University of Derby

Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

This course provides you with all the knowledge and practical experience you’ll need to become a qualified Diagnostic Radiographer. In addition to developing the necessary technical and professional skills required for safe and effective clinical practice, you will develop a deep and critical understanding of the profession, vital for shaping the future of radiography.

This course is an accelerated programme of study, delivered over two full calendar years (September - September). Due to the accelerated nature of the course, you will only have three weeks annual leave over the summer period (two weeks in June and one week at the end of the August); this means that you will spend the majority of the summer period in clinical placement, developing the required practical skills.

Experienced teaching team

Diagnostic Radiographers work with other health care professionals to help diagnose and treat patients using methods such as x-rays, CT and ultrasound. The teaching team are qualified health care professionals, having worked in clinical or community settings. Many team members continue to practice clinically on a part time basis ensuring teaching remains current.

Professional placements

During your studies you will have the opportunity to spend time on clinical placement, allowing you to further develop your skillset as a health care professional. You will be able to work in a variety of placements from large teaching hospitals to community hospital departments. You will benefit from the wide range of experience this brings such as understanding how different imaging departments work, the types of work undertaken when in practice and the variations in imaging equipment provision. This experience, combined with your academic study, will equip you with all the qualities an employer is looking for in today’s health care professional.

State of the art facilities

You'll make use of technology both at the university and on clinical placement so some general computer awareness would be an advantage.

Our Skeletal Radiographic Technique Instructional Video was shortlisted as a finalist in the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) 2011 Epigeum Award for the Most Effective Use of Video.

During the second year of your studies, you will undertake an Independent Scholarship module. This will provide you with the opportunity to study an aspect of Diagnostic Radiography in more depth and further develop your critical thinking, independent enquiry and research skills.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to hold a science or health care related degree at 2:1 or above. If your degree is over five years old, then we would normally expect evidence of successful study at level 6 or above in the past two years.

You must also have five GSCE passes at grade C or above, including maths and English language. If your first degree is not in a pure science (biology, chemistry or physics), or you do not have a pure science A level at grade B or above, then you must have at least one pure science at GCSE, grade C or above.

You must also have undertaken some recent work experience in a Radiography department.

We will also consider all information included in your application and from your interview. We'll also want to see that you are enthusiastic and motivated to undertake this course and train to be a Radiographer.

General entry requirements:

When you apply for this course you should make sure that you consider the following areas in your application:

  • Give evidence that you meet the academic entry criteria above, or are expected to
  • Show you meet the criteria to apply for NHS financial support
  • Show that you've completed your degree within the last five years; if not, evidence of level 6 study or above in the last two years is required.
  • Provide examples of using your communication skills with the public
  • Demonstrate how you've gained insight into caring for others
  • Give examples of working as part of a team
  • Demonstrate you can write clearly and concisely, showing a good level of spelling and punctuation
  • Provide a reference
  • Demonstrate that you are capable of managing the academic demands of Master’s level study.

Course modules

Stage one

You will study modules such as:

  • Imaging Physics - Principles and Applications
  • Skeletal Imaging and Practice One
  • Soft Tissue Imaging and Practice One
  • Research Skills for Evidence Based Practice

Stage two

You will study modules such as:

  • Skeletal Imaging and Practice Two
  • Soft Tissue Imaging and Practice Two
  • Preparation for Practitioner Status
  • Independent Scholarship

In addition to these modules, you will engage in a Professional Development Programme that will run throughout the two years. Core modular content is delivered within an inter-professional context, providing you with the opportunity to learn with, and from, other Pre-Registration and graduate entry Health and Social care students within the academic setting. You will also complete a professional development portfolio; this will allow you to evidence that you have the knowledge, skills and attributes required for clinical practice as a Diagnostic Radiographer, and put you in a great position to continue your lifelong learning journey.

Assessment methods

Many of your assessments are focused on real world scenarios to help you develop skills that you can take into your career. You’ll be assessed on placement by the Radiographers you work with and you’ll gain experience in presenting to an audience through presentations and posters.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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