Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging BSc (Hons)

About the course


Diagnostic radiography is a challenging yet satisfying career, using 'cutting edge' technology in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease and injury. Our BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging course gives you the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to become a confident and highly-skilled, state registered practitioner.

Our successful diagnostic radiography and imaging degree has run since 1992 and prides itself on adapting to the changes and advances which have been seen in radiography practice since this time, thus ensuring that our graduates are ready for employment in a modern and dynamic National Health Service (NHS) environment.

The BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging course will give you the skills that you need in order to be able to:

  • produce high quality images (such as x-rays, ultrasound, radioactivity and magnetic resonance) that provide vital information about what is happening inside the body
  • evaluate the diagnostic and technical quality of images
  • recognise normal and abnormal anatomical appearances
  • administer appropriate caring skills to every individual
  • give intravenous injections and carry out some contrast examinations that have traditionally been performed by medical practitioners

You will also develop your communication skills as diagnostic radiographers get involved in a wide range of procedures providing essential services not only within the imaging department but also in operating theatres, wards and the emergency department.

The communications skills will also be needed when dealing with each patient where the ability to adapt your technical skills to individual circumstances is key to providing the best patient care.

Why choose this course?

  • Our BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging course gives you the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to become a confident and highly-skilled, state registered practitioner
  • We are the country’s largest provider of radiography education
  • We offer you clinical placements throughout your studies so that you can combine the theoretical principles of radiography with clinical practice
  • 91% of our graduates go into employment within six months after graduation as the course offers excellent career prospects with the opportunity for continuous career development

Entry requirements...

To include a minimum of 5 GCSEs taken at one sitting including English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or above plus either:

  • 300 UCAS points from at least 2 GCE A levels should to include a minimum of 80 points from sciences
  • BTEC national diploma DDM profile to include science units (320 points)
  • Irish Leaving certificate 300 points calculated from 5 higher level subjects to include 80 points from a science
  • A science based foundation degree in which all modules are passed with an average mark of 60% over all. 
  • A science or radiography based Access Diploma. Overall pass of 60 credits. L3 credits should include 24 graded at distinction and a further 12 graded at merit or above. For those applicants who do not have GCSE English language grade C or equivalent we require 6 credits in English language and for those who do not have GCSE mathematics grade C or equivalent we require 6 credits in numerical subjects
  • For a science based degree minimum of 2:2 classification achieved. For a non-science based degree minimum of 2:1 classification achieved 

The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including IB – to find out more about the requirements for these and other equivalent qualifications visit the UCAS website 

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered

  • GCSE English language grade A-C
  • IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band)

Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. 

You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

Study routes

  • Full Time, 3 Years


  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


When you graduate from our diagnostic radiography course you can work in a wide range of settings at hospitals such as:

  • the imaging department
  • the wards
  • accident and emergency
  • operating theatres

You will experience the pleasure of knowing that your work has contributed to diagnosing disease and saving lives.

Other career opportunities as a diagnostic radiographer are:

  • advanced or consultant practitioner in the health service 
  • “out of hours” working which provides increased individual responsibility and enhanced earnings
  • postgraduate study and research opportunities
  • teaching
  • management or technical application opportunities

It is important to note that radiography may involve working with ill and vulnerable patients, and that an interest in patient care is as vitally important as performing well in the technical aspects of the role. 

Teaching methods

Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centred activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a Major project or dissertation.

With the BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging course you will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the course including:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

As a student on the BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging course you will spend approximately 40% of your course time in clinical placements. These will help you develop the necessary skills in radiographic clinical practice, patient care and communication, team working, image processing and evaluation that will differentiate you in the job market when you graduate from the course.

We have strong links with a wide range of clinical sites, situated in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, London, East Midlands and South Central regions where you will be assigned to do the clinical placements depending on availability.

The clinical placements are managed and supported by a dedicated team of university lecturers, practice educators and clinical coordinators who work together to ensure that each student’s clinical practice experience is of the highest quality.

Professional Accreditations

Eligibility to apply for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health  and Care Professions Council as a Diagnostic Radiographer.


Year 1

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Inter-professional Education

    The module is designed to give students the opportunity to work in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding of a range of professional roles and encourage co-operative learning and working. The rationale for and benefits of inter-professional working within health and social care are explored. Learning will be through multi-professional group seminars and tutorials that require students to access and gather appropriate data from a range of sources and apply this to a series of practice-based, simulated scenarios and exercises.

  • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging 1

    The module will develop knowledge and understanding of basic principles and concepts of anatomy physiology and pathology. Anatomy of the skeletal and respiratory systems will be the focus. Physiology and common pathologies of the skeletal system will be explored. Knowledge and understanding of normal and abnormal anatomy as demonstrated on a range of medical images will be included.

  • Preparation for Professional Practice 1

    The aim of this module is to provide a foundation for academic study in a higher education institution. The importance of personal and professional development and lifelong learning and the need to maintain a record of learning will be a core component of the module. The module content will introduce students to the hospital environment and relevant legislation and mandatory training required for clinical practice. The concepts of client/customer care in relation to patient interactions will be explored Students will gain an understanding of the requirements and expected standards of the professional and regulatory bodies. Students will be expected to understand the HPC standards of proficiency and the provision of high standards of patient/client care.

  • Principles & Applications of Imaging Science 1

    This module will develop knowledge and skills related to the production of X-rays and their interaction with matter. It will include consideration of the fundamental principles underpinning X-radiography, including the nature of matter and radiations. It will explore the principles of radiation protection and the radiographer s responsibilities. The design, components and functions of imaging equipment will be considered. Units of measurement and basic mathematical conventions in addition to the principles of conventional X-radiography systems will be covered.

  • Radiographic Practice & Image Evaluation 1

    The module provides the basis for students to undertake radiographic practice within the clinical environment. Throughout the module students will work to develop their clinical skills and apply knowledge in areas of patient care, preparation for radiographic examinations and communication, general radiographic imaging techniques and image evaluation. Emphasis will be made on safe and professional working practices within diagnostic imaging including practical radiation protection and communication, taking into account the radiographer s role in the multiprofessional team.


Year 2

Core Modules

  • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging 2

    This module will develop detailed knowledge and understanding of the anatomy of the circulatory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. The gross anatomy of the central nervous system will be introduced. Physiology and pathology of the respiratory, circulatory and gastrointestinal systems will be discussed and explored. Pathology of the various structures and systems specified (excluding genitourinary and central nervous systems) in this module will be explored. Assessment of normal and abnormal anatomy as demonstrated on a range of medical images will be included. An outline of the endocrine system, which underpins the function of many systems mentioned will be discussed.

  • Preparation for Professional Practice 2

    In this module the student will be introduced to a range of skills that will underpin their clinical practice. The module provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in dealing with issues in the work environment including undertaking mandatory training. Psychology and sociology theory will be applied to clinical practice to allow students to understand the relevance of this important topic area in providing high quality health care experiences that meet the needs and expectations of patients/clients and their families/carers. The module also explores employability skills relevant to CV writing and interview techniques.

  • Principles & Applications of Imaging Science 2

    This module will introduce knowledge and skills related to the use of computed tomography equipment, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and radionuclide imaging. The application of PACS as well as problem solving approach to PACS and digital imaging systems will also be covered. The principles of fluoroscopy, mobile and dental radiography will be covered. Quality assurance testing of imaging equipment and maintenance will be explored.

  • Radiographic Practice & Image Evaluation 2

    The module develops the skills for students to undertake clinical practice in the clinical environment. Throughout the module students will continue to develop their clinical skills in general radiography in routine and complex radiographic examinations, supplementary projections and image evaluation associated with the skull and facial bones, gastrointestinal (incl. biliary tract exams.), genitourinary systems (incl. IVU s), mammography, mobiles and theatre and dental radiography. In addition, a range of imaging modalities, e.g. CT, MRI, RNI and Ultrasound will be explored as relevant. CT imaging will include basic radiographic technique of the head, chest and abdomen. The module also introduces safe and best practice working practices when working with paediatric patients within diagnostic imaging including non-accidental injuries, practical radiation protection, communication and professionalism, taking into account the radiographers role in the multiprofessional team. Special considerations in patient care with regards to more complex imaging and fluoroscopy procedures will be explored in line with the HPC Standards of Proficiency.

  • Radiographic Research Methods

    This module will introduce students to the range of methodologies and approaches available for conducting primary and secondary radiographic research. The principles which determine methodological quality, suitability and best practice in research will be covered. Students will be able to apply the taught principles of literature evaluation to all of their degree studies and will be prepared for their final year research exercise.


Year 3

Core Modules

  • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging 3

    This module will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the anatomy of the cardiovascular (including lymphatic s), and neurological imaging (including central nervous system, head, sinuses and special senses). Physiology and pathology of the cardiovascular (including lymphatics) and central nervous systems (including the special senses) will be critically evaluated. The module will also develop understanding of the inter-relationships between the systems specified. Pathology of the various structures and systems specified in this module will be evaluated and interpretation of normal and abnormal anatomy as demonstrated on a range of medical images will be included.

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education

    The module is designed to give students further opportunities of working in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding across professional boundaries and encourage collaborative learning and working that will bring benefit to patient/service-users. The justification for inclusion of inter-professional working within health care is addressed. The module requires students to bring specialist in-depth knowledge of their profession and professional codes of conduct to a group setting so that health and social care pathways are critically reviewed in the context of professional practice.

  • Preparation for Professional Practice 3

    The focus of the module is to prepare students for their first employment with regards to their professional roles and responsibilities to others and the professional bodies. Special considerations in patient/client care in respect to partnership models of care will be explored. This module further develops employability skills and prepares students for their first radiography post.

  • Preparation for Research in Radiography

    This module will enable students to apply the research methodologies and principles acquired in the level 5 research methods module. It will prepare students for future participation in radiography research and audit, via realistic research exercises of relevance to radiographic practice. Students will be equipped to undertake systematic reviews of published literature and analyse primary research data.

  • Principles & Applications of Imaging Science 3

    This module will develop knowledge and skills related to the science of advanced and specialist imaging methods. In addition, ionising radiations regulations and non-ionising radiations guidance will be covered in relation to safety in clinical practice.

  • Radiographic Practice & Image Interpretation 3

    This module reflects the developing skills of the student and enables them to undertake practice within the clinical environment. Throughout the module students will develop their clinical skills and apply knowledge and understanding in areas of trauma, general radiography, and complex procedures including cardiovascular and interventional radiology (including stone removal, stenting etc), CT head examinations; medical and surgical emergencies and in situations of uncertainty, e.g. ATLS and major incidents thus preparing them for graduate practice. A short course on the theory of intra-venous injection will be delivered as part of the module. This module builds on the students' previous knowledge in image evaluation and provides an introduction to the skills required to undertake appendicular, chest and CT head image interpretation and descriptive report writing. Special considerations in patient care and communication in respect to advanced imaging procedures in line with the HPC Standards of Proficiency will be explored.


Fees & funding

Fees 2015

UK/EU Students

International Students

Full time: £11,500 for the 2015 academic year

If you are a UK or EU full-time undergraduate student, the NHS will pay the tuition fee for this course. You will not have to pay for the course yourself.

UK Students may be entitled to an NHS bursary.

Please note that in the event that you have to retake failed module(s) from a previous year (unconnected with adverse circumstances) you may have to 'step-off' the course until you have passed the module(s). In the event this happens, any NHS bursary you have been receiving will cease until you are in a position to resume the full-time course. In addition, you will be required to pay student tuition fees for retaking the failed module(s).

Find out more information on financial support arrangements for pre-registration health programmes.

University of Hertfordshire bursaries are not available for this course.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Additional course costs


  • Accommodation costs during clinical placements - indicative prices are: £230-£560. 

Eligible students for an NHS Bursary can claim all, or part depending on circumstances. International and Irish students who are not eligible for an NHS Bursary cannot claim it (in this case the figures quoted are top-end and depend upon placement venue and distance travelled).

  • Transport to clinical placements (students can claim if eligible for NHS Bursary and travel costs). £600 max


Society of Radiographers student membership. Indicative fee in the first year is £163

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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