With an outstanding reputation for teaching quality, student satisfaction and employment success, this Diagnostic Radiography (Hons) course offered by the University of Derby is the ideal route to a rewarding career as a radiographer.

Radiographers work alongside other healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat patients using imaging techniques such as x-rays, CT scans and ultrasound.

With an acute shortage of radiographers in the UK and exciting developments in technology transforming the profession, there has never been a better time to consider a career in this important field. It is little surprise that our degree enjoys 100% employment rates.

Approximately half of your time will be spent on clinical placement, so you’ll develop your skills as an all-round, flexible and adaptable healthcare professional – with the first-hand experience that employers are seeking.

You’ll work in various settings ranging from large teaching hospitals to community hospital departments. It means you’ll build your knowledge of how different imaging departments operate, the range of equipment used and the varying workloads, practices and roles in the profession.

Such diverse experiences also give you insights into the workplace settings and fields of radiography which might suit you best as you advance your career.


When you graduate, you’ll be able to apply for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements, fully prepared to work in the rapidly expanding field of medical imaging.

Nationally, there is a 17% shortfall in radiographers so you can look forward to excellent career prospects. The BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography has an outstanding track record for producing highly employable graduates. Latest statistics showed that 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study six months after completing their studies, with 95% in a professional or managerial job. In 2015/16, 80% of our cohort achieved good honours degrees of 2.1 or above.

Many graduates go on to secure jobs at their placement hospitals and build on the skills they have gained on the course to become advanced practitioners. As part of your studies, you’ll develop your leadership capabilities to prepare for more senior roles and you’ll explore the way the profession is changing – in areas such as image analysis – to ensure you are ready to meet the challenge of change.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Principles of Radiographic Imaging
  • Science and Technology of Imaging
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Research Methods for Practice
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Applied Imaging
  • Skills for Graduate Practice
  • Independent Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Advancing Practice and Technology

                                English Language Requirements

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                                • Minimum required score:


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                                Academic Requirements

                                General Requirements

                                Typical entry requirements:
                                • UCAS points - 120 (up to 16 from A-levels).
                                • Specific requirements at A-level - B in either Biology, Physics or Chemistry A Level (or equivalent qualification).
                                • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSEs grades A-C or grade 4 including Maths, English and Double Science (or equivalencies)
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                                Alternative entry qualifications:
                                • BTEC - DDM. Please note: BTEC must be in a Science related subject(s). We do not accept BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care.
                                • Access to HE Diploma in Science - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 18 Merit: 27 Pass: 0. At least 24 credits must be in pure sciences (Biology preferred, Chemistry and Physics accepted).

                                Tuition Fee

                                • EU/EEA

                                  9250 GBP/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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                                Living costs for Derby

                                • 540 - 860 GBP/month
                                  Living Costs

                                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
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                                • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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