DipHE Diagnostic Imaging

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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Image is everything

If you’d like to gain the knowledge and skills to practice as an assistant practitioner in the diagnostic imaging department, this course is the place to start. The DipHE Diagnostic Imaging 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 while maintaining dignity and promoting health and wellbeing.

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 2022.

Why Diagnostic Imaging at LSBU?

A professional accreditation – approved by the Health and Care Professions and accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.
We’re the No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018) – which means happy students.
Employability – according to the Guardian League Table 2016, we’re the No. 1 London Modern University for career prospects in the health professions.
Great work experience opportunities – with the chance to gain clinical experience in many of London's internationally renowned teaching hospitals.


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


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 – as well as enhance the underpinning knowledge associated with practices which you may currently undertake, and evidence knowledge and skills required for effective delivery of diagnostic imaging services at assistant practitioner level. The method of assessment for the course overall is 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


This course will equip you with the skills you need to perform as an assistant practitioner. You might choose to develop these further through a bridging module which allows access to the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

College of Radiographers logo
We are proud of our professional links with the Society and College of Radiographers is the professional body, representing the radiography workforce.

Teaching and learning

Throughout the course, assessment methods vary for each module: they’re 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. Work is assessed by:

  • 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.

  • All applicants must be working in and already have a contract of employment within an Imaging/Radiology department.
  • The Imaging department must have all required facilities to enable provision of the applicants clinical placement/training or links with a placement site who can provide any specialist modalities.
  • The Imaging Department Manager/Service Lead must provide a Trust headed letter, addressed to the University/Admissions Tutor stating that they are willing to provide funding, clinical training and full academic release for the employee whom they are supporting.

Attributes and values

  • Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.
  • Advanced entry

    If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

    How to apply

    Home/EU applicants

    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    2 years
    Start date
    Application code
    Application method


    Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

    Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

    Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


    You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

    Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

    Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

    International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

    See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

    Considering your application

    Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

    There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

    Prepare to start

    Applicant events

    After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.


    Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

    Important statement for new and continuing students studying Health and Social Care courses

    An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.

    Please be aware that from 1 April 2022, all NHS and Social Care personnel (including students) will be required to have evidence of double vaccination against Covid. This measure has been taken to protect the public, patients and staff.

    If you are unable, or unwilling, to be vaccinated, we will not be able to provide you with the practice placements necessary to complete your health care degree.  If this is the case, you may wish to look at an alternative career.

    See the government's press release statement.

    Prepare to start

    We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


    Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

    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.


    Dip HE Diagnostic Imaging - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

    The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
    UK fee: £9250International fee: £15400
    AOS/LSBU code: 4292Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK £18500
    International £30800

    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 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 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.

    The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

    See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

    We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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