BSc (Hons)
Diagnostic Radiography

Key Information


3 years

Typical Offer

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Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Validation



Academic Year

Course Overview

Diagnostic Radiography is the practice of using various forms of radiation to produce high-quality images which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of injury or disease. This course aims to ensure that upon completion graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a Diagnostic Radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), are well positioned to gain employment in a professional role, and are able to register as a full member of the Society of Radiographers.

The course is designed to develop skills specific to diagnostic radiography as well as wider transferable healthcare and employability skills. Students can apply theoretical knowledge to clinical practice, while undertaking a variety of modules alongside practice placement experience. During the programme, students can learn from their peer group, students from other health professions at the University, interprofessional learning events, academic lecturers, clinical expert health professionals, and service users.

Why Choose Lincoln

Register with the HCPC to practice upon completion

Integration of theory with practice through a blended learning approach

Experience a wide range of imaging equipment, clinical settings, and patient

Learn from qualified diagnostic radiographers throughout the course

Final-year optional placements, including study abroad opportunities

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How You Study

This programme has been designed so that there is a clear integration of theory and practice, made possible by the continuity of teaching alongside placement learning throughout the year. This enables students to practice the techniques and apply the knowledge they develop from lectures, seminars, and group work to the practice of diagnostic radiography.

You will be based at one of our partner radiology practice placement providers for the duration of the programme, as well as having opportunities to experience other clinical settings through insight visits in all three years, in addition to the option of undertaking an optional placement in the final year.

Modules are integrated and have themes that run through all three years, such as professional practice, radiographic clinical practice, science and instrumentation, and research in health care. The knowledge and skills taught within the module reflect those required of a diagnostic radiographer, and of the wider requirements of a health care professional.

Topics include anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology with application to medical imaging; normal and abnormal image interpretation in a range of imaging modalities; scientific principles of ionising radiation, including effects on the human body and safety to minimise risk, image formation and production; scientific principles and instrumentation of a range of imaging modalities; radiographic techniques to undertake examinations in a range of imaging modalities and clinical environments; professionalism and collaborative team working in the multi-disciplinary setting; leadership and followership required to ensure a safe and quality service; evaluating, understanding, and generating evidence for primary research and service transformation; and health promotion and protection.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Radiography 2024-25RAD1001Level 42024-25The aim of this module is to introduce you to anatomical and medical terminology, and cell and tissue structure and function, in health and in disease. You will study normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of the human body, including body systems, that will be applied to their level of radiographic practice.CoreDeveloping Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice 2024-25RAD1002Level 42024-25This module relates to professional practice that is informed by values and ethics. This module will encourage you to promote social inclusion, value diversity, and promote ethical healthcare practice. You will explore different perspectives and how their own personal and professional values impact on their practice. This module will require you to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of theory and professional skills within the healthcare setting.CoreFundamental Radiographic Science and Instrumentation 2024-25RAD1003Level 42024-25The aim of this module is to provide the scientific foundations that underpin radiography to assist you to develop safe and competent radiographic practice. In order to meet this aim, in the first term as a student diagnostic radiographer, you will study general radiography equipment and safe operation, including hardware and software, and image production.CoreMedical Imaging Practice 1 2024-25RAD1004Level 42024-25The aim of this module to develop you as medical imaging health professionals, with skills and competence in general radiographic practice. You will focus on standard examinations of the chest, upper limb, and lower limb, pelvis, thorax, and spine for non-complicated patient presentation.CorePractice Based Learning 1 2024-25RAD1006Level 42024-25Through practice placements the students will be able to observe, participate and assist in the provision of evidence-based patient/service user centred care.CoreResearch Skills for Practice 2024-25RAD1005Level 42024-25This module provides the underpinning for developing research skills required to undertake research or service transformation projects. The module focuses on literature searching and what makes good evidence to support sustainable arguementsCoreAdditional Imaging Modalities 2025-26RAD2001Level 52025-26The module content will indicatively include: • CT • MRI • Ultrasound • RNI and functional imaging (inc. PET-CT) • Mammography • DEXA • Interventional radiography-angiography • Contrast media • Imaging pathways • Pathophysiology • The role of artificial intelligence in medical imagingCoreEnhancing and Developing Professional Practice 2025-26RAD2002Level 52025-26This module will provide the opportunity to explore your wider role as a radiographer that impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals from diverse populations and cultures.CoreMedical Imaging Practice 2 2025-26RAD2003Level 52025-26The aim of this module is to develop you as a medical imaging health professional, with skills and competence in skull, facial and dental radiography, radiography in theatre, fluoroscopy, and general CT radiographic practice.CorePractice Based Learning 2 2025-26RAD2006Level 52025-26Through practice placements the students will be able to observe, participate and assist in the provision of evidence-based patient/service user centred care.CoreRadiographic Science and Instrumentation 2025-26RAD2004Level 52025-26The aim of this module is to broaden your knowledge of the scientific principles that underpin a range of medical imaging equipment such as fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, ultrasound, and mammography. This knowledge will enable you to practice safely and produce optimal images. You will also be encouraged to participate in quality assurance activities.CoreResearch Skills for Practice 2 2025-26RAD2005Level 52025-26This module will provide you with an introduction to research design and methods, and service improvement frameworks. The module enables students to consider important factors when appraising literature, planning a project, and developing a project proposal.CoreAdvancing Medical Imaging Practice 2026-27RAD3001Level 62026-27This module aims to develop you as diagnostic radiographers, building on your knowledge and understanding to support the continued development of your professional skills and competence so that you can meet the first post competencies for a diagnostic radiographer as detailed in the HCPC Standards of Proficiency. The module will develop your theoretical understanding in order for you to safely and competently undertake a range of imaging examinations in a variety of clinical settings. You will explore new imaging technologies and the developing role of the diagnostic radiographer.CoreLeadership and Practice Education (Diagnostic Radiography) 2026-27RAD3002Level 62026-27This module explores leadership and management in healthcare, alongside practical skills for facilitating practice learning in preparation for you becoming a practice supervisor and mentor in the their graduate practice. You can develop their understanding of management and leadership theory, and how professional and personal behaviours can impact on organisational culture, service delivery, and clinical practice. You will also be able to develop the skills to be an effective team member, motivating and supporting colleagues.CorePractice Based Learning 3 2026-27RAD3005Level 62026-27Through practice placements the students will be able to observe, participate and assist in the provision of evidence-based patient/service user centred care.CorePreparation for Employment and Practice 2026-27RAD3003Level 62026-27This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills that will support your transitions from student radiographers to graduate practitioners. You can explore the role of human resources, personal and job specifications, personal statement writing, and interview technique.CoreResearch in Healthcare 2026-27RAD3004Level 62026-27The aim of the module is to enable you to undertake an independent project, demonstrating a critical understanding and application of research methods within a research or service improvement project relating to medical imaging, and to disseminate these findings through professional modes of communication.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

Students will be assessed using formative and summative assignment tasks. Computer-based assessments are used across a range of modules, allowing the assessment of a breadth of knowledge. Written assignments and case studies are used to assess the depth of learning and application of new knowledge to practice.

An electronic poster assessment in the second year provides you with the opportunity for the development of skills in a different mode of professional communication. In addition, a project presentation undertaken in the final year aims to further enhances the range of different modes of professional communication, developing your wider employability skills.

The medical imaging practice modules will assess your practical and professional competence in the clinical department, evidenced in an electronic portfolio, as well as a viva assessment at the end of the year that will assess your knowledge across the spectrum of diagnostic radiography practice.

Guest Speakers

Throughout the programme, students can hear from guest speakers including Radiologists, Consultant Radiographers, advanced practitioners, service users and carers, and representatives from the Society of Radiographers.

Students chatting while sitting on sofas


Students will be assigned to a specific placement provider for the duration of the course to promote a sense of belonging to the training department and to foster strong affiliations. The placement site could be located in North Lincolnshire, Central Lincolnshire, or South Lincolnshire, and you will be required to travel to your placement site.

Students will be allocated to a hub department for their placements with opportunity to spend time across other sites to ensure that all aspects of Diagnostic Radiography are experienced during their studies. The final year of the programme enables you to undertake an optional placement, which could be an international placement. Please note that while undertaking placements, students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

Specialist Equipment and Local Links

The University has invested heavily in specialist technology-enhanced simulation to support clinical learning as well as developing robust clinical links to secure training lists at one of the local Community Diagnostic Centres.

What Can I Do with a Diagnostic Radiography Degree?

Employability is a key consideration of the course. We therefore focus on workplace learning, service user interactions both in practice and in the University, and interprofessional learning events, which provide valuable and challenging learning opportunities to enhance employability.

A graduate Diagnostic Radiographer is required to have a range of skills above and beyond safe imaging practice such as leadership and mentorship. You will be required to have a greater understanding of progression opportunities into different imaging modalities, advanced, and consultant practice. Employability skills are embedded into the course facilitating exploration of career pathways within diagnostic radiography, as well as the wider healthcare sector such as management, education, and research. Simulated placement weeks will enable you to experience a variety of career options and develop wider skills in addition to radiographic practice.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications to include 40 points in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects to include a a Higher Level grade 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit in Applied Science, Health Science, or Health Studies.

T Level: Merit in Health Science or Science.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points in Health Studies, Health Science, Nursing, Radiography, or another science-based course.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We may consider work experience alongside academic qualifications and will review this on and individual basis

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

- This course is not open for overseas applicants.
- In order to be eligible to apply, applicants born outside of the UK must have settled residential status.
- If you are now settled in the UK, and do not have GCSE English, you will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element:
- Successful performance at an interview.
- Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context.
- Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English.
- Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check.
- Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
- Experience of interacting with the public not necessarily in a care setting. This can be achieved as part of a programme of study, voluntary or paid work. Please include in the personal statement a reflection of your learning from these experiences and apply them to the skills required of a diagnostic radiographer.

When you choose Diagnostic Radiography in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

We do not accept deferred applications for Diagnostic Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.


Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Funding and Bursaries

From September 2023, pre-registration undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare students can apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).

If eligible, you will receive:
- A training grant of £5,000 GBP per academic year.
- Increased parental support of £2,000 GBP, if you have at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs.
- Increased money back for excess travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses) while you're on your practice placement.
- Students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund).

For more information and to see your eligibility, visit:

Please note, this government bursary is available to Home students only. Details on scholarships and bursaries available to Overseas and EU students can be found online:

Please note that International students will not be eligible for support for travel and accommodation.

Diagnostic Radiography is also identified as a specialist subject, which means you are eligible to apply for an additional payment each academic year. You need to apply for the Training Grant (and Specialist Subject Payment) each academic year. You are not required to re-pay this grant on completion of the programme.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs relating to placements.

Placement expenses for travel, and accommodation may be reimbursed by NHS Bursaries where, for example, the requirement exceeds that of attending university; requires transport out of normal operating hours; or requires additional accommodation to that of the usual term time location. These expenses may need to be covered initially by the student before any applicable reimbursement is received.

The current rates for reimbursement can be found here:

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.