- Course: MSc Medical Imaging
- Year of graduation: 2019
- Nationality: Singaporean
- Job title: Radiographer
- Company: Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
I have been working as a radiographer in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore for the past five years. Clinical work has been very fulfilling, and I was looking for a well-designed and comprehensive postgraduate programme to enhance my knowledge in medical physics. With its wide selection of modules, all of which were very relevant to radiography, the MSc in Medical Imaging offered by the University of Leeds seemed like the perfect choice. With a vibrant student community, the campus feels warm and inviting, with many communal areas to interact and study together with friends. Leeds on the whole is a very liveable city, with a walkable town centre, and great cafes and parks to hang out in.
I really enjoyed the holistic teaching approach of the programme, where we engaged with various academics, physicists, radiologists and radiographers. These different clinical perspectives made learning a very enriching experience. I particularly found the cross-sectional imaging modules: MRI, CT and Radionuclide Imaging very useful, with abstract concepts explained with depth and clarity, and the practical applications covered in detail. MATLAB visualisation sessions in X-ray served as great learning aids, while the Medical Interpretation module covered crucial imaging principles.
Readjusting to student life after having been working for the past few years, with multiple assignment deadlines and exams to prepare for was challenging in the beginning. We were all assigned personal tutors, who were very accommodating and helpful, meeting with us regularly to offer guidance and support.
The library facilities are great, with in-house cafes, numerous private study rooms and booths, and larger areas designated for group discussions. In particular, the Brotherton library has amazing architecture, with its own museum and art gallery – studying there can be quite atmospheric. The library website has a wealth of information on academic writing, referencing, and provides access to numerous journals and databases.
This programme has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge about the physics concepts underpinning the clinical modalities, and has helped develop my critical-thinking and research skills. I would highly recommend this course to any radiographer looking to gain a holistic understanding of radiography, and the various machines and scanners we use on a daily basis. I feel well-equipped with the knowledge gained from this course to better handle the challenges of clinical work, and hope to implement beneficial changes in my department.