Breast Imaging, Postgraduate Certificate

A major feature of this Breast Imaging programme from London South Bank University is the option for you to pursue specific knowledge and skills development in your area of practice through the use of work-based learning e.g. breast ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsy procedures.


The Breast Imaging programme from London South Bank University includes provision for developing a high standard of mammography skills. However, it also caters for those wishing to move into advanced and consultant practice to meet the evolving requirements of breast screening and diagnostic services.

The course is provided through a partnership between London South Bank University and King's College Hospital National Breast Screening Training Centre. Applicants will normally be a Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) registered radiographer, with a relevant professional qualification, or in possession of a first degree in a science, biomedical or health and social care subject.

The Breast Imaging programme is designed to address the increasingly specialised needs of practitioners for education to underpin professional practice in breast diagnosis.


This programme will assist in developing your career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas.

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Mammography theory
  • Mammography practice
  • Plus one optional module
You can step-off at this stage to receive a PgCert.
Year 2
  • Mammography image interpretation (double credits)
  • Clinical breast examination and communication
  • You can step-off at this stage to receive a PgDip.
Year 3
  • Dissertation
If you complete a dissertation you will be awarded an MSc.Students may select from other units available in the scheme to identify a route to award, e.g.:
  • Specialist skills development: work-based learning
  • Leadership skills for allied health professionals
  • An introduction to counselling skills for health care professionals
  • Teaching and learning in practice settings
  • Intravenous administration of pharmaceutical substances for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
  • Research in health and social care
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      up to 2 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Registration with an appropriate regulatory body, e.g. Health and Care Professions Council
  • Possession of a recognised appropriate professional qualification (at a minimum of level 6) e.g. BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • Be employed within the Breast Care Field and have access to a Breast Imaging Department and/or Breast Clinic which can provide appropriate clinical experience
  • Evidence of departmental support due to the nature of the clinical competency requirements of the individual modules. 
  • If English is not the first language, students must have an IELTS average score of 7.0 on entry to the programme. No individual elements should be below 7.0

Tuition Fee

You may be eligible for continuous professional development (CPD) funding from your employer/Trust. 

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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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