BSc (Honours) Diagnostic Radiography

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Diagnostic Radiography

Course full Full-time Diagnostic radiography

Work alongside experienced practitioners, learning how to become a professional radiographer and a valued member of the healthcare profession – able to deliver high-quality patient-centred care.

This course is now full for 2024

Sorry, there are no places left on this course starting in 2024.

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Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year
    International/EU: £18,655 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


93% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 89% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Explore the intricacies of anatomy and physiology of the human body firsthand.
  • Use cutting-edge techniques to produce images of the body to diagnose diseases. 
  • Prepare for the profession, ready to use and engage in groundbreaking research.
  • Master imaging techniques for musculoskeletal and soft tissue systems.

This challenging and inspiring course provides the foundational knowledge and skills you’ll need to safely operate a variety of diagnostic imaging equipment. As part of a multidisciplinary team, you'll ensure patients receive high standards of care. After graduating you'll be eligible to apply for registration as a diagnostic radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course.

Accredited by
  • Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them and also apply to become members of the Society and College of Radiographers. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a diagnostic radiographer in the UK.

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How you learn

Watch course leader Elizabeth Shute talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating and challenging you to think in new ways, providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

While specialising in diagnostic radiography, you’ll have opportunities to learn with, from and about practitioners from a range of health and social care professions – as part of a community of practice. These can include therapeutic radiographers, nurses and midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists, social workers, operation department practitioners and occupational therapists – as well as other radiography students, the course team and guest lecturers. These collaborations enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of person-centred care and patient pathways. 

You’ll experience a blended approach to learning and teaching – on campus, online and in practice placements. You’ll be taught by professionals who are active in their field of practice and research – providing contemporary, interprofessional practice knowledge and experiences. 

You learn through: 

  • Lectures 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Seminars and tutorials 
  • Group work 
  • Practical activities 
  • Simulation, including digital, in imaging, ward and theatre suites 
  • Image interpretation activities 

Key Themes

As you progress through the course, you'll use cutting-edge imaging technologies and techniques to learn how to diagnose diseases by producing body images. You'll be equipped with the essential skills, practical experience and technological know-how required for a career in diagnostic radiography.

You’ll graduate with a strong professional identity, along with the skills, knowledge, values and clinical reasoning to thrive in a dynamic health and social care environment. You'll understand the importance of teamwork – focusing on people’s needs – and you'll have the confidence and resilience for autonomous working.

The course's practice-based learning, simulation and real-world clinical scenarios offer opportunities to develop skills within the four pillars of practice: clinical, research, leadership and education. These prepare you for highly skilled employment in the current and future workforce.

Ultimately, the course aims to mould you into a competent and effective diagnostic radiographer, ready to work in various hospital settings and contribute to modern healthcare delivery.

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment through a range of key areas. These include: 

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development 
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments 
  • Industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities 
  • Opportunities to learn as part of a community of practice, to be networked into national and regional learning events and conferences

Applied learning

Live Projects

You’ll gain real-world skills in different practice-based learning environments, reflecting the range of ways healthcare services are currently delivered. These include simulated practice workshops – using our state-of-the-art imaging equipment. You’ll also develop key research skills and undertake projects to evaluate and develop health services.

These learning experiences are designed to help you build your skills, confidence, creativity, resilience, integrity and curiosity. By applying theory to practice, you’ll be able to develop critical and ethical approaches to become life-long, competent professionals.

Work Placements 

You’ll undertake practice placements in a diagnostic imaging department, as well as experiences within the NHS – which may also include private sector or equipment manufacturing.

We’ll ensure the practice-based learning element of your course complies with the requirements of the Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) which governs the diagnostic radiography profession. 

Networking Opportunities

Guest speakers are part of the course each year. These are great opportunities to learn from and about the role of a diagnostic radiographer – in a range of specialities and professional experience. 

You’ll have opportunities to network both at Sheffield Hallam and on partnership placements – where you can learn with and from diagnostic radiography students studying at other universities, as well as healthcare professionals.

You’ll also have the chance to attend extra-curricular research seminars. 

Future careers

By the end of the course, you’ll have demonstrated the requirements that confer your eligibility to apply for registration as a professional diagnostic radiographer with the HCPC – qualified to work in diagnostic imaging departments throughout the UK and overseas. 

Previous graduates have gone on to work in specialist areas including: 

  • The NHS 
  • Private sector imaging services in the UK and internationally  
  • Further and higher education  
  • Management 
  • Quality assurance 
  • Equipment design and sales

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

Our on-campus teaching is conducted in and around clinical and ward settings. You’ll have access to all the equipment and furniture found in a contemporary hospital clinical space. 

On this course you work with: 

  • A fully equipped digital X-ray suite
  • Mobile X-ray units
  • An operating theatre C-arm
  • Dental imaging equipment
  • Virtual reality imaging and PACs software
  • A wide and diverse range of imaging phantoms and life-like patient models

We have invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Developing Radiographic Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Drad Practice Placement 1
Credits -
Introduction To Diagnostic Imaging
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Assessing And Addressing Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Contemporary Imaging Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Contemporary Imaging Practice 2
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Drad Practice Placement 2
Credits -
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Complexity & Leadership In Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Drad Practice Placement 3
Credits -
The Advancing Professional
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Autonomous Radiography Practitioner
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
The Radiography Revolution
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £18,655, which includes an annual placement supplement of £2,000.

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Health and social care funding

Home fee-paying students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year. You may also be eligible for additional financial support based on your circumstances.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Diagnostic radiography courses (PDF, 326.7KB)

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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Home students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year, eligibility applies

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We are one of the largest training providers of health and social care in the UK, giving you access to cross-discipline learning

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