Taught course

Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-registration)

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Please note - 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. Applicants should normally: have an honours degree in science (at least 2.2) have evidence of study within the last three years you must also be eligible for a Department of Health bursary (more info on the NHS Student Bursaries website). 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 will be required to declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration. Your personal statement will be 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 need to demonstrate: the potential to tend and minister to all in society (compassion) the ability to take care and notice the needs of others (care) the ability to communicate effectively (non-verbal and verbal) a proactive approach to discover what the profession entails (commitment) enthusiasm for the programme/profession (commitment) an appreciation of the demands of the programme and profession (competence) potential to become an autonomous professional (courage). If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will 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 these 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. Please note until the above have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

PgDip Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-registration) / MSc Diagnostic Radiography ( Pre-registration).

Months of entry


Course content

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

How you learn

In University, learning is facilitated by lecture, seminar, group work and problem-based learning. In addition the medical imaging team has access to IT facilities and a proportion of teaching is supported via computer program which simulates the taking of x-rays plus special image retrieval and display systems. There are a total of three hospital-based practice placements where you are supervised by qualified radiographers and where you gain your professional practice skills. Learning on placement is facilitated through a virtual learning environment called Blackboard.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment methods is used including written assignment, presentation and oral and written examinations. If you choose to complete the major project module of the MSc you will be 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.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


full time
26 months


full time
22 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Professional practice50
Dissertation15 (10000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384110