Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging BSc (Hons)


Do you have the ambition to become an essential member of a healthcare team, diagnosing and treating people's illnesses?

Diagnostic Radiographers examine patients using a variety of imaging techniques, from conventional radiography, CT scanning and fluoroscopy to more specialised modalities such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance and radionuclide imaging.

On this BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree course, you’ll learn how to use specialist medical imaging and radiography equipment effectively. After the course, you’ll be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer. 

We are currently seeking approval from the College of Radiographers to show that this course maintains and develops the highest standards of clinical imaging and conduct.

What you'll experience:

  • 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 Radiographers
  • Use our simulation facilities including the digital X-ray suite
  • Attend clinical placement sites, where you'll engage with and examine patients under the supervision of experts

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Foundation Of Evidence Based Practice – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop the learning approach and academic skills for a successful academic career.

Foundations of Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice – 20 credits- This module introduces you to diagnostic radiography practice and begins to develop fundamental knowledge required to ensure patient-centred clinical practice. Supervised clinical practice is a fundamental aspect of this module.

Radiation Physics  – 20 credits- This module introduces you to radiation physics, legislation, and imaging equipment.

Science Informing Practice – 40 credits- This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of essential science informing practice.

Year 2

Core modules

Applied Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice – 40 credits- This module builds on the skills and knowledge you developed in professional diagnostic radiography practice.  

Engaging with Service Improvement – 20 credits- This module introduces you to service improvement, the importance of auditing to improve productivity of care-pathways and delivery of person-centred care.  

Evidence Based Decision-Making – 20 credits- This module equips you with an understanding of research and other forms of evidence to inform decision-making in practice. 

Human Biological Principles – 20 credits- This module develops your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and imaging of the neurological, endocrine, digestive, reproductive, and urinary systems.

Imaging Science and Clinical Governance – 20 credits- Diagnostic radiographers are required to provide a high standard of service provision. This includes producing high quality medical images while ensuring that the patient dose is as low as reasonably practicable.

Year 3

Core modules

Enhancing Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice – 40 credits- This module builds on the skills and knowledge you learned in professional diagnostic radiography practice. 

Image Interpretation – 20 credits- This module equips you with the tools and practice to develop skills in the field of image interpretation as applied to diagnostic radiological images.

Medical Imaging Modalities – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the principles and instrumentation for computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound (US) and nuclear medicine.

Project – 40 credits- In this module, you’ll design and undertake an in-depth project in an area of your choosing.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • 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.

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this course, you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer.

What can you do with a Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree?

The majority of previous students have quickly secured roles as Diagnostic Radiographers. With experience, your skills will also open doors into advanced practice in areas such as:

  • specialist imaging
  • research
  • teaching
  • health management
  • postgraduate study

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.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) or Mathematics. Access awards are also welcomed. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

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