Postgraduate Taught

MSc Mammography

Applications should be made directly to Maureen McAuley (Education and Training Administrator at The Scottish Mammography Education Centre) and not via the QMU online application form.

This part-time course is for radiographers who are currently working in a clinical environment within mammography services and who want to develop advanced level clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice. A postgraduate qualification in mammography is essential for radiographers working within the National Breast Screening Programmes.

This modular, practice-based course will enable you to follow a pathway within mammography leading to advancement in specialist clinical skills. The course is run in partnership with the Scottish Mammography Education Centre based at the West of Scotland Breast Screening Centre in Glasgow.

Why QMU?

  • This collaborative course allows you to benefit from input from practice-based experts and professional academics.
  • You will have a named clinical trainer throughout your time studying on the PgCert Mammography.

Course overview

If you are a radiographer working in breast imaging this course will give you the skills you need to become a safe and competent breast imaging specialist. The course puts great importance on the link between theory and practical skills, with the practice-based learning element structured to promote the development of advanced-level clinical skills and critical and reflective thinking in clinical practice. These skills will strengthen your ability to work as part of the multidisciplinary team. Cutting-edge issues of theory and research in mammography will be critically examined to enable you to focus, extend, develop and strengthen skills in mammography to a level of advanced professional

There is a work-based learning element, which is structured to promote the development of advanced-level operational skills and critical and reflective thinking in practice.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for continuing professional development (CPD). On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessment

As this course places the student at the heart of the learning process, you will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. You will attend classes at the beginning of each module at the Scottish Mammography Education Centre in Glasgow and then carry out further independent work.

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach. Lectures introduce theoretical concepts: specialist talks give an insight on identified areas of breast imaging, tutorials explore some syllabus areas in more depth, and practical learning takes place in your workplace. ‘The Hub’ virtual learning environment is used as an interactive learning resource throughout the modules.

A variety of assessment methods are used including essays, portfolios, presentations, practice-based assessments and case studies.

Teaching hours and attendance

For the four modules required for completion of the PgCert, students will attend the Scottish Mammography Education Centre for a total of eleven days spread throughout one year. For additional specialist clinical skills modules students will attend for five days. The Research Methods, Education and Dissertation modules are delivered online.

Industry links, accreditation and professional registration

The course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.


To obtain a PgCert, you will complete the following modules:

  • Mammography 1 (15 credits)
  • Mammography 2 (15 credits)
  • Mammography 3 (15 credits)
  • Mammography 4 (15 credits)

To obtain a PgDip, you would also complete:

  • Research Methods (20/30 credits) and Mammography Image Interpretation (30 credits) OR Interventional Breast Procedures (30

To obtain an MSc, you would also complete a dissertation (60 credits)

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Nov 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.


Single modules for CPD

Register as a associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Maureen McAuley for further information.


There is no formal placement on this course, but there is a work-based learning element that you will carry out with your current employer.


This course is part of CPD and is designed to improve the delivery of the breast care service. Gaining this qualification may enhance your career prospects within the profession of radiography.

Class sizes

Class sizes are variable and can range from approximately 8-25.

Start date

PgCert – May & October

PgDip/MSc – September

Entry requirements

A degree or diploma in Diagnostic Radiography or Therapeutic Radiography with HCPC Registration, or equivalent. Current employment in a clinical environment offering mammography experience.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Some modules may require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and have the support of a line manager and work place mentor.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module or modules up to a maximum of 60 credit points, provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.


Applications should be made directly to Maureen McAuley (Education and Training Administrator at The Scottish Mammography Education Centre)

Application deadline


More information and contacts

For more information on this course, contact Maureen McAuleyEducation and Training Administrator at The Scottish Mammography Education Centre, tel: 0141 800 8843.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

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Course Overview

At Scottish Mammography Education Centre, Glasgow and online learning (PgDip and MSc only)
3-7 years part-time
Start Date
May 2021
October 2021
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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