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Diagnostic Imaging DipHE


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The DipHE Diagnostic Imaging course enables you to gain knowledge, skills and competencies to practice as an assistant practitioner in the diagnostic imaging department. The course combines teaching practical skills with underpinning theory so that you'll be competent in a range of clinical settings.

The course aims to:

  • Develop confident and competent practitioners who practice compassionately, skilfully and safely whilst maintaining dignity and promoting health and well-being
  • Foster independence in learning and commitment to lifelong learning
  • Develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment
  • Enable you to reflect on your own personal and professional experience
  • Boost your professional development by helping you integrate theory and practice, so that you can acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes identified as appropriate for safe, effective and caring practice.

This course reflects the core standards for assistant practitioners outlined in the Skills for Health agenda and has been designed to align closely with the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography.

The distinctive features of the DipHE enables you to:

  • Access an appropriate development route suitable to your current clinical role
  • enhance the underpinning knowledge associated with practices which you may currently undertake
  • evidence knowledge and skills required for effective delivery of diagnostic imaging services at assistant practitioner level.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
2 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


Methods of assessment for course overall: 29% coursework

Year 1

  • Foundations of diagnostic imaging
  • Radiation sciences for radiography
  • Systems 1
  • Concepts of inter-professional practice in health and social care
  • Applied work-based learning 1

Year 2

  • Systems 2
  • Additional modalities
  • Pathology related to diagnostic imaging
  • Applied work-based learning 2
  • Professional development through contract learning


The course equips you with key skills that will enable you to perform as an assistant practitioner. You may elect to further develop through a bridging module which allows access to the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course.

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  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
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  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Kathy Dewar

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Lecturer Practitioner - Diagnostic Radiography

Kathy is a joint appointee between London South Bank University and Guy's & St.Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT).

Katie Fordyce

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Lecturer Practitioner - Diagnostic Radiography

Katie is a Lecturer Practitioner in Diagnostic Radiography which is a joint appointment between King's College Hospital and London and London South Bank University. Katie is additionally the Course Director in Postgraduate Breast Imaging.

Peter Keane

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Diagnostic Radiography

Peter Keane is a qualified Diagnostic Radiographer with experience in Medical Sonography and a particular interest in clinical ultrasound imaging.


Teaching and learning

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary for each module and are specified in each module guide. Content, knowledge and understanding is assessed through coursework and/or clinical competencies. Coursework can take many forms based on the practical or theoretical content of the modules.

Assessment methods include:

  • achievement of identified competencies in practice at designated level
  • client/patient narrative: reflective essay to develop integration of theory and practice
  • written examinations
  • online reflective journal
Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 16% 42% 42%
Year 2 16% 44% 40%

Entry requirements

We expect applicants will come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but you will need to meet the following entry criteria:

  • Entrants to this programme must be 18 years or over at the commencement of the course and are required to be employed as support workers or assistant practitioners in the diagnostic imaging environment and
  • 5 GCSEs at grade A–C to include English, Mathematics and a Science, or
  • Access to HE course in Science or Health Studies or similar with 45 credits at L3 and 15 credits at L2, or
  • A foundation degree/higher apprenticeship in a professionally relevant subject or
  • Consideration will also be given to other relevant qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above

For those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7 for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) or equivalent.

Attributes and values
  • Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.
  • How to apply

    Instructions for Home/EU applicants
    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    2 years
    Start date
    Application code
    Application method

    Applications should be made directly to the programme team using the application form, equal opportunities form and the fees form.

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    The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
    UK/EU fee: £4500International fee: £12500
    AOS/LSBU code: 4292Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £9000
    International £25000

    As this course is designed for in service applicants, students interested in applying to this course should speak with their employing hospital or Trust to discuss funding for the programme.

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