Master of Radiography: Diagnostic (MDRad)/BSc (Hons) Radiography: Diagnostic

Diagnostic radiographers are healthcare professionals who acquire and evaluate images of the human body to diagnose injuries and illnesses such as bone fractures and kidney stones. This four year undergraduate master's/BSc (Hons) degree course will give you the theoretical understanding and practical skills you will need to build a rewarding career as a diagnostic radiographer. Practice placements are an integrated part of the course and allow you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice.

QMU offers two undergraduate pathways of study in Diagnostic Radiography to achieve a recognised qualification. Initially all students register on the undergraduate master’s pathway and study together, then, from the end of the second year, students on the BSc (Hons) pathway follow a slightly different programme of study to those studying for the undergraduate master’s degree. On graduation, both pathways offer eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a diagnostic radiographer.

Please see the course structure on this page for more information on the benefits of pursuing the undergraduate master’s route rather than the BSc.

Why QMU?

  • Supportive learning environment: You will enjoy a very high level of support and mentoring from our staff. We do not take as many students as some institutions, so you will enjoy a more individual and interactive learning experience.
  • Benefit from our clinical placement arrangements: We have excellent relationships with our clinical placement sites that allows us to support you constantly when 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.
  • Great facilities for learning and teaching: You will 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 system with high resolution digital workstations and a Fuji Direct Digital mobile.
  • High graduate employment rates: With a degree in diagnostic radiography from QMU, our students are well equipped, respected and confident to start their careers very soon, if not before, they graduate. 
  • Professional accreditation/registration: This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers and approved by the Health & Care Professions Council  (HCPC). Successful completion enables application for registration with the HCPC as a diagnostic radiographer which is essential for employment in the UK.
  • High rankings: We came 2nd top in the UK  for Radiography (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024).


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Master of Radiography: Diagnostic (MDRad)/BSc (Hons) Radiography: Diagnostic: The course in brief

Diagnostic radiographers are healthcare professional who acquire and evaluate images of the human body to diagnose disease and trauma. They use a range of high-technology 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 affect patients’ lives, day after day. Awaiting a diagnosis can be a stressful time for patients and in this career you must be technically adept, 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.

On this course you will:

  • Learn from staff with an outstanding reputation for the quality of teaching;
  • Gain all the knowledge and skills that you require to work as a diagnostic radiographer;
  • Develop your expertise through in-depth theoretical learning, clinical placements each year and the close support of our very experienced staff; and
  • Benefit from the interprofessional working focus of this course. We aim for all our graduates to be confident in their own professional identity and have the additional skills that will allow you to work as an effective multidisciplinary team member.


What are the differences between diagnostic and therapeutic radiography? 


How will I be taught?


This four-year undergraduate MMaster of Radiography: Diagnostic (MDRad)/BSc (Hons) Radiography: Diagnostic course will equip you with the expertise and practical skills that you need to work as a registered diagnostic radiographer in the private or public health and social care sector. You will thrive in our supportive environment, and benefit from placements each year along with practical experience in our specialist clinical facilities on campus.

Find out about the benefits of studying an undergraduate master’s.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops. There will be a mix of classroom and online learning. Outwith timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a variety of assessment methods (eg written and practical exams, written assignments, presentations and viva voce) at the end of each module. 


Placements are invaluable in consolidating theoretical study into practical expertise by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete practice placements in each year. You will attend a variety of placements within the NHS at various locations across Scotland. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student.

Placements take place across Scotland. It is therefore likely that students will have to relocate for at least some of their practice-based learning unless they have individual requirements (eg specific health needs or school age children) that mean they must remain in a specific location.

Specialist facilities

QMU offers a variety of modern spaces for use by our Master of Radiography: Diagnostic (MDRad)/BSc (Hons) Radiography: Diagnostic and MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration) courses. We have one dedicated Diagnostic Radiography room to practice technical and professional skills, with fully functioning x-ray equipment. Our diagnostic radiography students also utilise QMU's Clinical Simulation Suite, Physiotherapy and Podiatry skills rooms which are equipped to simulate the real-life placement environment. Students have access to numerous anatomy models which are incorporated into their learning during practical sessions and can be used during self-directed study sessions.   

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.

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

What will I learn each year?

Year One

You will:

  • study modules including anatomy and physiology, scientific and diagnostic technological radiographic principles;
  • prepare for clinical practice by developing your communication skills and exploring the professional requirements of a diagnostic radiographer;
  • focus on developing your academic skills, including essay writing and how to access information; and
  • complete a two-week placement which provides the opportunity to experience and integrate into the clinical environment.


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Becoming an Allied Health Professional
  • Developing Resilience of Self and Others
  • Introduction to Diagnostic Practice, Diagnostic Practice 1
  • Finding your Academic Voice

Year Two

You will:

  • undertake modules that explore more complex radiographic techniques including cross-sectional imaging and trauma;
  • continue to broaden your understanding of health and wellbeing and how to support behaviour change through health coaching conversations;
  • further enhance your academic skills by developing a critical approach to literature and your professional practice’; and
  • develop your practical skills through two 6-week clinical placement blocks.


  • Health Coaching Conversations
  • Developing a Spirit of Inquiry
  • Cross Sectional Imaging Science
  • Diagnostic Practice 2
  • Diagnostic Imaging Placement A

Year Three

You will:

  • enhance your critical thinking and further develop your knowledge of specialist diagnostic imaging modalities;
  • broaden your healthcare awareness and challenge your understanding of health education and promotion;
  • continue to link theory and practice; and
  • develop your practical skills through two 6-week clinical placement blocks, which includes a three or four-week elective placement.


  • Active Citizenship
  • Health Literacy
  • Specialist Imaging and Advancing Diagnostic Practice
  • Theoretical and Clinical Approaches to Multidisciplinary Team Working
  • Understanding and Appraising the Evidence for Practice
  • Diagnostic Imaging Placement B

Year Four

You will: 

  • enhance, consolidate and reflect on your theoretical, research, professional and clinical skills enabling a smooth transition to working life;
  • explore leadership skills and innovative practice to meet current healthcare challenges;
  • take ownership of your academic learning by undertaking a quality improvement project; and
  • complete two 6-week clinical placement blocks.


  • Applying Skills of Critical Enquiry
  • Professional Development for Health Practice
  • Leadership and Enterprise in Healthcare
  • Preliminary Clinical Evaluation
  • Diagnostic Imaging Placement C


NB The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2023) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2024. Please check back here for any updates.


Career opportunities

Most graduates begin working as general radiographers, with very high graduate employment rates. However, with experience, you may have the opportunity to specialise in different aspects of diagnostic radiography, for example, clinical reporting, sonography or mammography.

Master of Radiography: Diagnostic (MDRad)/BSc (Hons) Radiography: Diagnostic: Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBC Minimum - BCCC

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. We can also accept National 5 Application of Maths or Lifeskills at the same grade.

Am I a Widening Access student?: We apply the minimum entry criteria to applicants who meet one or more contextual factor. To see if this would apply to you, please refer to the access and application page.

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience. Visit our College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page for more information. 

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

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory criminal records check from the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, an occupational health check and personal indemnity insurance (normally through membership of the professional body) are required.
  • You may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B.
  • We expect applicants to have visited an appropriate Radiography/Radiology department/interviewed a professional.

Other costs

  • The cost of professional indemnity insurance is the responsibility of the student. For more information on this, visit the UG 2024 fees page on our website.
  • The additional costs associated with placement travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the student. Students who receive SAAS funding may be able to claim for some of these expenses to be reimbursed.
  • Uniform, PVG and badge costs – please see UG 2024 fees page on our website.

Disability/health conditions

If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at QMU. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2024/25 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

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Course Overview

4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2024
On campus at QMU and on placement
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
SCQF Level
10 (BSc (Hons)/11 (MDRad)

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