Course Overview

Radiology is a vast and ever growing field within medicine that is evolving at a pace that is almost difficult to comprehend. It plays a major role within multidisciplinary team care provision with many specialists now dependant on radiological imaging for clinical decision making. Clinicians must evolve with this in terms of our own understanding, clinical skills and engagement with research and development. The MSc/PDip in Multidisciplinary Radiology is designed to meet this need.  

With this in mind this course is designed for clinicians who:

  • rely on imaging for decision making within their speciality
  • for whom a radiology qualification may offer new career progression routes
  • wish to further their individual radiological knowledge, skills and research capabilities

The programme is multidisciplinary in nature, with a fully integrated Clinical and Radiological approach to patient care both among faculty and learners. It is a blended course taught using traditional class-based educational activities and contemporary distance learning technologies.

 

Scholarships Available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • NUI Galway staff in basic and relevant clinical sciences including Radiologists and other clinicians in relevant disicplines to clinical modules.
  • Academic staff from other disicplines providing generic modules.
  • Guest lecturers and researchers from other universities , clinical and research institutions providing access to research/clinical facilities throughout the country.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a primary degree in Medicine with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours degree, Grade 1 (NCQ level 8 or international equivalent). Competence in English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required. Interviews may apply.


Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time, MSc
2 years, part-time, MSc
1 year, full-time, PDip
2 years, part-time, PDip

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

18–24

Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

9

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90 (MSc) | 60 (PDip)

Award

CAO

Course code

1MRY1, MSc, full-time
1MRY2, MSc, part-time
1MRY3, PDip, full-time
1MRY4, PDip, part-time

Course Outline

We have designed our modules with distance learning in mind. The traditional class based educational activities are run in one week blocks for each module. This means that a student will only be required to travel to campus for five weeks over the course of the academic year, or this will be spread over the 2 years if doing the course part-time. Utilising contemporary distance learning online technologies students can complete the remaining components of the module in their own time through self-directed learning while not present on campus.

 All students must complete 60 European Credit Transfer (ECT). This is made up from six 10 ECTS modules:

  • Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
  • Five clinical modules:
  1. Introduction to Basic Radiological Sciences
  2. Chest, Cardiovascular and Breast Imaging
  3. Musculoskeletal Imaging
  4. Central Nervous System and Head and Neck Imaging
  5. Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Imaging

Students undertaking the programme to MSc degree level must also complete a research project and submission of their dissertation (30 ECTS).

Module details for GYM09, MSc, full-time
Module details for GYM10, MSc, part-time
Module details for GYM45, PDip, full-time
Module details for GYM46, PDip, part-time

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required MD1560: Genitourinary and Gastrointestinal Imaging


Semester 1 | Credits: 10


(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. To have an understanding of the main radiological techniques employed in Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary imaging as well as their common indications, contradictions, limitations and diagnostic value
  2. Recognize the appearance of normal anatomy and common pathology on images of Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary systems to facilitate diagnostic accuracy and appropriate intervention strategies.
  3. Determine the most appropriate Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary imaging procedure according to the patient presentation and the current best evidence for diagnosis.
  4. Determine the most appropriate radiographic views according to patient presentation, current best evidence for diagnosis, and current best evidence for reducing ionizing radiation exposure.
  5. Gain practice with accessing the radiology literature and using online radiologic resources related to the Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary systems.
  6. To communicate the benefits, risk and basic technical aspects of medical imaging associated with the Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary systems.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD1560: "Genitourinary and Gastrointestinal Imaging" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD6109: Dissertation


15 months long | Credits: 30

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with experience, skills and techniques to conduct original and publishable scientific research in radiology in their chosen topic.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop an idea for an original research project based on knowledge of the existing published literature in the discipline of Radiology.
  2. Produce a comprehensive research proposal.
  3. Address issues of research design, methodology, ethics and theoretical arguments, in consultation with an academic supervisor and apply these to your own research.
  4. Develop skills in independent inquiry.
  5. Discuss and explain the significance of the results obtained with reference to the extant literature.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to perform a thorough literature review using pertinent sources
  7. Demonstrate competence in scientific communication by communicating their research aims, methods and findings through appropriate written, verbal and visual means.
  8. Complete a structured, referenced dissertation.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (10%)
  • Oral, Audio Visual or Practical Assessment (20%)
  • Research (70%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD6109: "Dissertation" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD6105: Muscloskeletal (MSK) System Imaging


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module will firstly provide students with an overview of imaging modalities and interpretation of normal Musculoskeletal Imaging. It will impart an in-depth systematic understanding of the radiological aspects of the musculoskeletal system. Upon completion the student will have a critical understanding of the key concepts underlying advanced musculoskeletal imaging and diagnosis. Topics include: Trauma imaging and management, Sports Injuries: Physiotherapy Approach and Management, Ankle and foot surgery, Pediatric Musculoskeletal imaging, Nuclear Medicine Imaging in Musculoskeletal disorders, disorders, Imaging of Bone Marrow Disease, DEXA and Osteoporosis, Rheumatology, and Musculoskeletal ultrasound.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. To have an understanding of the main radiological techniques employed in musculoskeletal imaging as well as their common indications, contradictions, limitations and diagnostic value.
  2. To recognise the normal and variant radiological anatomical features of the musculoskeletal system on medical images.
  3. Recognize the appearance of normal anatomy and common pathology on musculoskeletal images to facilitate diagnostic accuracy and appropriate intervention strategies.
  4. Determine the most appropriate musculoskeletal imaging procedure according to the patient presentation and the current best evidence for diagnosis.
  5. Determine the most appropriate radiographic views according to patient presentation, current best evidence for diagnosis, and current best evidence for reducing ionizing radiation exposure.
  6. To communicate the benefits, risk and basic technical aspects of medical imaging associated with the musculoskeletal system.
  7. Gain practice with accessing the radiology literature and using online radiologic resources related to the musculoskeletal system.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD6105: "Muscloskeletal (MSK) System Imaging" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD6101: Introduction to Basic Radiologic Sciences


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module is designed to build upon student’s foundational knowledge of anatomy and physics and will provide a broad multidisciplinary approach to medical imaging. Students will learn advanced radiological physics through several modalities including Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Topography, X-Ray, Fluoroscopy, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound. The module will provide the student with advanced anatomical knowledge in major body systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neuroanatomical and musculoskeletal systems to enable reading, understanding and interpretation of radiological images. It will explore the applications and integration of anatomical knowledge with radiological imaging.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of physics as applied to modern imaging modalities
  2. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the principles of working with the different imaging modalities used in modern medical practice.
  3. Reinforce and expand on anatomical knowledge as it pertains to the structures commonly evaluated in medical imaging.
  4. Translate and integrate knowledge of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy to radiological images
  5. Display a detailed knowledge of cross sectional anatomy and apply this knowledge to radiological imaging
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how different imaging modalities display normal anatomical features
  7. Recognise the major features, surface landmarks and demonstrate an understanding of the palpable and radiological imaging landmarks.
  8. Be able to identify and answer questions about anatomical structures of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems on cadavers, prosected specimens, and radiological images
  9. Understand the functional anatomy of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems and and demonstrate the ability to integrate, extend and critically analyse that knowledge.
  10. Gain practice with accessing the radiology literature and using online radiologic resources
  11. Learn basic mechanisms of image generation and imaging safety
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD6101: "Introduction to Basic Radiologic Sciences" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD1562: Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module will guide the learner through the scientific research process and the use of evidence based practice in clinical settings.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Differentiate between different theories of research and the language of research
  2. Recognise the importance and principles of evidence based practice
  3. Demonstrate an ability to perform competent electronic database and internet searches to formulate a literature review
  4. Explain the role of research methods and differentiate between different types of research design
  5. Formulate a research question and conceptualise a research project
  6. Design, prepare, and submit a research proposal for ethical approval
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD1562: "Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD1561: Chest, Cardiovascular and Breast Imaging


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module will firstly provide students with an overview of imaging modalities and interpretation of normal Chest, Cardiovascular and Breast imaging. Lectures on advanced topics related to Chest and Cardiovascular disease will be provided primarily by leading consultants working in the University Hospital Galway. Topics include: Lung Cancer diagnosis, staging and surgical, radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, Interstitial lung disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Cardiac Computed topography, peripheral vascular disease and Aortic dissection. The breast imaging lectures/tutorials of this module are taught by clinical staff from BreastCheck and will cover topics including: Breast Screening, Breast Cancer multidisciplinary team and Surgical and Systemic treatment and Radiotherapy of breast cancer.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. To have an understanding of the main radiological techniques employed in Chest, Cardiovascular and Breast imaging as well as their common indications, contradictions, limitations and diagnostic value.
  2. Recognize the appearance of normal anatomy and common pathology of the chest, breast and cardiovascular system to facilitate diagnostic accuracy and appropriate intervention strategies.
  3. To communicate the benefits, risk and basic technical aspects of medical imaging associated with the chest, breast and cardiovascular system.
  4. Gain practice with accessing the radiology literature and using online radiologic resources related to chest, breast and cardiovascular image.
  5. Determine the most appropriate chest, breast and cardiovascular system imaging procedure according to the patient presentation and the current best evidence for diagnosis.
  6. Determine the most appropriate radiographic views according to patient presentation, current best evidence for diagnosis, and current best evidence for reducing ionizing radiation exposure.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD1561: "Chest, Cardiovascular and Breast Imaging" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD6106: Central Nervous System (CNS) and Head & Neck (H&N)


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module will firstly provide students with an overview of imaging modalities and interpretation of normal Central Nervous System and Head & Neck imaging. Specilaist topics will include: Dental radiology, White matter disease, Acute clinical presentation of stroke, Stroke management, Imaging of haemorrhage, Clinical neuroimaging in psychiatry, Imaging and inflammatory disease of the ears and skull base, Paranasal sinus disease, Radiation therapy in brain and head and neck cancers, Spinal cord trauma and Radiation therapy in spinal cord compression.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. To have an understanding of the main radiological techniques employed for Central Nervous System and Head & Neck imaging as well as their common indications, contradictions, limitations and diagnostic value.
  2. To recognise the normal and variant radiological anatomical features of the Central Nervous System and Head & Neck on medical images.
  3. Recognize the appearance of normal anatomy and common pathology of the Central Nervous System and Head & Neck to facilitate diagnostic accuracy and appropriate intervention strategies.
  4. To communicate the benefits, risk and basic technical aspects of medical imaging associated Central Nervous System and Head & Neck.
  5. Determine the most appropriate Central Nervous System and Head & Neck imaging procedure according to the patient presentation and the current best evidence for diagnosis.
  6. Determine the most appropriate radiographic views according to patient presentation, current best evidence for diagnosis, and current best evidence for reducing ionizing radiation exposure.
  7. Gain practice with accessing the radiology literature and using online radiologic resources related to Central Nervous System and Head & Neck.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD6106: "Central Nervous System (CNS) and Head & Neck (H&N)" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD112: Clinical Teaching Methodologies


Semester 2 | Credits: 15

This module will help to provide health professionals with the knowledge and skills required for effective clinical teaching so that they may become successful clinical supervisors and motivators of student learning.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. By the end of this module you should be able to: • Implement and evaluate effective clinical teaching using appropriate theory-based techniques. • Categorise explanation into different approaches and apply them to different educational challenges. • Explain how to use different questioning styles to promote effective learning. • Describe different types of feedback and explain why feedback is a vital part of the learning cycle. • plan, facilitate and evaluate active learning in small groups in a clinical setting. • plan, deliver and evaluate an effective lecture, and encourage active learning in a large group teaching setting. • Describe what is meant by “teaching scripts” and explain
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD112: "Clinical Teaching Methodologies" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD551: Informatics II : Research Methods


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The focus of this module is to introduce learners to the philosophical principles and ethical issues of research. Special attention will be devoted to identification and evaluation of various approaches of research design derived from both the quantitative and qualitative paradigms.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the philosophical principles and ethical issues of health research
  2. Explain the role of research methods in answering a research question
  3. Differentiate between different types of research design
  4. Recognize validity concepts and understand the principle of reliability
  5. Know how to conceptualise a research project
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD551: "Informatics II : Research Methods" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD550: Informatics I : Retrieval & Appraisal of Scientific Literature


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module serves as an introduction to scientific research and the use of evidence based medicine in clinical settings. Learners are introduced to the key components of research and the steps needed to formulate a research question.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Perform competent electronic database and internet searches.
  2. Critically appraise a research paper
  3. Use EndNote to store and organise references
  4. Construct a literature review and research proposal
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD550: "Informatics I : Retrieval & Appraisal of Scientific Literature" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students of this programme in previous years have used the course to increase their experience of the specialty of radiological imaging and many graduates have used this degree and diploma to support their applications to national radiology training schemes in Ireland and the UK, with a large percentage successful in this endeavour. The experience and knowledge gained through this course also lends itself to specialities with high dependence on radiological imaging.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,960 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€6,466 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€15,200 p.a. 2020/21

Find out More

If you would like more information about our programme, or have any queries, please feel free to contact

Programme Director:
Prof. Peter McCarthy
E: peter.mccarthy@nuigalway.ie

Programme Co-ordinator:
Dr. Alanna Stanley
E: Alanna.stanley@nuigalway.ie

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020 PDF (21 MB)