Diagnostic Radiography Degree Apprenticeship

About the course

Final Award: BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography

Our comprehensive programme prepares apprentices for a successful career as a diagnostic radiographer by combining theoretical study with hands-on clinical practice experience. You'll graduate with the skills, confidence and knowledge to excel as a radiographer by producing high-quality images while delivering exceptional patient care.

We work closely with apprentice employers and learner mentors to deliver a supportive student experience and enriching, safe learning environment and exceptional off-the-job learning opportunities.

Why choose this course?

  • As a diagnostic radiographer, you'll play a crucial role in diagnosis and treatment planning by obtaining high-quality diagnostic images using advanced imaging equipment, including X-rays, CT scans, fluoroscopy, and specialist modalities.
  • In addition to technical skills, diagnostic radiographers develop strong interprofessional skills, interacting with service users and a variety of healthcare professionals.
  • Diagnostic radiographers play a key role in ensuring the safety of patients and staff during imaging procedures and demonstrate leadership and accountability as autonomous practitioners.
  • You can expect rewarding opportunities to work in diverse settings, such as hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers and screening units, and opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • The profession offers a fulfilling career path where you can continuously develop your skills and make a tangible difference to people’s lives.

What will I study?

Apprentices study a range of modules which incorporate theoretic knowledge and understanding with the practical application of skills and behaviours in the apprentice’s workplace.

Key areas of study include:

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology: understanding the structure and function of the human body is essential for diagnostic radiographers to accurately interpret medical images.
  • Radiographic imaging techniques: learning about various imaging modalities such as X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and nuclear medicine.
  • Radiation physics and protection: understanding the principles of radiation physics and ensuring the safe use of radiation in medical imaging procedures.
  • Patient care and communication: developing skills in patient interaction, care, and communication to ensure a positive patient experience during imaging procedures.
  • Professional practice and ethics: learning about the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of diagnostic radiographers, including patient confidentiality and informed consent.

Professional Accreditations

Eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer.

The programme is pending accreditation from the Society and College of Radiographers.


Radiography stands at the forefront of imaging services and plays a vital role in today's rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. With its increasing significance, the demand for skilled professionals in this field continues to grow.

Radiography provides a diverse and rewarding range of careers paths, such as advanced and consultant practice, including radiographer reporting.

In addition, career opportunities exist within research, further developing the profession, as well as within leadership and management.

The University’s careers service provides a range of support to help apprentices develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our careers pages for more information.