BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

What is diagnostic radiography?

A diagnostic radiographer undertakes imaging to enable clinicians to make diagnosis of trauma and disease. Imaging covers all areas of the human anatomy and utilises a wide range of imaging modalities.

About the Course

This course will equip you with the necessary skills to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to enable you to work in the healthcare sector as a diagnostic radiographer.

As a diagnostic radiographer you would be working largely with imaging technology, however there are many personal skills that you require for the profession. Working with patients and their families and with other healthcare professionals, you will need good interpersonal skills and you need to be caring and compassionate towards individuals’ circumstances. Great attention to detail is required and you need to be able to think quickly and make decisions independently, reacting to an ever-changing work environment. You must be able to work within a team, but also individually, and you should be prepared to be flexible in your work patterns as the service is provided on a 24 hour basis.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision-making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.

Course Structure

This is a four year, full-time honours degree course. You will complete a range of modules (University-based and practice-based), as outlined.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Required Subjects: One science at Higher/ A Level or equivalent. Eng plus two sciences at S/Int2/N5/GCSE

Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Health Related Studies or Science. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Advanced Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications are considered for entry to Year One.


  • We expect applicants to have visited an appropriate Diagnostic Radiology Department. Minimum age 17 years
  • A satisfactory criminal records check is also required

International: IELTS 6.0 with no element lower than 6


Year One

Introduction to the Human Body/ Manual Handling/ Science and Technology (D&T)/ Radiodiagnostic Physics and Equipment 1/ Professional Practice 1/ Diagnostic Practice 1/Interprofessional Education 1

Year Two

Introduction to Research/ Radiodiagnostic Physics and Equipment 2/ Diagnostic Practice 2/ Introduction to Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging/ Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging 2

Year Three

Research Principles/ Diagnostic Practice 3/ Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging 3/ Professional Practice 3/ Interprofessional Education 3

Year Four

Research Project/ Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging 4/ Professional Practice 4/ Interprofessional Education 4

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


Most graduates begin working as general radiographers. However, with experience, opportunities exist for specialisation in varied aspects of diagnostic radiography for example, ultrasound, computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radionuclide imaging and mammography.

Quick Facts

  • Clinical placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working directly with patients and qualified staff. Diagnostic placements are undertaken in hospitals across central Scotland to ensure you gain a variety of experience.
  • This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Learning and Teaching

Year One is designed as a foundation to introduce you to the concepts of healthcare and science-based technologies. The content is mostly classroom-based, but you will also carry out a short clinical practice placement. In Years Two, Three and Four, you will take increasing responsibility for your own learning. You will study further modules and go on more clinical placements. You will spend 17 weeks within the University and the other 13 weeks in the clinical environment in each year.

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Study Abroad

There are no exchange opportunities available,  but you may be able to undertake your Year Three elective placement overseas.

Professional Registration

Successful completion enables application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer which is essential for employment in the UK.


Placements take place each year.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.

Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2017
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
B821 BSc/DRad

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