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University of Portsmouth

Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging

UCAS Code: BB81

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

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points from 3 A levels, including a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at grade C. A levels in Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science) /112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Health-based), with no more than 6 level 3 credits at Pass in science subjects.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54-56, to include a Principal Subject in Science (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at M3. Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points from the IB Diploma, 754/655 at Higher Level - 29 points from the IB Diploma. 664 at Higher Level, to include 5 points from a Higher Level in a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics). Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at H3. Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

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Must be in a Science subject.

112-120 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)at grade D. Advanced Highers in Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a Science subject (preferably Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics). A levels in Applied Science, PE, Psychology and Sports Science are considered. BTEC Extended Diploma in a Science based subject and Science based Access to Higher Education awards are also welcomed. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Radiology

Diagnostic imaging

**Overview**
Do you have the ambition to become an essential member of a healthcare team, using the latest technology to diagnose and treat people's illnesses?

As a Diagnostic Radiographer, you'll 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 might also comment on the images you create so that the correct treatment can be given. You'll provide a service to most hospital departments.

On this BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging degree, you'll learn how to use specialist medical imaging and radiography equipment effectively, and develop professional skills for your career.

In year 1, you'll learn the foundational skills and knowledge needed for a career as a radiographer, and then build on this in years 2 and 3 in areas such as evidence-based decisions making, human biology and image interpretation.

You'll spend up to 13 weeks in each year on clinical placements, applying the knowledge and practical skills you learn under the supervision of a mentor and other clinical staff.

When you complete the course successfully, you’ll be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer.

**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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

TEF rating:
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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.

72%
low
Radiology
72%
low
Diagnostic imaging

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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
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

85%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
32%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
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.

Subjects allied to medicine

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

£34k

£34k

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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