1. 2015 Entry

Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)  BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) will provide you with the skills and knowledge to help diagnose illness by producing and interpreting images.


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Why study Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) at City?

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to help diagnose and treat illness by producing and interpreting medical images. Subsequently you would be making a real difference to the lives of patients. Diagnostic radiographers are essential members of the healthcare team, working closely with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in a wide range of clinical settings. They use a range of imaging modalities to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. These include conventional radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and positron emission tomography.

The radiography department at City University, London, was founded following the merger of five of London's top radiography schools. It has one of the best equipped radiography clinical skills suites in the UK. This offers a unique environment which will mirror many of the facilities you will encounter whilst undertaking your practice placements in the clinical environment. Furthermore, the radiography team at City University, London, are experts within the field. They have long standing close links with radiology departments in hospitals, the radiography profession, and industry. All of this offers a challenging yet supportive environment in which to study.


Whilst studying at City you will:

  • Access City's Centre for Radiography Clinical Skills Education, a fully equipped radiography clinical skills suite with two specialist x-ray rooms.
  • Enrich your study with clinical placements taking place in world class hospital trusts in London and Essex.
  • Gain a qualification that enables you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and enter a respected profession with excellent career opportunities.
  • Enter a profession where you are using the latest healthcare technologies to help diagnose and treat illness and disease.
  • Learn from City's expert and supportive radiography team where all academic lecturers are also HCPC registered radiographers.
  • Benefit from your tuition fees being paid by the NHS - bursaries are also available for eligible students.




Entry Requirements:

320 UCAS tariff points from three A2 subjects. A minimum of 100 points must be achieved from an A level in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) are paid by the NHS.
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

All facets from the selection day are reviewed. Applicants who pass the admissions tests and are able to demonstrate that they meet the NHS Constitution values will receive an offer. The conditions of the offer will be made to applicants via UCAS. The following are examples of typical offers that are made:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points from three A2 subjects. A minimum of 100 points must be achieved from an A level in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. General studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
  • IB: 33 (must include Physics)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in Radiography or Science only. Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 30 credits at Distinction to include at least 6 credits at distinction in Physics and 15 credits at Merit; 15 credits at Level 2.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (18 unit award): D*D*D required (Applied Science or Medical Science only)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 320 UCAS points gained at Higher from 5 subjects graded A1-B3. This must include Biology and either Chemistry or Physics. English Language and Mathematics from Ordinary Level grades A1-B3, unless part of higher.
  • Scottish Highers: 320 UCAS points gained at Advanced Highers Grade A-C (must include Science). English Language and Mathematics from Highers grades A-C, if not already part of Advanced Highers.
Special requirements: Applicants must complete a clinical visits feedback form.

Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references are also required.


Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have 5 GCSEs including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science at A*-C. We do not consider BTEC National Award, National Certificate, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma or National Diploma in isolation or combination.

For 2015 entry, applicants studying towards an Access to HE Diploma must have either GCSE English Language or Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application. From 2016 entry onwards, Access applicants must hold both GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application.
Please note: we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.

English Requirements

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Full-time: 3 years

Course Content

Half of the course is spent in the University and the other half on clinical placement.

Year one

The compulsory modules in the first year will introduce you to the principles and practice of diagnostic imaging. Year one is spent primarily at the University.

Year two

In the second year, you will move on to more specialised subjects and begin to apply the knowledge and experience gained in year one.

Year three

During the final year, you will become more critical and evaluative in your work.

Course Structure

Year one

Core modules include:

  • Common module I
  • Common module II
  • Radiographic anatomy, physiology and pathology
  • Science for medical imaging
  • Principles of imaging in practice I.    

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Radiography research methods and statistics
  • Science for medical imaging II
  • Principles of imaging in practice II
  • Professional practice in medical imaging.

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Equipment evaluation
  • Image interpretation/evaluation
  • Preparation for clinical practice
  • Management and radiographic practice
  • A research exercise/project.

Teaching and Assessment

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of diagnostic radiography, many of whom have worked in specialised roles or advanced practice prior to their teaching career.

You will be taught in various ways including lectures, directed self-study, research exercises, group-learning, work-based activity and tutorials. The University also reinforces teaching through the use of e-learning that enables you to learn interactively using the internet, with self-tests and image-viewing quizzes as well as online lecture notes being made available.

Practical training in the Centre for Radiography Clinical Skills Education provides a unique and safe environment for students to practice their skills in preparation for clinical practice. City's clinical skills suite offers access to modern equipment in a self-contained simulated hospital environment where students can prepare for their clinical placements. The centre has specialist rooms with digital imaging, general & dental x-ray units, ultrasound, radiotherapy planning, virtual environment radiotherapy training (VERT) and clinical skills training rooms.

Work is assessed through coursework, written examinations, class tests, multiple choice tests, practical examination and clinical assessments while on clinical placement.


  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees for home and EU students studying the BSc (Hons) in Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) are paid by the NHS.
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

You may be entitled to a means-tested bursary from the NHS: please see for more information.


City works in partnership with a range of hospital trusts in London and Essex. These include The Royal Free Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust in London and Southend University Hospital in Essex. During your course, your will have one primary clinical placement at a a main site but rotate through other hospitals to gain greater clinical

You will have one primary clinical placement as your main site, but you will also rotate through other hospitals to gain greater clinical experience. During clinical placements you will learn through observation and supervised practice. This is then supported by tutorials which allow you to reflect upon practice. Links lecturers will also visit you regularly during your clinical placements.

Career Prospects

Upon graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and will also be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to practise in the UK.

City's course has excellent employability rates and there is a possibility to practice internationally. Upon graduation, the majority of our graduates find employment in the NHS or private hospitals. This is supported by 95% of our graduates being in employment six months after graduation with an annual average salary of £22,000. It is interesting to note that our 2014 radiography graduates gained employment at reputable hospitals both in London and nationally.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study at Msc level. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging), including:

Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

UCAS code: B821

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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


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