MSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging (Pre-Registration)

Why choose Herts?

  • Excellent reputation. We have over 25 years’ experience graduating radiographers.
  • Fantastic facilities. You'll develop your practical skills in our imaging suite, using imaging simulation software.
  • Strong employment prospects. Our pre-registration course enables you to become a radiographer in two years.
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Funding available*

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Work placements offered

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).

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. This course is ideal for you if you already hold a degree and wish to gain the knowledge and clinical experience needed to become a skilled and competent diagnostic radiographer. Graduates will study the skills, knowledge and competencies to be eligible to apply for registration as diagnostic radiographers with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and be eligible for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

This is a two-year vocational master’s degree which aims to produce competent and forward-thinking radiographers. You'll develop critical thinking, decision making and research skills, enabling you to work effectively and collaboratively. You'll gain the expertise and confidence needed to instigate and support change in a dynamic modern healthcare system. Our graduates will be evidence-based practitioners who will provide a high standard of diagnostic imaging and patient care. 

The degree is delivered in a blended learning style, offering theoretical sessions, online and on campus. You'll develop your practical skills using the clinical skills suite and gain hands-on experience in clinical departments in the NHS.

Why choose this course?

  • You have a degree already and wish to become a diagnostic radiographer in a two-year course and gain a master’s qualification.
  • You want to learn through a skilled, knowledgeable and experienced academic and clinical team.
  • You're excited by potential opportunities to practice internationally with a recognised UK qualification. 

What will I study?

Taught over 2 years, MSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging covers a broad subject base. You’ll learn about radiation physics, anatomy, physiology, pathology, radiographic techniques, psychology, sociology, leadership and research skills. You’ll be taught by academic leaders in the field of diagnostic radiography and imaging. Our expert staff have worked or continue to work in specialist clinical roles or advanced practice such as X-ray examination reporting.

Student radiographers become clinical practitioners by studying modules designed to promote a detailed knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principles of radiography. In addition, you’ll undertake supervised clinical placements in order to gain competency in the clinical placement environment.

You’ll learn key knowledge and skills. Every step of the way you’ll deepen your critical thinking, evaluation and reflection skills. Benefit from our dedicated virtual learning environment which holds resources and guides you through your learning journey. We have adopted a “blended” approach to learning. This means you’ll be taught in various ways including lectures, directed self-study, research exercises, small group-based learning workshops, work-based activity and interesting tutorials. We also use online learning platforms such as MS teams and Zoom for interactive e-learning, with self-tests and image-viewing quizzes.  

Practical clinical training will take place in our skills suite. You’ll train in specialist rooms with a CT scanner, using theatre digital imaging equipment and general x-ray units. We also have ultrasound training rooms and state of the art computer laboratories used for image evaluation and interpretation teaching. By using simulation software you’ll practice your skills for your clinical placement, in a safe environment.

Our partner placement sites including some renowned hospitals in the East Midlands, East of England, London and Thames Valley areas. Each of our partner hospital sites will have a dedicated clinical coordinator who will supervise students on clinical practice. The University of Hertfordshire will also provide a lecturer who will be directly involved in your clinical tuition and be available as a ‘link’ back to the university while you are away on clinical placement.

  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Imaging Practice 1 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Commencing Professional Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Science for Imaging Professionals 15 Credits Compulsory
    Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Imaging Professionals 30 Credits Compulsory
    Preliminary Clinical Evaluation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership, Management and Advancing Professional Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Imaging Practice 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Independent Research 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging (Pre-Registration) Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging (Pre-Registration) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    No

    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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