Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging BSc (Hons)

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Mode of Study
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2019


Do you have the ambition to become an essential member of a healthcare team, diagnosing and treating people's illnesses?

Diagnostic Radiographers examine patients using a variety of imaging techniques, from conventional radiography, CT scanning and fluoroscopy to more specialised modalities such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance and radionuclide imaging.

On this BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree course, you’ll learn how to use specialist medical imaging and radiography equipment effectively. After the course, you’ll be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer. 

We are currently seeking approval from the College of Radiographers to show that this course maintains and develops the highest standards of clinical imaging and oncology practice and conduct.

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What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Examine areas such as radiation science, human anatomy, modern technology and effective communication
  • Learn how to evaluate images from the technology you use to identify illnesses and treatment options
  • Work in an environment that prepares you for your career, working alongside other clinical departments and experienced Radiographers
  • Use our simulation facilities including the digital X-ray suite
  • Attend clinical placement sites, where you'll engage with and examine patients under the supervision of experts

Values and the NHS Constitution

We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Find out more about the values we look for

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this course, you’ll be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer.

The majority of previous students have quickly secured roles as Diagnostic Radiographers. Your skills will also open doors into advanced practice in areas such as:

  • specialist imaging
  • research
  • teaching
  • health management
  • postgraduate study

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

I have taken great comfort from the confidence and expertise of the staff at Portsmouth. Their preparation meant that upon arriving at placement, I was able to keep my head above water in terms of medical vocabulary, basic understanding of positioning and be mindful of NHS values, manual handling and being in a clinical environment.

James Hayes, BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiotherapy and Medical Imaging

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree course

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • Clinical Learning and Foundations of Patient Care
  • Foundations of Scientific Enquiry
  • Radiation Physics

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology 3
  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology 4
  • Clinical Learning and Improving Standards of Care
  • Research Methods
  • Science of Medical Imaging

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Clinical Learning and Professional Practice
  • Image Interpretation
  • Medical Imaging Modalities
  • Project

There are no optional units in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Work experience and career planning

You'll attend clinical placements on this course, supported by clinical mentors and registered healthcare professionals. You'll have 2 or 3 placement blocks in each academic year, each lasting between 5 and 7 weeks. You'll spend a total of 10 to 16 weeks on placement each year.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies.

You'll need to be prepared to work evenings, nights and weekends when you're on placement. 

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical work
  • hospital placements 

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

The balance between clinical and academic time allows you to gain a more rounded and in depth knowledge of all aspects of radiography.

Kelly Stevens, BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiotherapy

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • clinical practice

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 50% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 27% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 27% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry or Physics, but will accept Applied Science, PE, Psychology or Sports Science) or Mathematics. Access awards are also welcomed.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • This course isn't open to international students

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Your uniform is included as part of your course fee, but you’ll need to pay £17–£23 for extra or replacement uniforms. You’ll also need to supply your own suitable footwear for placements.

The accessory equipment, such as anatomical side markers, are include in your course costs. You’ll need to pay for replacements if you lose them. These costs will vary, but are normally around £5.

You’ll need to meet the costs of accommodation and travel for your clinical placements. Clinical accommodation costs around £400 a month, and travel costs vary. The NHS may meet some of these costs.


How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – BB81
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from the outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'Apply' section above for details) or through an agent. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU. 

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.