Postgraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Part-time: 15 months

Course level



PG Cert

Start dates

September, January


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Studying this flexible Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting at Derby will:

During this course, you’ll develop your understanding of osteoporosis and the role of DXA within the management of fracture risk.

A breadth of knowledge

Knowledge in the fields of fracture management and DXA continues to expand and students require a broader evidence-base to support their practice, not just in the area of fracture management and DXA but in the additional skills required to develop and lead projects and services. Therefore, to support this additional breadth of knowledge and skills, the Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting is incorporated within the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care. This will provide students with increased opportunities to undertake a wider variety of modules appropriate for their professional development and clinical practice.

Advance your skills

We’ll encourage you to use a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research and your reporting of bone mineral density results. You’ll focus on patient management and develop the skills needed to work at an advanced practice level, recognising areas for change and improvement that will enhance your practice.

Professional support

Throughout this course, you’ll study with people from different professions, which will improve your understanding of osteoporosis and bone densitometry reporting across a wide range of health care settings.

It’s important that you have the support of an appropriate mentor in your workplace before you start this course. Your mentor and our tutors will help you to produce diagnostic reports that will inform the management and care of your patients.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. 

Radiography students smiling in class
Students focusing in radiography class
Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

Postgraduate Open Event

Join us at an upcoming Postgraduate Open Event, where you will get the opportunity to meet our expert academics and find out more about your course.

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What you will study

You will develop and display a sound appreciation of the knowledge-base related to the theoretical principles of DXA reporting and fracture prevention and management. This requires you to critically reflect on the theoretical principles, and how they can be applied to work-based practice for the benefit and enhancement of patient/ client care.

You will critically review the current evidence-base underpinning DXA Reporting, and ensure continuous personal and professional development within this emerging clinical area.

To ensure this, you will need to negotiate a learning programme that will accredit your work-based activity and endorse your professional role within the field of DXA and osteoporosis/falls practice.

Ultimately, you will demonstrate the skills to become agents of change for enhanced practice in DXA and osteoporosis management.

You’ll study modules such as:

  • DXA Reporting for Clinicians

You’ll also study one further 20 credit module from the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care course. This module can reflect an area of particular interest to you personally and professionally. You may choose to select a module directly related to bone densitometry reporting or you may choose to study a more generic module. Examples of modules available include:

You can study a range of modules included within the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care which may include the following:

  • Advancing Practice
  • Assessment, Prevention and Management of Falls (Theory)
  • Principles of Service Improvement in the Workplace
  • Theoretical Considerations in the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis
  • Work-Based Negotiated

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

How you're assessed

During this course you’ll develop a portfolio of reports and extended case studies, which have been independently reported on and include comments on technical aspects of the image as well as treatment recommendations. You’ll also include an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner.

You will be assessed in a written examination and a short written assignment on the role of Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) too.

Teaching and learning

You’ll be taught by staff who are health care professionals and have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk. They will support you throughout your study, sharing the latest developments in bone densitometry reporting. They’ve also contributed to national guidance on standards for DXA reporting, so you can be sure that the teaching you receive is up to date and of a high standard.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Apply directly to the University.

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During this course you'll develop your understanding of osteoporosis and the role of DXA within the management of fracture risk. You will enhance your practice by using a systematic approach in both your theoretical appraisal of research as well as reporting bone mass density results. Your patient management skills will improve and you will have the ability to implement further activities within the field of fracture management and DXA reporting.

When you've completed this course you'll be able to confidently establish standards of practice in your workplace. When working with your mentor and the academic team within the university you will be guided to produce diagnostic reports on the management and care of your patients.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.