Course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK fee

£900 per 20 credits (2024/25)

Course level



PG Cert

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This innovative programme of study incorporates keynote lectures, peer-led seminars and assessments with real-world application.

This programme provides the educational structure to gain the knowledge and skills required to undertake an independent reporting role. It works together with the workplace to develop your independent reporting skills.

This programme is unique in that it incorporates all four pillars of advanced practice (Expert Clinical Practice, Education, Research and Leadership and management) into the module and assessment content. Therefore providing a solid foundation for students to build upon in order to fulfil the requirements of an advanced practice role.

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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 may choose between Appendicular, Axial or Chest reporting.

You will study one core common module titled 'Fundamental Principles of Image Reporting', topics include:

You will also study a 40 credit module specific to your area of reporting, these modules have several common features (the assessment methods are the same) however your lecturer and module focus will be specific to your area of reporting, ie appendicular skeleton.

Topics include:

This module will conclude with submission of your portfolio and an OSE exam in July.

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

You will attend the university on a 'Block release' basis for three days at a time. Activities to enhance your learning will be posted onto the virtual learning environment (Blackboard). Teaching sessions will include keynote lectures, image viewing and report writing session and peer-led seminars. The opportunity to practice and receive feedback on your teaching and leadership skills will also be integrated into the timetable.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed using a range of methods that are appropriate to meet the learning outcomes of this programme, your professional and advanced practice requirements and appropriate for level 7 education.

Methods include, but are not limited to:

Entry requirements

Normally, applicants must:

Consideration will also be given to candidates who present with appropriate professional level diploma qualifications and relevant post-registration experience

You must also:

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)



£900 per 20 credits




Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


This programme supports the development of the expert clinical practice required to undertake the role of an independent reporter.

The programme also provides a foundation for you to go on to fulfil an Advanced Practice or even a Consultant Practice role.

Contact us

Richard Tucker (Programme leader) E: Tel: +44 (0)1332 591283

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

Download programme specification

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.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.