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Diagnostic Radiography

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Radiography and Occupational Therapy

UCAS Code: B821

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £15,960 per year

In Brief:

  • Combines medical science and technology with patient care
  • 50% of your studies are spent in clinical practice, supervised by expert clinical tutors
  • We have excellent facilities including X-ray rooms and Computed Tomography (CT) imaging suite
  • Clinical placement opportunity

Course Summary

Accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers, this course will equip you with the skills to be a highly professional radiographer. Radiography combines science, technology and patient care to provide a vital role in patient diagnosis and treatment. Radiographers use a range of different imaging  techniques and sophisticated technology to produce high quality images to aid diagnosis for injury or disease as part of the multi-professional healthcare team. The career structure provides opportunities for radiographers to specialise into many areas including ultrasound, CT / MRI scanning, image reporting,  teaching and management.

For more information about a career in radiography, take a look at the Society of Radiographers website.

The NHS Constitution is at the heart of our recruitment and  selection process for students applying to become health care professionals.

Why not find out everything Diagnostic Radiography at Salford has to offer at one of our Open Days? You can also have a look at our blog to find out more about what radiography at Salford has to offer.

Find out more about our Centre for Health Sciences Research here. In 2016, the Directorate of Radiography’s Imaging Research was ranked 3rd in the world, as well as being 1st in the UK - find out more

This programme has Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approval.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

Throughout your journey on the programme, you are supported by a dynamic and award-winning team. Your development as a learner and a practitioner are facilitated by both our academic and clinical teams who aim to provide a positive and encouraging learning environment for you to thrive. 

Our three year programme includes all of the fundamental elements of radiographic practice including anatomy and physiology, radiographic science and technique which are delivered via the dynamic tool of problem based learning. As an active research department, you will also be involved in research activity in all three years of the programme.

Global research

The University of Salford has a very strong international reputation in diagnostic radiography - we are number one in the UK and top 3 in the world for radiography research.

Associate Prof Mark McEntee visited the University of Salford from the University of Sydney and commented:

"The facilities for diagnostic radiography at the University of Salford are excellent, and I hope that more of my colleagues from the University of Sydney will be able to partake in future academic visits to further the academic collaboration between the institutions." 

We offer a three year full-time programme which runs across six semesters. Please see an outline of all the current modules within the programme below:

Year 1            

Collaborative Learning

  • To introduce the student to the concept of being a health care professional                                                            
  • To start to explore factors that influence practitioner and service user interactions                                                            
  • To introduce the student to moving and handling, infection control, CPR and safeguarding                                                            

Diagnostic Radiography

To introduce the student to safe and effective professional practice at level four of the BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography programme.                                                

To enable the student to acquire the relevant knowledge and understanding of the underpinning science and technology of diagnostic radiography.To enable the student to develop skills in experiment design appropriate analysis, display and interpretation of results.
To enable the student to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required for safe and effective professional practice at level 4 of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.                                    
The role of the professional radiographer is to provide high quality patient centred care. The aim of this module is to develop communication skills and an understanding of aspects of sociology and psychology in the clinical and inter-professional context.                                    
To enable the student to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required for safe and effective professional practice at level 4 of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.                                    

Year 2            

To enable the student to acquire, appraise and apply the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective practice in cross-sectional radiographic examinations, screening programmes, diagnosis and interventions, commensurate with level five skills as detailed within the module syllabus.To enable the student to attain the underpinning theoretical principles of alternative and complementary imaging modalities.
To enable the student to acquire, appraise and apply the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective professional practice in more complex examinations and patient presentations commensurate with level five skills as detailed within the module syllabus of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.                                    
To equip students with a basic understanding of the underlying principles of qualitative and quantitative research and the links between the two.Compare and contrast research and professional evidence related to the evidence base for the areas of practice relevant to the module.To enable students to make an informed choice of research methods to address a particular research question.                                    
To enable the student to acquire, appraise and apply the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective practice in cross-sectional radiographic examinations, screening programmes, diagnosis and interventions, commensurate with level 5 skills as detailed within the module syllabus. To enable the student to attain the underpinning theoretical principles of alternative and complementary imaging modalities.                              
To enable the student to continue to acquire, appraise and apply the knowledge and skills developed during Applied Radiographic Skills 1 to ensure safe and effective professional practice in more complex examinations and patient presentations commensurate with level five skills as detailed within the module syllabus of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.                        
To introduce other modalities that are used in diagnostic radiography.To facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in an alternative imaging modality radiography.                        

Year 3            

To enable the student to develop their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of trauma imaging and appropriate imaging modalities commensurate with first-post competent radiographer level. To understand safeguarding in the protection of vulnerable adults.                  
To critically evaluate Health and Social Care Services in the context of current government policy, and with a focus on the service received by the client, from the multidisciplinary team (Normally this would be towards a British perspective, but in some circumstances could have an International perspective).To reflect on professional development and prepare for employment                  
This module will enable students to develop skills for image interpretation of musculoskeletal images for first post competence level.                  
To develop the skills required to support application to and interview for Band 5 radiographer post applications.To review the concepts of quality, care and compassion in clinical practice and incorporate them in practice.To develop the skills required for undertaking ongoing professional development and an understanding of the re- accreditation process.                  
To plan and/or conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of choice.                  
Safely undertake a range of clinical examinations on a range of patients efficiently and compassionately within appropriate laws, guidelines, policies and protocols.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics and Science. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.
UCAS tariff points 120 points from three A2s including at least one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology) preferred but not mandatory
GCE A level 120 points. To include at least one science preferred from Physics, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology at grade B.
BTEC National Diploma DDM Applied Science (biology and physics)
Scottish Highers 120 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 120 points
International Baccalaureate 32
Access to HE 120 Points. Access course with Physics and Biology content is required.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 (no element below 6.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

We are looking for students with an interest in science and technology. You will have good communication skills and a caring nature. The course is taught using problem-based learning and includes group work. Good interpersonal skills and being able to contribute to group discussions is essential. Entry to the course is highly competitive with approximately one place per ten applicants. Within your personal statement you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of the radiographer.

Course pre-requisites

  • Clinical visit
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check (CRB clearance)
  • Health clearance

As part of the admissions procedure you are required to spend one day at an X-ray department. This should then be submitted to the admissions tutor. Please see forms below which relate to course pre-requisites. You are required to complete these in order to be accepted onto the course.

Clinical placement visit form - Applicant reflection form

Clinical site visit form

We have a history of accepting people with a wide range of qualifications and the list above is not exhaustive. If your qualification is not on the list or more information/clarification is required regarding it, please contact either the Central Admissions Team or come along to one of our Open Days and speak to an admissions tutors. If your qualifications are more than five years old then you would not normally be considered. However you may qualify for Accreditation of Prior Learning which would enable you to apply for the degree course. Please contact the admissions tutor to discuss your options.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £15,960 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £15,480 per year

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Students may chose to undertake an ERASMUS exchange to Finland or Norway at an additional cost of £1,000, however this is optional. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, there have been changes to the funding of fees and a bursary will no longer be available. Please see more information on the changes here.

For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.


You will be allocated to one of our placement hospitals and this is where you will gain the majority of your clinical experience throughout the course. There will be opportunities for shorter placements at other hospitals for additional experience in special interest areas.

Over the three years 50% of your time will be spent at your placement. Students will rotate around a cluster of placements over the 3 years to ensure that everyone has the same experience of trauma imaging and specialised areas. We work closely with all our placement site trusts to ensure that the course fully prepares you. 

The course is delivered using problem-based learning (PBL). You will be given ‘triggers’ to each problem, such as patient scenarios, which mirror everyday practice for radiographers. Solving the problem brings together all the relevant topic areas within a clinical context. This allows you to develop self-directed learning skills that can be used throughout your professional career.


Clinical skills are continuously assessed with summative assessments at key stages of the course. Academic skills are assessed at the end of each semester, using a range of assessment techniques including:

  • Assignments
  • Written exams
  • Clinical exams
  • Presentations
  • Article critique

Feedback is given at timely intervals.


When you complete the degree you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified diagnostic radiographer, which allows you to work in the NHS, the private sector and many countries abroad.

There are also opportunities in education, industry and research.

Career Prospects

You will be able to further your career and work in a number of different settings, for example, children's hospitals, casualty departments or hospitals dedicated to heart problems. You could become an advanced or consultant practitioner.

Graduates are also able to apply for membership with the Society and College of Radiographers.

If you decide to pursue further studies, we offer a range of postgraduate Masters degrees and short courses for continuing professional development.

Watch our video    

Find out more about our research within diagnostic imaging.

Alumni Profile

Charlie Everton, BSc Diagnostic Radiography, 2015 graduate

"Salford is a great city in its own right, with a rich cultural and social scene. Having lived here for over ten years, the University of Salford was my first choice for studying. Salford saw me as a person and not just a collection of grades and certificates. The admissions team were open, honest and responded to all my queries.

The radiography facilities are excellent and frequently updated to replicate clinical practice. This allows you to practice techniques in a low pressure environment to increase your confidence before your hospital placements. Throughout the three years the health courses engage in multidisciplinary team learning, giving great insight into your and others roles as practitioners in the healthcare framework.

The biggest highlight for me has been seeing my first paper published in a peer reviewed journal. Through a programme organised by the radiography faculty I was offered the chance to work in a multi-cultural research group. As someone with dyslexia, I found the rewards of successfully writing a paper authored by students for five different European countries greatly rewarding. I have since gone on to publish further work and present some of it at National and European Congress.

My favourite projects have been the rite 1 and 2 projects specifically designed by our faculty to engage students in research. I have learned the skills necessary for research and the element of team work involved greatly changed my perspective to include the benefits of working with others to achieve a common goal.

I will greatly miss the friendships and support of both my fellow students and the wonderful faculty who have shaped my fledgling radiography career so much. Since graduating I have taken a post on the beautiful south coast in Bournemouth."

Links with Industry

The directorate has a close working relationship with several companies including Wolverson, Toshiba Medical Systems and Cooke Medical. We also have strong partnerships with the NHS which means your learning is current and relevant to practice. The majority of your clinical placement will be within the NHS.

Further Study

Our Masters programme in Advanced Medical Imaging aims to help healthcare professionals achieve specialist, advanced and consultant practitioner status in the field of medical imaging. It also offers pathways which will further the professional development of qualified sonographers and mammographers.

If you want to develop ultrasound competencies in MSK, abdominal, obstetrics and gynaecology scanning then we also offer a postgraduate programme in Ultrasound Imaging.


We have superb on-campus imaging facilities including two digital radiography x-ray rooms, CT imaging suite and anatomage table for student learning and research. We are one of very few universities in the UK which has a 16-slice CT scanner.

You will use our x-ray equipment during your first academic block and throughout the course to help you prepare you for clinical practice and to develop your skills as a Diagnostic Radiographer.

As well as x-ray and CT we also have a dedicated ultrasound suite. Whilst ultrasound is taught at postgraduate level, as an undergraduate student you will get an introduction to the role ultrasound has as an imaging modality.

This is no ordinary imaging suite - come and see us on our Open Day!

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