BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
This course is open for applications.
We are continuing to interview applicants to this course but will do so via Skype or alternative means.
Page last updated 27 May 2020
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.
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.
A £5,000 training grant is now available for students starting this course from September 2020 along with an additional £1000 per year funding. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.
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
You will study:
- Radiation Physics
- Anatomy and Physiology for Radiographers
- Applied Sciences forRadiography
- Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Practice 1
- Foundations of Radiographic Imaging
- Care of the Patient in Clinical Imaging.
You will study:
- Professional issues in Radiography
- Research Principles for Radiography
- Service Improvement - a collaborative approach
- Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Practice 2
- Science and Instrumentation in Diagnostic Imaging
- Intermediate Diagnostic Imaging Theory.
You will study:
- Diagnostic Imaging Practice 3
- Professional Development and Employability
- Principles of Radiographic Interpretation and Patient Assessment
- 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*:
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*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*:
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*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full Time Course
Indicative Additional Costs
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.
- Tariff points: 120
- GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
- A-level subjects: Grade C in a Science subject.
- Relevant 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.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Six units in a Science subject. Please list the units you are studying in your application. For further advice on acceptable units, please email us.
- Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in a Science subject.
- Baccalaureate IB: A minimum Grade 5 in a Higher Level Science subject.
If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year,
All applicants will be required to complete:
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
- health checks*.
You must be in good health and up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. 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.
*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.
We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.
Applicants will be required to attend an interview. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.
How to apply
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UCAS Application Deadline: The initial deadline for UCAS applications is 15th January each year. It is likely we will still consider applications submitted after this date but it may not always be possible for our most selective courses.
UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 5 July 2020. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333