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Computed Tomography

Course Overview
This Masters programme is aimed at radiographers working in clinical computed tomography (CT). It has been developed to encompass current technological advances in Multidetector CT and to provide a platform for discussion of clinical and evidence-based CT practice.

The course aims to foster the individual, personal and professional development of the postgraduate radiographer, in order to achieve a high level of competence in CT scanning. It endeavours to cultivate a critically questioning approach to CT practice and fosters the necessary skills to apply knowledge in relation to complex decision-making. It also encourages radiographers to advance research in the field of CT.

Who Should Take This Course?
Applicants must have at least one year's post-qualification experience in diagnostic radiography and must have at least three months experience in CT before commencing the course. Successful applicants must be working in a CT department for the duration of the course. The MSc CT builds on the skills gained during the Graduate Diploma in CT, focusing on advanced CT applications, research and state-of the-art technological developments.

The MSc CT leads to a UCD Level 4 award (equivalent to NQAI Level 9) and takes sixteen months to complete. It is delivered in five modules: two technology modules, two professional practice modules and one advanced CT Imaging module. The technology and professional practice modules are shared with the Graduate Diploma in CT.

Developments in CT scanning have opened up new clinical applications and have led to improvements in the diagnosis of disease. The MSc CT builds on appropriate existing clinical practice skills to enable radiographers to become specialists in CT imaging. This course confers clinical competence and thus there is an emphasis on the development of clinical skills and integration of theory and practice. During the course, students must undertake a minimum of 900 clinical hours under the guidance of a named clinical supervisor to gain the necessary specialist clinical skills in CT scanning.

Entry requirements

Criteria for standard entry applicants
• This programme is open to any radiographer with at least one year post qualification experience.
• Candidates must have Department of Health approval to practise radiography in Ireland or Health Professions Council approval to practise radiography in the UK & Northern Ireland.
• All candidates are required to undertake a minimum of three months of clinical work experience in CT scanning prior to commencing the course and provide documented evidence of this.
• All candidates must arrange their own clinical placement and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 900 hours gaining practical experience in CT over the duration of the programme.
• Candidates are required to arrange for a suitably qualified clinical supervisor to oversee their clinical experience and must provide these details to the Academic Programme Director.
• A Clinical Declaration Form CT must be signed by your Radiographic Services Manager, indicating agreement to provide the requisite number of clinical hour during the course and confirming the requisite pre-course clinical experience in CT. This must be submitted together with other necessary documentation specified in the online application process.

Eligibility criteria for applicants with existing postgraduate qualification in CT
Candidates holding an existing Graduate Diploma or equivalent in CT who wish to pursue the award of MSc in CT may, subject to approval by the Academic Programme Director and Graduate Taught Programmes Committee, apply for accreditation of prior learning for part of the 90 credits required for the award of MSc. Applications will be considered on an individual basis once they have satisfied the entry requirements and the Universities accreditation of prior learning policy. Applicants may sometimes be required to do additional modules to RDGY40840 in order to gain the full award of MSc CT.

Applicants must have maintained a work practice record in CT since obtaining their Graduate Diploma qualification and they must provide evidence of the same. Transcript of results and Course Syllabus / Curriculum documents must be provided by applicants who obtained their CT qualification from a University other than UCD.

Applicants must arrange their own clinical placement and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 250 hours of their clinical time in CT during the course of this module. This must be signed by the Radiographic Services Manager, indicating agreement to provide the requisite number of clinical hours during the module.

Applicants who have undertaken their Graduate Diploma at UCD must rescind their UCD-awarded Graduate Diploma before the award of MSc CT is awarded.

Please contact the programme director for further information.

International Applicants
Essential requirements
All applicants must:
• Hold a BSc (Honours) or equivalent in Diagnostic Radiography
• Have attained a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (a minimum of 6 in each band) or 600 in TOEFL (250+ computer-based; 100+ iTB score; with test of written English at 475+). All test results must be less than 2 years old.
• Have attained at least 8 months clinical work experience in CT prior to commencing the course, and provide documented evidence supporting this.
• Provide academic and clinical references to support your commitment and ability to undertake this course

Additional information
International applicants who to undertake this course are advised to contact the Academic Programme Director for information [] regarding availability of places and eligibility.

Please note that even if the above criteria are met, the offer of a place to international students is also dependent upon the University's ability to negotiate clinical placement in a CT department of a Dublin-based hospital over the duration of the course. It will not be possible to confirm the outcome of these negotiations until several weeks prior to the start of the course.


16 months Full-time

Careers or further progression

This CT programme will enable radiographers to become Clinical Specialists in CT departments both in Ireland and abroad. Other career opportunities include working with leading manufacturers of CT equipment in sales or as application specialists.

Many past graduates have gone on to become Clinical Specialists in Computed Tomography, Superintendent Radiographers and Radiographic Services Managers.

Other graduates have taken up positions with some of the leading manufacturers of CT equipment as application specialists, sales specialists or business managers.

This CT programme will enable radiographers to expand on their current clinical and theoretical knowledge of CT and explore the most recent developments in multidetector CT scanning with a view to becoming clinical experts in the field of CT scanning.

Further enquiries

Programme Administrator
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6545
F: + 353 1 716 6547

Academic Programme Director
Ms. Edel Thomas
School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4

Subjects taught


The Technology of CT modules encompass the physical theories and technological principles underlying CT, image processing, quality control, equipment management and radiation protection thus encouraging a safer and broader spectrum of clinical operation.

The Professional Practice of CT modules encompass clinical practice, clinical placement hours, scanning protocols, optimisation of practice and facility management. This module aims to facilitate the integration of theoretical concepts and professional clinical practice in order to consolidate the learning process.

The Advanced CT Imaging module enables refinement of professional competencies in CT through the integration of advanced theoretical knowledge, evidence based practice and high level clinical practice skills. This module facilitates the integration of theory and practice in relation to advanced clinical applications and aims to facilitate the development of generic skills such as advanced leadership and teamwork skills; self- directed learning and applied research in the student.


How / Where Will I Learn?
The Masters programme encompasses a flexible modular course structure where emphasis is placed on integration of academic and clinical components.

The course is delivered using a blended learning approach integrating class discussions, tutorials, lectures, E-learning and practical workshops.

Clinical skills development is supported by undertaking a clinical placement in the students own CT department under the direct supervision of a clinical supervisor.

These teaching and learning strategies are designed to encourage autonomous personal and professional development within a supportive framework.

Application date

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Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2018

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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