Why Herts?
  • Over 95% of students said they were satisfied with the academic support, teaching and learning opportunities on this course (NSS 2019)
  • Study for a unique career that combines excellence in patient care and communication with highly specialist technical skills
  • Therapeutic radiographers are the only health professionals to specialise in cancer treatment from the first day they enroll as a student

About the course

Radiotherapy is used in the management of approximately half of patients diagnosed with cancer. It works by utilising radiation at high energies to destroy cancer cells so that a patient can either be cured or have their symptoms alleviated.

This course will enable you to graduate as a therapeutic radiographer eligible for state registration. Therapeutic radiographers are the key clinical practitioners responsible for delivering radiotherapy. You will develop skills related to planning and accurate delivery of radiotherapy using a range of specialised technical equipment. You will also develop the vital skills to manage the psychological, social and emotional factors experienced by patients with cancer, their families and loved ones. Because most cancer patients will be treated with a range of modalities (including surgery, chemotherapy and hormone therapy) you will learn about the management of cancer from a holistic perspective. For some learning of core health care values and concepts, this will be alongside other health care practitioners.

Practical experience is a key component of the programme, so your university-based studies will be regularly integrated with clinical practice placements in a range of approved placement sites. 

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology

Why choose this course?

  • It leads to a BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology, and graduates are eligible for state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a therapeutic radiographer.
  • The combination of expert patient care and technical skills provide a unique and rewarding career with the potential for progression into several highly specialised fields.
  • Our lecturing team are highly experienced, state-registered therapeutic radiographers who all hold postgraduate qualifications in education. We excel at student support and guidance, receiving regular praise for this in student evaluations.
  • We work closely with ‘experts by experience’ (people who have either had cancer treated with radiotherapy or have experience of other health care interventions), past and current students, clinical practitioners and health service managers in the recruitment of students, development and delivery of the programme.
  • 100% of our Radiotherapy and Oncology graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. 
  • Our research informed approach to teaching and learning prepares our students for future postgraduate educational opportunities. If you are a University of Hertfordshire alumni, you are entitled to a 20% fee reduction for postgraduate taught courses.          

Key staff

Programme Lead Elaine Long

Admissions Lead Lynne Gordon

Professional Lead Sue Murray

Professional Accreditations

Eligibility to apply for membership of the Society of Radiographers and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Therapeutic Radiographer

I would like to thank the Dean and let her know that as a mature student the decision to come and train at the University of Hertfordshire was the best decision I could take towards my future career as Therapeutic Radiographer. The level of support, understanding and respect we received from the radiotherapy team was vital to our success and second to none in my life as a student.

Eustáquio C. S. Neto

Final Year, BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology

Course details


Successful completion of this radiotherapy and oncology course leads to an honours degree and eligibility to apply for state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Therapeutic Radiographer.

Radiotherapy provides excellent career prospects with the opportunity for continuous career development and opportunities to work in various specialties such as advanced practice, education, research and as an application specialist. The qualification is also recognised by other countries around the world providing prospects to work abroad.

99.6% of our Health and Social Work 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?

The entry level for newly graduated therapeutic radiographers is band 5 on the Agenda for Change pay scales for NHS health professionals. Most graduates can expect to progress to band 6 within 2 years of commencing their first band 5 post. 

Teaching methods

We ensure that theoretical understanding and practical application is integrated by using a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These include lectures, seminars, tutorials, clinical skills workshops, simulation using our Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training suite (VERT), electronic and distance learning and placement learning in our partner radiotherapy departments.

Research-informed teaching methods promote lifelong learning, team-working and leadership skills and encourage critical reflection and self-awareness resulting in graduates who are highly responsive to health service needs.

Work Placement

You will spend approximately 16 weeks per year in a radiotherapy department gaining the valuable clinical practice experience that you will need to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required of a therapeutic radiographer.

Currently clinical placements take place in seven accredited cancer centres in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Middlesex, London, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Placements are managed by the Clinical Lead and supported by a dedicated team of university lecturers, administrators, practice placement staff and clinical co-ordinators who work together to ensure that each student’s clinical practice experience is of the highest quality.

The placement blocks are alternated with university blocks each year in order to fully integrate theory with practice learning and reflection.


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Radiotherapy Practice 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Radiotherapy Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations of Anatomy and Imaging for Radiotherapy 30 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations of Oncology Management and Patient Care 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Radiotherapy Practice 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Imaging and Equipment for Radiotherapy Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Radiation Dosimetry and Radiobiology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Oncology Management and Patient Care 30 Credits Compulsory
    Evidence and Research in Radiotherapy and Healthcare 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Contemporary Issues in Radiotherapy Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Radiotherapy Practice III 30 Credits Compulsory
    Oncology and Management III 30 Credits Compulsory
    Radiotherapy Research Exercise 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.


    During the programme you will either travel to your clinical practice placement or stay in the accommodation there. Cost and availability of hospital-based accommodation varies between our placements. Typically you can expect the cost for 4 weeks accommodation to be in the range of £250 to £650. 

    Costs for travel to/from placement sites will depend on where your term-time address is located and whether you use your own or public transport. 

    If you are eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loan support from the Student Loans Company (SLC) you should be able to claim back some or all of your travel/placement costs. You can find more information here.


    Society of Radiographers student membership. Indicative fee for 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet


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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

    112BBC - including Science subjects and/or MathematicsDMM - in Applied Science or Health related subject

    How to apply

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


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