The MSc Diagnostic Radiography is an accelerated pre-registration programme for students with a primary degree in a subject other than diagnostic radiography. The programme uses the learning and teaching methods that best supports students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attributes commensurate with radiography practice.
The aim of this programme is to provide each student with an excellent educational experience both in the academic and clinical environments.
The constantly advancing and evolving nature of healthcare requires that our programme not only prepares students for current healthcare practice but that it produces graduates who will act as agents for future change and progress. We therefore aim to equip our graduates with the clinical and research skills, and professional attributes required to work and develop as competent clinicians, researchers and agents for change within the evolving healthcare environment. The diagnostic radiography programme is to be situated in the School of Clinical Therapies, part of the College of Medicine and Health. The College is located in the western end of the UCC campus and enjoys state of the art facilities where radiography will be co-located.
Clinical Placements will take place in the hospitals of the South /South West Hospital Group and some private centres; these include Cork University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, University Hospital Waterford; Kerry General Hospital; South Tipperary General Hospital; South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital; Bantry General Hospital; Mallow General Hospital and the Bons Secours Hospital Cork.
This programme is a 2 year full-time programme over three semesters per year. Students will attend lectures from 9h00 to 5pm daily, with some dedicated time to independent learning, during semesters 1, 2 and 3. During semesters 2 and 3, students will be on clinical placement for a total of 14 weeks. There are three clinical placement blocks in semester 2 and 3 of year 1 and four clinical placement blocks (total of 20 weeks) spread throughout the 3 semesters in year 2. Students need to engage in approximately 1200 hours of supervised clinical practice to meet regulatory requirements. There is the opportunity to carry out a three week elective clinical placement for those students wishing to encounter other hospital experiences.
Students will need to complete a short research proposal and complete a research project of limited scope.
Why Choose This Course
This currently is the only MSc (Pre-Registration) Diagnostic Radiography programme in Ireland. The unique sponsorship for each candidate on this course offers a fantastic financial opportunity to the candidates. The agreed commitment for 15 students to provide 2 years work in the SSWHG post-graduation also offers the student security and a valuable opportunity to gain experience to enhance their future employability.
Students accepted on the MSc in Diagnostic Radiography will be part sponsored by the Health Service Executive South\South West Hospital Group (SSWHG). The students will be funded 5,000 Euro's per annum towards the total fee of 11,000 Euro's. The sponsorship from the SSWHG is subject to agreeing a commitment to working in the SSWHG hospitals as required and assigned for 2 years post completion of the programme.
This dedicated Graduate Entry programme offers an accelerated route for graduates from any clinical or science related discipline to gain a recognised qualification in diagnostic radiography. This postgraduate course will prepare graduates for success in a competitive jobs market.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Clinical education is an integral and invaluable component of the programme. It is strongly embedded within the course structure. Preceding campus-based studies provide the skills and knowledge which students require in order to be prepared for their placements. The course will offer a balance of university and practice-based experiences with students completing over 1200 hours of clinical placement in sites around the South/South West hospital Group (SSWHG) and other private hospitals in the South/South West region of Ireland. This experience will provide the students with all the necessary skill set to work in other hospitals both in Ireland and abroad.