Canterbury Christ Church is renowned for expertise in an advanced area of diagnostic radiography, clinical reporting, and expertise in ultrasound imaging. Effective health and social care services depend on the professional knowledge and expert skill of their practitioners. Radiographers providing this care require the highest level of professional knowledge, competence and mature confidence in their expertise.
Our course prepares you to work within radiology departments in NHS hospitals or in private hospitals and clinics, and provides you with a wider background to support you in your future career direction. Our staff draw upon their wealth of academic and professional expertise and knowledge to support our goal of helping all students to achieve their full academic potential.
The role of a diagnostic radiographer involves interacting with patients and making them feel relaxed and at ease while conducting technical clinical examination procedures. Radiography departments within hospitals normally provide a wide range of different imaging investigations e.g. ultrasound, computed and digital x-ray examinations, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography.
An integral part of the diagnostic radiography course is the development of sound skills in evidence based practice and research that encourage and enable practitioners to evaluate and improve professional practice throughout their career. These skills equip you to go on to undertake a higher taught or research degree at the Canterbury Christ Church or elsewhere.
It is normal, two or three years after qualification, for a radiographer to choose a speciality in which they wish to advance and it is common to apply for a specialist training post and return to university part-time for further study at Masters or Doctoral level, or for some to transition onto a higher degree after qualifying.
Radiographers with experience are valued in the international market and opportunities in sales, research and development are also available in the imaging and healthcare industries.
Top reason to choose this course
100% of our most recent Diagnostic Radiography students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course
The University was the first institution to offer postgraduate opportunities in Clinical Reporting for radiographers and has developed a national and international reputation in research in this area. Our postgraduate Medical Imaging programme provides a number of pathways, including ultrasound, CT, MRI and Nuclear Medicine for qualified practitioners from a range of backgrounds to enhance their skills.
Our undergraduate BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography aims to ensure students become safe, competent and confident practitioners. It places great emphasis on ensuring that you are adequately prepared for a role in image interpretation and clinical reporting.
You will be taught in a modern learning environment which includes our own clinical simulation labs and radiographic imaging suite where you can to practice and perfect your radiographic skills for clinical practice.