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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Clinical radiology

BSMS > Postgraduate > Clinical Radiology

Clinical Radiology

Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Part-time: 4 years

Eligible applicants: Open to UK applicants only (and EU applicants who are appointed to a post within Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Location: University of Brighton, Falmer campus; University of Sussex, Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Phil Thompson

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Course Administrator: Jo Firth

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General enquiries:

This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. 

We are not recruiting for this course in 2024/25.

Download the course application handbook for further information on this course.

Download the clinical radiology handbook here >

Key areas of study

  • Imaging physics and anatomy
  • Musculoskeletal and neurological imaging
  • Oncological imaging
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services

Course overview

Radiology trainees are required to assimilate a large body of knowledge with which they will have been previously unfamiliar over a relatively short timescale, including detailed knowledge of imaging physics and anatomy as well as the full spectrum of disease processes and associated imaging features.

The three clinical modules of the course provide a thorough grounding in these essential areas of knowledge. Generic professional skills do not always receive sufficient focus in everyday radiology training. Furthermore, despite the rapid advances being made in imaging technology, the number of radiologists actively engaged in high quality research remains small. The three professional modules of the course develop skills in the key domains of research, leadership and teaching. The dissertation component of the MSc provides the opportunity to undertake a supervised, high quality piece of research in a chosen subspecialty area.

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"Delivered through a series of interesting and engaging lectures, this MSc course has provided a thorough foundation in the basic concepts underlying clinical radiology. This has enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the specialty, and greatly supported my professional practice as a trainee radiologist."

Dr Frances Sheehan 
MSc Clinical Radiology student

Course structure

Assessment for professional modules is by assignments of around 3,000 words and written examinations for clinical modules.  


  • Imaging Physics and Anatomy (20 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal and Neurological Imaging (20 credits)
  • Oncological Imaging (20 credits)


  • PGCert modules


  • Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
  • Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  • Leading and Transforming Services (20 credits)


  • PGDip modules


  • Dissertation (60 credits)  

Career opportunities

This course has been set up with the ultimate aim of producing high-quality Clinical Radiology consultants, capable of meeting the challenges of this dynamic and rapidly evolving specialty and equipped with a wide range of invaluable clinical and professional knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a medical degree plus a minimum of two years’ postgraduate experience or a degree in a profession allied to clinical radiology. Applicants are normally expected to be in clinical practice in the UK throughout the course.

This course is open to UK applicants only (and EU applicants who are appointed to a post within HEESE).

Fees and funding

We are not taking new student intake in 2024/25 so please do not apply at this time.

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We are not taking new student intake in 2024/25 so please do not apply at this time.