Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)

Learn how to become a qualified diagnostic radiographer with the skills to produce high-quality images to aid the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease.

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September 2020 entry

Due to significant demand for this programme, applications to Diagnostic Radiography for September 2020 entry closed following the UCAS application deadline on 15 January 2020. However, there are still options available for you to consider.

You may choose to apply to study one of the other programmes offered at DMU. We have a wide range of courses available which start in September 2020, including:

If you would like more information about the programmes on offer at DMU before making your decision, you can book to attend a DMU Open Day. If you would like to discuss your options further don’t hesitate to contact our Enquiry team on 0116 2 50 60 70 or email enquiry@dmu.ac.uk. You can also contact us via WhatsApp on 07970 655 800.

Diagnostic radiographers play a key role in modern healthcare. Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), on this course you will be introduced to a variety of imaging modalities and explore how these are used in relation to imaging different body systems, as well as developing skills valued in healthcare professionals such as patient care, communication and multidisciplinary teamwork.

Our new radiography suite simulates real work settings, allowing you to put theory into practice. Teaching is delivered by academic staff who are actively engaged in clinical radiography, as well as by visiting lecturers working in health, education and radiology sectors.

Throughout the three-year programme you will have the opportunity to consolidate your learning through a variety of clinical placements at NHS trusts, to help you develop the skills sought by graduate employers. On completion, graduates will be eligible to register with the HCPC and practise as a diagnostic radiographer.

Key features:

  • Eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer on successful completion of this programme.
  • Learn how to use a wide range of imaging techniques and technology to produce high-quality diagnostic images to aid the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease.
  • You will gain clinical exposure from year one of the course, while strong links and integrated work placements with local NHS trusts will allow you to put theory to practice.
  • Consolidate learning in our new digital x-ray suite, where you will be taught radiographic examination techniques before practising on real patients in regional hospital trusts.
  • You will study a range of topics including introduction to the role of the healthcare professional, anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system, cross-sectional imaging and practice placements.
  • Gain international experience through our DMU Global programme, which has previously seen Allied Health Professions students visit schools and community groups in India and supported deaf children in The Gambia.
  • Once qualified, radiographers can go onto specialise in areas such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, clinical reporting of x-ray imaging, research, teaching and management.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B821

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2020

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,250

From August 2020, all nursing, midwifery and many allied health professional degree students will receive at least £5,000 a year with up to £3,000 additional funding available. Further information, including eligible allied health professional courses, can be found on the NHS website.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

This programme is not currently available to international students.

Entry criteria


Five GCSEs grades A*–C (9-4) including English and Maths

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • Normally 120 UCAS points from a maximum of 3 A-level subjects, including one subject in a science subject at grade B or above (Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics)


  • BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science at Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma at Distinction/Distinction/Merit (to include at least 60 credits in approved Science modules)

International Baccalaureate

  • 28+ points with six higher level points in a science subject

Access to HE Diploma 

  • Pass Access with at least 45 level 3 credits at distinction, to include 15 credits from science subjects. English and Maths GCSE grades A*-C (9-4) required a separate qualifications

Interview: Yes

The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by interview for the core values of the NHS constitution. We believe these values to be essential in any individual involved in patient care. Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision making regarding an applicant’s application. Interviews may be conducted in person on our Leicester campus or remotely via Skype.

Work experience: Yes

We strongly advise applicants to undertake a one-day observational visit to an X-ray department. This can be arranged directly with any NHS trust. Please note, this is not a compulsory requirement of the application process, but is advised to ensure you have a first hand understanding of the role of a diagnostic radiographer, before undertaking your training into the profession.

Occupational Health check: Yes

The role of the diagnostic radiographer requires students to be able to operate and manoeuvre large pieces of imaging equipment. It also requires the ability to be involved in the moving and handling of services users. It is important for both the safety of the service user, colleagues and the student themselves, that student radiographers are able to engage in this activity safely without putting themselves, service users or other colleagues at risk of injury or exacerbation of existing health conditions.

All successful applicants who enrol onto the programme are required to undergo appropriate immunisations. This process is facilitated by the University and will involve attending occupational health clinics to receive the necessary vaccinations and blood test screening to ensure compliance with the requirements for new and existing healthcare workers within the NHS.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes

You submit an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 overall, with 6.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes:

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First Year

  • Imaging Physics & Technology 1
  • Radiography of the Axial and Appendicular  Skeleton
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Introductory Pathology
  • Introduction to the Role of the Healthcare Professional
  • Practice Placement 1

Second Year

  • Imaging Physics and Technology 2
  • Anatomy and Physiology and introductory pathology (Body Systems)
  • Diagnostic Pathways and Associated Imaging Techniques 
  • Research & Clinical Audit Methods
  • Practice Placement 2

Third Year

  • Radiographic practice and preliminary clinical evaluation 
  • Complex Departmental Imaging Technique
  • Complex Extradepartmental Imaging Technique
  • Preparation for Graduate Radiography Practice
  • Final Year Project
  • Practice Placement 3

Teaching sessions may include:

  • Formal and interactive lectures
  • Staff and student seminars
  • Tutorial discussions
  • Practical and clinical based workshops
  • Inter-professional (IP) learning with students from other healthcare professions
  • eLearning

Assessment Methods includes

  • Written exams
  • Coursework (essays, posters, wikis)
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation
  • Practical and clinically-based assessment activities

Teaching contact hours

The time on the programme is split into approximately 60% university based and 40% spent on clinical placements, in NHS hospitals and independent sectors.

Contact hours in a typical academic week may vary from year to year. However, on average you will have approximately 20 contact hours of teaching per university week. The timetable for the taught year will be between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Part of the practice placement rota requires students to attend some placement during the evening, overnight and weekends. In order to incorporate sufficient practice placement weeks that allow students to consolidate theoretical learning into practical skills, the Diagnostic Radiography programme runs over a full calendar year and contains 3 semesters in years 1 and 2. This can result in a maximum of 45, course related weeks per year for years 1 and 2 (Year 3 will run September to June only).

Students will be required to examine service users of all gender identities and from all religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Dress Code and Uniform Policy Whilst on Practice Placement

Whilst attending practice placements, Students are required to adhere to the full uniform policy of their practice placement Trust.  This requires that all staff and students be ‘bare below the elbow’. Female members of staff who for religious reasons wish to cover their hair and neck by the wearing of a dark plain coloured scarf are permitted to do so. The material must be able to withstand a 60 degree mechanical wash (The veil is not permitted for staff who are patient facing). Uniforms are supplied by the University and support NHS Trusts’ infection control protocols, including Hand Hygiene Policies’

Personal study 

Approximately 25 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

  • Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a ‘Diagnostic Radiographer’ 
  • Some of our teaching staff are actively engaged in clinical radiography so you can benefit from their specialist experience and understanding of diagnostic imaging
  • You will also learn from visiting lecturers from health, education and radiography departments


As the programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, students will be expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct published by HCPC.

Facilities and features

Facilities and features

Extensive investment has been made in our facilities, which include purpose-built clinical skills areas and a moving and handling area.

DMU has recently installed a state-of-the-art diagnostic x-ray suite, in which you will learn a range of practical radiographic skills.

You will then gain comprehensive hands on experience at our placement partnership NHS trusts where, under clinical supervision and ongoing support, you will learn how to practice with real patients.

You are actively encouraged to apply your academic learning to the clinical setting, where you will receive ongoing feedback on your progress. 


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Opportunities and careers

CCJ Graduate


Built into the programme from Year 1, you will undertake placements in radiography practice areas throughout the course. Examining patients under guided supervision from a qualified radiographer, you will increase your clinical skills in plain film as you progress.

You will also have the opportunity to rotate through the different imaging modalities, where you will gain a better understanding of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and radionuclide imaging.  

In your final year, you will combine radiographic technique theory with local imaging protocols and your patients’ individual condition, to learn how to produce quality images of a diagnostic standard, safely and effectively, on challenging patients in any environment. Key emphasis is placed on the ability to reflect upon clinical practice and form action plans to improve where necessary.

CCJ Placements

Graduate Careers

Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a ‘Diagnostic Radiographer’ 

There are opportunities to specialise in many areas, including ultrasound, MRI, CT scanning, image reporting, research, teaching and management.

To help DMU graduates enhance their careers and personal development we offer postgraduate scholarships of 50% off postgraduate taught courses at DMU (based on academic achievement and merit).



DMU Global

International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our DMU Global and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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