Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Diagnostic Radiography

School of Health and Society




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

This course is now closed to applications for September 2022 entry. The next intake will be September 2023.

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.

Please note this course is now closed to applications for 2022. The next intake will be September 2023.

You will:
  • Learn all of the fundamental elements of radiographic practice including anatomy, physiology and radiographic science
  • Develop your skills and understanding by problem based learning activities
  • Be involved in research activity in all three years of the programme
  • Use our excellent facilities including X-ray rooms and Computed Tomography (CT) imaging suite

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
Radiographer Accreditation Logo
The Health and Care Professions Council

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

Introduction to Collaborative Professional Practice (Diagnostic Radiography)

Through this module you will be introduced to the concept of being a health care professional, begin to explore factors that influence practitioner and service user interactions and be introduced to moving and handling, infection control, CPR and safeguarding. You will also be introduced to safe and effective professional practice.

Scientific Principles for Diagnostic Radiography

On this module you will learn the relevant knowledge and understanding of the underpinning science and technology of diagnostic radiography. You will also develop skills in experiment design appropriate analysis, display and interpretation of results.

General Radiography I

This module will develop your underpinning knowledge and skills required for safe and effective professional practice at this level the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.

Fundamentals of Patient Centred Care

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.

General Radiography II

This module will continue to develop your underpinning knowledge and skills required for safe and effective professional practice at this level the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.

Year two

Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention I

On this module you will 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. You will also learn the underpinning theoretical principles of alternative and complementary imaging modalities.

Applied Radiography I

On this module you will 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 this level of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.

Research Methods

You will gain an understanding of the underlying principles of qualitative and quantitative research and the links between the two. You will compare and contrast research and professional evidence related to the evidence base for the areas of practice relevant to the module, with the aim of enabling you to make an informed choice of research methods to address a particular research question.

Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention II

On this module you will 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 this level. You will also attain the underpinning theoretical principles of alternative and complementary imaging modalities.

Applied Radiography II

On this module you will further develop the knowledge and skills gained during Applied Radiographic Skills 1 to ensure safe and effective professional practice in more complex examinations and patient presentations commensurate with this level of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.

Introduction to other imaging modalities

This module will introduce other modalities that are used in diagnostic radiography and will facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in an alternative imaging modality radiography.

Year three

Trauma Imaging

On this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of trauma imaging and appropriate imaging modalities commensurate with first-post competent radiographer level. You will also develop an understanding of safeguarding in the protection of vulnerable adults.

Into Employment

You will 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). You will also continue to reflect on your professional development and prepare for employment

Radiographer Commenting

This module will enable students to develop skills for image interpretation of musculoskeletal images for first post competence level.

Compassion, Professionalism and Employment

You will develop the skills required to support application to and interview for Band 5 radiographer post applications. You will review the concepts of quality, care and compassion in clinical practice and incorporate them in practice, and you will develop the skills required for undertaking ongoing professional development and an understanding of the re-accreditation process.

Applied Research Methods

On this module you will plan and/or conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of choice.

Competent Professional

You will 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

Career Links

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.


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 MSK, abdominal, obstetrics and gynaecology scanning then we also offer a postgraduate programme in Ultrasound Imaging.


What you need to know


We are looking for students with an interest in science and technology. You will have good communication skills and 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.

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 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.


Due to the current pandemic, we have modified our admissions process to remove the need for you to complete a clinical visit prior to starting the course. We will be holding online interviews, and there will be no written assessment this year.

Please note that this is an extremely popular course, and in some cases we may hold applications until the 15 January equal consideration deadline, to ensure fair and equal treatment of all on-time applicants.

We want to reassure you that the University campuses are open and we are teaching our students face-to-face, but we are minimising the volume of people on campus to maintain the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. 


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 and mathematics and Science.

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

UCAS tariff points

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

A level

120 points. To include at least one science mandatory from physics, biology, human biology, chemistry, 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. 

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 have both biology and physics modules. 

Scottish Highers

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

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS 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


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 2022/23 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £17,100per year
Additional costs

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

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.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For more information go to International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

September 2023

UCAS information

Course ID B821

Institution S03