Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

Course level




Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

This course provides you with all the knowledge and practical experience you’ll need to become a qualified Diagnostic Radiographer. In addition to developing the necessary technical and professional skills required for safe and effective clinical practice, you will develop a deep and critical understanding of the profession, vital for shaping the future of radiography.

This course is an accelerated programme of study, delivered over two full calendar years (September - September). Due to the accelerated nature of the course, you will only have three weeks annual leave over the summer period (two weeks in June and one week at the end of the August); this means that you will spend the majority of the summer period in clinical placement, developing the required practical skills.

Experienced teaching team

Diagnostic Radiographers work with other health care professionals to help diagnose and treat patients using methods such as x-rays, CT and ultrasound. The teaching team are qualified health care professionals, having worked in clinical or community settings. Many team members continue to practice clinically on a part time basis ensuring teaching remains current.

Professional placements

During your studies you will have the opportunity to spend time on clinical placement, allowing you to further develop your skillset as a health care professional. You will be able to work in a variety of placements from large teaching hospitals to community hospital departments. You will benefit from the wide range of experience this brings such as understanding how different imaging departments work, the types of work undertaken when in practice and the variations in imaging equipment provision. This experience, combined with your academic study, will equip you with all the qualities an employer is looking for in today’s health care professional.

State of the art facilities

You'll make use of technology both at the university and on clinical placement so some general computer awareness would be an advantage.

Our Skeletal Radiographic Technique Instructional Video was shortlisted as a finalist in the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) 2011 Epigeum Award for the Most Effective Use of Video.

During the second year of your studies, you will undertake an Independent Scholarship module. This will provide you with the opportunity to study an aspect of Diagnostic Radiography in more depth and further develop your critical thinking, independent enquiry and research skills.

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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Imaging Physics - Principles and Applications
  • Skeletal Imaging and Practice One
  • Soft Tissue Imaging and Practice One
  • Research Skills for Evidence Based Practice
  • Skeletal Imaging and Practice Two
  • Soft Tissue Imaging and Practice Two
  • Preparation for Practitioner Status
  • Independent Scholarship

In addition to these modules, you will engage in a Professional Development Programme that will run throughout the two years. Core modular content is delivered within an inter-professional context, providing you with the opportunity to learn with, and from, other Pre-Registration and graduate entry Health and Social care students within the academic setting. You will also complete a professional development portfolio; this will allow you to evidence that you have the knowledge, skills and attributes required for clinical practice as a Diagnostic Radiographer, and put you in a great position to continue your lifelong learning journey.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will learn through group activities, lectures, practical work, seminars and simulation. To help you prepare for placement you’ll receive our DVD of radiographic technique projections, which helps you develop your skills in positioning a patient for an X-ray.

Have a look at the specialist facilities you’ll use throughout the course.

Work placements

Clinical placements are an integral part of your studies. Placements are organised in blocks throughout the duration of your studies, with a significant amount of your experience being gained during the summer months towards the end of each year of study.

How much time will I spend on placement?

Approximately 50% of your time will be spent on placement .You will attend placement in blocks throughout the duration of your studies. Due to the accelerated nature of the programme, you will have only three weeks annual leave over the summer period (two weeks in June and one week at the end of August); this means that you will gain a significant amount of your placement experience during the summer months to support the development of your practical skills.

Where will my clinical placement be located?

The majority of your placement time will be spent within Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. You will also spend some time in smaller hospitals and caring placements in and around Derbyshire to gain experience of imaging and patient care in smaller, non-acute settings.

What time does placement start and finish?

During your time on placement, you will work a range of shifts. In addition to daytime shifts (typically 8.30am - 5.00pm), you will work evening shifts. This can mean working until midnight in some placement hospitals. You will also undertake some night shifts and weekend work during the course in preparation for professional practice.

Will I get any help towards travel expenses for placement?

You may be entitled to a maintenance loan for living costs from Student Finance. This would include costs incurred for travel and/or accommodation for placement.

How you'll be assessed

Many of your assessments are focused on real world scenarios to help you develop skills that you can take into your career. You’ll be assessed on placement by the Radiographers you work with and you’ll gain experience in presenting to an audience through presentations and posters.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to hold a science or health care related degree at 2:1 or above. If your degree is over five years old, then we would normally expect evidence of successful study at level 6 or above in the past two years.

You must also have five GSCE passes at grade C or above, including maths and English language. If your first degree is not in a pure science (biology, chemistry or physics), or you do not have a pure science A level at grade B or above, then you must have at least one pure science at GCSE, grade C or above.

You must also have undertaken some recent work experience in a Radiography department.

We will also consider all information included in your application and from your interview. We'll also want to see that you are enthusiastic and motivated to undertake this course and train to be a Radiographer.

Interview information

General entry requirements

When you apply for this course you should make sure that you consider the following areas in your application:

Selection process

At the University of Derby we aim to attract and select radiography students on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with our core values, those of the Chief Nursing Officer’s 6Cs and The NHS Constitution.

We have enhanced our existing processes to ensure that we recruit the right workforce not only with the right skills and in the right numbers, but with the right values to support effective team working and excellent patient care and experience.

As part of the selection process you’ll be asked to complete an online test which assesses numeracy, literacy, and comprehension. You’ll get a maximum of one hour to complete this test which should be completed in one attempt (NB - extra time is available to some candidates). In advance you should prepare a summary of your care experience which can be copied into the online test document. Full details of how to access the test will be sent out to suitable candidates following a review of your initial application. 

Following succesful completion of the online test you will be invited to progress onto to a selection day. The pass grade for the online test has been set at 65% in all assessed components. 

The selection day process will explore some other aspects of your personality, and it is a combination of results, and performance overall which will determine whether we offer you a conditional place on our programme.

The selection process is likely to include:

Documents to bring

Evidence of a total of 5 GCSE’s, or equivalent, at grade C or above - this must include English, maths and single science (if not gained at A level, grade B or above, or as a first degree, 2:1 or above)

Evidence of your Degree qualification - certificate and transcript.

Documentation showing proof of residency in the UK (if applicable). This is required as this programme is not available to overseas applicants. 

If you were born outside of the UK you must have no restrictions on your stay in the UK so would need to provide evidence of Indefinite leave to remain in the UK, a certificate which shows you now have British Citizenship or an official home office document which shows you have refugee status. 

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.

An offer of a place on the programme is also subject to passing Health Screening.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)


£9,250 per year





Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional Fee Information

This course is eligible for funding via the Student Loans Company under the same terms and conditions as undergraduate tuition fee and maintenance loans. Please see the following webpage for more information. This course is currently not eligible for any further discounts on fees, such as the postgraduate discount.

Additional financial support is available from the NHS for this course. Please see their webpage for more information.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Information for all applicants

Please note the application deadline date of 15 January has now passed and this programme is no longer accepting applications for September 2019.

Should this change and the programme not reach the required recruitment target then we will re-open to applications. This page will be updated should this be the case.

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When you graduate you will be able to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council as a Diagnostic Radiographer and work in the rapidly expanding field of medical imaging, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.

The employment prospects for our Diagnostic Radiography students are excellent. In 2016, the majority of graduates from our BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography gained employment as Radiographers, with many being offered jobs by their placement hospital.

Once you have successfully completed your studies and worked as a Radiographer, the skills you have learnt on this course will put you in a great position to develop your career further in areas such as advanced practice, leadership and research. The University of Derby offer a range of CPD opportunities and Master’s level modules to support your career development.

Programme leader

Naomi Shiner

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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