The course has prepared me for my future career. From the help of lecturers to the academic support at the library, everyone has played a role in my development and learning.


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Play a crucial role in healthcare where you will be able to diagnose injury or disease and put the patient at the heart of your care.

The role of a diagnostic radiographer involves interacting with patients and making them feel relaxed and at ease while conducting complex technical clinical procedures. Our course ensures you become a proactive, competent, confident and responsible practitioner.

We will develop your skills in patient care, image interpretation and preliminary clinical evaluation. You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to work in hospitals and clinics, in research, or in education.

Why study Diagnostic Radiography?

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 will develop your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills from day one, so that you have the experience and confidence to become a competent and compassionate practitioner. 

Entry requirements

A Typical offer would be BBC at A2 level or equivalent.

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science, at grade C or above, or equivalent. Science at A2 Level or equivalent is advantageous, but not essential. Access applicants must hold both GCSE English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C or above at the point of application.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

Our course is designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual, as well as being rich in diagnostic radiography content.

You will explore areas including:

  • human anatomy, pathology and physiology
  • radiographic science and radiation protection
  • radiographic practice and image interpretation patient care
  • evidence-based practice.

An integral part of the course is the development of sound skills in evidence-based practice and research that encourage and enable you to evaluate and improve professional practice for the benefit of service users.

You will gain clinical and academic knowledge delivered within the University’s dedicated clinical simulation suites, which include a radiographic imaging suite, operating theatre and wards. You'll also gain clinical and academic experience in radiology departments in Kent and East Sussex. These practical placements are pivotal to the course, and approximately 50% of learning occurs within the clinical setting. During the course, you will be required to travel to a minimum of three different placement so that you gain a diverse range experience and skills.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

Our experienced teaching team will help you reach your full potential. From nurturing your practical skills in radiography simulation activities to learning with and working alongside other healthcare professionals, you'll gain the academic and practical experience needed to become an autonomous and confident practitioner.

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, where you'll be faced with patient-centred scenarios to develop your have problem-solving skills. 

While in University, you'll typically have around 24 contact hours per week. Academic development weeks are included within the timetable to support academic learning support sessions.

Seminars and practicals in smaller groups will allow you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you'll have scheduled meetings with your academic personal tutor for academic and pastoral guidance.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

During your hands-on clinical placements you'll be learning in practice alongside qualified radiographers and will be mentored by teaching staff.

Placements are organised in blocks of between four to eight. Attendance at clinical placements is mandatory and is treated like working as a radiographer with core working hours mirroring local practice. You should also expect to work some extended days and at weekends.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. This may be individually or part of a group. Your module leader will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete between classes.

You'll undertake 450 placement hours in Year 1 and 525 placement hours in Year 2 and 3 with an additional 40 hours of simulated practice per year. For each 20-credit module you can expect 50 hours of academic direction and 150 hours practice learning and independent learning.

The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics. They have extensive expertise and experience and are all registered practitioners with postgraduate and teaching qualifications.

We have earned a reputation in specialist research, so your studies are up to date with current practices.

Radiography is about empowering you to make a difference in people’s lives, we support you to be confident, competent and compassionate practitioners.

Rebecca SandysProgramme Director, Diagnostic Radiography

How you’ll be assessed

You will be provided with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. The programme embraces a broad range of assessment techniques including essays, written exams, presentations, posters, practical examinations and clinical assessment of practice all which require you to analyse and evaluate your learning and practice, supported by research and a broad evidence base. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You must achieve a pass mark of 40 or above in all modules.

Approximately 50% of each module is assessed in practice. You will be assessed by qualified staff trained to assess your work. Practice assessment will include such things as observed service user interactions, and how consistently you undertake certain tasks. Professional qualities such as timekeeping, appearance and willingness to take part will also be assessed as they link to HCPC standards. 100% attendance is required to pass the practical component. You will be required to communicate your views, orally and in written formats.

Your future career

Upon successful completion of our BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography degree, you will be eligible to apply for registration with Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer. You will have gained qualifications that meet the Governments criteria for “fitness to practice” along with a unique set of transferable skills enabling you to work in a rewarding and progressive career both within the UK and abroad. The range of NHS and private healthcare partners, we work closely with to enhance your experience, boosts your employment prospects.

After qualifying, there are a number different options for taking your passion for diagnostic radiography forward, for example, our postgraduate radiography course provides a number of pathways, including Clinical Reporting, ultrasound imaging, MRI, CT and nuclear medicine for qualified practitioners from a range of backgrounds to enhance their skills. Later you may choose to develop your career in leadership and management, in research, teaching or industry or as a practitioner in a private setting.

Canterbury Christ Church was the first institution to offer postgraduate opportunities in clinical reporting for radiographers and has developed a national and international reputation for research in this area.


Overseas students, please note that there will be an additional fee per year of study for placement costs. The cost for 2020/21 will be confirmed soon. You will also be required to fund your own travel and accommodation costs.

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Industry links

Approximately 50% of learning occurs within the clinical setting. We work closely with the NHS and other imaging service providers to provide a programme that is fit for the future.

Previous undergraduate students have benefitted from international experiences and elective placements in Ireland, Cyprus, India, Tanzania, South Africa, and Taiwan. The University embraces transglobal healthcare education and learning from and about different international healthcare systems.

Professional accreditation

The course is approved by the statutory regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the College of Radiographers.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a fitness to practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body.

To be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion.

Professional Foundation Year

We will consider your application for the main three-year professional programme. However, applicants may also be considered for a four-year option – i.e. the Health and Social Care Professional Programme with Foundation Year. The decision about your suitability will be made as part of the admissions process and if you are chosen to be interviewed for the Foundation Year option, this will be clearly stated in your Interview Offer Letter. Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

Find out more about the Professional Foundation Year

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