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Diagnostic Radiography

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: This course is full
Entry 2018: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: B821
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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Diagnostic Radiography (or Medical Imaging) is the practice of using various forms of radiation to produce high-quality images which aid in the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of injury or disease.

It is a technology-dependent discipline, which has patient care as its main concern.

Historically, radiographers primarily used X-rays. With advances in technology, radiography also embraces techniques such as computed tomography (CT scanning), ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine.

During your course you will have the opportunity to participate in all of these techniques, and you may then decide to specialise in one or more of them when you are qualified.


Students are expected to reflect the values as outlined by the University of Bradford and the NHS Constitution in both academic and practice settings.

These include working together, showing respect and maintaining dignity for service users, carers and colleagues, working inclusively so that everyone counts; showing commitment to your work and consistently offering a high quality of care.

These values also include being compassionate, demonstrating empathy and working to improve the health and wellbeing of others.

We are seeking students who can develop their communication skills, their competence in this field and show commitment to upholding these values during their education and into their future careers.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulatory body for allied health professionals. By the end of your studies you will meet the professional educational standards which confers eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. The course is also approved by the College of Radiographers, and during your course of study you will be student members of the Society and College of Radiographers.

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I graduated in 2009 and worked in a busy trauma hospital in Sheffield. However, my years at the University of Bradford showed me that I actually wanted to take a different route, and in 2010 I decided to undertake my PG Diploma in Ultrasound.

I am now a qualified Advanced Practitioner Sonographer working at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust."

Sam Brook
BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Why Bradford?

At Bradford, you will have access to facilities and equipment similar to that used in most hospital Imaging departments.

The clinical experience you will gain while studying at Bradford will give you a unique understanding of the traditions, values and beliefs in delivering care that is responsive to the needs of patients in a multicultural environment.

Following graduation and registration, diagnostic radiographers are expected to continue to develop their knowledge and skills, and we offer a variety of short courses and postgraduate study options which allow you to specialise in areas of interest.


Ranked 8th in the country for Medical Technology in the Complete University Guide 2018.

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Entry requirements

This course is full.

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

As well as meeting the entry requirements below, all applicants need to be able to demonstrate that they have researched diagnostic radiography as a career and are aware of the scope and diversity of the profession. Applicants are advised to spend a minimum of one day in a radiography department to help them in making an informed career choice.

A levels:

128 UCAS tariff points to include 3 full A Levels, with at least one in Science, Maths or a Technology-related subject (Sociology and Psychology are not considered Sciences).

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM. Health or Science subject required.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science.

Plus minimum of:

Five GCSEs with a minimum of grade C or grade 4 to include English Language and Mathematics or Physics. Functional Skills Level 2 in English is acceptable in place of GCSE English. 

Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above. Functional Skills Level 2 in English is acceptable in place of GCSE English. 

Please note equivalent level qualifications are not acceptable in place of GCSE maths or physics. 

Additional entry requirements:

Occupational Health Screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening.  This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment. 

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013).  Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice.  Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations. 

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme.  Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

Disclosure and Barring Service

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

For 2017 entry the University will fund the cost of health screening and immunisations, DBS checks and uniforms.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.0.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2016 graduates in Diagnostic Radiography found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Graduates have the potential to progress to Advanced and Consultant Practitioner status.

You may choose to specialise in a particular imaging technique such as nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography or ultrasound, or a particular area such as paediatrics, gastrointestinal or vascular and interventional imaging.

You could also join one of the internationally renowned companies in the medical imaging industry, researching, developing and marketing new products.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Diagnostic Radiography graduates was £22,217.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


PACS Suite

Students have access to our fully functioning X-ray imaging suite and PACS suite. 

The computer equipment in the PACS suite allows students to review our large database of medical images, using the same quality of image monitor and software functionality available in clinical practice.

X-ray Imaging Suite

Students have access to our fully functioning X-ray imaging suite and PACS suite. 

The X-ray suite, with its range of anatomical and imaging phantoms, allows student to practise on equipment similar to that used in most hospital imaging departments. 

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: TBC

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

Financial support

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.

Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).

How do I find out more?

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.