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    1. 2021
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BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

Entry Year:
This course provides the knowledge and skills to diagnose disease and trauma by producing and interpreting images. City has been ranked 1st in London for Medical Technology, including Radiography, for three consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021)

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


Full-time: 3 years


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £18,400 **


Full-time: £18,400 **

UCAS code



Northampton Square

Who is it for?

The BSc Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree provides a route into a rewarding lifelong carer as a Diagnostic Radiographer. The course provides the physical, technological, biological and social knowledge required to work within a healthcare team and gain the professional skills and accreditation to practise as a radiographer.


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. 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 of London was founded following the merger of five of London's top radiography schools. As part of the course you will learn through classroom teaching, simulated practice and clinical placements. City has one of the best equipped radiography clinical skills suites in the UK, offering a unique environment which mirrors many of the facilities you will encounter whilst undertaking your practice placements in the clinical environment.

You will be taught by academics who are experts within the field and many of whom are active clinicians and researchers. Our curriculum concentrates on evidence based teaching and is directly influenced by the research happening within the department which is informing radiography policy and practice. We have long standing and 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.

As a diagnostic radiographer you will make a real difference to the lives of patients.

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Radiographers.


The College of Radiographers logoHealth and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

On graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and will be eligable to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise in the UK.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

As well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London. to ensure that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.

The Selection Day will allow you to visit City and meet members of the radiography team and current students. Furthermore, it will provide you with the chance to visit our teaching facilities. The Selection Day will encompass a presentation from staff and students and a fifteen minute face-to-face interview with academic and clinical staff and a service user .

For further information please visit our Selection Day page.

Applicants who pass the selection process 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 - Typically BBB (we do not accept General Studies or Critical thinking). Must include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
  • UCAS tariff - 120 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 30 points (must include Physics).


  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 – present) - DDD (Applied Science or Medical Science or Biomedical Science only)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016) - D*D*D (Applied Science or Medical Science or Biomedical Science only)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2002 – 2010) D*D*D (Applied Science or Medical Science only)

Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have:

GCSE: A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (C) GCSE, including English Language, Mathematics and Double Science. GCSE requirements for applicants studying an Access to HE Diploma are detailed below.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in Radiography or Science only with full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 30 credits at Distinction with at least 6 credits at Distinction in Physics and 15 credits at Merit. Applicants must hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above.

*Subject to change.

Special requirements:

Applicants must complete a clinical visit and return a supportive clinical visit feedback form. Clinical visit forms are not required for 2021 intake.

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

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you may be interested in our Introduction to Health Sciences course. This is completed over one year and provides an introduction to clinical and professional healthcare, enabling you to progress on to this course on successful completion (subject to meeting progression criteria, please visit the Introduction to Health Sciences course page for more details).

English requirements

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

IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in Writing, 7.0 in reading, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking.

TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.

For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 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 £23 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 £12.

When to apply

Applications for entry in September 2021 should be made between 1st September 2020 and 29th January 2021, in accordance with UCAS guidelines. We welcome applications after 18th January 2021, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as places may be limited.

Please make sure you have downloaded the Clinical Visit Form as this is a mandatory requirement.

More information on late application deadlines, UCAS Extra and Clearing.

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.


The School of Health 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.

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

in London for Medical Technology, including Radiography, for three consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021)
in London for overall student satisfaction in Medical Technology, including Radiography (NSS 2020)
overall student satisfaction in Medical Technology, including Radiography (NSS 2020)
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £6,000

The Government has announced that from September 2020 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of £5,000 a year. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company.

The Government has also announced additional support for childcare costs, and funding for specific courses identified as shortage specialisms, including BSc Radiography courses.

This means new students joining this course from 2020 will be eligible to receive at least £6,000.

We will update our website once more details have been announced by the Government. Non-repayable grants starting from £5,000 - read the news article

Applications for this new funding can be made from Wednesday 1st July 2020, please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website for more information.  You can also read their FAQs for more information about the funding available, how to apply and eligibility.

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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Placements are a vital part of your programme and prepare you for entering the work place when you graduate. City works in partnership with a range of hospital trusts in London and Essex including the Royal Free Hospital, University College London Hospital, St Mary's Hospital, the Royal London Hospitals, the Whittington Hospital, the Homerton Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. All students spend time in both private and NHS hospitals. During clinical placements you will learn through observation and supervised practice, this is then supported by tutorials which allow you to reflect upon practice.

Whilst on placement you will be fully supported by City and will receive regular visits by your link lecturer. You will also have a dedicated placement facilitator within the workplace who will support your development whilst on placement.

Find further information about our placement partners and trusts under our School of Health Sciences section.

Academic facilities

City, University of London has one of the most well equipped radiography training facilities in the country. We offer students a unique environment mirroring many of the facilities you will encounter whilst undertaking your practice placements in the clinical environment, providing a challenging yet supportive environment in which to study.

The Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square campus includes a fully-equipped X-ray suite containing 2 Vertix general x-ray units, dental equipment allowing students to practise a range of simulated radiographic techniques using equipment similar to that used in most diagnostic imaging departments. Techniques can be analysed and refined and students having the ability to review the resulting images.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • written exams
  • essays
  • worksheets
  • 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:

Year 1

Written examination: 75% Practical: 25%

Year 2

Written examination: 25% Practical: 50% Coursework: 25%

Year 3

Written examination: 19% Practical: 31% Coursework: 50%


Half of the course is spent studying at City and the other half on clinical placement.

Year 1

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

Core modules include:

  • Common module I
  • Common module II
  • Radiographic anatomy, physiology and pathology I
  • Radiographic anatomy, physiology and pathology II
  • Scientific principles of medical imaging I
  • Digital imaging
  • Principles of imaging in practice I
  • Principles of imaging in practice II.

Year 2

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

Core modules include:

  • Radiography research and statistics
  • Scientific principles of medical imaging II
  • Professional practice in medical imaging
  • Advanced principles of imaging in practice

Year 3

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

Core modules include:

  • Research exercise/project
  • Scientific principles of medical imaging III
  • Image interpretation
  • Preparation for radiographic practice
  • Management and advancement of radiographic practice.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

  • 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:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 30% Independent learning: 66% Placement: 4%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 12% Independent learning: 34% Placement: 54%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 17% Independent learning: 58% Placement: 25%
After you graduate

Career prospects

Upon graduation, you will be professionally recognised by the College of Radiographers and will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise in the UK. City's course has excellent employability rates and many of our students go on to work in leading hospitals in London and throughout the UK. There is also 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 £23,000.

96.9% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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