Master of Science in Clinical Radiology

Master of Science in Clinical Radiology

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Clinical Radiology
Course code PMSCCRDPDT0
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Reuben Grech
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
The course helps doctors who are specialising in radiology to understand and become familiar with radiological techniques, image interpretation and the role of radiology in everyday clinical practice.

It offers a structure for such training that parallels the FRCR (UK) and European Society of Radiology (ESR) syllabus.

The programme is endorsed by the Postgraduate Co-ordinators at Mater Dei Hospital (MDH) and by the Malta Association of Radiologists and Nuclear Physicians (MARNMP).

This course is advantageous for Radiology Trainees, as one of the requirements to attain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) issued by the Specialist Accreditation Committee (SAC) in Malta.

This course provides those undertaking speciality training in clinical radiology with appropriate knowledge of the anatomy and physics needed to perform and interpret radiological studies.

The objective of this course is to train students in:

• Interpretation of radiographs and fluoroscopic examinations.
• Performance and interpretation of ultrasound examinations.
• Interpretation of basic CT and MRI examinations
• Understanding of diffusion weighted Imaging (DWI) and its applications, as well as advanced MRI techniques.
• Understanding the imaging pathways followed in clinical radiology.
• reporting of straightforward cases and a provisional report for more complex findings

When combined to other training in clinical radiology, this course will ensure safe and effective application of diagnostic imaging for the benefit of patients.

The course allows trainees to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach in order to offer a holistic radiological practice.

Trainees will also be expected to develop practical and interventional skills.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, or a qualification deemed by Senate to be comparable.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants shall be required to undergo an occupational health assessment, so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolement Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
By the end of the programme of study, the student will be able to:

- Describe the discipline and foundations of Clinical Radiology
- Explain the medical physics underlying multi-modality image acquisition
- Describe the dose-reduction approaches in diagnostic and interventional imaging techniques that rely on ionizing radiation
- Explain the radiological appearance of common and uncommon pathological entities
- Discuss the pathological mechanisms that lead to radiological findings in different conditions
- Explain the rationale and evidence behind vascular and non-vascular interventional radiology
- Appreciate and interpret radiological research
- Explain the use of image interpretation software, with an emphasis on the key parameters that can be varied when interpreting multimodality imaging
- Optimize image acquisition during ultrasound studies through the transferring of manual skills
- Correlate the importance of a sound medical background to performing and interpreting ultrasound, and interpreting plain x-rays, CT, and MRI scans
- Explain current guidelines that aid clinicians and radiologist in choosing the right imaging study, for the condition being investigated
- Explain current guidelines that aid clinicians in referring patients for interventional radiological techniques
- Explain the basis of interventional radiology, including the Seldinger technique
- Explain the role of interventional radiology in managing complications of vascular and abdominal surgery
- Objectively analyse and criticise peer-reviewed radiological literature
- Compose a publishable radiological research project, with the aim of introducing trainee radiologists to sound research skills and methodology, and improving clinical practice by doing so
- Apply the skills acquired to day-to-day clinical practice
Medical Doctors who have completed their Foundation Programme and would like to specialize in Clinical Radiology.
It provides the opportunity for embarking upon a Doctorate programme in Radiology.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 14 December 2020

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