Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B821
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
Health Sciences

This is a vocational programme with approximately 50:50 ratio theory to practice.

The programme will prepare you personally and professionally, for the role of a competent caring radiographer, within the diagnostic imaging department. You will gain the knowledge and skills, to undertake a comprehensive range of radiographic techniques needed for first post competencies working in the modern healthcare sector.

You will develop an awareness of anatomy, physiology and pathology, using radiographic and cross sectional images, along with an understanding of radiological science, associated with medical imaging and radiation protection. You will also acquire an appreciation of research methods with respect to diagnostic radiography and the importance of evidence-based practice in relation to the profession.

Programme in detail

This vocational programme is delivered in both the university academic setting and at clinical placement sites throughout the region.

As a student, you will be allocated a hospital placement to attend in several clinical blocks, throughout each of the three years. The focus of each of these placements is closely linked to the academic modules, which are taught using a variety of student centred teaching styles including traditional lectures and small group tutorials. You will also have the opportunity to engage in the award winning team based learning (TBL) approach, an internationally recognised effective teaching method, well evaluated by our current students. You will participate in problembased learning, where discussions around ‘patient-specific’ scenarios help to enhance your understanding of related issues. You will also be involved in interprofessional learning, which features in all three years of the programme and assists you in understanding the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to healthcare.

The modules, which are delivered at the University, follow four strategic themes. These include: patient centred radiographic practice, anatomy, physiology and pathology, radiation science and research methods. There is an onsite imaging suite and CT scanner to assist in the delivery. All modules are compulsory and must be successfully completed before progression to the next year of study.

A continuous clinical assessment scheme, linked to the radiographic practice modules is used in the clinical sites, to record your clinical performance and give you regular feedback, which will enhance your clinical learning. The information is stored on an iPad, which will be for you to use throughout the duration of the programme.

During the programme, you will also have the opportunity to enrich your clinical experience by undertaking an elective placement in an imaging department of your choice, which can be locally, nationally or internationally.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

322 Year One undergraduates the School of Health Sciences in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 5th for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 3rd for Occupational Therapy in the Complete University Guide 2020

National Student Survey

100% overall satisfaction at programme level for Orthoptics BSc (Hons), Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons) and Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) (NSS 2018, University of Liverpool analysis of unpublished data)

Why this subject?

Strengthen your career prospects

Benefit from our experience in delivering more than 100 years of teaching across practical and professionally focused programmes.

Learn from experienced, registered, working practitioners

Our curriculum is developed and assessed by leading healthcare providers throughout the North West. Many such partners across the North West provide exciting placement opportunities.

Bring your learning to life through clinical experience

Gain a breadth of patient-focused practical experience in a region with a particularly diverse population, providing an invaluable insight to future roles.

Prepare for practice by studying with professionals from across the Health Sciences

Interprofessional learning modules reflect the multi-profession, team approach that you will encounter in today’s healthcare settings.