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The Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging degree is designed to provide education at undergraduate level for careers in diagnostic radiography.


Study Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging programme is designed to provide vocational education at undergraduate level for careers in diagnostic radiography.

The BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging course is a full-time programme of study of three-years duration. On completion, successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration under the protected title of "Radiographer" or "Diagnostic Radiographer" with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulatory body responsible for ensuring continuing standards of education, training and professional proficiency in order to protect the public. The course is also recognised and endorsed by the Society and College of Radiographers, both students and graduates of the programme are eligible to apply for membership of the Society of Radiographers.

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The BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging programme is designed to provide vocational education at undergraduate level for careers in diagnostic radiography.

Diagnostic radiographers undertake imaging examinations essential to the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease and injury. This can also include the examination of apparently healthy individuals as part of a screening programme. As a diagnostic radiographer you will be required to evaluate the diagnostic and technical quality of images whilst at the same time recognising normal and abnormal appearances. Apart from the application of X-rays (including CT scanning), diagnostic radiography embraces ultrasound, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging and other developing technologies. It is important to note that radiography involves working with ill and vulnerable patients, and that patient care is as vitally important as the technical aspects of the role.

The BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging course is a full-time programme of study of three-years duration leading to the award of an Honours degree with eligibility for registration with the HCPC. The course is also recognised by the Society and College of Radiographers, both students and graduates of the programme are eligible to apply for membership of the Society of Radiographers.


Three years, full-time including eight week long clinical placements each summer between Year 1 and 2 and between Year 2 and 3.

Academic semesters consisting of 12 weeks of on-campus contact hours: level 4 averaging 20 hrs /wk, level 5 averaging 16 hrs/wk, level 6 averaging 12 hrs/wk. The total effort hours per semester (contact time and self-directed study) is 600 hours, averaging 40 hrs/wk. Clinical Placement modules which are carried out in various hospitals, approved for clinical education and training of students throughout Northern Ireland. Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, 37.5 hrs/wk. In addition, there is a requirement to complete a minimum of 40 hours clinical experience outside of normal working hours.It should be noted that Placement 1 and 3 occur during the summer months.

Yr/ Level

SEMESTER 1 Sept/Oct – end of January

SEMESTER 2 Jan/Feb – end of May

SUMMER PERIOD June - September


Orientation Placement

3 weeks

Placement 1

8 weeks


Placement 2

5 weeks

Placement 3

8 weeks


Placement 4

Includes ERASMUS OR Elective

Total 16 weeks

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development 1

Year: 1

This module provides opportunities to learn in an interprofessional context. Students will acquire skills for both academic and practice based learning. It will provide them with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills on issues relating to professional practice and personal development within a supportive environment.

Radiation Science and Technology 1

Year: 1

This module will enable the student to gain knowledge and understanding of the physical principles and capabilities of X-ray equipment and image formation, essential for safe and competent diagnostic or therapeutic radiography practice. It provides a fundamental understanding of the principles and describes the design and use of diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy treatment equipment and associated information technology such as PACS, RIS, EPR and RMS.

Image Anatomy & Patholohy of Appendicular Skeleton

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to the essentials of Human anatomy and appendicular skeleton. The skills and knowledge gained will facilitate the understanding of skeletal anatomy and interactions in relation to normal and abnormal appearances in radiographic images.

Radiographic Technique of the Appendicular Skeleton

Year: 1

This module will introduce the student to first patient contact and the skills and understanding required to produce high quality routine radiographic images of the appendicular skeleton. This knowledge gained will prepare the student for orientation placement. This module will also cover the safe clinical application of techniques in diagnostic radiography including patient care, health and safety and radiation protection.

Radiation Science and Technology 2

Year: 1

This module will enable the student to gain knowledge and understanding of the digital image, image formation and associated quality assurance essential for safe and competent diagnostic radiography practice. It provides a fundamental understanding of the principles and describes the design and use of digital diagnostic imaging equipment and associated information technology such as PACS, RIS, EPR and RMS.

Radiography of Axial Skeleton and Torso

Year: 1

This module allows you, the student to develop an understanding of the human anatomy, physiology pathology and radiographic technique of the axial skeleton, shoulder girdle, chest and abdominal cavities as well as the recognition and understanding of the disease processes. You will also develop an understanding of selection of equipment, imaging techniques of the pelvic girdle and axial skeleton and the use of appropriate exposure parameters.

Preparation for Diagnostic Radiography Practice

Year: 1

This module will prepare students for the clinical environment. The students will be introduced to the professional behaviour and the roles and responsibilities of the radiographer. General patient care and patient care related to specific patient groups will be addressed. Students will consider how to adapt radiographic practice for each special group to optimise delivery of care. The module will discuss legislation and guidelines relating to the clinical environment including radiation protection, patient communication, consent and confidentiality.

Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development 2

Year: 1

This inter-professional module introduces students to the key concepts in health communication and health psychology that are necessary for effective practice as a health professional. The module is delivered primarily through online activities which students complete independently and using group work.

Year two

Research Methods

Year: 2

The module provides a foundation of knowledge and skills for using research evidence to inform practice and for designing and conducting research and clinical audit post-registration. The focus is on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for healthcare research. A series of lectures and workshops provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience of research activities including data analysis.

Professional Practice Placement 1

Year: 2

This placement will enable the student to develop his/her professional and caring skills within the hospital environment and to work as a member of the healthcare team. He/she will acquire the skills necessary for the radiographic examination of the abdomen, respiratory and skeletal systems. Experience will also be gained in the areas of image processing, clerical management and nursing procedures.

Diagnostic Imaging of Systems 1

Year: 2

The student will acquire a sound knowledge of the structural organisation of the human body and a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. This module extends the students' knowledge of the practice of diagnostic radiography to more specialised techniques including interventional. The development and use of the different imaging modalities are evaluated in relation to the acutely ill patient.

Professional Practice Placement 2

Year: 2

During this placement the student will perform radiographic examinations and undertake duties of increasing complexity as he/she gains experience and acquires further skills in the imaging process. The student will also gain competence in adapting procedures and examinations to suit the physical and psychological condition of the patient.

Diagnostic Imaging Modalities

Year: 2

This module provides an understanding of the key concepts of science, technology and safety relating to the specialised imaging modalities currently used in diagnostic imaging, as required by Radiographer practitioners. Participants will develop an understanding of digital image quality and effective image manipulation.

Radiography Legislation & Employability

Year: 2

This module will facilitate and enhance the student's appreciation of their role as a practising radiographer and explore opportunities for role development. The module will examine the importance of entrepreneurial skills and health promotion activity in the professional setting and examine their application to radiography or radiotherapy. Mechanisms to ensure the protection and safety of the patient and service users are examined. Opportunity to develop personal interview skills and employability skills is also provided.

Diagnostic Imaging of Systems 2

Year: 2

This module covers anatomy, physiology, pathology and the specialist imaging diagnostic imaging including interventional procedures of the gastrointestinal, hepato-biliary, urinary and reproductive systems. The student will also gain knowledge of the use of contrast media and pharmaceuticals commonly used in these diagnostic examinations and interventional radiologiocal procedures. A period of practical experience in the clinical imaging department is included in this module.

Year three

Research Project

Year: 3

In this module students will develop research skills by undertaking a research study on a topic related to practice. Each student, supported by a supervisor, will have an opportunity to undertake one of the following types of research project (i) a systematic critical review to inform practice; (ii) a research protocol involving the design of a research study to produce evidence to inform practice or (iii) research report involving the collection and/or analysis of data to produce evidence to inform practice. Lectures, supplemented by online material, will provide the theoretical knowledge and guidance required to undertake the research task. Workshops will provide support for practical skills such as systematic searching for literature, using critical appraisal tools and data management and analysis.

Professional Practice Placement 3

Year: 3

This placement will enable the student to continue to develop competence in performing a wide variety of radiographic examinations as well as gaining experience of the other imaging modalities. The student will be
able to demonstrate evidence of progression in his/her practical ability and image recognition skills. The student will also be introduced to undertaking imaging examinations in the ward and operating theatre.

Preparation for Diagnostic Radiography Practitioner Status

Year: 3

This module aims to consolidate the student radiographer?s previous learning from both the academic and clinical environment. It is designed to ensure the student radiographer aspires to levels associated with practitioner standards. It encourages the student to assimilate learning across modules and enable them to make sound professional judgements and subsequently promote effective clinical practice following registration with a regulatory body.

Trauma Imaging Theatre & Forensics

Year: 3

This module introduces the student to the trauma patient and necessary modifications. It explores appropriate adaptations of technique to ensure optimum image quality without risk of exacerbating injuries. The complimentary role of other specialist imaging modalities is considered and the subsequent role of imaging in the ward and theatre environments along with forensic investigations and child protection is also explored in relation to policy guidelines and legislation

Diagnostic Imaging of Systems 3

Year: 3

This module provides an understanding of the anatomy, pathology, physiology and diagnostic and therapeutic imaging of the nervous system, endocrine system and special senses for Diagnostic Radiography practitioners.

Professional Practice Placement 4

Year: 3

The student will be given the opportunity to develop confidence and expertise in all skills required for professional practice, working with trauma patients gaining further experience in the modification of techniques to suit the clinical presentation of the patient. He/she will be encouraged to use initiative in situations of varying complexity performing professionally and efficiently with all grades of the multi-professional health care team.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include a grade B from one of the following: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Award Applied Science (grade BB).


Overall BTEC award profile DDM (to include a unit profile of 9 distinctions) in a relevant science based BTEC. Applicants must also meet the GCSE science requirements for the course.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Grades B2,B2,B2,B2,B2 to include English, Maths, Physics (Physics with Chemistry acceptable), plus one of Biology or Chemistry.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Pass with an average of 70%, including 70% in each level 3 module to include physics and one of biology or chemistry. NICATs maths (25 credits) or maths 1 & 2 or GCSE grade C maths.

Please note that this is currently under review with UCAS for 2017. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualifications for indicative requirement.


GCSE Profile to include English Language and Mathematics at grade C. Plus GCSE Physics grade C and one of Biology or Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grade BB.

Essential/Key Skills in Application of Number is not regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Satisfactory performance in the HPAT-Ulster selection test is also required. More information on the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) can be found at Please note that there is a cost to undertake the test.

As you will be engaged in ‘regulated activity’ involving children or vulnerable adults as part of this course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI. You will be liable for the cost of the disclosure which is currently £33. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed at

You will also be required to demonstrate good health prior to commencing the course. You will therefore complete a health declaration form which will be screened by Occupational Health who will confirm your medical fitness to undertake the course. Following the screening, you may be required to undertake a vaccination programme. You will be liable for the cost of both the health screening and vaccinations. Costs will be confirmed.

HND (science related) entry requirement:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 60 distinctions in level 5 credits/units

HNC (science related) entry requirement:

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 90 distinctions in level 4/5 credits/units

Applicants may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

A Level and BTEC National Diploma

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6098 or E:

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and learning will be through lectures, seminars, practical classes in a Diagnostic Imaging suite on campus and placement in Diagnostic Imaging departments.

A range of assessment will be used including computer based assignments, case studies, completion of a portfolio, practical tasks and written exams. These will be both formative and summative in nature through out the course.

Exemptions and transferability

Given the requirement on the Faculty to stay within the DHSSPS (NI) limits, some element of control is necessary to ensure that inward transfers do not undermine the achievement of target numbers which is managed through the admissions process.

Therefore, due to the nature and structure of the programme, exemptions and transfer are very unlikely, however each case is determined individually.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

There are many employment opportunities for Diagnostic Radiography graduates within the National Health Service, in private medicine and in companies concerned with the manufacture and sale of Radiography equipment and/or services. There are also many research opportunities for suitably qualified graduates both at this university and elsewhere. Further information regarding careers in Radiography may be found at; and

Work placement / study abroad

Eramus in Final year or overseas elective placements can be undertaken.

Professional recognition

Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a radiographer.

Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)

Approved by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).


Applications for full time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Funding is available for this course - find out more

Additional mandatory costs

Additional costs include - AccessNI Check, Health Screening, Membership of Society of Radiographers, Placement Expenses, Uniforms.

Uniforms – as part of your course, you will be required to purchase a uniform during the first week of the semester. 2015/16 costs were approx. £100.

Membership of Society of Radiographers – You will be required to join the Society of Radiographers. The cost of student membership will cost approximately £100 for the three years.

Placement Expenses – students may incur expenses during periods of placement. Some placements may be outside Northern Ireland and will incur additional costs.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


June Edgeworth (Faculty Office)

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6029


Course Director: Mrs Lizzie Greer

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6874