Nuclear Medicine Imaging

Part-time study available

3 good reasons to study Nuclear Medicine Imaging at Salford


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

Course Summary

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

During your time with us, you'll tackle four compulsory modules address the fundamental aspects of nuclear medicine required for practice. 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). The Hybrid Imaging module allows you to focus your clinical experience in either SPECT-CT or PET-CT. It covers the theory of image acquisition and clinical applications of both modalities plus the evolving modality of PET-MR.

Course Details

This course is made up of four 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 full course runs full-time for the PgDip element and part-time for the dissertation module if you wish to over year two. The course structure provides you the chance to exit with the following awards:

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

Year 1 - Semester 1

This module will provide you with the basic understanding of nuclear medicine imaging. The module addresses the scientific principles of the modality including the function and physics concerning nuclear medicine imaging equipment, current UK legislation covering radiation protection and medicine management, the clinical applications of imaging the osseous, renal and respiratory system.

Year 1 - Semester 2

This module builds on principles covered in semester one and introduces SPECT (Single photon emission tomography) imaging: image acquisition and clinical applications. This module also introduces PET. opportunites for role development and the relevant legislative arrangements that cover these practices will also be covered. The role of nuclear medicine plays in the patient journey will be explored.

Year 1 - Semester 3 (summer term)

This module looks closely at SPECT-CT and PET-CT imaging in the diagnosis of pathology. In the same way as the preceding modules, there is an integrated approach that looks at the science, clinical applications and clinical practice. You will also be introduced to the evolving PET-MR modaltiy and its current and potential future roles. This module is also available as standalone.

Year 1 - Semester 2 & 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 thius module you will be able to deal with and adapt to complex clinical caseload and conduct competently a range of procedures.

Year 2

Usually a 15,000 word review of evidence, research proposal or project related to your area of professional practice.

Entry Requirements

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).

Accreditation for 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

Radiographers and nuclear medicine technologists. Previous experience in nuclear medicine would be an advantage before commencing the course although this is not essential.

International students are advised to contact the course leader prior to completing an application.

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.


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.


Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine

  • Case study (60%)
  • Critical review of Local Risk assessments (40%)

Advanced concepts of Nuclear Medicine

  • Review article discussing the role of nuclear medicine in disease diagnosis and/or treatment and/or follow-up (60%)
  • Assignment discussing role development and advanced practice in nuclear medicine (40%)

Hybrid Imaging in Nuclear Medicine

  • Technical discussion of hybrid imaging (40%)
  • Portfolio of clinical learning (60%)

Clinically based practices in Nuclear Medicine

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

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.


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. Graduates have gained senior positions in clinical department, industry and in education and research.

Alumni Profile

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.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-timeUK/EU: £6,000 (for year one)

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£6,000: Year One;
£1,600: 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 February 2017.


Some modules will contain practical sessions looking at the science and technique of CT imaging, using the 16 slice toshiba CT scanner.

The x-ray room contains equipment that is of a similar standard and function to that used in the clinical area, and allows students to gain skills in radiographic techniques before commencing clinical blocks.

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

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.