BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

As a diagnostic radiographer you will be a healthcare professional who acquires and evaluates images of the human body to diagnose disease and trauma. You will use a range of hi-tech imaging equipment and techniques and work closely with the multidisciplinary team to provide a person-centred service.

This course, with an outstanding reputation for teaching quality,* will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to work as a diagnostic radiographer. You’ll develop your expertise through in-depth theoretical learning, clinical placements in each year and the close support of our very experienced staff.

Why QMU?

  • You’ll enjoy a very high level of support and mentoring from our staff. We don’t take as many students as some institutions, so you will enjoy a more individual and interactive learning experience.

  • We have very good relationships with clinical departments allowing us to support you constantly while you are on placement. You will be the only student on the team during your placements to give you the maximum possible benefit from the clinical experience.

  • You’ll learn on specialist hi-tech facilities on campus. Our diagnostic imaging suite is equipped with a Siemens Multix Pro X Ray System, a Fuji Computerised Radiography (CR) system with high resolution digital workstations and a Fuji Direct Digital (DR) mobile. 

  • 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018*


* QMU internal analysis of unpublished NSS 2018 data


About the course

Radiography is invaluable in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and trauma. As a diagnostic radiographer your skill, judgement and professionalism will be a vital part of a team’s clinical work – and patients’ lives – day after day. Awaiting a diagnosis can be a stressful time for patients and in this career you must be both technically adept and An excellent communicator and provide person-centred care.

This is why our diagnostic radiography course places high importance on clinical placements. Placements are essential to build self-confidence, practice radiographic techniques and develop clinical knowledge, in a real-life hospital setting.

Year One gives you an introduction to anatomy and physiology, scientific and technological radiographic principles, and the professional requirements of a diagnostic radiographer. A two-week placement will introduce you to clinical practice.

In Year Two, you’ll study radiographic equipment design and construction, research methods and further investigate general radiographic techniques including fluoroscopy, CT and trauma. You will develop your skills in the application of radiographic techniques through 13 weeks of clinical placement.

Year Three focuses on specialist radiographic theory and practice, as well as further developing your critical skills of evidence-based practice. You will continue to link theory and practice during 13 weeks of placement, which include a 4-week elective placement.

In Year Four you will enhance and broadens your theoretical, research, professional and clinical skills to enable a smooth transition to working life. This year includes another 13 weeks of clinical placement.

We want all our graduates to be confident in their own professional identity and have the additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members with those with other professional backgrounds. That’s why we have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses including this one.


This is a four-year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, and a dissertation in Year Four.


Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by written exams at the end of each module or semester. For full details see http://archive.qmu.ac.uk/prospective_students/undergraduate/Diagnostic-Radiography.pdf


Year One modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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 modules

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

Year Four modules

  • Applied Research
  • Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging 4
  • Professional Practice 4
  • Interprofessional Education 4




Placements are where your theoretical learning is consolidated and deepened by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one 2-week placement in Year One. In Years Two, Three and Four you will complete two 4-week and one 5-week placement in each year. Placements can take place within the NHS at various locations across Scotland. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course. You can also organise an elective placement overseas.


Exchange opportunities



Most graduates begin working as general radiographers. However, with experience, you may have the opportunity to specialise in different aspects of diagnostic radiography, for example, treatment planning, treatment review and counselling.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 6.0

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

Mature/ Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required. We also expect applicants to have visited an appropriate Radiography/Radiology Department. As the profession requires you to work with patients and with other healthcare professionals, you will need excellent interpersonal skills and you need to be caring and compassionate towards individuals’ circumstances.


Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. 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.


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year 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 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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Grace Greaves - BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography "So far I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the course, from lectures to tutorials. No class is the same and every lecturer has their own way they like to teach. All lecturers are always available to provide help and advice when asked, which provides us with support all year round." Read my story...