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Radiography and medical technology courses

There are two types of radiography course. Diagnostic radiography involves learning how to use medical imaging, such as X-ray, MRI and ultrasound to help doctors make a diagnosis. Therapeutic radiography or radiotherapy and oncology courses involve using radiography for the treatment and care of patients with cancer. Both types of courses include practical placements and qualify you to work as a professional radiographer. You will gain medical knowledge and patient care skills and learn how to use technical equipment.

Studying radiography and medical technology at university

Example course modules

  • Academic and professional practice
  • Oncology and cancer studies
  • Radiotherapy in practice
  • Applied skeletal imaging
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Advancing radiographic practice
  • The emerging professional
  • Complementary image systems
  • Radiography of the axial skeleton
  • Imaging in care pathways

Teaching hours / week

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Average for all subjects

The time you'll spend in lectures and seminars each week will vary from university to university, so use this as a guide.

Who studies this subject

  • Female : 75%
    Male : 25%
  • Mature : 36%
    School leaver : 64%
  • Full-time : 98%
    Part-time : 2%

What students say about radiography and medical technology

What you need to get on a course

Subjects you need

A-levels (or equivalent) usually required

  • At least one from biology, chemistry or physics

Useful to have

  • Mathematics
More advice on A-level requirements

Application checklist

Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.

  • January application
  • October application
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Interview
  • Entry test
  • Work experience
  • Audition
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Personal statement advice

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Career prospects

The stats here mainly cover radiography graduates – and as the country is currently short of specialists in some of this area, that means good job prospects and, often, decent starting salaries. 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. Unemployment rates are relatively low in these subjects, and 80% of graduates with jobs became radiographers
Professional and accrediting bodies:
Sources: HECSU & KIS

Six months after graduating

Typical graduate job areas
  • Health professionals

Longer term career paths

Jobs where this degree is useful

  • Radiographer
  • X-Ray operator
  • Sonographer

Other real-life job examples

  • Clinical photographer
  • Medical instrument technician

What employers like about this subject

A radiography degree will teach you subject-specific skills in anatomy, physiology and pathology; the science, theory and practice of medical imaging and radiographic research methods and statistics. You will also get useful transferable skills such as good communication skills, problem-solving, evaluating and acting on evidence, and decision-making. Radiography graduates largely work in hospitals or specialist health facilities.