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MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Practical Radiotherapy

Unit code NURS60097
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit will investigate all contemporary forms of radiotherapy in order for the student to develop a systematic understanding of the main scientific principles underpinning each modality. This will include both photon and charged particle therapies for which the benefits and disadvantages will be discussed.  


Provide students with critical insight into the scientific and technical principles underlying radiotherapy as well as the practical implementation of this form of cancer therapy through an exploration of the patient journey..
The unit will also provide an overview of the outstanding challenges in radiotherapy and how these are being addressed through research.


Teaching and learning methods

  • Classroom based teaching
  • Interactive group based sessions
  • Practical real world experience and demonstrations
  • On-line resources
  • Independent study

Knowledge and understanding

  • Appraise and critique different radiotherapy treatment modalities.
  • Examine and discuss the science underpinning different radiotherapy modalities.
  • Critically evaluate the issues that can impact on the longer-term quality of life following radiotherapy
  • Analyse and compare the benefits and risks of radiotherapy
  • Critically evaluate the psycho-social needs of patients undergoing radiotherapy

Intellectual skills

  • Distinguish and critically evaluate different radiotherapy techniques and their application
  • Critically analyse the national implementation of radiotherapy in the UK

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in the field of practical radiotherapy
  • Explain and discuss the patient pathway for radiotherapy

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop information technology skills to support lifelong learning and participate in identification of individual learning needs and develop strategies to meet those needs.
  • Evaluate own role in leading and developing practice and service delivery.
  • Participate in collaborative learning and peer support.
  • Promote independent learning through critical evaluation and synthesis of evidence that enhances and challenges current practice.
  • Systematically evaluate a range of evidence to inform decision-making and professional practice

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Oral assessment/presentation 20%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jane Griffiths Unit coordinator

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