MSc/PgDip/PgCert Radiotherapy Planning


Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2017.


Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2017.

In this course, you will gain the essential knowledge and skills necessary for successful radiotherapy planning. It’s a highly focused course that gives you a thorough understanding of the key practices surrounding simulating and evaluating radiation doses for radiotherapy. If you are a therapeutic radiographer, dosimetrist or other healthcare professional working in radiotherapy and oncology, this course can help you develop your knowledge of radiotherapy planning. It’s a highly focused course that gives you a thorough understanding of the key practices surrounding simulating and evaluating radiation doses for radiotherapy. You gain an in-depth understanding of current and future radiotherapy planning issues and, crucially, develop the ability to apply critical thinking skills to practice. You gain general critical thinking and literature skills as well as more specific planning theory and plan evaluation skills. Your studies cover core modules involving fundamental planning theories, plan evaluation, advanced planning and image guided radiotherapy. We also introduce you to research skills, which you use to produce a final dissertation. The course is delivered using our virtual learning environment, known as Blackboard. You don't need to attend the university and you can study via the web in your own time, which means you can fit the course around your clinical work. The web-based learning materials are designed to help improve your radiotherapy knowledge, as well as share experiences with other students through our e-based discussion forum. If you are not confident with computers, help and support is available. There are exit points within this award to allow you to complete with a postgraduate certificate, diploma or an MSc.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2017.

Study mode

Distance without attendance


3 years

Start date


These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2017.

Fundamentals of Radiotherapy Planning (30 Credits) - Core

This module enhances your existing treatment planning knowledge and skills in order to evaluate the impact of 3D planning methods on the process of radiotherapy planning. It promotes critical analysis of the radiotherapy planning process in the context of professional practice. It also offers you the opportunity to enhance and deepen your knowledge and understanding of radiotherapy planning and associated technological developments, to develop a critical evidence-based approach to your practice.

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.

Research Methods for Practice (15 Credits) - Core

This module will allow you to develop a critical understanding of a range of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and apply their use to specific health care scenarios. You are encouraged to critically appraise the appropriateness of a range of study designs and data collection and analysis methods, in relation to a specific research question(s).

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2017.

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course £6400 full course fees

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Contact University and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, January 2017.

Students need to have 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.