Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
BB81
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

We're available to chat from 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday) with extended hours from A level results day on 15 August 2019.

Overview

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 conduct.

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What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Investigate 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

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.

What can you do with a Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree?

The majority of previous students have quickly secured roles as Diagnostic Radiographers. With experience, 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

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

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

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations of Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
  • Radiation Physics
  • Science Informing Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
  • Engaging with Service Improvement
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Human Biological Systems
  • Imaging Science & Clinical Governance

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Enhancing Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
  • Image Interpretation
  • Medical Imaging Modalities
  • Project

There are no optional modules 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.

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 formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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 13 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. 

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • simulation
  • hospital placements 

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes and workshops for about 9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled 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.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's 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

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
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.

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 will need to attend an interview.
  • Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

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

​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 included in your course costs. You’ll need to pay for replacements if you lose them. These costs will vary, but are normally around £15–£20.

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing news and vacancy updates and book a call back on results day.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up 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.

When you apply, you'll need:

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

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 'How to apply' section above for details), our online form 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.