Accredited by the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT).
Addresses theory and clinical practice issues in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Develops specialist clinical and critical thinking skills.
Delivered by national and international experts.
Confers clinical competence in MRI scanning on successful graduates.
Accommodates working professionals through flexible programme delivery.
Technological advances in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) have led to a greater range of clinical applications, such that MRI is now a core imaging modality in contemporary healthcare. This course, aimed at radiographers working in MRI, integrates the physical principles of MRI with practical clinical applications.
This course aims to foster the personal and professional development of the postgraduate radiographer by encouraging students to develop core knowledge, cultivate a critically questioning approach to MR imaging practice, foster constructive change within the workplace, and direct high-quality MR service provision.
The MSc MRI programme is designed for radiographers who wish to provide high quality healthcare by deepening and broadening their knowledge and expertise in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Applicants should normally:
Possess at least one year post-qualification experience as a radiographer
Be working in an MRI department over the duration of the course.
This MSc programme shares modules with the Graduate Diploma in MRI, building on knowledge and clinical practice skills gained, and developing a greater focus on advanced MR imaging technology and applications within both clinical and research arenas.
The MSc MRI programme will develop the expertise of radiographers working in the field of MRI, broadening their knowledge of routine and advanced MR applications, and developing communication skills and critical thinking.
Programme content builds on undergraduate study and existing clinical practice skills to enable radiographers to become experts in MR imaging. During the Technology of MRI modules, students will evaluate the physical principles underpinning MR image generation together with the factors influencing equipment and pulse sequence selection and manipulation within the clinical setting. Practice-based modules address the spectrum of routine and advanced applications of MRI in the central nervous, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems, together with applications in the abdomen and pelvis. This provides the knowledge-base for students to evaluate MR scanning protocols and resultant image appearances for diverse clinical indications, and to justify clinical decision-making.
Since this Masters programme confers clinical competence, there is an emphasis on the integration of theory and practice to enable students to develop practical MR scanning skills and manage MR service provision within the clinical department. During the course, students must undertake a minimum of 900 clinical hours to gain the requisite specialist clinical skills in MR scanning.
The programme encourages radiographers to apply a critically questioning approach to MR imaging practice and fosters both the development of decision-making and problem-solving skills and the advancement of research within the clinical practice environment.
The taught MSc MRI programme leads to a UCD Level 4 Masters award (equivalent to NQAI Level 9) and takes 16 months to complete. The programme encompasses a flexible modular course structure, with emphasis placed on integration of academic and clinical components in the pursuit of clinical competence. The programme is currently offered once every two years.
Students benefit from a blended learning approach that integrates lecture attendance, class discussions, image appraisal tutorials, practical tasks, e-Learning activities and self-directed learning. These teaching and learning strategies are designed to encourage autonomous personal and professional development within a supportive framework.
Candidates holding a Graduate Diploma or equivalent in MRI who wish to pursue the award of MSc in MRI may, subject to approval by the Academic Programme Director and Graduate Taught Programmes Committee, apply for accreditation of prior learning for up to 60 of the 90 credits required for the award of MSc. Applications will be considered on an individual basis once candidates have satisfied the entry requirements and the University's policy on accreditation of prior learning.