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Diagnostic Radiography

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
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 body for Allied Health Professionals, and by the end of your studies you will meet the professional educational standards expected by 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.

Health and Care Professions Council


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.


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Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

128 UCAS tariff points to include 3 full A Levels, with at least one in Science, Maths or a Technology-related subject.

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:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers. All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

It would be beneficial to all applicants to have spent at least one day gaining work experience in the X-ray department of a hospital.

Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required.

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.



Module name Type
Year 1
Introduction to Abdominal Imagingcore
Principles of Professional Practicecore
Radiography of the Appendicular Skeleton and Chestcore
Radiography of the Axial Skeletoncore
Safe and Professional Radiographic Practicecore
Year 2
Evidencing Professional Practicecore
Imaging Modalities in Practicecore
Imaging using Contrast Agentscore
Practising Radiography in a Diverse Societycore
Principles of Image Interpretation and Reportingcore
Year 3
Advancing Professional Practicecore
Clinical Supervision and Leadershipcore
Imaging in Contextcore
Justification, Optimisation and Interpretation in Medical Imagingcore
Medical Imaging optioncore

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 2015 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 2015 Diagnostic Radiography graduates was £21,315.


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

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

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).

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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.