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This course is a well-balanced programme of learning which takes place in both the academic and clinical placement environment settings. Your learning will include a range of subject-specific areas such as anatomy, pathology, radiation science, techniques to obtain good quality images and the skills for evaluating, interpreting and reporting radiographic images.

You'll also learn about the role of the radiographer, providing high-quality compassionate patient care, developing excellent communication skills and learning to work in a team environment. We're the largest provider of radiography education in the country.

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
  • 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.

What job can I get?

Working in diagnostic radiography is a challenging yet rewarding career. 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.

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.

Course details


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. 

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.

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.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging 1 - 30 Credits
  • Principles & Applications of Imaging Science 1 - 30 Credits
  • Radiographic Practice & Image Evaluation 1 - 30 Credits
  • Preparation for Professional Practice 1 - 15 Credits
  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging 2 - 30 Credits
  • Radiographic Practice & Image Evaluation 2 - 30 Credits
  • Preparation for Professional Practice 2 - 15 Credits
  • Radiographic Research Methods - 15 Credits
  • Principles and Applications of Imaging Science 2 - 30 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging 3 - 15 Credits
  • Principles & Applications of Imaging Science 3 - 15 Credits
  • Radiographic Practice & Image Interpretation 3 - 30 Credits
  • Preparation for Professional Practice 3 - 15 Credits
  • Preparation for Research in Radiography - 30 Credits


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

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.

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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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Entry requirements...

2019 entry

112-168 UCAS Points

A Levels

Based on 3 A Levels. 

Minimum of 112 UCAS points to include an A Level grade C or above from a science based subject.  Acceptable science subjects: Maths, Chemistry, Biology or Physics, Sociology, Psychology, PE or Electronics.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Applied Science with a minimum of DDM profile.

Health and Social Care with minimum of DDM profile to include a minimum of distinction grades 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.

Access Diploma

(For mature applicants only, 21 years and over):

Access diploma should be health care or science based.

A minimum of 45 credits at level 3 of which at least 24 credits are graded at distinction and a further 12 graded at merit or above.

Foundation Degree

Foundation degree should be science or health care based.  Pass in all modules with an average profile of 60% or higher.

Irish Leaving certificate - 112 points from 5 Higher Level subjects to include a H2 from a science subject.

Extended Degree in Science 

UH progression route with an average mark of 60% or higher to include a minimum of 60% in Mammalian Physiology and 55% in Maths for Science.  Students may also find it useful to take Physics.


Honours degree with a minimum of 2:2 classification.

International Baccalaureate 

A minimum of 112 points where 2 subjects have been studied at higher level, 1 of which is a science at grade H5 or above.

Mix of A Levels and BTEC qualifications

Adds up to a minimum of 120 points with a minimum of 32 points from one of the following subject areas (Science Maths, Chemistry, Biology or Physics, Sociology, Psychology, Sport, Engineering or PE).

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Extended project qualification will be accepted in the points calculation.


Applicants should have at least 5 GCSEs which include a minimum of:

English Language Grade 4 (C grade)

Maths Grade 4 (C grade)

Two sciences Grade 4 (C grade) - This can be obtained from either Double Award Science or Single Science and Additional Science or any two from Biology, Chemistry or Physics


Functional Skills Level 2 in English & Maths are acceptable as equivalence

6 credits in English and Maths and a minimum of level 2 as part of an Access diploma

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, occupational health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. In addition students will need to provide evidence of a clinical visit and/or work placement. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

Guidelines for work experience and clinical visits

Clinical Placement Visit Form

Clinical Visit Reflection Form

Normally all applicants attend for interview and undertake an admissions test in addition to providing evidence of a clinical visit and/or work placement. Offers are subject to occupational health and DBS checks. 

For all applicants where English is not their first language IELTS at level 7 (with no less than 6.5 achieved in any one band) are required.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

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