Course details

Study options

Part-time: 6 months

UK fee

£1,000 (2022/23)

Course level


Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Please note that this course is paused for applications and it is not yet known if and when it may run again. 

This course is designed to support you, the returnee, to re-establish clinical competency in a range of radiographic techniques and diagnostic imaging procedures within your scope of practice, and to work safely within the current health care environment.

The course begins with theoretical classroom contact and simulation activities in the Clinical Skills Suite (where appropriate), followed by a supervised clinical placement designed to support you in meeting the HCPC return to practice requirements. Your learning will be supported (where appropriate) by use of a radiographic technique DVD.

We recognise that all radiographers returning to practice will have different learning requirements. A ‘gaps analysis’ exercise will be used to identify your individual learning needs, considering your previous experience, length of career break and your scope of practice/speciality.

We build flexibility into the course to ensure that you can secure part time hours during the practice element of the course if required.

Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

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What you will study

The Return to Practice course consists of one 20 credit module at level 6.

The course content has been designed in accordance with the HCPC return to practice requirements.

Theoretical 'Core Content' will focus on:

Your clinical placement will give you the opportunity to consolidate and apply this knowledge, supporting you to re-establish clinical competency in a range of plain film radiographic techniques and diagnostic imaging procedures within your scope of practice.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

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

Scheduled learning and teaching activities related to the ‘core content’ will include theoretical, classroom based seminars, simulation in the clinical skills suite (where appropriate) and problem based scenarios. These activities will support you, both in preparation for working on clinical placement and reflecting on your placement experience.

Guided independent study will support your individual learning needs identified in the ‘gaps analysis’. You will benefit from using information technology to enhance learning in environments other than the classroom.

Placement learning will provide the opportunity for you to apply underpinning theory into current clinical practice, and to demonstrate your professional and radiographic skills within a work-based portfolio.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed via summative reflections and an 'action plan' demonstrating professional development and outlining plans for future practice.

The clinical placement element will be evidenced by a ‘professional practice portfolio’ demonstrating your achievement of activities to support practice.

This will include evidence of meeting an ‘attendance requirement’, in line with the HCPC return to practice requirements, plus evidence of completion of ‘practice learning formative assessments’ appropriate to your scope of practice, and a ‘Record of Clinical Experience’ which will enable you to demonstrate your range of clinical experience during your time on placement. 

Entry requirements

This module will be available to diagnostic radiographers from both plain film and other imaging modalities (with either a UK based DCR or BSc qualification), who have previously been registered with the HCPC but have not practised their profession for more than two years. It will also be available to individuals who may have qualified in the UK as a Diagnostic Radiographer with a DCR or BSc qualification, but then did not practice or register with the HCPC post qualification.

You will need to have an occupational health review and advanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. Proof of UK Residency (to meet UKBA requirements) will be required

All applicants will be interviewed as part of the consideration for entry to this programme.  Interviews will include representatives from both the University and clinical departments, where appropriate.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)







Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

Funding your studies

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply

This course isn't currently accepting applications.


This course will prepare you to confidently return to practice; supporting you to apply for admission/re-admission to the (HCPC) register as a Diagnostic Radiographer upon successful completion of the course, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.

You will also be awarded 20 credits at Level 6 which you can contribute towards your future professional studies.

Contact us

Course: Sue Errett (Programme leader) E: Tel: +44 (0)1332 593068

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† Additional information about your studies

Must be completed within 6 months of the start date

Must be completed within 6 months of the start date

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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.

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.