Why Herts?
  • Second year students have the opportunity to arrange an elective placement at a hospital of their choice, and have successfully gained unique experiences at hospitals both in the UK and overseas
  • Our graduates excel in their careers and often go on to highly specialist roles within the radiography field including image interpretation; ultrasound; MRI; CT; management and research roles

About the course

Diagnostic radiographers play a vital role in healthcare by producing patient centred imaging services for the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disease. Our BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging delivers the knowledge and clinical experience you require to become a skilled and competent diagnostic radiographer and reflects the rapidly changing face of healthcare in the UK.

This is a full-time three year vocational degree where Radiography students will learn a wide range of subjects to enable our graduates to be safe and confident practitioners, able to deliver high quality care to patients. You will learn human anatomy, physiology and pathology, using radiographic images, along with an understanding of the equipment used to image patients. During your training you will develop excellent communication skills and learn to work in a team environment putting the needs of the patient at the centre of everything you do. In addition, you will acquire an appreciation of research methods with respect to diagnostic radiography and the importance of evidence-based practice in relation to the profession.

The degree is delivered with student spending time each year at the University campus studying and gaining practical experience at our affiliated NHS hospitals developing where students become competent in the knowledge and skills they have been learning.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging

Why choose this course?

  • Develop clinical skills during time in our dedicated university imaging labs and spending time on clinical placement working with qualified practitioners.
  • Study with other health professions. Interprofessional modules taught reflect the multi-professional, team approach in healthcare today.
  • Excellent Career Prospects. 100% of our Diagnostic Radiography graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Professional Accreditations

As a Diagnostic Radiography graduate you will be eligible to apply for registration with Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Course details


Upon successful completion of our BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography degree, you will belong to a well-respected profession, which is at the forefront of modern medicine with an interesting and rewarding career ahead of you.

The NHS has a grading structure that allows for career advancement and recognition as your skills and knowledge progress. Your degree will have provided you with a wealth of graduate skills which will enable you to move into area of specialist practise with in radiography including image interpretation, CT, interventional radiology, ultrasound imaging, MRI and nuclear medicine. You may also choose to develop your career in leadership and management, in research, teaching or industry or as a practitioner in a private setting.

Radiographers trained in the UK are recognised as being among the best in the world providing graduates with international opportunities throughout their career.

What job can I get?

Our graduates, once registered as diagnostic radiographers, are able to practise in a range of healthcare settings, in a variety of locations nationally and internationally. The profession is constantly evolving and as a radiographer you'll be able to extend your scope of practice into specialist imaging areas including ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, among others. You'll also have the opportunity to be involved in research and / or education and training of radiographers.

Teaching methods

You will be taught by our team of highly qualified academics who are all registered practitioners with postgraduate and teaching qualifications. Each year you will study five modules designed to promote learning through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

We have the benefit of our own dedicated X-ray rooms and CT scanner on campus to enhance clinical skills education and state of the art computer laboratories used for image evaluation and interpretation teaching.

In year 1 and 3 there is the opportunity for shared lectures and seminars during the inter-professional modules allowing you to collaborate and learn with student on other health profession programmes at the university.

All your modules will be supported through a web-based learning platform aimed to guide you through your journey as a student. This is a mobile friendly platform which is design with the student in mind with interactive maps to show you around when you first arrive, and access to timetable, teaching resources and assessment details. In addition, it will provide you with access to all the news, events and services in the wider university community.

Work Placement

The radiography degree programme at the University of Hertfordshire is supported by over 30 affiliated hospital sites located in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, London, East Midlands and South Central regions. Radiography departments within hospitals normally provide a number of imaging modalities including computed and digital X-­ray examinations, computed tomography ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear medicine. Clinical experience blocks are positioned in the yearly timetable to fit around when specific topics are being taught within the curriculum.

You will be allocated a clinical rotation at the start of the degree which will identify 3 hospital trusts (1 per year) where you will be located during clinical placement weeks. NHS trusts have been carefully grouped to give students a variety of experiences from small out patient clinics to major trauma centres. This will allow every student to gain experience of a wide range of injuries and pathologies, whilst meeting the needs of diverse patient types. Some hospital are within commuting distance of Hatfield, but you may also be allocated a hospital which will require you to move to on-site accommodation at least once in the three years.

Students will be supported during clinical placements by their personal tutor who will regularly visit their hospital site. All our affiliated hospitals have an experience member of staff who will coordinate your hospital placements and act as a link to the university to ensure students can achieve their placement learning outcomes.


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Imaging Science Foundations 30 Credits Compulsory
    Preparation for Professional Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Diagnostic Imaging 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Diagnostic Imaging 2 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Radiographic Practice & Image Evaluation 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Preparation for Professional Practice 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Radiographic Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles and Applications of Imaging Science 2 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging 3 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles & Applications of Imaging Science 3 15 Credits Compulsory
    Radiographic Practice & Image Interpretation 3 30 Credits Compulsory
    Preparation for Professional Practice 3 15 Credits Compulsory
    Preparation for Research in Radiography 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £14000 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £15400 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

    NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

    Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

    The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

    For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.


    • 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

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

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    120BBB - including grade B in a science subject (including Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics, Sociology, Psychology, Physical Education or Electronics)DDM - in applied science or health related subject where a distinction is achieved in the following mandatory units: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care, Human Lifespan Development and enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    We welcome applications from international and EU students