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Radiotherapy Practice - Advanced

Course Details
The aim of this course is to enable students to build on their current skills set, through teaching and their own research, in order to work at an advanced level within the radiotherapy department and/or the radiotherapy treatment planning area. The course will develop students’ knowledge and skills in the advanced radiation therapy management of cancer patients and to enable students to critically evaluate and participate in research in this area.

The M.Sc. uses a range of authentic assessments which give students the opportunity to produce assessed work which is highly relevant to the clinical environment and which develops independent life-long learning skills.

This M.Sc. course has two separate strands:
1. Advanced Radiotherapy Practice
2. Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning

Strand 1: Advanced Radiotherapy Practice
This course aims to develop students' knowledge and skills in the advanced radiotherapy management of cancer patients and to enable students to critically evaluate and participate in research in this area. The course will provide knowledge of advanced clinical practice for radiation therapists, develop the role of the radiation therapist and provide skills required to further research into cancer management in the radiotherapy department.

• On completion of this strand, students will be able to demonstrate:
• The ability to use evidence-based medicine to underpin their radiation therapy practice
• Proficiency in undertaking research in the field of radiation therapy
• An understanding of management processes and their application in oncology
• An understanding of the biological consequences of ionising radiation exposure and its potential in cancer treatment
• Familiarity with radiological anatomy and the acquisition of optimal imaging for radiotherapy.
• Understand the principles of contouring and become proficient in contouring for prostate radiotherapy.

Strand 2: Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning
This course develops students' skills in the area of radiotherapy treatment planning. All components of treatment planning are taught from 3D Conformal Radiotherapy to IMRT treatment planning and treatment planning for specialist techniques such as stereotactic radiotherapy and brachytherapy.

On completion of this strand, students will be able to:
• Prepare 3D and IMRT treatment plans
• Analyse and discuss treatment plans for specialist techniques
• Undertaking research in the field of radiation therapy treatment planning
• Identify radiological anatomy and discuss optimal imaging for radiotherapy, from diagnosis to on-treatment verification.
• Understand the principles of contouring and become proficient in contouring for prostate radiotherapy.

For both strands, Year 1 consists of six taught modules (60 ECTS). Students who progress to Year 2 will undertake a research dissertation (30 ECTS). Students who pass the taught component and have completed 60 ECTS may exit with a postgraduate diploma if they do not wish to proceed to the dissertation in Year 2.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applications will be accepted from those who:
• Hold a primary honours degree ( minimum grade II.1 ) in Radiation Therapy or Medical Physics or hold an equivalent qualification
• Have confirmed access to a treatment planning department. Candidates cannot be accepted onto the programme unless they have access organised at the time of application
• Prospective candidates may be interviewed.
• Otherwise satisfy the course admission committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Duration

2 years part-time

Further enquiries

Course Director(s): Michelle Leech
Course Coordinator(s): Laura Mullaney
Course Email(s): laura.mullaney@tcd.ie
Course Tel(s): 353 1 896 3254

Application date

Closing Date 30 June 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2017

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