Diagnostic Radiography
BSc (Hons)

Clinical Placement
NHS Funding available
Overseas study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Diagnostic Radiography at Salford:

  • Combines medical science and technology with patient care
  • 50% of your learning is based in hospitals
  • We have excellent facilities including X-ray rooms and Computed Tomography (CT) imaging suite

Key Information

Course Code: B821
Start Dates: September

Three years full-time

Course Summary

Radiographers use complex and specialised X-ray and imaging equipment to produce high quality images of different parts of the body to help diagnose illness and trauma. Professionals in this field advise doctors about diagnosis or the best tests to perform for a large range of patients, so radiography carries high levels of responsibility within the clinical environment. As a diagnostic radiographer, you will need to be confident in providing a specialised service to patients, while showing them care and empathy.

Studying at Salford will mean you will have more research in your degree than any other radiography degree. Our diagnostic course is highly regarded in the UK and Europe.

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? Find out more.

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.

Clinical Placement

The clinical education blocks are spread out across the year following academic blocks. There will be 17 weeks in year one, 20 weeks in year two and 18 weeks in year three. The clinical education blocks extend beyond the traditional university semesters to enable us to provide you with sufficient clinical experience. So you may find you do not get the long holidays your friends on traditional university programmes have, but this is outweighed by the fact that upon graduation, you will be able to start work immediately without any further need for training.

You will be working under supervision of a qualified radiographer, performing radiographic examinations relevant to your stage in training. You will complete a range of clinical assessments whilst on placement which assess your competency across a range of examinations.

You will have the opportunity to work as part of a dedicated team of professionals including consultant practitioners. 

A typical day on placement will usually be 9am-5pm and will include 33.75 clinical hours per week and 3.75 hours study per week.

Some students use the elective at the end of the third year to sample a hospital or region where they might want to work when qualified. Some students choose to go abroad, either through the Erasmus exchange during the second year or as an elective. Partial funding is available for the Erasmus exchange.

Global Research

The University of Salford has a very strong international reputation in diagnostic radiography. In fact almost every metric of publication impact indicates that the University of Sydney and the University of Salford are the top two institutions for diagnostic radiography research in the world.

Associate Prof Mark McEntee recently 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:

Course Structure

Year 1

Acquire the relevant underpinning knowledge and skills to undertake supervised safe practise in basic radiographic examinations of the appendicular skeleton and respiratory systems.

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 develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective professional practice at level 4 of the BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography programme.
Acquire the relevant underpinning knowledge and skills to undertake supervised safe practice in basic radiographic examinations of the axial skeleton and alimentary tract.
To enable the student to apply the underpinning knowledge required to ensure safe and effective professional  practice at level four of the BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography

Year 2

Appraise and apply the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective professional practice in more complex examinations.
Develop the relevant knowledge to undertake supervised safe practice in radiographic examinations and interventions of the cardiovascular and renal system, and to compare and contrast published literature in this area.
Appraise and apply the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective professional practice in more complex examinations.
Gain the knowledge and skills to undertake supervised safe practise in radiographic examinations in the investigation of oncological disease.

Year 3

Develop image interpretation skills in trauma imaging for the first-post competence level.
Apply and evaluate the professional skills, attitudes and behaviours that are essential for safe, efficient and effective first-post competent practice.
Develop knowledge and understanding of all aspects of trauma imaging and appropriate imaging modalities commensurate with first-post competent radiographer level.Into Employment (Diagnostic Radiography).
You will plan and/or conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of your choice.
Evaluate and demonstrate the professional skills, attitudes and behaviours that are essential for safe, efficient and effective first-post competent practice.
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. Reflect on professional development and prepare for employment.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 60 credits, 45 at level 3, 30 at distinction
GCSE Five grades A-B including maths, English and science
UCAS tariff points 300 points from three A2s (BBB) including at least one science
GCE A level BBB including one science subject
BTEC National Diploma DDM Applied Science (biology and physics)
Scottish Highers 300 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 300 points
International Baccalaureate 26

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 6.5 (no element below 6.0) 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 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.  

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. You can download our Clinical Visits form from our website. This should then be submitted to the admissions tutor.

Please see forms which relate to course pre-requisites. You are required to complete these in order to be accepted onto the course.

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

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

Feedback is given at timely intervals.


91% of our students go on to work or further study

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

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.

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 10 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 a Dyslexic 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 & 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

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.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2015-16

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeIf 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 bursary to help with living expenses
Full-time International£13,050

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.

Financial support for this course



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.

We have also just acquired an Anatomage table for teaching anatomy - find out more.

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