Do you have the ambition to become an essential member of a healthcare team, using the latest technology to diagnose and treat people's illnesses?
As a Diagnostic Radiographer, you'll examine patients using the latest imaging techniques – from conventional radiography, CT scanning and fluoroscopy to more specialised modalities such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance and radionuclide imaging.
You might also comment on the images you create so that the correct treatment can be given. You'll provide a service to most hospital departments.
On this BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree, you'll learn how to use specialist medical imaging and radiography equipment effectively, and develop professional skills for your career.
In year 1, you'll learn the foundational skills and knowledge needed for a career as a radiographer, and then build on this in years 2 and 3 in areas such as evidence-based decisions making, human biology and image interpretation.
You'll spend up to 13 weeks in each year on clinical placements, applying the knowledge and practical skills you learn under the supervision of a mentor and other clinical staff.
When you complete the course successfully, you’ll be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer.
NHS bursary – at least £5,000 a year
When you study this course from October 2020, you may be eligible for an NHS bursary of £5,000–£8,000 a year.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
- Investigate areas such as radiation science, human anatomy, modern technology and effective communication
- Learn how to evaluate images from the technology you use to identify illnesses and treatment options
- Work in an environment that prepares you for your career, working alongside other clinical departments and experienced Diagnostic Radiographers
- Use our simulation facilities including the digital X-ray suite
- Attend clinical placements, where you'll engage with and examine patients under the supervision of experts
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- clinical practice
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- hospital placements
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
Careers and opportunities
Diagnostic radiography is a rewarding career that's essential to modern medicine.
Without diagnostic radiographers it would be harder to diagnose, treat and manage illness and disease. They provide essential services to millions of people every year and are often the first people patients and service users come into contact with during their care.
The 2018 Society of Radiographers annual report highlights there's a growing demand for radiographers.
The role is varied and every day is different so it's an occupation that's rarely dull.
What you can do with a Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree
The majority of previous students quickly secured roles as Diagnostic Radiographers in the NHS. A newly qualified diagnostic radiographer starting employment in the NHS will be at band 5 (with a salary starting at £24,907 in 2020/21).
You could also work as a diagnostic radiographer for independent providers, industrial companies and veterinary clinics as you progress your career.
With experience and additional training, your skills will also open doors into advanced practice in areas such as:
- Postgraduate study or research in specialisms such as computed tomography, medical magnetic resonance, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and medical physics
- Health management through the NHS Graduate Scheme
Work experience and career planning
You'll attend clinical placements on this course, supported by clinical mentors and registered healthcare professionals. You'll have 2 or 3 placement blocks in each academic year, each lasting between 5 and 7 weeks. You'll spend a total of 10 to 13 weeks on placement each year.
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.