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Fundamental Applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Course Details

Course/Module Code





20-21 Accredited 30 credits



20-21 Non-Accredited 30 credits



Course Dates

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A practice based portfolio and a 2,500 word written assignment will be used to assess the achievement of the learning outcomes.

Component A - Practice Based Portfolio

This practice based assessment requires the production of a clinical portfolio of evidence. This portfolio must contain the following:

  • Record of clinical experience
  • Clinical assessments of actual patient examinations
  • Further details are available in the module handbook.

Rationale: An opportunity for the student to demonstrate clinical competence. The portfolio is assessed in practice and marked as pass/fail as students need to meet a minimum requirement to practice safely at this level. The academic team will oversee and moderate the marking of the portfolio. There is opportunity for students to demonstrate progression of competencies (where appropriate) and receive formative feedback throughout practice.

Component B Written Assignment

A 2,500 word case study. 

Rationale: An opportunity for the student to demonstrate an appreciation of the role of an MRI advanced practitioner and operator. Students will have the opportunity for formative feedback




This distance learning, practice-based module aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge to support and develop their clinical practice in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This will enable students to apply this knowledge in a safe and appropriate manner that offers a quality service to patients.

The syllabus includes:

  • Clinical protocols
  • Examination design considerations
  • Rationale for the use, adaptation and development of MR acquisition protocols in diagnostic and radiotherapy MRI units including:-

    Head, neck, neurology and, ear, nose and throat (ENT)
    Cancer staging
    Radiotherapy planning (including stereotactic frames)
    Cardiac imaging (fundamental knowledge)
    MR colonography
    MR mammography
    MR urography
  • Management and organisation
  • Consideration for organisation and management of MRI service provision
  • Ethical and legal issues relating to MRI practice
  • Patient care
  • Evaluate patient care, preparation and quality enhancement to service delivery
  • Recognise the scanning requirements of specialist patient groups including anaesthetised, sedated and paediatric patients
  • Appraise the use of contrast agents, both IV and oral, within MRI relating to risk/benefit issues and dealing with adverse reactions.



Entry Requirements

You will need to have radiography professional qualification or relevant clinical MRI experience.

You will not be able to access this module if you do not have a Mentor and/or Departmental support to complete the necessary appraisals, log-numbers and monthly reports. Please contact the module leader if you have any queries relating to this.


On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate MRI protocols for various anatomical regions
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the legal, ethical and organisational aspects of current practice in MRI
  • Critically evaluate contemporary research concerning MR technology in order to inform practice, and implement new approaches where appropriate
  • Critically evaluate the contribution that MRI makes to diagnostic tests/procedures or radiotherapy practice, in the context of differential diagnosis
  • Safely perform a comprehensive range of MRI procedures, demonstrating an ability to adapt effectively to new or unusual situations
  • Justify the contribution and the role of MRI to the overall management of patients.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled Learning

Teaching and learning methods will include, but not be limited to, asynchronous delivery of lecture material through narrated presentations, notes and other guided reading, VLE discussion board fora with specific objectives, workplace tasks, and other study tasks deemed appropriate to the development of student knowledge. Formative feedback on allocated study tasks will be provided.

Independent Learning

Includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion, etc. These sessions constitute an average time per level as indicated in the table below.

Placement Learning 

Students on this module will be working in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. There will be competency based tasks to complete locally as per the clinical portfolio component. This will be assessed with on-site mentors.

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30 credit Masters level module

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