Student radiographer using the x-ray machine


Diagnostic Radiography

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2019

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Allied Health Professions
Glenside Campus
Three years
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Karen Dunmall
Key fact:
Develop specialist diagnostic radiography knowledge and skills. You'll have access to industry-standard technology and undertake work placements in NHS and private healthcare settings.

Page last updated 14 August 2019


Why study diagnostic radiography?

Most hospital patients don't receive treatment without some form of diagnostic assessment.

Computer or digital radiography equipment uses plain imaging to assess the chest and skeleton. Specialist imaging equipment such as ultrasound, computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine help diagnose surgical, medical or vascular conditions, and complex injuries.

To produce and interpret these diagnostic images properly, radiographers need specialist knowledge in radiation science, technology, anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you will be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate.

You'll learn in industry-standard facilities where you'll observe and practise diagnostic procedures.

Get to grips with operating highly specialised equipment such as the Shaderware virtual reality x-ray laboratory. Study the science that underpins effective diagnosis. Develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills.

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating evidence-based learning, simulations and placements throughout. You'll engage with patients, clinical radiographers and other healthcare professionals on placements, in class and online.

You'll spend about half the course on clinical work placements in the NHS and private healthcare organisations. There's also the chance to develop and apply your skills working abroad.

Where can it take me?

Diagnostic radiographers are in demand, with exciting career opportunities for graduates in the NHS and private radiography departments in the UK and worldwide.

You can also develop a specialism by studying a master's in a field such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine or radiotherapy.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study:

  • Applied Sciences for Radiographers
  • Radiation Physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Radiographers
  • Care of the Patient in Clinical Imaging
  • Foundations of Radiographic Imaging
  • Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Practice 1.

Year two

You will study:

  • Intermediate Diagnostic Imaging Theory
  • Science and Instrumentation in Diagnostic Imaging
  • Professional Issues in Radiography
  • Research Principles for Radiography
  • Service Improvement - A Collaborative Approach
  • Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Practice.

Final year

  • Principles of Radiographic Interpretation and Patient Assessment
  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Practice 3
  • Advanced Imaging Studies
  • Research Dissertation for Radiography.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We use a mix of lectures, practical sessions, experiments, student-led seminars, e-learning, guided self-study and problem-based learning, using scenarios and case studies, to develop your understanding and skills

Develop a solid foundation in imaging science, and apply that knowledge to new technologies and procedures.

Study professional practice theory, and explore ethical, legal and professional principles, role development and employability.

Learn with other professional groups to develop your inter-professional relationships and collaboration skills.

Go on clinical placements, building on the complexity of imaging to prepare you for practice.

Research is integral to the course and will help with your future professional development as a radiographer.

Like all radiography students, you'll be allocated one of the radiography lecturers as your personal tutor.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Network and learn

Meet with visiting NHS professionals and service users at our regular events to get a holistic view of the health service.

Raise your profile

Put yourself forward to present work at the Society of Radiographers' conferences. Our students have won prizes for presenting, and others have published work in professional journals.


We'll assess you using a mixture of examinations, assignments, case studies, appraisals of clinical skills, student-led presentations, your clinical portfolio, research dissertation, weblogs and wikis.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means you will be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate. The course is also approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.


You'll go on a variety of placements to increase your experience, help you become more adaptable, and develop your professional skills, health industry knowledge and network. The variety of clinical placements you'll experience will make you highly employable.

We have excellent links with hospitals and private healthcare organisations. You'll spend half the course applying your knowledge and building your professional skills on a number of different placements.

We offer variety of work environments to choose from, so you can find a location that suits you.

International opportunities

Add international experience to your degree, by going on a five-week pre-qualifying placement abroad during your final year, or going for a place on the Work The World programme.

Study facilities

Benefit from our highly specialist facilities, including our Skills Simulation Suite, to support you in your studies.

Explore the use and production of x-rays, and develop positioning and patient-related skills, using the latest radiography and digital radiography and processing equipment.

Practise procedures and experience changing factors as they'd look on a real patient using Shaderware technology.

Access a huge selection of books, journals and audio-visual materials, including specialist health and social care databases, in our Glenside Campus library, one of the best healthcare libraries in England.

IT facilities are available to use on all our campuses.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Diagnostic radiographers are in demand, with exciting career opportunities for graduates in the UK and worldwide. Our students go on to work in the hospitals within the region and also work nationally and internationally.

Most of our graduates find positions in the diagnostic imaging departments of NHS Trusts. Others go into private healthcare providers or work in field hospitals for the forces.

You could also do a master's and specialise further in an area such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine or radiotherapy.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Read about Harry's experiences studying at Glenside.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year473
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C/4 or above to include English Language, Mathematics and Double Science (or two separate sciences), or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in any section, (or equivalent). Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a science subject. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Subjects that meet the science requirement for this course: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology.

    Applicants with other science subject that have a strong academic profile will be considered on an individual basis. For further advice on acceptable science subjects please email

  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be in a Science related subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in a higher level science subject

Entry requirements

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. However, you still need to meet the GCSE English, Maths and Science requirements, and should have evidence of recent study in a science/health-related subject area recognised as equivalent academic level by the University.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Read more about entry requirements.

Additional Selection Criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, applicants should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations

You must be in good health and up to date with your routine immunisations eg tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up to date this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will be required to complete a 30-minute written task relating to the skills and attributes required for the profession. You will also have an individual interview which will last approximately 15 minutes. The interview panel will consist of representatives from academic/clinical staff and service users. If you score well on both elements, you will be offered a place.

Prior to starting the course you will need to undertake a visit to a hospital's x-ray/diagnostic imaging/radiology department (particularly general radiography) to shadow and observe a radiographer in their day-to-day work. This will help you gain experience and insight of what it is like to work as a radiographer from behind the scenes and to know what the profession entails. It is not always possible to attend a clinical visit prior to application/interview, this will not disadvantage you.

However, if you have managed to arrange a clinical visit, or have already been on a clinical visit, please download our Clinical Visit Report Form.

Completing the Application Form

We will be looking for applicants committed to a career in radiography. You should clearly demonstrate in the 'personal statement' section of the application form: your motivation and enthusiasm for a career in radiography; that you have good interpersonal skills; any IT experience; relevant work experience that you have gained to date; what you saw and liked when you visited a x-ray/diagnostic imaging/radiology Department.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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