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Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging

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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Diagnostic imaging

Radiology

**Overview**
Diagnostic radiographers are a vital part of healthcare teams. This BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree will prepare you for a career where you could help save lives.

On this course accredited by the College of Radiographers and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you’ll explore areas such as evidence-based decision-making, human biology and radiation physics.

You’ll also learn how to examine patients using the latest imaging techniques – from conventional radiography, CT scanning and fluoroscopy to more specialised modalities such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance and radionuclide imaging.

You'll spend at least 14 weeks each year on clinical placements, applying your newly developed practical skills and working alongside experienced radiographers at organisations such as Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

You’ll also put your learning to work in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you’ll have access to a digital X-ray suite.

After graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the HCPC as a Diagnostic Radiographer, and you’ll be ready to step into careers in advanced practice, research, teaching and health management.

**Approved by:**
This course was approved by the College of Radiographers for 5 years from 16 March 2020. It's also approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you’ll:
- Investigate areas such as radiation science, human anatomy, modern technology and effective communication

- Learn how to evaluate images from the technology you use to identify illnesses and treatment options

- Work in an environment that prepares you for your career, working alongside other clinical departments and experienced Radiographers

- Use our simulation facilities including the digital X-ray suite

- Attend clinical placement sites, where you'll engage with and examine patients under the supervision of experts

**Careers and opportunities**
Diagnostic radiography is a rewarding career that's essential to modern medicine.

Without diagnostic radiographers it would be harder to diagnose, treat and manage illness and disease. They provide essential services to millions of people every year and are often the first people patients and service users come into contact with during their care.

The 2018 Society of Radiographers annual report highlights there's a growing demand for radiographers. The role is varied and every day is different so it's an occupation that's rarely dull.

**What you do with a Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree**
The majority of previous students quickly secured roles as Diagnostic Radiographers in the NHS. A newly qualified diagnostic radiographer starting employment in the NHS will be at band 5 (with a salary starting at £24,907 in 2020/21).

You could also work as a diagnostic radiographer for independent providers, industrial companies and veterinary clinics as you progress your career.

With experience and additional training, your skills will also open doors into advanced practice in areas such as:

- Postgraduate study or research in specialisms such as computed tomography, medical magnetic resonance, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and medical physics

- Health management through the NHS Graduate Scheme

- Teaching

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Work experience and career planning
You'll attend clinical placements on this course, supported by clinical mentors and registered healthcare professionals. You'll have 2 or 3 placement blocks in each academic year, each lasting between 5 and 7 weeks. You'll spend a total of 10 to 13 weeks on placement each year.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
- Foundations of Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
- Radiation Physics
- Science Informing Practice

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Applied Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
- Engaging with Service Improvement
- Evidence Based Decision Making
- Human Biological Systems
- Imaging Science & Clinical Governance

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Enhancing Diagnostic Radiography Professional Practice
- Image Interpretation
- Medical Imaging Modalities
- Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through: examinations, coursework, clinical practice.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

64%
low
Diagnostic imaging
64%
low
Radiology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medical technology

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
34%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medical technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals

Medical technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Medical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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