Taught course

Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

Teesside University · School of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

We are unable to reconsider unsuccessful applicants in the same application cycle, however you can reapply in the future and you will be required to meet the criteria as if you were a first time applicant. Currently this course is not open to international applications.

Applicants should normally:

  • have an honours degree in science (at least 2.2)
  • have evidence of study within the last three years

Admission to the course is dependent upon completion of the following selection processes:

  • academic entry requirements being met
  • satisfactory application form
  • successful interview
  • successful admissions test result
  • satisfactory references
  • completed work-based risk assessment process
  • receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

During the course and on completion you must declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration.

Your personal statement is measured against the following criteria:

  • demonstration of your insight into the role of the radiographer (regardless of how this has been achieved) and a commitment to the profession
  • demonstration of caring for others, for example in a service industry job, care provider, school role, community work
  • demonstration of interpersonal skills (communication and collaboration) for example, volunteering, work activities, team sports
  • demonstration of personal initiative and commitment - some individual accomplishment at a remarkable level for example part-time work, excellent grades, long-term youth group membership or sport/hobby participation

  • demonstration of self-awareness - describe the type of person you are.

You must also successfully pass an admissions test as part of the selection process. Take a look at a sample test.

To score well at interview you will be measured against the following criteria which has been mapped against the NHS Constitution values:

· working together

· respecting and preserving dignity

· committed to and capable of becoming an autonomous professional radiographer

· caring

· compassionate

· improving and innovating

· non-judgmental, everyone counts

If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following:

· evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications

· a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations - please read here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here

· a satisfactory DBS check - please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course

· satisfactory references.

Until the above are successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

Months of entry


Course content

Medical imaging is key to fast and accurate diagnosis in modern healthcare. As a radiographer you meet a variety of people and help provide them with a diagnosis to inform their treatment.

Course details

Radiographers work with the latest technology and often in fast paced environments where a clear head and an organised approach is key to safe practice. You build on your prior learning of anatomy and physiology to develop a critical understanding of contemporary radiography practice. You gain the skills to be a safe, autonomous, caring, professional practitioner. Core skills underpinning radiography include dispensing ionising radiation, interpreting medical image appearances, care of the patient and use of technology. We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share learning with students from other allied health professions to promote teamwork and engagement. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Society and College of Radiographers.

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Radiographers. Practice placements are at Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle and both North and South Tyneside.

What you study

This is a unique, progressive and integrated fast-track course. It incorporates natural sciences, clinical sciences, health policy and research methods. The course would especially suit applicants with a biomedical sciences or anatomy background. We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share learning with students from other allied health professions. We promote teamwork and an appreciation of how other disciplines contribute to health care.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Year 2 core modules

How you learn

On campus, learning is facilitated through lectures, seminars, group work and problem-based learning. In addition the medical imaging team has access to IT facilities and a proportion of teaching is supported through a computer program which simulates the taking of x-rays plus special image retrieval and display systems.

Approximately 50% of your learning occurs in the clinical environment. During this time you have one day a week as study time, engaging with learning materials through the university’s VLE. The placements are designed to provide you with increasingly demanding opportunities to achieve the outcomes of the course and to fulfil the requirement for clinical competence. You also experience a range of imaging strategies in different environments, so that as a radiographer you can act as both an informed source and an advocate for the patient. The clinical environment provides the setting for experiential learning and the development of clinical reasoning, problem-solving and a reflective approach to practice. You are encouraged to apply your theoretical knowledge to the practical situation, plan your practice, undertake the examination and reflect on the process and outcome.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment methods are used including written assignment, presentation and oral and written examinations. If you choose to complete the major project module of the MSc you are required to write a journal article.

Career opportunities

Graduates in diagnostic radiography are a vital part of modern health care and employment opportunities are available in the UK and abroad.

Information for international students

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 100/120 (in conjunction with a Teesside University English language test)* before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR video call) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or through a secure web link (which will be arranged by the University).
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

*Students holding TOEFL qualifications at the required grade will be able to combine the qualification with a Teesside University English language test to meet the English language requirement. The English language test will assess listening and speaking competency.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office, +44 (0)1642 342171, email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    25 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    21 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1642 384110