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Radiographers maintain a crucial role in frontline healthcare where rapid injury or disease diagnosis puts the patient at the heart of care.

Radiography reflects the modern 24/7 nature of health and we give you the best possible clinical education to support this.

The role of a diagnostic radiographer involves interacting with patients and making them feel relaxed and involved with their health decisions, while conducting complex technical clinical procedures. Our course ensures you become a proactive, competent, confident and responsible practitioner with the vital skills needed to enter this exciting and rewarding career.

We have developed modules in preliminary clinical evaluation in each year, key to underpin advanced practice on qualification. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to register as a diagnostic radiographer with the HCPC.

Why Study Diagnostic Radiography?

89% of our Diagnostic Radiography students were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of teaching on their programme (NSS 2021)

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 an integral part of a multiprofessional team.


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.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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'll explore areas including:

  • human anatomy, pathology and physiology
  • image evaluation and interpretation
  • 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.

Our Preliminary Clinical Evaluation modules provide a strong foundation to support postgraduate reporting education.

You'll 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'll 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. These sessions will be delivered in a Blended Learning approach with a split between online and on campus sessions.

While in University, you'll typically have around 24 contact hours per week which includes face to face and online sessions by staff, online projects and peer supported sessions. 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 courses 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 weeks. 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 Years 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'll 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.

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/8

of our Diagnostic Radiography students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time £9,250 £14,500

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

Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:

Further entry requirements

Applicants are strongly advised to complete a clinical visit and return a clinical visit feedback form.

Applicants need to demonstrate a basic understanding of diagnostic radiography and show that it is a well-considered career choice for them. Suitable applicants are invited into the University for an information session and interview. All candidates should visit a diagnostic imaging department for one day prior to interview.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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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