Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Diagnostic Radiography




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

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.

We are proud to be in the top 10 for Radiography in the Sunday Times Good University Guide League Table 2022.

"The modules on the course have been engaging and interesting, relevant to my training. Clinical placement for my course has been enjoyable and allowed me to apply my knowledge learnt at the university." (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2022 data)

You will:

  • Develop ‘digital ready’ skills to prepare you for a career in medical imaging.
  • Study in a world-class environment for teaching, learning, and research.
  • Develop your skills and understanding by active learning, role play and simulation activities.

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations

The College of Radiographers (approved) logo
HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) logo

This is for you if...


You have an interest in science and technology.


You are a problem solver.


You have a caring and compassionate nature.

Course details

All about the course

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. 

Year one

Scientific Principles for Diagnostic Radiography

This module introduces the fundamental scientific principles of diagnostic radiography along with the technology used to acquire and optimise images of the chest and appendicular skeleton. 

Patient Centred Care In Medical Imaging

The role of the professional radiographer is to provide high quality patient centred care. This module will explore the fundamentals of patient-centred care and discuss the applications of this in the context of medical imaging and radiography. It will provide the students with background knowledge on the key issues linked to patient-centred care and how these can be applied in radiography and medical imaging

Professional Practice 1

This module will prepare you for and support you through your first year of practice placement through facilitated simulation within the Medical Imaging Facility at the University, to prepare you for your professional practice placement within NHS and/or private environments.

Introduction to Digital Skills for Radiography

This module introduces you to digital skills in order to develop an understanding of reliability and reproducibility within medical imaging. In addition, you will gain an understanding of the importance of a scientific approach to image acquisition for A.I, big data and data mining

Scientific Principles for Diagnostic Radiography 11

This module enables the student to reflect on their previous clinical experience, to revisit the fundamental scientific principles and to gain a deeper understanding of image optimisation within general radiography.

Year two

Research Methods

This module is designed to introduce level 5 students to research methods. The content covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches with an overview of paradigms, critical review skills and data analysis. A mix of lectures, workshops and practical experiments provide essential research skills for graduates and links to the College of Radiographers Research Strategy (2021).

Applied Imaging

This module introduces the underpinning science, technology, radiographic anatomy & physiology as applicable to more advanced imaging techniques, such as CT and fluoroscopy, building on prior learning. It will also look at the advantages and disadvantages of other imaging modalities within common patient care pathways, such as nuclear medicine, mammography, ultrasound and MRI. 

 The radiographer’s role within common patient pathways will be examined and discussed. Consideration of the patients journey within these pathways, and adaption of previously developed key communication skills to ensure the appropriate delivery of patient centred care. 

Introduction to Personal and Professional Development

This module will allow you to begin to develop your personal and professional identity, supporting your development, and in preparation for your transition from student to practitioner. Through a series of lectures, blended learning, and Q&A sessions you will develop an understanding of the regulatory requirements of personal and professional development. You will engage with sessions that will provide a range of employability skills to prepare you for entering the Radiography workforce.  

Professional Practice 2

This module will prepare you for and support you through your second year of practice placement through facilitated simulation within the Medical Imaging facility at the University, to prepare you for your professional practice placement within the NHS and/or private environments. It will build on your level 4 anatomy knowledge and technique to allow you to develop the skills required for adaptation of technique and more specialised imaging. 

Year three

Into Employment (Radiography)

This module will give you a greater understanding of complex healthcare services and change management to effect quality improvement. Additionally, the professional specific content will enable you to examine professional behaviours and their affect upon safe, effective practice. You will be able to describe and evaluate drivers for change and the effect of regulation upon healthcare.  

Applied Research Methods

This module is designed to develop the research skills of level 6 students by providing the opportunity to produce a piece of independent research on a topic of their choice, guided by a supervisor. Students have a choice of qualitative research proposal, an experimental design research project or a systematic review. This module will provide essential research skills for graduates and links to the College of Radiographers Research Strategy (2021).

Clinical Governance

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of Clinical Governance and how this performance management framework impacts upon your professional practice and upon the quality of healthcare. Through lectures and tutorials, you will learn how to undertake a clinical audit of your own practice and use it to develop your future practice. Through lectures and blended learning, you will explore how human factors impact upon patient care and safety, and understand how systems of work impact upon healthcare delivery and quality. 

Preliminary Clinical Evaluation

This module employs a range of student-centred learning to enable the student to develop their ability to evaluate radiographic images for signs of abnormality. The module is supported within the clinical learning environment in a professional practice setting and within the University. 

Managing Trauma and Challenging Examinations

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding and pathophysiology within trauma imaging and the management of challenging examinations, including the multi-disciplinary trauma team, commensurate with first -post competency.

Professional Practice 3

This module will prepare you for and support you through your third and final year through a professional practice placement within the NHS and/or private environments. It will build on your level 4 and 5 anatomy knowledge and technique to allow you to develop the additional skills required for the preparation of competency for autonomous practice as a Diagnostic Radiographer

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.

What will I be doing?


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 rotate around a cluster of placements over the three 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.


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.

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact. 

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice. 


A £2.5 million University investment and collaboration with GE Healthcare has resulted in the Centre for Medical Imaging at The University of Salford with unrivalled clinical and simulation facilities. Our centre comprises of the Revolution Maxima CT scanner, 2 Discovery static digital X-ray systems, Optima digital mobile X-ray system, 5 ultrasound scanners, and purchased through an alumni grant from Garfield Weston a Songraphe Pristina 3D full-field digital mammography system. These are in addition to our existing digital intraoral and orthopantomography dental imaging systems and MedaPhor intelligent ultrasound simulators. Each modality has dedicated image processing and viewing workstations plus a large image viewing facility hosting 20 dual-screen clinical quality workstations where images and data from all the imaging equipment can be viewed through the department's Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS).

The extensive facilities along with a wide selection of imaging phantoms and Anatomage 3D anatomy and virtual dissection platform are used throughout teaching, learning, and assessment activities within our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and within research and continuing professional development provision. Elements of the equipment are utilised in the provision of clinical services in partnership with Trusts in the Greater Manchester region.

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.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

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.

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. 

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

A taste of what you could become

A Radiographer

and more...

Career Links

The department has a formal partnership with General Electric (GE). This strong link with industry enables some teaching and learning with technical experts in addition to external clinical experts. In addition, we have a very strong partnership with the NHS which means your learning is current and relevant to practice. The majority of your clinical placements will be within the NHS. 

Further study

Our master's 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 musculoskeletal, abdominal, obstetrics and gynaecology scanning then we also offer a postgraduate programme in Ultrasound Imaging


What you need to know

Applicant profile

We are looking for students with an interest in science and technology and patient care. You will have good communication skills and a caring nature. Good interpersonal skills and being able to contribute to group discussions is essential. Diagnostic Radiography is a ‘hands-on’ skills-based profession, our practical skills teaching sessions reflect this. Practising positioning on each other in practical-based skills sessions under supervision is involved. 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 and the radiography profession. 

Although not essential, it is desirable that applicants undertake a clinical visit to a Radiology department to gain an understanding of the role of Diagnostic Radiographers. An applicant who completes a clinical visit will strengthen their application. 

We have a history of accepting people with a wide range of qualifications and the list below is not exhaustive. If your qualification is not on the list or more information/clarification is required, please contact either the Central Admissions Team or come along to one of our Open Days and speak to an admissions tutor. 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. 

All applications received between September and the January UCAS deadline will be reviewed. Please keep reviewing UCAS Track for updates on the status of your application and the outcome of your interview. 

English language requirements

If you are an international student and not from a majority English-speaking country, you will need IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course to gain entry onto this degree. 

Standard entry requirements


Five GCSE subjects at grade C/grade 4 or above including English language, Mathematics and Science. Science must include all three components: Biology, Chemistry and Physics at grade C/4 or above OR Combined Science (double award at grade C/4 or above).

First sittings are preferable.

BTEC Science at level 2 is not considered for this course. Level 2 equivalent qualifications are not considered for this course.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the Level 3 requirements listed below.

  1. UCAS Tariff points: 120
  2. A level: 120 points. To include at least one Science subject- mandatory from: Physics, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology at a minimum grade B or above.
  3. Access to HE: 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3.

All credits must be Merit or above, with a minimum of 39 at Distinction. 

The Access course must include both Biology and Physics modules. 

 Applicants applying with Access to HE- GCSE requirements are English Language and Maths at Grade 4/c or above.

Level 2 equivalent qualifications are not considered for this course.

UCAS Tariff points

120 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s including at least one science (chemistry, biology, physics, psychology) mandatory. 

A level

120 UCAS Tariff points. To include at least one science mandatory from physics, biology, human biology, chemistry, or psychology at grade B.

BTEC National Diploma

DDD Applied Science (biology and physics) preferred. 

Extended Certificate in Applied Science will only be considered if you also have another Level 3 science subject. 


You will need a T-Level in one of the following categories:

  • Science - Laboratory Science specialism - distinction
  • Healthcare Science - Assisting with Healthcare Science specialism - distinction.

Please note, other T Level qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Access to HE

60 credits with 45 credits at level 3. 

All credits must be Merit or above, with a minimum of 30 at Distinction. The Access course must have both biology and physics modules. Access to Medicine courses are also considered.

Applicants applying with Access to HE GCSE requirements are English Language and Maths at Grade 4/c or above. 

Level 2 equivalent qualifications are not considered for this course.

Scottish Highers

120 UCAS Tariff points to include one of the following: Biology, Chemistry Physics or Psychology at Grade B or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS Tariff points required, points from H1-H3 grades (A/B grades in the old system) considered only. H4 grade (C grade in the old system) and below will not contribute towards tariff requirement.

Must include English, Mathematics and a Science at Higher H6 grade or above (D3 grade in the old system) or Ordinary O4 grade or above (C2 grade in the old system). At least one science subject, preferably biology/human biology, at grade H3 (or B3 in the old system) is required. Applicants without biology/human biology but with other science subjects (physics, chemistry, psychology or Biology) will be considered.

International Baccalaureate

32 points.

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 65% and including one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Psychology.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?


The NHS Learning Support Fund is available to students studying the following courses:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)

Visit the NHSBSA website for further information. 

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £18,300.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £19,000.00per year

Additional costs

For more information about uniforms, DBS, Occupational Health clearance, and immunisations, visit our Information for Students page.

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

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our International Scholarships

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All set? Let's apply

Still have some questions? Register for one of our Open Days or contact us: 

By email: enquiries@salford.ac.uk 
By phone: +44 (0)161 295 4545 

Enrolment dates

September 2024

UCAS information

Course ID B821

Institution S03