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Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)


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Diagnostic radiographers play an essential role in diagnosing patients. Most of us at some point will need help in order to understand what's wrong with us – and diagnostic radiographers are one part of a team whose job it is to find out.

6 reasons to study here

Professional accreditation: Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
Professional links: On completion, you can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer.
Happy students: No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
Career prospects: 100% of students are in employment 6 months after graduating, UNISTATS 2017.
Work experience: You can gain clinical experience in many of London's internationally renowned teaching hospitals.
Dedicated facilities: Students have access to the Digital Diagnostic X-ray Room and the Digital Interpretation Lab.

This degree course covers...

You'll be trained to produce the highest quality images whilst providing a high standard of care for your patients. This course covers:

  • patient management
  • anatomy
  • physiology and pathology
  • radiation physics
  • basic radiographic techniques
  • specialised and complex procedures
  • clinical practice
  • professional practice issues and research


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

Case studies


Methods of assessment for course overall: 30% coursework

Year 1

  • Clinical applications of radiographic theory 1
    This module acts as a basis for the development of requisite skills and competence in the practice of routine, conventional diagnostic imaging. It's clinically based and requires that you have access to an agreed and formally accredited practice placement site. Assessment method: 100% exam. 
  • Concepts of inter-professional and collaborative practice
    This module will introduce you to the place and value of inter-professional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support the development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients/carers and diverse populations who are at the centre of inter-professional health and social care delivery. You'll work collaboratively online to explore and develop an understanding of the purpose, scope and range of inter-professional and collaborative working. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
  • Principles of clinical reasoning
    This module offers a foundation for students undertaking the diagnostic imaging pathway. It provides a context for the practice of diagnostic imaging and a basic insight into the radiological environment and associated general principles. In addition, the module introduces the skills of clinical reasoning and reflection, evaluating information to facilitate evidence-based practice, and problem-solving within the context of the clinical environment. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
  • Applied systemic anatomy 1
    The module is designed to provide knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the following key body systems: respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and urinary. Some aspects of the physiology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system will also be addressed. You'll study radiological contrast agents and some basic fluoroscopy and IVU procedures. Assessment method: 100% exam. 
  • Fundamentals of radiation science
    This is a foundation module aimed at students who'll be working with ionising radiation in a clinical environment. The module will introduce the basic concept of atomic structure and will then build on this to explain how x-rays are produced and how radiation interacts with matter. Fundamentally, this module will concentrate on using radiation in a safe manner and will therefore include sessions on radiobiology (including genetics), radiation protection (including personal dosimetry and QA) and the legislation surrounding the use of ionising radiation in the clinical environment. Assessment method: 100% exam. 

Year 2

  • Clinical applications of radiographic theory 2                                          
  • Appraising evidence based practice for diagnostic radiography              
  • Applied systemic anatomy 2                                                                  
  • Radiographic imaging and disease processes                                                    
  • Principles of further imaging modalities

Year 3

  • Clinical applications of radiographic theory 3                                                      
  • Improving quality, change management and leadership                                    
  • Specialist imaging and interventions in radiography                                
  • Radiographic image interpretation
  • Contemporary debates within radiography practice

For the part-time in-service route, the academic and clinical components are delivered over whole week blocks.


    Radiography as a career

    Graduates from this course are eligible to apply for registration as a diagnostic radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) allowing them to practice within the NHS as well as the private sector both in the UK and abroad.

    Role and responsibilities

    Diagnostic radiographers use sophisticated equipment to produce high-quality images of the human body in order to identify and diagnose injury and disease. From X-rays and CT scanners through to using radio nuclide imaging, there are a wide range of imaging technologies available for diagnostic radiographers to use. 

    Their role not only involves performing radiographic exams in hospitals there can be an element of patient care involved, providing support and reassurance and assessing them in order to determine what exams are necessary.  

    Diagnostic radiographers need to be able to use highly technical, computerised equipment, and require strong levels of attention to detail and good interpersonal skills, as the work will be with patients and other professionals.

    There are options available for specialisation – such as trauma/accident and emergency, or medical ultrasound. This can be one route for career development, however there are opportunities to advance into senior practitioner roles, or into management regardless.


    Most diagnostic radiographers work for the NHS, where the starting salary is around £20,000 - £27,000. Depending on career progression, you could earn up to £65,000. (All About Careers)

    Career progression

    Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles in a range of specialist areas and have opportunities to progress in a variety of health-related fields. Some of our graduates go on to attain consultant practitioner status or to diversify into fields such as research, education or management.

    If you graduate from this course and become a clinically experienced diagnostic radiographer you can gain additional specialist skills and expertise through postgraduate, post-registration and continuing professional development frameworks. Have a look at professional development courses in our online CPPD prospectus.

    LSBU Employability Service

    We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

    LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

    As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

    Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

    • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
    • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
    • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
    • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
      It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
    • 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


    Time spent on placement

    During the course you will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice within a broad variety of health care settings.  A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent radiographer.  Although sometimes initially challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a radiographer.

    Clinical settings

    At LSBU you will experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements and the independent sector. 

    Our main clinical sites for placements include:

    • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
    • King's College Hospital
    • St George's Hospital
    • Queens Hospital, Romford
    • Whipps Cross Hospital,
    • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich
    • Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford,
    • Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough
    • University Hospital, Lewisham
    • Royal Sussex University Hospital, Brighton
    • Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals

    Specialist placements include those at:

    • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
    • King's College Hospital
    • The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square

    Structure of placements

    Placements are spread over the three years:

    Year 1

    There are two placements within the first year which are in four week and 15 week blocks. These placements are observational you will experience placements in general X-ray, emergency X-ray, fluoroscopy, mobiles and theatre. 

    The early clinical placements you will undertake are one of the real strengths of the course here. You will start the course in September and will attend your first four week placement by week seven; this introduces you to the working environment and allows you to see theory in practice from the start. In addition, many of the staff you will be working with are themselves LSBU alumni and so have a sound understanding of the requirements of you on placement.

    Year 2

    There are three placements in Year 2 in six, seven, and nine week blocks. Second year placements will include CT, MRI, US and nuclear medicine.

    Year 3

    Third year students undertake two seven and nine week placements or are able to remain at one site for the year.

    When on placement, you will act as a member of staff whilst working closely with your supervising radiographer at all times.  

    Support from a mentor

    At three of our sites we have Lecture Practitioners; staff who work closely with you whilst on placement. Our other sites have a Link Tutor allocated; a University Tutor who attends to provide support to you.  These sites also have nominated Practice Educators who are clinical staff responsible for looking after you on placement.


    Dr Martin Benwell

    School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
    Job title: Associate Professor

    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.

    Dr Christopher Wright

    School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
    Job title: Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography

    Dr Wright is a qualified Diagnostic Radiographer and has developed a high profile career to encompass clinical, commercial and academic settings. His primary research theme is decision making, particularly image interpretation, and he is the developer of RadBench®.


    Digital Diagnostic X-ray Room

    LSBU recently launched the innovative Fujifilm D-EVO  suite for Diagnostic Radiography students. This is a digital diagnostic X-ray room, which is used as a general X-ray room for practical tutorials on radiographic technique. Students are able to practice on each other and use the equipment , such as moving and positioning X-ray tube, table and vertical stand. This helps them to learn patient positioning for general radiographic positioning. 

    Digital Interpretation Laboratory

    Diagnostic Radiography students use the digital image interpretation lab with a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) similar to that used in the NHS. In this lab there is:

    • 25 PCs with dual roles
    • image interpretation - connected to the PACS

    The image interpretation lab is used for positioning workshops where limbs are positioned into appropriate points for X-ray. Students evaluate images and diagnose fractures and breaks as well as carrying out mandatory training of moving and handling the patient. In workshops, students are presented with a case study and have to decide how to best achieve desired images.

    Students use the laboratory on a weekly basis throughout their studies and case studies of images get progressively more difficult throughout the course.

    Teaching and learning

    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%
    Year 3 17% 47% 36%

    Entry requirements

    2018 Entry

    • A Level BBB or;
    • BTEC National Diploma D*D*D* or;
    • Access to HE Diploma in Science or similar with 30 Distinctions of which 18 must be in Science or;
    • Equivalent level 3 qualifications also considered
    • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths, English and Science or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

    Additional entry requirements

    • Satisfactory outcome at interview
    • Provide clinical visit report
    • Provide satisfactory references
    • Occupational health clearance
    • Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
    • Proof of ordinary residency
    • A valid passport required for enrolment purposes
    • Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.

    Part-time in-service pathway

    For the part-time in-service pathway, applicants must be employed in a support capacity within a health care setting (e.g. radiography department assistant), have the support of their departmental manager and will normally be at least 21.

    English language

    Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

    How to apply

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

    All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

    All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

    Part-time/In-service part-time 

    Applications for the part-time route should be made directly to the programme team using the application form, equal opportunities form and the fees form.

    Six stages to your application

    1. Attend an Open Day 
    2. Apply to us through UCAS (or directly to LSBU if applying for the part-time in service route)
    3. Write your personal statement and use this as a tool to illustrate why you are right for the course
    4. Carry out the literacy and numeracy tests 
    5. Prepare for your interview
    6. Provide a clinical visit report at interview

    International applicants

    The application process may involve further steps for International applicants (non-EU nationals). All non-EU applicants for this course must therefore contact the International Office as soon as possible to discuss the admissions steps and the immigration requirements : or +44 (0) 20 7815 6189.

    Personal statement

    Remember the personal statement is extremely important. This is essentially a selling tool on why you are right for the course. The personal statement is taken into consideration when shortlisting applicants for interview. Download our Personal Statement Guide (PDF File 160 KB).

    Numeracy and literacy tests

    If your application has been successfully shortlisted you will be invited to take a numeracy and literacy test. 

    The numeracy test takes 30 minutes and literacy test takes 15 minutes.

    Strong numeracy and literacy skills are essential for a career in nursing. To help prepare for the numeracy and literacy assessments you should do some revision to help you feel confident about the tests. Look back at your GCSE or Functional Skills work in English and Mathematics to refresh your              memory.

    You will also need to bring with you proof of photo ID (such as driving licence/passport) and your ten digit personal ID UCAS number with you to the assessments.

    Download and practice our sample tests:

    There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.


    If you have successfully completed the numeracy and literacy tests you will be invited to an interview plus a hand-written assessment on another date. Attendance at face to face interviews is essential for all courses. Service colleagues from NHS Trusts form part of the interview panel. Download and read our Interview Guidance (PDF File 88 KB) to help you prepare for your interview.

    You will also be asked to complete a Declaration of character and conduct form (PDF File 166 KB), which is a disclosure of any convictions you may have and the Interview declaration form (PDF File 44 KB) and bring these with you to your interview.

    There is no parking available at the University, please use public transport to make your journey to the campus.

    If you are travelling further than 100 miles to attend the numeracy and literacy assessment and the interview, it may be possible to arrange for the numeracy and literacy tests and the interview to be undertaken on the same day, email if you would like to discuss organising this.

    Clinical visit

    When you attend your interview you will need to have visited an Imaging (X-Ray) department that is local to your home for at least one day before your interview. Download the Diagnostic Radiography Clinical Visit Report Form (PDF File 157 KB), take it with you when you visit, ask the superintendent radiographer to complete section B and bring it to the interview together with       section A which you must complete.

    Fees and funding

    Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

    The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
    UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £15100
    AOS/LSBU code: 2384Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £27750
    International £45300
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £6935International fee: £13125
    AOS/LSBU code: 2383Session code: 1PS02
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £20805
    International £39375

    Recent changes to funding of Health and Social Care courses

    If you’re starting a pre-registration undergraduate course in nursing, midwifery or allied healthcare in September 2017 you’ll be eligible to apply for tuition fee loans via Student Finance England, as NHS bursaries will no longer be available.

    In the following video Professor Warren Turner, Dean of our School of Health and Social Care, answers some of the questions you may have around funding and financial support.

    Funding for students with existing undergraduate degrees

    Students who have previously studied another undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan for a second undergraduate degree in nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare. More information is available by reading the Council of Deans of Health page.

    Further information

    Download our fees and funding guide (PDF File 139 KB) which details the financial support now available to you.

    The Funding Clinic on the Council of Deans of Health web pages is also a useful resource and will provide information tailored to your circumstances.

    Students who have previously studied another undergraduate degree may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan for a second undergraduate degree in nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare. More information is available by reading the Council of Deans of Health page.

    Possible fee changes

    Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves
    the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.


    We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate
    students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

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    The following information is for applicants once you have been successful at interview and have been offered a place on your chosen course.

    Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Declaration of character and conduct form

    You are required to complete a declaration at your interview and declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands. After the interview you will also be asked to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB). Have a look at our DBS process for applicants and Declaration of Character and Conduct information to find out more.

    To check the categories as identified by the DBS as being filtered and will therefore not be included in any criminal record certificate issued by the DBS look at the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates. For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

    To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

    Step 1:

    Please complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title (PDF File 462 KB) when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

    Organisation: LSBUHSC
    Password: london2013

    If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

    • Your DBS certificate number
    • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
    • Your date of birth

    Step 2:

    Once you have completed this process, please ensure you bring three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can visit the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed. Please find the link above with a list of the appropriate ID.

    Please note:
    If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

    • Take photocopies of your 3 items of ID documents and the 3 original documents with you.
    • The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you
    • Documents will then need to be scanned (including their post office receipt so that we know that it has gone through due process) and sent to

    If you have further questions you can email us at

    Occupational health

    You need to complete an occupational health assessment once you have been given an offer on a health and social care course.

    Download and print the following documents on vaccination guidelines and carefully read the guidance on the occupational health process:

    You must take the GP vaccination and screening history form to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp. This must be done prior to enrolment. This form also needs to be taken to the meeting with the occupational health nurse following enrolment in which the nurse can check immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. You should be aware that if you do not complete the occupational health process you will not be permitted on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

    Applicants who have met the conditions of an offer need to download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. Any delays in completing the medical questionnaire will delay enrolment. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.

    If you have any more questions you can email us at


    Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.

    Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

    Enrolment and Induction

    Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

    In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

    Read more about Enrolment and Induction.


    You will receive fixed holiday periods, which will not follow the normal University timetable. Further details will be available upon commencement of the course.

    Practice placements

    Practice placements are provided under our contract with NHS Trusts and other organisations. On some health and social care courses you may find local arrangements require you to attend practice placements outside the normal work hours (evening, nights, weekends and bank holiday).


    If you are required to wear a uniform on placement and during some practical sessions in the skills laboratories then this will be provided along with a formal name badge.

    ODP students will be required to wear theatre scrubs on placement, which will be supplied by the host Trust.  During practical sessions in the skills laboratories you will be required to wear LSBU scrubs which will be provided, along with a formal name badge. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs. No further items will be issued, and you'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniform.


    If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office who you can email at

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