Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
A career in diagnostic radiography involves the use of a range of specialized imaging such as x-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear medicine alongside excellent patient care. Diagnostic radiographers are responsible for producing high quality images of different parts of the body to aid diagnosis of illness and trauma. They are an important member of the multi-disciplinary hospital team.
Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills are essential as is a good underpinning knowledge of the science and technology involved in imaging.
This is a 3 year full-time vocational course in which the attendance is split into 50% academic and 50% clinical attendance.
The course supports your progression as a learner and a developing practitioner. You will develop communication and team-working skills and be able to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding required to undertake diagnostic imaging.
Our three-year course includes a range of topics such as anatomy and physiology, radiographic science, radiographic technique, IT, and professionalism. As an active research department research is integrated throughout the course.
The course runs across six semesters with between two and four modules per semester
To introduce the student to safe and effective professional practice at level four of the BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography programme.
|Access to HE||60 credits, 45 at level 3, 30 at distinction|
|GCSE||5 A-C grades including Maths, English Language & Science|
|UCAS tariff points||300 points|
|GCE A level||BBB including one science subject|
|BTEC National Diploma||DDM in a science related subject (not health and social care)|
|Scottish Highers||300 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||300 points|
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.
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 1 place per 10 applicants. The decision process for invitation to interview is based on academic achievement (or predicted achievement) and personal statement. Within your personal statement you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of the radiographer. The interview consists of one to one and group interviews and applicants are assessed on their knowledge and interpersonal skills.
As part of the admissions procedure you are required to spend one day at an X-ray department. You can download our Clinical Visits form from our website. This should then be submitted to the admissions tutor.
Acceptance onto the course is subject to:
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.
Please contact either the Central Admissions Unit or come along to one of our Open Days and speak to an admissions tutors.
If your qualifications are more than 5 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.
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. You will stay at the same placement for the full three years. 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
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.
When you complete the degree you will be eligible to register with the Health Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified diagnostic radiographer, which allows you to work in the NHS, the private sector and many countries abroad.
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.
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.
Advanced Medical Imaging provides the following possibilities
1) Ultrasound PgCert Clinical Applications of Diagnostic Ultrasound Fundamentals of Diagnostic Ultrasound
2) Ultrasound PgDip Above plus Screening and Diagnosis Research Methods
3) Reporting PgCert Fundamentals of Radiological Reporting Radiology Image Interpretation
4) Mammography PgCert Fundamentals of Mammography Practice Advanced Techniques in Mammography Practice
5) Barium Swallow and videofluoroscopy Single module Advancing Practice in Medical Imaging
All students studying single modules, or PgCerts can build on these to develop their award further into a PgDip or MSc. Study undertaken at other institutions can also be accredited towards a University of Salford award.
In addition to that above combinations, the flexibility of our modules means we can support a wide range of other specialties and advancing practice including, Cardiac Stress, HSGs, Breast intervention and ultrasound, line placements, GI applications and reporting.
Please contact Leslie Robinson on firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice and guidance.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||If you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursaryto help with living expenses|
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 £1000, 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.
Digital Imaging Facilities
At Salford we have some of the best imaging facilities in the country. 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.