Entry requirements, skills and interests (non-ionising imaging)
You'll need an honours degree in a relevant science or engineering subject to enter non-ionising imaging.
To get into non-ionising imaging, you’ll need a relevant honours degree (at a minimum of a 2:1 classification or a 2:2 with appropriate postgraduate qualifications), and then apply for a place on the graduate-entry NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).
Because of the extensive variation in degrees available, it isn’t possible to provide a definitive list of relevant degrees for entry to the STP. You need to be sure that you’ve reviewed the job description and person specification for the training (on the National School of Healthcare Science’s website), and the information on this page. You then need to be sure to match the skills and knowledge required to the content of your degree and the specialism you wish to apply for.
For STP positions in the physical sciences and biomedical engineering (which include non-ionising imaging), the most commonly accepted degrees will be in pure or applied physics, engineering or applied mathematics.
It can be advantageous to have gained some experience of working in a relevant environment before applying. Relevant experience may include but is not limited to: summer internships in either a medical physics or radiology department.
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To work in non-ionising imaging you’ll need:
- effective communication skills
- a mature, calm confident but sympathetic approach to achieve the best outcome for each patient
- an interest in science and technology, a good academic background and an ability to update and test your knowledge against experience
- to be comfortable using modern technology and complex equipment
- to be able to work as part of a team.
If you work in a role with responsibility for resources (such as staff, budgets or equipment) you'll need excellent leadership skills and be able to use your initiative within the remit of your job role.
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