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Mammography - MSc

This MSc in Mammography course is for radiographers who are currently working in a clinical environment within mammography services and who want to 性用社 advanced level clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice.

A postgraduate qualification in mammography is essential for radiographers working within the National Breast Screening Programmes. This modular, practice-based MSc in Mammography course will enable you to follow a pathway within mammography leading to advancement in specialist clinical skills.

The course is run in partnership with the Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging (SABI) based at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre in Glasgow. It is delivered part time over 1-7 years.

Why 性用社?

  • Collaboration provides the optimum learning experience: The collaboration between 性用社 and Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging (SABI) allows you to benefit from input from practice-based NHS clinical experts and professional higher education academics. This collaborative approach has allowed SABI and 性用社 to work together for over 20 years in delivering breast imaging courses both in Scotland and further afield to the wider UK and Ireland.听
  • Flexible study route: Delivered part-time, this course fits ideally around your work commitments.
  • Expertise: You will be taught by the SABI Clinical Training Team and NHS radiologists, consultant radiographers, breast surgeons, advanced practice mammographers, breast care nurses, and other NHS professionals working with breast care services.听
  • Support: You will have a named clinical trainer throughout your time studying on the PgCert Mammography who will support you both clinically and academically while you study with us.听
  • Professional accreditation: The course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.听

Mammography (MSc): More information and what you will achieve

This course will give you the skills needed to become a safe and competent breast imaging specialist. It puts great importance on the link between theory and practical skills, with the practice-based learning element structured to promote the 性用社ment of advanced-level clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in clinical practice. These skills will strengthen your ability to work as part of the multidisciplinary team.

Cutting-edge issues of theory and research in mammography will be critically examined to enable you to focus, extend, 性用社 and strengthen skills in mammography to a level of advanced professional competence.

There is a work-based learning element, which is structured to promote the 性用社ment of advanced-level operational skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice.

How will I be taught?

Structure and exit awards

You can opt to study for the full MSc (180 credits), a PgDip (120 credits) or a PgCert (60 credits).

You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for continuing professional 性用社ment (CPD). On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

As this course places the student at the heart of the learning process, you will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. You will either attend classes online or at SABI in Glasgow and then carry out further independent work.

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach. Lectures introduce theoretical concepts: specialist talks give an insight on identified areas of breast imaging, tutorials explore some syllabus areas in more depth, and practical learning takes place in your workplace. 鈥楾he Hub鈥 virtual learning environment is used as an interactive learning resource throughout the modules.

A variety of assessment methods are used including essays, portfolios, presentations, practice-based assessments and case studies.

Placements/work-based learning

There is no formal placement on this course, but there is a work-based learning element that you will carry out with your current employer.

Teaching hours and attendance

For the three modules required for completion of the PgCert Mammography, students will attend online teaching blocks and attend either the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre or South East of Scotland Breast Screening Centre for one week of clinical training with a SABI Clinical Trainer. For additional specialist clinical skills modules students will attend for five days. The Research Methods, Education and Dissertation modules are delivered online.

Class sizes

Class sizes are variable and can range from approximately 8-25.

Teaching staff

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.

Modules

To obtain a PgCert Mammography, you will complete the following modules:

  • Mammography and Person-Centred Care (20 credits)
  • Mammography Practice-Based Learning (20 credits)
  • Advanced Mammography Skills (20 credits)

To obtain a PgDip (120 credits), you could also complete a combination of the following modules:

  • Research Methods (20/30 credits)
  • Mammographic Image Interpretation (40 credits)
  • X-Ray Guided Interventional Breast Procedures (20 credits)
  • Clinical Breast Examination and Communication (20 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Breast Ultrasound (60 credits).

To obtain an MSc (180 credits), you must complete a dissertation (60 credits)

NB The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2022) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, 性用社 will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Career opportunities

This course is part of CPD and is designed to improve the delivery of the breast care service. Gaining this qualification may enhance your career prospects within the profession of radiography.

Start dates

PgCert Mammography:听March, August & November

PgDip/MSc:听September

Mammographic Image Interpretation: March

X-Ray Guided Interventional Breast Procedures: October

Clinical Breast Examination and Communication: November

Mammography (MSc): Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

  • A degree or diploma in Diagnostic Radiography or Therapeutic Radiography with HCPC registration, or equivalent.
  • Current employment in a clinical environment offering mammography experience.
  • Some modules may require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and have the support of a line manager and work place mentor.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at听IELTS 7 (no less than 6.5 in any element) or equivalent.听

Recognition of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.

Applying for this course

If you are applying for Research Methods or any module associated with the Advancing Practice in Health Framework then apply directly via the 性用社 University application by clicking 鈥楢pply for the Course鈥 at the top right hand side of this page.

If you are applying for Mammography specific modules run by SABI then contact Maureen McAuley (Maureen.McAuley@ggc.scot.nhs.uk). If you are unsure and want to discuss options then please contact Simon Holmes (simon.holmes@ggc.scot.nhs.uk).

Application deadline

None

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2024/25 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

More information and contacts

Please contact Maureen McAuley听for further information.

If you have any queries specifically regards the Research Methods module or the dissertation, please contact Elisabeth Taylor (Collaborative Academic Lead, 性用社)

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Course Overview

Delivery
Blended (at Scottish Academy of Breast Imaging, Glasgow and some online)
Duration
1-7 years part time
Start Date
September 2024
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
SCQF Level
11

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