BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Radiography

What is therapeutic radiography?

Therapeutic radiography is a rewarding and caring profession which also calls for considerable technological expertise. It is the skilled application of controlled amounts of radiation as a treatment and it has a crucial role to play in the management of cancer. The therapeutic radiographer has shared responsibility for the planning and accurate delivery of radiation treatment.

About the Course

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to apply for Health and Care Professions Council registration, and to practise as a registered therapeutic radiographer in the NHS and the private sector. You will also be eligible to apply for membership of the Society of Radiographers.

As caring professionals, it is essential for radiographers to have good interpersonal skills to enable vital communication with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals. With the advance in treatment and techniques, radiographers are constantly learning new skills and their work is very varied. You should have an interest in people, be caring and compassionate, have an aptitude for science, good communication skills and enjoy working in a team.

One of the main benefits of this course is the variety of clinical placements that will take place throughout the four years. These provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory by working directly with patients and qualified staff.

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. You will complete a range of modules (University-based and practice-based), as outlined, and complete a project in Year Four.

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.

Other: We expect applicants to have visited an appropriate Radiotherapy Department. 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)/ Radiotherapy Physics and Equipment 1/ Professional Practice 1/ Radiotherapy Practice 1/ Interprofessional Education 1

Year Two

Introduction to Research/ Radiotherapy Physics and Equipment 2/ Radiotherapy Practice 2/ Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 2 Block A/ Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 2 Blocks B and C

Year Three

Research Principles/ Radiotherapy Practice 3/ Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 3/ Professional Practice 3/ Interprofessional Education 3

Year Four

Research Project/ Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy 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 therapeutic radiography, for example, treatment planning, treatment review and counselling.

Quick Facts

  • Students are part of a small cohort with every student having a dedicated personal tutor to offer guidance throughout the four years of the course.
  • A variety of clinical placements ensures adaptable practitioners with many transferable skills.
  • This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
  • This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Learning and Teaching

Year One of the course has been designed as a foundation to introduce students to the concepts of healthcare and science-based technologies. The content is mostly classroom-based and provides an introduction to clinical practice. You will also carry out a short clinical practice placement. Years Two, Three and Four develop this theme and integrate clinical practice with academic theory. You will spend 17 weeks within the university and 13 weeks in clinical practice.

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Professional Registration

Successful completion enables application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a therapeutic radiographer, which is essential for employment within the NHS.


Placements are undertaken in oncology centres in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee. Elective placements throughout the UK are an option. It may be possible to undertake a single elective practice-based placement outside the UK.

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 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
B822 BSc/Trad

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