Diagnostic Radiography modules

Please note: module titles and content are subject to change while the programme is subject to validation


Year 1

The focus of year 1 of the programme is undertaking radiography of the musculoskeletal system, thorax and abdomen whilst demonstrating safe and effective practice.  The level of experience is classified as simple examinations within a predictable environment.


  • Practice Placement 1: based at one of our regional NHS hospital trusts, you will gain lots of clinical experience in x-ray imaging. You will be involved with examining actual patients under guided supervision from a qualified Diagnostic Radiographer 
  • Imaging Physics and Technology 1: examines the use of ionising radiation in x-ray imaging. It provides a broad knowledge base of the scientific principles that underpin the production, recording and display of medical images, and the safe operation of radiographic technology. Legislation and health and safety surrounding the use of radiation in diagnostic imaging is also covered
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Introductory Pathology: provides knowledge of the basic anatomy, osteology, arthrology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system
  • Radiography of the Axial and Appendicular Skeleton: considers the technique of imaging the chest, abdomen, spine and pelvis and also the upper and lower limbs, by providing the underpinning knowledge and theory required to perform these types of examinations. You will also learn how to recognise both normal and abnormal appearances and develop preliminary clinical image evaluation skills.
  • Introduction to the Role of the Healthcare Professional: you will learn with students from other degree programmes allied to medicine to develop multidisciplinary team working and professional healthcare skills, as well as exploring the role of the radiographer


Year 2

The focus of year 2 of the programme is undertaking imaging of body systems (including musculoskeletal), using the appropriate imaging modalities.  The level of experience is classified as either complex examinations in a predictable environment or simple examinations in an unpredictable environment.


  • Practice Placement 2: you will begin 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. You will have the opportunity to practice CT head examinations under guided supervision from a specialist radiographer
  • Imaging Physics and Technology 2: building on year 1, this module provides a broad knowledge base of the scientific principles and the safe operation of different imaging modalities such as CT and MRI. You will learn how to conduct quality assurance tests of medical imaging technology and how to interpret the results and take appropriate action. You will also explore the effects of ionising radiation on biological tissue and the knowledge gained in this module will underpin safe clinical practice 
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Introductory Pathology (Body Systems): building on knowledge gained in year 1, this module covers the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the systems of the body. The focus of anatomy and physiology interpretation in cross-sectional imaging is intended to reinforce the clinical applications of CT and MRI
  • Diagnostic Pathways and Associated Imaging Techniques: This module teaches undergraduate students the diagnostic and imaging techniques involved in routine (non-contrast) CT and MRI scans. Areas include magnetic resonance imaging of the spine and joints of the appendicular skeleton as well as CT imaging of the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis.


Students will consider the different imaging pathways used to demonstrate anatomy, pathology and physiology. They will discuss the suitability and effectiveness of each modality in relation to each body system. Students will learn the principles of the safe administration and use of contrast in the body systems. In addition, students will understand how the modalities ae used in combination to aid clinicians in the diagnosis and management of patients.

  • Research and Clinical Audit Methods: considers the issues facing the healthcare practitioner when undertaking clinical audit, service evaluation or original research. You will explore how research frameworks apply to published or original research and also the process of conducting and evaluating systematic review. This module also gives the theoretical principles to support you in your final year project


Year 3

The focus of year 3 of the programme is to allow the student to demonstrate the ability to function at the level of a newly qualified Radiographer. Skills in adapting imaging technique are strengthened to meet the requirements of the patient and greater focus is also placed on identifying and highlighting pathology in plain film x-ray. The level of experience is classified as complex examinations in an unpredictable environment. Opportunities are made available via ‘DMUglobal’, to engage with international mass trips and examine the delivery of healthcare in other countries. A final year project is undertaken in order to develop critical evaluation skills and to develop ability to audit and challenge current radiographic practice.


  • Practice Placement 3: learn how to combine radiographic technique theory with local imaging protocols and the patients’ individual condition, 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
  • Radiographic Practice and Preliminary Clinical Evaluation: In this module students move away from normal anatomy to examine the disordered physiological processes associated with injury or disease. Preliminary clinical evaluation skills are developed in order that the student can identify pathology on projection radiographs and also to understand how pathophysiological changes are demonstrated overtime.
  • Complex Departmental Imaging Technique: learn about the more challenging techniques of imaging the skull, facial bones and children and gain the underpinning knowledge and theory required to perform these types of examinations
  • Complex Extradepartmental Imaging Technique: explores the underpinning knowledge and theory required to perform radiographic and fluoroscopic examinations outside of the radiology department. Particular focus is placed on imaging in the theatre environment and conducting mobile radiographic examinations on hospital wards, including intensive care units.
  • Preparation for Graduate Radiography Practice: This module prepares the student for their first practitioner post by making them aware of contemporary professional issues and the importance for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. It allows them to analyse their role as a healthcare professional within the wider healthcare team whilst considering their individual roles and ethical and legal responsibilities. This will include understanding and contextualising the graduate skills required and gained by students in professional practice; this will also include discussing and evaluating leadership, mentoring, and preceptorship models. 
  • Final Year Project: builds on the research and audit method knowledge acquired in year 2 to enable you to develop a deeper understanding of evidenced based practice. You will undertake an independent piece of inquiry-based learning on a topic of your choice. The project could take the form of a service evaluation, audit, systematic review or empirical research