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.
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.
We may demonstrate some flexibility of entry requirements in Clearing. This will depend on the results we receive and the number of spaces we have available and may be considered on a case by case basis.
Details of the standard entry requirements for 2020 are shown below.
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:
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.
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).
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
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
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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
Limited places on this course for September 2020 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can contact UCAS for further information using the following details:
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.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City through Clearing, visit our Clearing hub for more information. Our online Clearing Service Desk will be open from 8am on Thursday 13th August to help you with your application.
* 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.
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.
Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) student Sunbal shares her experience of studying at City and her advice for future students.
If you are interested in applying for the BSc Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) but cannot make it to an Open Evening, you may be able to register for one of our upcoming online sessions for prospective students.
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.
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.
Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
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.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
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.
Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
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.
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:
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:
Half of the course is spent studying at City and the other half on clinical placement.
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.
In the second year, you will move on to more specialised subjects and begin to apply the knowledge and experience gained in year one.
During the final year, you will become more critical and evaluative in your work.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
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.