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Course summary

Diagnostic radiography combines the empathy and compassion of healthcare with the expertise of managing advanced technology. High-quality diagnostic imagery is fundamental to modern medicine. As a radiographer you will need to know how your equipment and software work and how a human body works. This vocational degree, developed and taught by our School of Healthcare in collaboration with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, is challenging and demanding but also incredibly rewarding – just like a career in radiography. Radiographers work with nurses, radiologists and other healthcare professionals, creating detailed imagery and data through a variety of techniques, which clinicians can then use as the basis for accurate diagnosis of medical conditions. Almost 40 million imaging tests take place in the UK each year. On this degree you will develop your knowledge and skills through a mix of academic study and work-based learning. About 50% of your time will be spent on placement in hospitals across Leicester and Leicestershire, where you will be taught, supervised and assessed – by dedicated, experienced professionals – to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to step into the professional environment. The remaining 50% of the course will be spent in lectures and seminars, studying the fundamental topics which underpin the profession, including radiation sciences, imaging technology, anatomy and pathology, and the legal, ethical and professional codes that govern clinical practice. You’ll benefit from outstanding facilities. We have a dedicated, state-of-the-art X-Ray room at the nearby Leicester Royal Infirmary that gives you the chance to train in a genuine clinical setting alongside professionals. Our Clinical Skills Unit allows you to undertake interprofessional training alongside our other healthcare students, including life support. On completing this course, you will be eligible to apply to become a Registered Diagnostic Radiographer. Students on this course are eligible for a grant of at least £5,000 a year, which you do not need to pay back. This course is part of the Armed Forces into Allied Health project, which recognises the qualifications, skills and experience of ex-armed forces personnel. Please note that this three-year course runs on its own timetable (see Teaching and Learning section for details) rather than the standard university academic year.


For more information on this course and a full list of modules, visit the course information page on our website

Assessment method

For more information on the methods of assessment on this course, visit the course information page on our website

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There may be a small number of applicants who are currently employed within the NHS, Radiology assistant practitioners, looking to increase qualification level and progress to radiographers. Any mature student, 21 years and over, who in the judgement of the university submit sufficient evidence of serious previous study in the health and social care sector, and the academic aptitude to pursue a programme in Diagnostic radiography, along with relevant work experience may be eligible for admission. Radiography is committed to working with the development of the Armed forces into healthcare application process. Any applicants from the NHS or Armed forces will be considered on individual experience and merit.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Occupational Health Clearance


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for home students is reviewed annually and for the academic year 2024/5 it is £9,250. The fees for following years have not yet been decided but are likely to increase each year in line with inflation, subject to government regulations. The inflation rate used will be RPIX, which includes all the items in the Retail Price Index, excluding mortgage payments. For your information, the inflation rate used by the Government when increasing the tuition fee from £9,000 to £9,250 was 2.8%. Fees for international students can be found on the individual course pages. For further information about fees and funding please see the following page of the University website:
Diagnostic Radiography at University of Leicester - UCAS