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Duration

Three years, full-time

Application Deadline

29 January 2025 (2025 entry)

Location

St George's, University of London

Accreditation

Health and Care Professions Council and The Society College of Radiographers

UCAS Code

B823, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2024

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Therapeutic radiographers play a vital role in the treatment of cancer.

They work as part of a team using their scientific and technical expertise as well as their interpersonal skills to plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment; and provide patient information in the management of side effects in a compassionate clinical environment.

Approved by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our degree is taught by trained and registered therapeutic radiographers with a wide range of clinical and educational experience. Placements take place across all years of the programme. You will have access to our state-of-the-art simulation suite, learning how to plan and deliver treatment.

Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s only specialist health university that shares a campus with a major teaching hospital, St George’s University NHS Foundation Trust – that is on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions and research. You will study in a clinical setting with like-minded individuals, mixing with the many different healthcare professionals you will go on to work with throughout your career.

This course is part of the Centre for Allied Health Section, which is part of the Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Highlights

  • On successful completion of the programme, you are eligible to apply for registration on the HCPC register.
  • Time will be spent on clinical placement.
  • Cutting-edge facilities include the Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Treatment Suite (VERT), pathology museum, Anatomy suite, and radiotherapy treatment planning suite, to enable you to learn clinical skills in a safe environment.
  • Only programme in London to offer a cloud-based radiotherapy treatment planning software system as part of a collaborative partnership with Varian Medical System - The Academic Hub. Students can access the treatment planning software on a smart device (remotely) or in our dedicated treatment planning suite on campus.
  • Sharing our campus with a teaching hospital, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, means you will be surrounded by like-minded students and immersed in a healthcare environment.
  • Opportunities to experience specialist and innovative radiotherapy-related opportunities in different clinical environments, such as proton therapy.
  • Our Clinical Placement sites are Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton, Surrey; Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford Surrey, and Kent Oncology Centre, Maidstone and Canterbury

Course info

With the continuing rise in the survival rate of cancer patients, advances in treatment – including proton beam therapy some of our graduates are already delivering – and a national shortage of highly skilled staff, there’s never been a more exciting time to become a therapeutic radiographer.

To be an effective therapeutic radiographer requires a specific blend of knowledge, skills and characteristics. As well as a strong knowledge of anatomy and physics,   you will learn how to operate sophisticated radiation treatment machines with advanced imaging capabilities and learn about treatment planning. Equally important are communication skills and having an appropriately caring personality, able to reassure, explain procedures and treat patients and relatives with respect, dignity, compassion and understanding. 

Therapeutic radiographers work as part of a team and may rotate through two distinct areas of the department –  treatment planning and treatment delivery. During treatment planning, you will use a CT scanner to take images to help with treatment planning. During treatment delivery, you will work with treatment machines, where you will position patients, take images to check patient position prior to delivery of treatment. You will also continue to care for patients in a holistic way, learning how to identify and manage side effects of radiotherapy and provide long-term care.

Our degree has been designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and technical expertise needed to plan, manage and deliver accurate radiotherapy treatment to provide the best possible care, primarily for patients with cancer. Half of your study time is spent on clinical placement in hospital interacting with patients and you will find that patient care as a theme runs throughout the programme.

Outstanding facilities are one of the many factors which contributed to scoring 100% when  our students were asked 'How well has your course developed your knowledge and skills for the future?' in the most recent National Student Survey (NSS). Our VERT laboratory with its 3D visualisation and virtual equipment enables you to practise and learn clinical techniques in a safe virtual environment, solidifying your understanding of anatomy, oncology, technique and radiobiology, as well as instilling holistic patient-focused practice.

Officially launched in November 2020, we are also the first university in London to feature Varian’s new cloud-based treatment planning software, which means you can now practise at home using your own PC or laptop.

The interprofessional educational experience we offer at St George’s University of London reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the healthcare workplace environment. On placement, you will be learning alongside students training to become clinical oncologists, physicists and other healthcare professionals you will go on to work with on graduation as a therapeutic radiographer.

“Doing this course has helped me to have an empathetic and holistic approach to providing care for cancer patients, helping them on their journey to improve their care experience.”

- Benita

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“The course at St. George's not only teaches us to practise safely and with utmost professionalism, but it also teaches us to never lose sight of the difference we can make just by being kind and sensitive. That's a motto for life really!”

- Nia

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“Throughout my time on the course, I have been able to develop my compassion and empathy towards cancer patients, while having hands-on experience to better empower them through their journey.”

- Megan

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Fees and funding

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic year

Home (UK) (per academic year)

Total fee*

2024/25

£9,250

£27,750

*Tuition fees for Home (UK) students are determined by UK government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the government.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

International (including EU) tuition fees

Academic year

International (per academic year)

Total fee*

2024/25

£ 19,150 £ 57,450

*Tuition fees for international students are set by St George’s, University of London. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and will not normally increase by more than 5 per cent each year, except when the rate of inflation is significantly more than that projected in the preceding year.

For more information about fees, check our fees and funding pages, and read the UK government information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

The table below highlights the additional course-specific costs related to this degree. Visit the additional course-related costs for more information on general costs to consider alongside your studies.

Additional cost

Description

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £6 
Administration fee - £9

Equipment

A small pocket calculator - £10

Metallic ruler which can be purchased from the SU shop - £10

Clothing

Students will require a lab coat for use in the dissection room, this can be purchased from the SU shop - £30.

Additional / replacement radiography markers - £14

Students should buy comfortable shoes for placements.

Students may also need a blue/black headscarf (if necessary).

Memberships

Student membership with the Society College of Radiographers is optional but highly encouraged - £45 per year

Membership of the Society College of Radiographers postgraduate is optional but highly encouraged - £285 annual rate.

Health Care Professional Council Registration is required postgraduation - £180 over 2-year renewal.

Travel and accommodation while on placement

You should expect to spend approximately £800 - £2,000 on travel to placements, or on accommodation while on placement for the duration of your course. Students are responsible for organising and paying for their own private accommodation if needed.

If you qualify for the UK government Learning and Support fund you maybe able to claim travel and accommodation costs (if the cost of travelling to placement is more than the cost of travelling to university) and accommodation (only if it has been agreed that it would be impractical to travel to placement daily).

If you qualify for the UK government Learning and Support fund you may be eligible to receive a training grant of £5,000 per academic year to help with maintenance and associated study costs and an additional £1,000 for studying a specialist subject. Visit the NHS BSA website for more information.

 Hospital uniform will be provided. Students will need comfortable black, flat shoes, not trainers.

Clubs, Societies and Community Projects at St George's

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Entry Criteria: 2024 Entry

To be eligible for the Radiotherapy and Oncology BSc programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

Entry Qualifications

With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

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A Levels

If you are applying on the basis of A Levels, you must meet both the A Level and GCSE requirements below.

Grades

BBC

Subjects

Including one science subject. General Studies is not accepted.

Additional information

Resits may be considered. Accepted science subjects include: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology.

GCSEs

Grades

Five subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

If you are applying on the basis of International Baccalaureate, you need to meet both our Higher Level and Standard Level requirements, as outlined below.

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 30

Subjects

14 points at Higher Level, including a minimum grade 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 4 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 4 (C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English. For Maths, we accept both Mathematics: analysis & approaches and Mathematics: applications & interpretations. For English, we accept A (language & literature) or B (language).

Access Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of an Access Diploma, you must meet both the Access Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

Award

Full award diploma (in a science subject)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Subjects

45 science related credits. 21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit with at least 9 credits in Physics.

Additional information

Science subjects include Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics and Psychology. The course should be QAA recognised.

GCSEs

Grades

Two subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects English Language and Maths

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

Other UK Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DDM

Must be in Applied Science.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Pearson BTEC Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DM with a science A Level at grade B

Must be in a science or healthcare subject.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

M2, M2, M3

Three principal subjects including one science subject.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Scottish Highers

If you are applying on the basis of Scottish Highers, you must meet the Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5 requirements below.

Highers: BBC including one science subject

Advanced Highers: BC

English Language and Maths National 5 at grade C or higher is required.

UK Undergraduate Degree (science or health related)

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:2 Honours

UK Undergraduate Degree (not science or health related)

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:2 Honours

Supplemented by an acceptable Level 3 qualification in a science subject.

Other

We accept other qualifications on a case-by-case basis. If you are applying with qualifications not listed above, or a combination of level 3 qualifications, your application will be considered.

If you would like further information, please contact us.

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

Contextual Admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Other Academic Requirements

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English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a group 1 course.

Non-academic Requirements

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Personal Statement

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, you should be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of radiography and show a keen interest in a career in this area. This should be evident from your personal statement.

Work Experience and Insight

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.

In response to the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here.

Interview (MMI)

If you meet the entry requirements above, you will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). This will usually be in-person, however we can also offer remote MMIs for international applicants.

You can find further information about this process on our MMI Guidance page, however please note that some of this information may change for those applying during the 2024 application cycle.

Occupational Health Checks

Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus

As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

We do not currently require you to have been vaccinated against Covid-19, but we strongly recommend that you get double vaccinated before the start of your studies, unless medically exempt.

When admitting candidates to study and practise as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are advised to contact us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks and Additional Declarations

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.

If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Uniform Policy

Whilst on a placement during the course, students will need to comply with the uniform policy (PDF)

Recent Engagement in Education

Due to the demanding nature of the programme, it is important that applicants can demonstrate recent engagement in education. If the qualifications that you are applying on the basis of (e.g. Level 3 or degree level qualifications) were awarded more than five years ago (e.g. before summer 2019), it may still be possible for us to consider your application. In this case, we would look at supplementary level 3 qualifications, or relevant work experience, that you have undertaken within the last five years.

These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, following submission of a UCAS application.

Entry Criteria: 2025 Entry

To be eligible for the Radiotherapy and Oncology BSc programme, you must meet the requirements outlined under Entry Qualifications, Other Academic Requirements, and Non-academic Requirements below.

Entry Qualifications

With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

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A Levels

If you are applying on the basis of A Levels, you must meet both the A Level and GCSE requirements below.

Grades

BBC

Subjects

Including one science subject. General Studies is not accepted.

Additional information

Resits may be considered. Accepted science subjects include: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology.

GCSEs

Grades

Five subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

If you are applying on the basis of International Baccalaureate, you need to meet both our Higher Level and Standard Level requirements, as outlined below.

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

Overall score of 30

Subjects

14 points at Higher Level, including a minimum grade 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 4 must be attained in Maths and English, if at least a 4 (C) has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English. For Maths, we accept both Mathematics: analysis & approaches and Mathematics: applications & interpretations. For English, we accept A (language & literature) or B (language).

Access Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of an Access Diploma, you must meet both the Access Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

Award

Full award diploma (in a science subject)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Subjects

45 science related credits. 21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit with at least 9 credits in Physics.

Additional information

Science subjects include Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics and Psychology. The course should be QAA recognised.

GCSEs

Grades

Two subjects graded 4 (C) or above

Subjects English Language and Maths

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Skills instead of GCSEs.

Other UK Qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DDM

Must be in Applied Science.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Pearson BTEC Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Pearson BTEC Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

DM with a science A Level at grade B

Must be in a science or healthcare subject.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

If you are applying on the basis of a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, you must meet both the Diploma and GCSE requirements below.

M2, M2, M3

Three principal subjects including one science subject.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Subjects must include English Language, Maths and Science (Double or Triple Award).

Scottish Highers

If you are applying on the basis of Scottish Highers, you must meet the Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5 requirements below.

Highers: BBC including one science subject

Advanced Highers: BC

English Language and Maths National 5 at grade C or higher is required.

UK Undergraduate Degree (science or health related)

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:2 Honours

UK Undergraduate Degree (not science or health related)

If you are applying on the basis of a degree, you do not need to meet our GCSE or Level 3 (A Level) requirements.

2:2 Honours

Supplemented by an acceptable Level 3 qualification in a science subject.

Other

We accept other qualifications on a case-by-case basis. If you are applying with qualifications not listed above, or a combination of level 3 qualifications, your application will be considered.

If you would like further information, please contact us.

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications page.

Contextual Admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Other Academic Requirements

View all Close all

English Language

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to meet the English language requirements outlined here. This is a group 1 course.

Non-academic Requirements

View all Close all

Personal Statement

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, you should be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of radiography and show a keen interest in a career in this area. This should be evident from your personal statement.

Work Experience and Insight

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.

In response to the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here.

Interview (MMI)

If you meet the entry requirements above, you will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). This will usually be in-person, however we can also offer remote MMIs for international applicants.

You can find further information about this process on our MMI Guidance page, however please note that some of this information may change for those applying during the 2024 application cycle.

Occupational Health Checks

Should you receive an offer to study at St George’s, you will be required to complete a health check and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before you begin your studies.

The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus

As part of the process, you will also be screened by the OH team for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

We do not currently require you to have been vaccinated against Covid-19, but we strongly recommend that you get double vaccinated before the start of your studies, unless medically exempt.

When admitting candidates to study and practise as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are advised to contact us.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks and Additional Declarations

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults, so you will be required to submit a series of declarations.

If you are invited to an interview, we will request some additional information from you, regarding your criminal record, educational history and employment history. You will also have the opportunity to make any other declarations that you’d like us to be aware of. We may not able to consider applicants who were suspended from previous study/work due to fitness to practise issues or failure in assessments/examinations.

If you are made an offer, you will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More information about this is sent to applicants as part of the admissions process.

Uniform Policy

Whilst on a placement during the course, students will need to comply with the uniform policy (PDF)

Recent Engagement in Education

Due to the demanding nature of the programme, it is important that applicants can demonstrate recent engagement in education. If the qualifications that you are applying on the basis of (e.g. Level 3 or degree level qualifications) were awarded more than five years ago (e.g. before summer 2020), it may still be possible for us to consider your application. In this case, we would look at supplementary level 3 qualifications, or relevant work experience, that you have undertaken within the last five years.

These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, following submission of a UCAS application.

The time on the programme is split between university based learning and clinical placements.

Year 1

In Year 1, you begin your learning about caring for people with cancer, how cancer is treated and concepts of radiation treatment, learning treatment planning skills throughout the course. You will also gain knowledge of anatomy and imaging plus work in the clinical department putting skills and knowledge into practice.

You will participate in the Essentials of Radiotherapy module, developing your unique identity as a St George’s University of London Therapeutic Radiographer, learning in an environment alongside different health professional groups, including healthcare sciences, medicine, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography, occupational therapy, pharmacy and biomedical sciences. Where possible, we also organise interprofessional topic-focused days, for example, on professionalism and team work within healthcare.

Watch this Year 1 taster lecture from Course Director Yasmeen Malik.

Year 2

In Year 2, you will build upon your knowledge and skills from Year 1. In the discipline specific modules Principles and Practice of Radiotherapy, you will learn about specific cancers, how we care for people with these tumours and the detailed complex treatment with radiotherapy. Learning on the VERT and Treatment Planning System is embedded within these modules. You will learn about imaging on treatment to ensure treatment accuracy using specialist software that is used in clinical departments. This helps you to become ‘employment ready’. You also study Research Methods in readiness to complete your own research in Year 3. Our remote cloud-based Treatment Planning System means that you can access it on a smart device to help you to continue to practice your Treatment Planning Skills remotely. You will learn treatment planning from Year 1 and build on those important knowledge and skills throughout the three years.

Watch this taster lecture on Breast Technique from Yasmeen Malik

Watch this taster lecture on Breast Anatomy from Yasmeen Malik

Year 3

In the final year, the focus is on integrating your knowledge and practice skills, you will further develop your clinical skills within the radiotherapy department. You will have the opportunity to go on an elective placement, which may be in UK or abroad (subject to successful completion of clinical competencies, clinical hours and academic work). 

In the final year you will also be provided with an opportunity to engage in a suitable research activity of your choice, where you will plan, design and produce a written article for publication. Many of our students have published their work in radiography journals, for example, one student reviewed the support needs and services for adolescents post-cancer, and another published their research on how the risk of heart problems can be reduced when using external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) to treat breast cancer.

You will be ready to graduate with the full attributes, skills and knowledge required of a therapeutic radiographer in the changing healthcare environment, ready to become future leaders in this exciting profession. Our graduates have gone on to work in NHS hospitals and private providers throughout the country and in Europe, as well as the UK’s specialist National Proton Centres in London and Manchester.

Placement

The volume of clinical placement opportunities which start from as early as the end of the first term of your first year is what students tell us they like most about our course. As a student, you will be allocated a hospital placement to attend in several clinical blocks, throughout each of the three years. These provide an opportunity to put theory into practice and consolidate your learning experiences.

Placements take place across all years of the programme. You will spend at least 15 weeks in clinical placement settings each academic year, with most clinical placement in the final year when you transition to become graduates. Placement weeks vary from 30-37 hours per week depending upon clinical commitments. We also build in teaching sessions during these blocks.

On placement, you are supervised by experienced therapeutic radiographers and practice educators.  You receive support from your University clinical placement co-ordinators/specialist lecturers. You are not able to choose where you train and should therefore be prepared to travel to your placement site across Greater London and the South East at your own cost.

Below is a list of our clinical placement sites:

  • Kent Oncology Centre, Maidstone and Canterbury
  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea, London
  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton, Surrey
  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, Surrey

“The variety of learning at St George’s helps make you the best practitioner possible. Traditional lectures prepare you with academic knowledge, group learning sharpens your communication skills and clinical placement properly prepares you for working in a hospital – by giving you the opportunity to actually work in a hospital! It’s no exaggeration to say that patient interaction is the greatest part of studying this degree, and that’s available in spades. The feeling that you’ve managed to improve someone’s life, to help someone, even fractionally, is just indescribable. ”

- Josiah

Therapeutic Radiography BSc

Our students benefit from a cutting-edge virtual reality suite and an interactive treatment planning system – which you can now access remotely – throughout the course to support your learning and enhance your practical skills training.

If you study with us, you will practice your radiotherapy skills and hone the psychomotor skills required to deliver radiotherapy with pinpoint accuracy in a safe and supportive environment using the latest virtual reality. Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) creates a 3D treatment suite in which you can visualise structures, dose and beam delivery to help you better understand the clinical set-up and delivery aspects of treatment planning. The virtual machine can be moved the same way as an actual treatment machine.

Additional teaching methods include lectures, seminars, peer-assisted learning, case-based learning and clinical experience. Where possible, we also invite service users to come in and talk to our students, so you fully appreciate the worry and impact of treatment and the duty of care you have as a professional to patients and their relatives.

Many of our modules incorporate key skills, such clinical decision making, problem solving and critical thinking as well as leadership communication and teamwork skills and facilitate personal development as an integral part of the learning process, which is embedded within your final year portfolio.

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Our expertise

You will be taught by a team of staff who are all registered radiographers, including leads in clinical treatment planning and treatment delivery, quality assurance, education and clinical practice facilitation. Their experience also includes project management, pre-treatment, management and leadership, radiotherapy imaging and research.

 

Our teaching draws on the wealth of experience of our placement collaborators and alumni, who present masterclasses and workshops that enrich your learning. Previous activities have included sessions from our graduates on proton beam therapy, inclusive care for people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well as careers sessions, working abroad and specialising in research. Where possible, we also host talks from the professional body, SCOR, where representatives will meet with our students to discuss a range of current and topical issues in the professional field.

Assessment methods

A combination of academic coursework (including essays, reports and presentations), written and practical examinations, portfolios, practice placement assessments, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and a research dissertation are used to assess your progress. The team offers feedback on draft assessments so you can reach your full potential; this level of feedback has been commended by external examiners who scrutinise all academic programmes.

Yasmeen Malik

Yasmeen Malik

Admissions Tutor

I am the Programme Director for Radiotherapy & Oncology, based at St George's, University of London - the UK’s specialist health university.

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Julie Hendry

Julie Hendry

Senior Lecturer

I am the Radiotherapy and Oncology Section Head and the Associate Dean for Student Outcomes for SGUL

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While the St George’s programmes are recognised by many different countries, applicants are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their chosen country.

Constant advances in technology allow therapeutic radiographers to continue to improve the outcomes for patients with cancer, making this a rewarding career choice. With an ongoing national shortage of skilled therapeutic radiographers in both the UK and overseas, career prospects are excellent.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Careers advice and skills for employability are embedded into our teaching. We will discuss and explore career options with you, running our own mock interviews. We also have close links with careers consultants who can support CV writing, personal statements and interview practice.

On graduation, you will be eligible to register with the HCPC and apply for membership with the SoR. Radiotherapy and Oncology qualifications from St George’s are internationally recognised and offer a range of career opportunities in hospital and other clinical settings. Alternatively, you can choose to study at postgraduate level at St George’s. Modules can be studied as standalone or as part of a full MSc.

There is an excellent range of options for career in practice, management, teaching and research careers, for example, with charities such as Macmillan or Cancer Research. Clinical specialisation could take you down a route as an advanced practitioner, pre-treatment radiographer, planning radiographer, review radiographer, research radiographer or prescribing radiographer, to name just a few.

On graduation, you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers.

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Careers

  • Management (operational/cancer services/education)

  • Medical systems industry

  • Palliative care

  • Practice educator/clinical learning facilitator

  • Quality assurance

  • Research

  • Teaching in higher education

  • Treatment and patient care

  • Treatment delivery

  • Treatment planning (dosimetry)

  • Treatment review within a multidisciplinary team.

Advanced career paths

  • Advanced and consultant-level practitioner

  • Complex treatment planning (dosimetry)

  • Drug prescribing

  • Postgraduate courses including mammography.

Facilities

St George’s University of London is the only UK university based on a hospital site, St George’s Hospital, which is where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT)

Our virtual 3D radiotherapy treatment room helps you develop operational skills and build confidence away from the pressured clinical environment. The virtual machine can be moved the same way as an actual treatment machine. You will position the virtual table and deliver doses of radiotherapy to a virtual patient. In this 3D environment, the beam is visible as it passes through and exits the patient, giving you a valuable insight into how the internal organs and spinal column can be affected. 

Watch this video to see how VERT is used for teaching at St George's.

Radiotherapy Treatment Planning System (RTPS)

The RTPS uses specialist software developed by Varian Medical Systems, which more than 50% of clinical radiotherapy sites in the UK use to create treatment plans for patients who have cancer. Treatment planning is integral to radiotherapy and now involves advanced technology to transfer information from CT, MRI and PET scans, to accurately pinpoint the precise areas that need targeted external beam radiotherapy. Students will be able to produce simple or complex treatment plans for administering appropriate treatment to patients with cancer tumours under simulated conditions. We have a dedicated RTPS lead within the teaching team. We have a unique collaborative partnership with Varian Medical Systems and are part of their Academic Hub, providing a cloud-based treatment planning software system learning environment. 

Watch this video to find out more about RRTPS.

Anatomy suite

The anatomy suite is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and University learn or expand on their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to high quality anatomy resources. These include plastinated (preserved) specimens, osteological materials, anatomical models and digital/imaging resources such as Anatomage tables and Complete Anatomy.

 

Pathology museum

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help you understand the mechanisms of disease.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas.

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education as a mature student, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s University of London, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students with lots of opportunities to become an official ‘student voice’ as a student representative on committees or taking part in assessment and feedback development. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff. One of our students was part of a project to improve assessment and enhance feedback, which led to additional individual feedback after mock exams and the launch of a new process of self-appraisal by students themselves. We also have an active radiography student community and with support from second-year students have established a buddy scheme for first years.

Personal academic tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor – someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer, they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s university of London, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Anatomy suite. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Named radiographer / practice educator in each department

Each department has a practice educator or clinical liaison tutor who manages the day-to-day clinical education placement. These clinical colleagues are committed to student education in the departments and have regular contact with academic staff.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.

Placement support

Each site has a dedicated clinical education team with a practice educator or clinical liaison tutor.  They work in collaboration with the academic staff to ensure you get the best clinical experience and achieve your clinical assessments. Placements are allocated by the academic clinical lead, considering personal circumstances to ensure the best experience for each student. 

Mums and Dads scheme

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family. 

Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with every aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home. Each course has a designated contact within the student centre to link to and your personal tutor can signpost you to relevant support, including a confidential counselling service.

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. We work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you. Where possible, we also host general and subject-specific careers fairs, which provide a great opportunity to meet and network with employers. Our annual radiography careers fair is one of the biggest radiography-related career events in the South of England. Our third fair, held in March 2020, proved to be the biggest yet and was attended by over 80 radiography students, 25 NHS Trusts and a host of other private organisations from the fields of both therapeutic and diagnostic radiography.

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by the UCAS January deadline in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

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Application checklist

You must provide:

  • full details of your Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications with grades
  • full details of your Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) qualifications with achieved/predicted grades
  • a personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website)
  • an academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades

 

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

Acknowledgement emails are sent out as soon as we receive your application. Please make sure that your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you via email.

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Duration

Three years, full-time

Application Deadline

29 January 2025 (2025 entry)

UCAS Code

B823, institution code S49

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