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University of Leeds

Diagnostic Radiography

UCAS Code: B821

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


ABB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, physics or applied science). We consider all A-level subjects for the remaining grades, except general studies or critical thinking.

Access to HE Diploma


Access to Higher Education 45 credits at Level 3, which must be at Distinction and include 15 credits from science subjects. Applicants should also have 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above (new grading 4-9) to include maths, English and science. Applicants are strongly advised to contact the Admissions Team to discuss the suitability of their chosen Access course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 A*-C, including maths, English and science –or new grading 4-9.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


BTEC Extended Diploma grades Distinction/Distinction/ Distinction and must contain 60 credits in approved Science modules.

Scottish Higher


ABB, including 1 science. We consider all subjects for the remaining grades.

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Full-time | 2020


Diagnostic imaging

Radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession which combines science, technology and patient care and is at the heart of modern healthcare.

As a Radiographer, you will use a range of different imaging techniques and technology to produce high quality images, which play a vital role in patient diagnosis and treatment. You will be at the forefront of emerging and developing technology, such as digital imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography and ultrasound. Radiographers work as part of a multidisciplinary team and there are opportunities to specialise in many areas, including ultrasound, CT scanning, image reporting, teaching and management.

Diagnostic Radiography at Leeds offers a comprehensive training in technical knowledge and professional skills, with first-class placement opportunities.

**Excellent employment prospects**
We have an excellent employability record. Each year 100% of our graduates go into work or further study.

**Why choose Leeds?**

- 1st place ranking for Medical Technology in the Complete University Guide 2020

- We have an excellent employability record - graduate employment prospects are excellent with 100% of our graduates going into employment or further study within six months of finishing the course (NSS 2017, NSS 2018 and NSS 2019).

- You will be introduced to clinical environments from the first semester of your course.

- The clinical/theory ratio is a 40:60 split, providing you with a considerable amount of time on clinical placement.

- Clinical placements are undertaken within departments across the Yorkshire and Humber region in both small and large hospitals.

- You will also undertake optional modules to explore areas of personal interest, giving you the opportunity to graduate with additional skills.

- International placements available in Sweden, Denmark and Malta.

- You will have the opportunity to broaden your education beyond radiography with optional discovery modules in other subject areas in both year 1 and year 2.

- You will undertake a research project in your final year to develop your evaluation skills and your ability to question practice.

- You will complete a portfolio each year to develop your reflective writing skills and prepare you for continuing professional development (CPD) when you’re a fully qualified radiographer.

- Many of our students have presented their research at conferences or have published in professional journals.

Visit our Radiography webpages for additional course information.

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The course is also accredited by The Society of Radiographers (SCoR).


Year 1: Introduction to the fundamental principles of diagnostic radiography, including: basic aspects of radiography; safe use of radiation and equipment; communication skills; radiographic technique and positioning of patients; and musculo-skeletal anatomy. The key focus of this year is plain film radiography of the musculo-skeletal system, thorax and abdomen. Year 2: You will cover more advanced methods of imaging of body systems, such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and radionuclide imaging. This year will cover how to image a range of body systems including the respiratory system, gastro-intestinal tract, the cardio-vascular system and the urinary system. Year 3: Covers the more challenging and specialist aspects of radiography. Students develop a level of independence and professional responsibility in preparation for graduation and State Registration. Optional modules: paediatrics, ultrasound, a brief period of study abroad and trauma radiograph

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Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM)

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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Top job areas of graduates

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What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats here mainly cover radiography graduates (diagnostic radiography more than therapeutic). With a lot of modern medicine (and dentistry) using high-tech equipment, there are big opportunities for medical technology grads, although most early careers are spent operating these complex instruments, rather than designing or developing them. We are short of graduates in these roles, with radiography a particular area of concern and becoming one of the most in-demand specialities in the health industry and whilst this cannot guarantee you a job, outcomes are very good for graduates and this looks likely to continue.

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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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