Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

80 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

A career in Healthcare means you will be making a difference to the lives of other every day.

Please note that it is not possible to apply directly to the following course. For this foundation year course, it is only possible to attain a place if you do not get the grades expected having been provided with an offer for the BSc equivalent.

Beginning with a foundation year

Studying BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography with a Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme.

It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject area, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

Please see our BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography page for more information.

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What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Foundations in Physics
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Work Based Learning
  • Working in Health & Social Care
  • Study Skills
  • Principles of Radiographic Imaging 1‌
  • Science and Technology of Imaging 1‌
  • Anatomy and Physiology and Applied Imaging
  • Principles of Radiographic Imaging 2‌
  • Developing Professional Practice 1‌
  • Principles of Radiographic Imaging 3‌
  • Research Methods for Practice‌
  • Science and Technology of Imaging 2‌
  • Principles of Radiographic Imaging 4
  • Developing Professional Practice 2
  • Skills for Graduate Practice
  • Independent Practice‌
  • Principles of Radiographic Imaging 5
  • Developing Professional Practice 3‌
  • Quality Improvement
  • Advancing Practice and Technology

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.

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Find out more about Diagnostic Radiography

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How you will learn

From day one you’ll get all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.

Our teaching team includes qualified health professionals with experience of working in clinical or community settings. Many hold external roles with hospitals, the College of Radiographers, the Health and Care Professions Council, and other universities.

Our Programme Leader, Alex Partner, previously worked as a full-time clinical radiographer at Leicester Royal Infirmary, gaining experience in CT, theatre, fluoroscopy, paediatrics, plain film and accident and emergency radiography. 

She has a special interest in plain film trauma imaging and CT. Her research interests centre on radiography education. Alex is an external examiner for Portsmouth University, a peer reviewer for the Radiography journal and an ISAS assessor. She also sits on the HCPC ‘fitness to practise’ panels.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points80 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSEs grades A-C or grade 4 including Maths, English and Double Science (or equivalencies)

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

Alternative entry qualifications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Occupational Health Assessment and Clearance by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year





From 2017/18, new students on Nursing and Allied Health Profession (AHP) courses will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students rather than receiving an NHS grant. Find out more.

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

For an independent view on student finance see Martin Lewis' Money Saving website.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

For more information on student loans for health programmes please visit The Council of Deans webpage here.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

This course is only available to students who have applied for the equivalent three-year degree and have been offered this as a more suitable alternative by our Admissions team.

We are not currently accepting direct applications.


Graduates from the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography degree are able to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements, fully prepared to work in the rapidly expanding field of medical imaging.

Many graduates from the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography degree go on to secure jobs at their placement hospitals and build on the skills they have gained on the course to become advanced practitioners.

Extensive careers guidance is integrated at every stage of the course, including CV writing and interview skills. There are annual recruitment days held at the University where you will have the chance to meet prospective employers.

Opportunities for further study

We offer an exciting range of postgraduate courses to help you take your qualifications, skills and experience to the next level or to pursue new directions within the profession. These include our innovative MSc Medical Ultrasound which features a flexible part-time pathway as well as a fast-track full-time pathway.

You could also consider various postgraduate qualifications specialising in areas such as osteoporosis and falls management, bone densitometry reporting, and radiographic image analysis of the appendicular skeleton.

Ongoing careers support

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.

Programme leader

Alex Partner

Contact us

Course: Alex Partner (Programme Leader)  +44 (0)1332 593035
Course: Nichola Tucker (Admissions Tutor)  +44 (0)1332 593695

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

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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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