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Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)


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The bare bones

Radiography is a dynamic and developing profession at the technological forefront of the fast-changing health care environment.  Through a combination of academic study and clinical practice this course provides an all-encompassing experience that enables you to put theory into practice.

Upon completion of this degree, you should have the skills to produce the highest quality images while providing patients with excellent care, enabling you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Diagnostic Radiographer: a requirement for practice in the UK.

We have an excellent working relationship with our numerous clinical training sites who offer an excellent overall student experience and contribute to the development of well rounded newly qualified Diagnostic Radiographers, ready to take on the exciting challenge of the first post of their DR career.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Diagnostic Radiography at LSBU?

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
On completion, you can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a diagnostic radiographer.
No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2019).
You can gain clinical experience in many of London's internationally renowned teaching hospitals.
Students have access to the Digital Diagnostic X-ray Room and the Digital Interpretation Lab.
No.1 amongst London competitors for teaching, assessment & feedback in Allied Health (National Student Survey 2018).


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



You'll be trained to produce the highest quality image, whilst providing a high standard of care for your patients. This course covers patient management, anatomy, physiology and pathology, radiation physics and radiographic techniques.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 30% coursework.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

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.


    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.

    Diagnostic radiographers need to be able to use highly technical, computerised equipment, and require strong levels of attention to detail and good interpersonal skills.

    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 expertise through postgraduate, post-registration and continuing professional development frameworks. Have a look at professional development courses in our online CPPD prospectus.

    Employability Service

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

    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

    Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



    Dr Martin Benwell

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

    Harry Bliss

    School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
    Job title: Lecturer in Radiography

    Harry Bliss is a Lecturer in Radiography in the School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University.

    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.

    Jerry Hughes

    School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
    Job title: Senior Lecturer in Radiography; Course Director of Postgraduate Radiographic Reporting

    Jerry Hughes has been involved with the Radiographic Reporting programme at London South Bank University since 1996 and also organises our courses in Singapore.

    Jennifer Jones

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Allied Health Sciences
    Job title: Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Director in Radiography

    Jenny Jones is a Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Director in radiography.

    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.

    Michael Williams

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

    Michael Williams is a Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography in the School of Health and Social Care.


    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%

    Personal tutoring

    As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

    Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

    You will have appointments with your personal tutor once a year for up to 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email.

    Entry requirements

    • A Level BBB or;
    • BTEC National Diploma DDD in Science or professionally relevant subject 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 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 suitable imaging department (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.

    Foundation Year

    Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

    How to apply

    2019 entry

    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.

    Four 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. Make sure you use this as a tool to illustrate that you have a sound understanding of the profession and why you are right for the course
    4. Prepare for your 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).

    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 2018/19 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2019/20 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
    UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £16500
    AOS/LSBU code: 2384Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £27750
    International £49500
    The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
    UK/EU fee: £6935International fee: £13780
    AOS/LSBU code: 2383Session code: 1PS02
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £23120
    International £41340

    For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

    Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

    See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 146 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

    Possible fee changes

    The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

    The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.


    We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.


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    For more information please read our DBS FAQs(PDF File 161 KB).

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

    Step 1:

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    Once you’ve enrolled take the form to the meeting with the occupational health nurse so the nurse can check your immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. If you do not complete the occupational health process you cannot go on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

    If you have any questions you can email

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    Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.

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