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Students gain the essential knowledge and skills necessary for successful radiotherapy planning. This is a highly focused course that provides a thorough understanding of the key practices surrounding simulating and evaluating radiation doses for radiotherapy. Students learn how to simulate and evaluate radiation doses as part of radiotherapy planning; produce a dissertation covering an essential aspect of radiotherapy planning; study via the web at a time that fits with their clinical work; consolidate accreditation of work-based projects and prior certificated learning.

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Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

This module provides an opportunity to conduct a project that is of importance to your professional practice and of relevance to your own workplace or organisation, with the ultimate aim of influencing and impacting on the care provided to those using this service.

Image Guided Radiotherapy  (15 Credits) - Core

Imaging is now an integral part of the radiotherapy process and is essential in ensuring that radiotherapy is planned and delivered in the most accurate way possible. Imaging plays a vital role in helping us maximise the potential of radiotherapy, implement advanced techniques safely, and ensure the best clinical outcomes for cancer patients. Embracing the move towards 4D adaptive radiotherapy, you explore the use of imaging throughout the whole radiotherapy pathway (localisation, planning and delivery). You also explore the fundamental principles and best practice associated with a range of current and future imaging modalities. You develop a critical understanding of the evidence base underpinning these advances and how these may impact on the patient, the service and individual practitioners.

Advanced Radiotherapy Planning (15 Credits) - Core

This module explores and evaluates technological innovations, new developments and future research avenues in all areas of radiotherapy planning. By the end of the module you are able to effectively use the evidence base to critically appraise the impact of technological innovations and improved planning methods on the treatment planning process, appraise the clinical impact on patient quality of life and critically evaluate the appropriateness and applicability of innovations and advanced planning techniques to clinical practice.

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For this course £41 per credit module

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One of the following: a degree in radiotherapy and oncology or therapy radiography or evidence of equivalent study; a diploma of the College of Radiographers or evidence of equivalent study in therapy radiography; a qualification of equivalent standard and relevance, such as a degree or professional qualification in a related healthcare or medical physics subject; if English is not the student’s 1st language they need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

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