Master of Radiography: Diagnostic Radiography (MDRad)

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.

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.

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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  • 100% student satisfaction in Diagnostic Radiography (Source: QMU internal analysis of unpublished NSS 2018 data).



About the course

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.

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 12 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 12 weeks of placement, which include a four-week elective placement.

In Year Four you will enhance and broaden your theoretical, research, professional and clinical skills to enable a smooth transition to working life. This year includes another 12 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 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. >>Click for more information on 'Learning, Teaching and Assessment' 


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

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

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2019) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2020. Please check the website for any updates.



Placements are where your theoretical learning is consolidated and deepened by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one two-week placement in Year One. In Years Two, Three and Four you will complete 12 weeks of placement 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, clinical reporting, sonography or mammography.



Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard BBBB, Minimum: BBCC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 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. English plus two sciences at Nat 5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: Related Access course – see our website for details at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications.  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 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2020
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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