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Course summary

Overview Diagnostic radiographers are a vital part of healthcare teams – they use powerful equipment to take images of inside the body, then interpret these images to diagnose and understand patients' health conditions. This BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree prepares you for a career identifying illnesses and helping to save lives.

  • Learn how to examine patients safely using X-ray, CT scanning, fluoroscopy, MRI, ultrasound and more
  • Practise your skills under expert supervision in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, complete with digital X-ray suite
  • Spend at least 14 weeks each year on clinical placements, working alongside experienced radiographers in real hospitals and NHS Trusts
  • Become eligible to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) when you graduate, ready for a career as a Diagnostic Radiographer or to train further and enter advanced practice, research, teaching or health management
Approved by: This course was approved by the College of Radiographers for 5 years from 16 March 2020. It's also approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Careers and opportunities Without diagnostic radiographers it would be harder to diagnose, treat and manage illness and disease. They provide essential services to millions of people every year and are often the first people patients and service users come into contact with during their care. Demand for diagnostic radiographers is rising too. Just before the pandemic, an independent report for NHS England highlighted the need for 3,500 additional radiographers over the next five years, and a 2020 census by The College of Radiographers revealed high vacancy rates in the field. So, with this degree qualification, you can expect a rewarding career and high demand for your skills. What you do with a Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree Most of our students quickly secure roles as Diagnostic Radiographers in the NHS. As a newly qualified NHS Diagnostic Radiographer in 2021, you could earn a starting salary of £25,655, moving up to £31,354 (Band 5). With more experience, you could earn up to £39,027 (Band 6), and with a role in management or advanced practice, you could make between £40,057 and £53,219 (Bands 7 to 8a), or more as a consultant. You could also work as a diagnostic radiographer for independent providers, industrial companies and veterinary clinics as you progress your career. With experience and additional training, your skills will also open doors into advanced practice in areas such as:
  • Postgraduate study or research in specialisms such as computed tomography, medical magnetic resonance, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and medical physics
  • Health management through the NHS Graduate Scheme
  • Teaching
Our graduates have gone on to work for these institutions:
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton
  • Southampton General Hospital
  • Spire Southampton
  • Western Sussex NHS Hospital Trust
  • Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary
  • St George's NHS Foundation Trust, London
Clinical placements You'll attend clinical placements on this course, supported by clinical mentors and registered healthcare professionals. You'll have 2 or 3 placement blocks in each academic year, each lasting between 6 and 9 weeks. You'll spend at least 14 weeks on placement each year. On placement, you'll take part in all imaging modalities, including conventional imaging and remote imaging, theatre imaging, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, ultrasound and radionuclide imaging. You'll be supervised by an experienced radiographer at all times to ensure a safe environment and the highest levels of patient care. You'll be looked after by University Link Radiographers, who will monitor your progress, provide expert guidance and support, and oversee all aspects of your placement experience.

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Radiographic Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations of Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
  • Radiation Physics
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Applied Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
  • Engaging with Service Improvement
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Human Biological Systems
  • Imaging Science & Clinical Governance
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Enhancing Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
  • Image Interpretation
  • Medical Imaging Modalities
  • Project
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through: examinations, coursework, clinical practice. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
BB81
Institution code:
P80
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

International applicants

This course is available to UK applicants only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.

Health checks

Applicants must pass Occupational Health check before starting the course.

Interview

All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
PTE Academic68An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)100100 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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79%
Student satisfaction
90%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| . Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees You will receive an initial set of uniforms at no cost. Extra items of uniform cost of between £17 - £23. You will also be expected to wear your own suitable footwear for placements. The accessory equipment, such as anatomical side markers, are included in your course costs. Should you need to replace your anatomical side markers you will be responsible for doing so and should expect to pay £15-£20. For clinical placements, you are required to meet the costs of accommodation and travel. Clinical accommodation will be in the region of £400 per calendar month and travel costs will vary. The NHS may meet some of the costs incurred.
Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging at University of Portsmouth - UCAS