary

As a healthcare professional, this course offers you a valuable multidisciplinary opportunity to participate in continuing professional development.

During your time with us, you'll tackle five compulsory modules that will develop a deep understanding of the theory of nuclear medicine imaging. Practically, it will allow you develop skills in nuclear medicine that will allow you to practice competently and deal with complex and challenging situations

The course takes a blended approach to learning where you have blocks of attendance at Universtiy for lectures, tutorials and workshops. Supporting these learning activities are online learning through our virtual learning environment (BlackBoard).

The opportunity to come to university and meet your peers is important as it helps develop a sense of community and you are able to support each other through the programme. The time at university is highly valued by students.

You must have a UK-based clinical placement before commencing the course and spend a minimum of 3 days per week in clinical practice (excluding annual leave and weeks at the University). We can advise on this should you not have a placement but please note we cannot arrange it for you. Please contact the programme leader for advice

Course Details

This course is made up of five compulsory modules which integrate theory with the clinical application and practice of nuclear medicine. There is a clinical practice requirement for the duration of the PgDip and you will be required to work closely with a nominated clinical supervisor.

Course Structure

The PGDip runs over one year making use of the three trimesters . The dissertation module continues in year 2 if you wish to continue. There is the option of retuning to complete the MSc after a break in your studies. You are advised to discuss with the programme leader the best option for you.

The course structure provides you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Diploma: five modules over one year
  • Masters: five modules plus a dissertation over a total of 19 months

Year 1 - Trimester 1                    

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate critically the underlying principles of nuclear medicine. This includes equipment function and quality control testing, administration and uptake of radio-pharmaceuticals, processing and display of acquired data. Using published literature, legislation and guidance you will be able to discuss critically the role nuclear medicine plays in patient management. You will be able to make informed choices on the appropriate imaging parameters for studies and assess the range of factors that are critical to successful imaging.                              

Year 1 - Trimester 2                    

This module builds on principles covered in semester trimester one and will allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles of nuclear medicine in advanced techniques such as nuclear cardiology, infection imaging and neurology. The principles of tomographic (SPECT and PET) image acquisition and processing are discussed alongside an evaluation of the role these play in patient management.                        

Year 1 - Trimesters 1 and 2                    

This module looks at the technology of hybrid imaging in nuclear medicine. The module is designed to complement  the Fundamentals and Advanced modules by covering topics of hybrid imaging at a time that is relevant to the other modules. The optimization of dose and image quality in CT and safety and image quality in MR will be covered. You will be able to discuss critically methods of image formation, reconstruction and correction of or fusion with emission data. This module is available as part of the Advanced medical imaging programme or as stand-alone.                  

Year 1 - Trimesters 1, 2 and 3                    

Learning for this module takes place mainly in your clinical department. Within this module you will integrate the theoretical principles covered in the academic modules into your practice. On successful completion of this module you will be able to conduct competently and safely a range of nuclear medicine imaging procedures and adapt to a complex clinical caseload. You will consider opportunities and potential barriers to advance your career in nuclear medicine through role development.            

Year 1 - Trimester 3                    

This module will allow you develop skills in research related to nuclear medicine. Building on the learning activities of the other modules you will develop skills and knowledge in ethical matters, experimental design and dissemination of research findings. An online statistics tutorial package will help in your development of knowledge and skills in data analysis. The module will help prepare you for the dissertation module should you wish to continue to MSc.      

Year 2 - Dissertation                    

Completed following successful completion of 120 credits this module is designed to enable you to develop further an independent and bespoke route to your learning, allowing you to enhance your skills using systematic processes of enquiry to investigate an aspect of professional, clinical or organisational practice. This module is specifically designed to instill an approach to practice that is critically reflective and evidence-based.You will negotiate your option with the module leader, taking account of your professional/practice interests and learning needs, and the expertise available within the research and scholarly community in the Diagnostic Imaging Research Programme. These choices will be underpinned by thorough consideration of research, clinical governance and ethical issues within your practice context and in accordance with University frameworks.

Entry Requirements

2:1 or above.

Accreditation of prior learning and experience will be considered should you not fit this criterion. Please contact the programme leader for advice.

Applicants are welcome from any graduate of a health care related course. Non-traditional entry is considered on an individual basis although previous experience of working in health care would be an advantage. For successful entry onto the course you should have a clinical placement for the duration of the PgDip course.

You should normally posses an honours degree or a vocational award together with evidence of further learning.

We welcome applications from students with alternative qualifications and/or significant relevant experience, subject to approval through a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

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).

You must have access to a clinical case load and we ask that you are able to spend an equivalent of at least three days per week during your studies to gain clinical experience. We will ask you to complete a clinical verification form and your department to complete a letter of agreement for your clinical experience.  

We are unable to arrange clinical placements for you but can advise you on what you should do.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. 

You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.atas.fco.gov.uk/

Suitable For

The programme is suitable for radiographers wishing to specialize or nuclear medicine technologists wanting to further their studies in nuclear medicine. Applications are welcome from BSc(hons) radiography, healthcare science or other health related degree. Non-graduates are welcome to apply but for an application to be successful they should be able to meet the requirements for APEL through the submission of a suitable portfolio. Please contact the programme leader for details.

Some experience in nuclear medicine is desirable. Advice on prior experience can be provided by the programme leader.

Applicant profile

The programme team will offer you support in all aspects of the course. In order for you to successfully complete this course you should be able to manage your work load and take a responsibility for your learning.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£6,000: Year One;
£1,500: Year Two (Dissertation)

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.

Teaching

Your learning will be delivered through lectures, seminars, onlnie learning and group work.

You'll receive support from course tutors over email and via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you can access discussion boards, online lectures, podcasts, videos and other learning materials.

Assessment

Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine

  • Description and justification of a quality control procedure for a gamma camera (50%)
  • Critique and justification of a clinical imaging protocol (50%)

Advanced concepts of Nuclear Medicine

  • Case Study written in a style suitable for publication (100%

Scientific Principles of Hybrid Imaging in Nuclear Medicine

  • Electronic exam (2 hours) (100%)

Clinically based practices in Nuclear Medicine

  • Objective structured clinical examination (30%)
  • Portfolio of clinical learning and experience (70%)

Statistics and Research Methods in nuclear medicine

  • Portfolio of learning (100%)

Your learning will be delivered through lectures, seminars, onlnie learning and group work.

You'll receive support from course tutors over email and via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you can access discussion boards, online lectures, podcasts, videos and other learning materials.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Andrew Tootell Course leader.

Andrew is course leader for the Nuclear Medicine Imaging course since August 2009. He is a qualified radiographer and has worked in a number of large radiology departments in the Northwest. He gained his MSc in 2004 from the University of Salford.

As well as working full-time at the University, Andrew continues to maintain his clinical skills in nuclear medicine and radiography.

Andrew is currently working towards his PhD where he is investigating the radiation dose associated with low dose CT scanning that is carried out as part of SPECT-CT examinations.

He has a number of publications to his name in the field of radiography, radiography education and nuclear medicine and has presented at number of national and international conferences.

For more information on Andrew Tootell's research.

Employability

Career Prospects

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge that will qualify you for additional roles and responsibilities, which, in turn will enhance your career opportunities. You will have the knowledge and skills to be able to work in any nuclear medicine department. You will have developed knowledge and skills in research and will be able to evaluate critically published literature and use this to inform practice. You will have skills in creating and disseminating original.

Graduates of this programme have gained senior positions in clinical departments, industry and in education and research.

Links with Industry

The programme team is made up of academic and clinical staff form a range of professional backgrounds including radiographers, clinical technologists, physicists, radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. Staff have a wealth of experience in practice and research to ensure the course content is current.

We have strong links with industry especially in the North West, for example, during the SPECT and Fundamentals module there will be practical session at the Nuclear Medicine Department in the Christie Hospital and the Central Manchester Nuclear Medicine Department. Likewise during the Hybrid Imaging module there will be a practical session at the Central Manchester Nuclear Medicine Department.

Facilities

During the scientific principles of hybrid imaging module you will have access to the University’s CT scanner where you will be able to undertake practical workshops.

We have an extensive collection of anatomical and physics phantoms and dosimetry equipment that is available to students undertaking the dissertation module.

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