BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

A diagnostic radiographer is a healthcare professional who acquires and evaluates images of the human body to diagnose disease and trauma. They use a range of high-tech imaging equipment and techniques and work closely with the multidisciplinary team to provide a person-centred service.

With a range of learning and teaching methods, including placements in each year, this course will equip you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to work as diagnostic radiographer.


Why QMU?

  • 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 and are able to adapt and ready to work anywhere on graduation.
  • We offer students the opportunity to select their preferred placement sites.


About the course

The course is designed to progressively develop the student’s knowledge, understanding, ethical thinking skills and application of radiographic principles and techniques. This is achieved through close integration of the academic and clinical environment.

Year One provides an introduction to anatomy and physiology, scientific and technological radiographic principles and the professional requirements of a diagnostic radiographer. Students are introduced to clinical practice in a two-week placement.

In Year Two, students study radiographic equipment design and construction, research methods and further investigate general radiographic techniques. Application of radiographic technique is developed through 13 weeks of clinical placement.

Year Three focuses on specialist radiographic theory and practice, as well as further developing the critical skills of evidence-based practice. Students continue to link theory and practice during 13 weeks of placement, which includes a 3-4 week elective placement.

Year Four enhances, broadens and consolidates the student’s theoretical, research, professional and clinical skills to enable a smooth transition to working life. Students complete 13 weeks of clinical placement.

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.



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.



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 Project
  • Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging 4
  • Professional Practice 4
  • Interprofessional Education 4

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.



Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, 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. Students will have the opportunity to organise an elective placement in Year Three which can be overseas. Placements take place within the NHS at various locations across Scotland. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course.


Exchange opportunities



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.


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 Diagnostic Radiology Department. As the profession requires you to work with patients and their families and with other healthcare professionals, you will need excellent interpersonal skills and you need to be caring and compassionate towards individuals’ circumstances. Great attention to detail and an ability to think quickly and make decisions are also required. You should be a good team player, and work well individually.


Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

The course is approved by the College of Radiographers. 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...