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.
Canterbury Christ Church is renowned for expertise in advanced areas of diagnostic radiography; clinical reporting and 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.
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.
We are proud to have taught students who have awards including the national ‘Society of Radiographers ‘Student of the year award’ and the ‘Work the World’ award for elective placements abroad in developing countries.
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 will equip you to go on to undertake a higher taught or research degree at Canterbury Christ Church or elsewhere.
It is normal for a radiographer, usually two or three years after qualification, to advance their practice in a clinical specialty. It is also 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. Our postgraduate courses provide a number of pathways, including Clinical Reporting, ultrasound imaging and advanced clinical practice for qualified practitioners from a range of backgrounds to enhance their skills.
Radiographers with experience are valued nationally and internationally and opportunities in management, education sales and research and development are also available in the imaging and healthcare industries.
Top reasons to choose this course
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.
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. This expertise is evident in the emphasis within our undergraduate programme on developing the image interpretation and preliminary clinical evaluation skills and competencies of our students.