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MSc Breast Imaging

Gain a masters level understanding of breast imaging. Expand your skillset and enhance your clinical practise. This bespoke programme can be tailored to your individual needs as a health care professional.

Course overview

“Enhance your understanding of breast imaging with our highly bespoke master’s programme.”

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among females in the UK, with one in two expected to be affected by cancer in their lifetime.

With radiologist shortages and an increase in health promotion and breast awareness, there is a huge need for Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP’s) in the workforce.

This course is aimed at professional practitioners such as Radiographers, Sonographers, GPs, breast clinicians as well as other health care professionals who work and have an interest in expanding their skills in breast imaging and breast health.

  • Enhance your existing skills in identification and assessment of breast health issues.
  • Attain application-specific skills in different aspects of breast imaging.
  • Ensure safe and competent practice for entry to the profession as a reflective and critical practitioner.

Our bespoke programme allows you to tailor a course to you and your needs and caters for those on the pathway to move into advanced and consultant practice.

Why study breast imaging at AECC University College?

  • Limited UK universities are able to offer such a specialised skill and knowledge set that we offer.
  • Develop as a practitioner who can meet the evolving requirements of radiographer led breast diagnostic services.
  • This course accommodates progression into an advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) or breast consultant roles.
  • Enjoy the flexibility to choose units that apply to your specific needs. Focus on select areas that you wish to build upon, enhance your clinical skill mix and take your career further.

How do I apply?

Applications to the MSc Breast Imaging course are now open, please follow the link below to our online application system.

Applications close end of summer 2023


Key Information

Course title:
MSc Breast Imaging
PG Cert, PG Dip, or MSc
Normally 3 - 4 years
Study mode:
Part-time (September start)
Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
AECC University College

Course leader

Course Leader Image

Megan Lines

BSc, MSc - Lecturer in Ultrasound/Radiography and Unit Lead.

Megan is course leader for the MSc Breast Imaging course, and the lead for the Breast Imaging unit on the MSc Medical Ultrasound course, teaching and developing imaging-guided breast services to include interventional techniques. Megan is also involved in teaching and development of Medical Ultrasound units with a specific interest in obstetrics and gynaecology, including the delivery of multiple short courses.

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Course details

Course location

  • School of Radiology, Parkwood Campus.

Highly bespoke programme

Choose the modules that apply to the needs of your personal practise. For example, if you are working as a radiographer or sonographer you may want to focus on breast ultrasound, breast interventional techniques & mammography image reading.

If you are working as a breast nurse you may want to enhance your knowledge of clinical examination and communication.

If you are on the pathway to become an advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) or consultant radiographer you may wish to include modules such as, professional development, leadership and interprofessional working & evidence-based practice.

You are required to undertake at Least 1 of the clinical specialist units for PGCert, and 2 for PGDip. To complete the masters programme individuals will then be looking to complete the Research or Audit methods with clinical audit or Dissertation. 

Clinical Placement

You will need to have a clinical placement secured before entry to the course.

Following the theory aspect of the course, you will work with your practice educator in your placement, applying the theory and honing your practical skills.

You will be supported during this time by your practice educator as well as the academic team here at the University, who will have regular interaction to help you along the way.

These may include webinars, meetings, placement visits, and other modes of communication.


Unit breakdown

"Take your career further and enhance your practise with our highly bespoke programme"

Entry Requirements

Essential requirements

  • You’ll need a recognised professional qualification or a first degree in a relevant healthcare subject (minimum 2:2). Examples of these are; General Medicine, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Nursing. Together with registration from a professional body e.g. HCPC, GMN, NMC, SOR etc.

Evidence of prior learning

  • If you have prior academically accredited units that are relevant to the course learning outcomes, you can apply for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The RPL process allows for completion of credits in a staged process by acknowledging previously completed units. Units being considered for RPL will be reviewed to ensure they meet the learning needs of the course and specific unit.

Is there anything else that’s required?

  • When you apply you should also include a Clinical Workplace Agreement (completed by the work-place supervisor/mentor, if they require this as a word.doc please ask them to email, just to make sure you can meet all the clinical requirements of the course.
  • To be able to undertake Imaging Guided Breast Intervention the applicant must demonstrate that they have suitable qualification/experience/insurance/PGD to be able to perform injections.

International Students

  • Please note to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. For this course, applicants are required to achieve the equivalent of an IELTS (academic) score of 7.0 or above with no less than 6.0 in each section.
  • As this is a part time course we are unable to sponsor international students who require a student visa.

Course Fees

UK/ROI/ Channel Islands

Yearly fees are based on the number of credits that you wish to undertake per academic year. 60 credit points (3 x 20 credit units) the fee would be £3,910 per annum.


Yearly fees are based on the number of credits that you wish to undertake per academic year. 60 credit points (3 x 20 credit units) the fee would be £6,516 per annum.

Please note that these fees are for the 2023-24 academic year only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Additional Course Costs

  • Students will be expected to purchase copies of required text books. They may wish to purchase their own copies of recommended text books. Books are estimated to cost between £50 and £200. Students may also wish to purchase AECC University College-branded items of clothing. This clothing will cost approximately £50 to £75. Printing and binding the final dissertation will cost approximately £35 - £75. Printing a research poster will cost approximately £35 - £50. Travel to and from the AECC & clinical placements as well as any accommodation costs incurred is to be funded by the student and will not be reimbursed.

Should you have any questions on course fees please see our Fees and Payment Information page or contact our admissions team on the form below.

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