Course overviewRadiography (Diagnostic Imaging) BSc (Hons) course overview
*Please note this course is undergoing reapproval for September 2023, as such the course title, module titles and course content will be subject to change.
Diagnostic radiographers use imaging techniques – such as radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound – to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of illness.
This accredited course provides the technological, biological and social knowledge required to practise as a diagnostic radiographer within a healthcare team.
City, University of London has one of the best-equipped radiography training facilities in the country and we’re 1st in London for Medical Technology. We offer students a unique learning environment, mirroring many of the facilities you will encounter in professional practice.
- Benefit from opportunities arising from our close links with radiology departments in hospitals, the radiography profession and industry
- Practise your skills in a simulated environment in our well-equipped Clinical Skills Centre, which includes a fully equipped X-ray suite and dental equipment
- Spend approximately half your time on clinical placement – recent students have worked at the Royal Free Hospital, University College London Hospital, St Mary's Hospital, the Royal London Hospitals and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
On graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise in the UK.
Over the three years of this BSc Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree, you’ll develop into a competent and compassionate diagnostic radiographer, learning through a combination of theory and clinical experience.
Develop a firm foundation in the principles and practice of diagnostic imaging. Understand the human body with topics in anatomy, physiology and pathology. Begin to develop your knowledge of imaging.
Common Module 1 (15 credits)
This module will provide an introduction to core themes required before you enter a clinical department. Content includes study skills, lifelong learning, radiation protection and basic maths and physics.
Common Module 2 (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with a foundation in relation to the NHS Values that were introduced in the first common module. This will offer you the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes required before you enter a clinical department.
Radiographic Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology 1 (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the human anatomy and physiology. In practice, you will be given the opportunity through structured clinical placements to make links between theory and practice.
Scientific Principles of Medical Imaging 1 (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with introductory knowledge of radiation physics and relevant imaging equipment essential to practice in a safe and informed manner. Topics include radiation science, image recording, radiographic equipment and dosimetry.
Principles of Imaging in Practice 1 (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with the underpinning theoretical aspects of radiographic practice before commencing your clinical placement.
Radiographic Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology 2 (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the human anatomy and physiology (including common variant anatomy). Content includes the digestive system, reproductive systems, joints and nervous system.
Digital Imaging (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with introductory knowledge of digital imaging equipment essential to practice in a safe and informed manner.
Principles of Imaging in Practice 2 (15 credits)
This module aims to provide you with the underpinning theoretical aspects of radiographic practice before commencing your clinical placement. You will gain knowledge of the axial skeleton, chest, abdomen and gastrointestinal tract in order to begin to practice.
Move on to more specialised subjects and begin to apply the knowledge and experience gained in year one. Gain professional practical experience of medical imaging.
Radiography Research & Statistics (15 credits)
This module allows you to develop critical understanding of research principles, processes and methods in health care settings. You will compare methods of research design and outcome and develop critical and evaluative skills in the research field.
Scientific Principles of Medical Imaging 2 (15 credits)
You will be introduced to the basic theoretical principles of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound (US) and nuclear medicine whilst demonstrating knowledge of equipment design for mammography, angiography, cardiac angiography, and interventional procedures.
Advanced Principles of Imaging in Practice (30 credits)
In this module you will learn the basic clinical applications of Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine (NM), Ultrasound (U/S), mammography, angiography, specialised fluoroscopic procedures and contrast studies.
Professional Practice in Medical Imaging (60 credits)
This is a clinical module for which there are no formal lectures. You will be provided with a clinical portfolio with objectives and/or clinical competencies that will need to be completed during clinical placements.
Prepare for professional practice by learning about management and research. Further your image interpretation skills and complete a research exercise.
Scientific Principles of Medical Imaging 3 (15 credits)
This module aims to encourage you to develop a systematic approach to the evaluation of medical imaging equipment and subsequent performance. Content includes equipment, design, quality control of different systems, assessing image quality and dosimetry.
Image Interpretation (15 credits)
The aim of this module is for you to develop a systematic approach to the interpretation of radiographic images, identify common pathologies and describe the appearances using appropriate professional terminology.
Preparation for Radiographic Practice (45 credits)
You will learn the skills in order to produce images of diagnostic quality, be able to provide sound advice, recognise the radiographer’s responsibilities, recognise where imaging is required and the skills to work professionally in an interdisciplinary team.
Management and Advancement of Radiographic Practice (15 credits)
This module aims to help you demonstrate an awareness of current NHS policies, procedures and initiatives and to have an appreciation of some of the management processes undertaken within a diagnostic imaging department.
Research Exercise (30 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity, under guidance, for you to follow an area largely of your own choosing. This allows you to develop greater knowledge and understanding of an area of personal interest.
Research Exercise 2 (30 credits)
An alternate to Research Exercise 1 the aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity, under staff guidance, for you to undertake a small scale primary research project.
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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. City 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 you to practice your skills in preparation for clinical practice.
City's clinical skills suite offers access to modern equipment in a self-contained simulated hospital environment where you can prepare for your 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.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- written exams
- objective structured clinical/practical examination (OSCE/OSPE)
- written assignments
- oral and poster presentations
- research exercise
- self-reflective statements.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
During clinical placements you will typically be required to attend for 28 hours per week (or equivalent). There is a 95% minimum attendance requirement that you are expected to maintain for the practice component of the course.
During your clinical placement, you will required to attend as directed by supervising staff and your link lecturer, which will ensure that you are able to meet your placement learning outcomes and harmonise with local department working arrangements, appropriate clinical supervision and service user safety.
The total number of hours you work should not normally be more than the standard working week but also not significantly shorter such that it may impact upon your ongoing learning and competence development.
You should seek to ensure that you are in the department during link lecturer visits. Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/ 23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- There are no fee waivers available for this course
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
NHS Learning Support Fund: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 a year for eligible healthcare students.
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This degree equips you with the skills to become a Therapeutic Radiographer, a job that makes a real difference to the lives of people with cancer.
Upon graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the Society and College of Radiographers. You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise in the UK.
Graduates of this course have strong career prospects. The majority find employment in the NHS or private hospitals, with an annual average salary of around £25,000 within 15 months of finishing the course. Many work in leading hospitals in London, throughout the UK or practise internationally.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
This course has now closed applications for September 2022 entry.
You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
The School of Health and Psychological Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process. You can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2022 should arrive at UCAS between September 2021 and 26th January 2022. Applications that arrive after 26th January 2022 will be considered only at City's discretion.
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