Undergraduate Study

BSc Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography)

UCAS code B821
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2020
Contact

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Entry requirements

A levels: BBB 
IB: 32/655
BTEC: DDM

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Campus

St Luke’s, Exeter

Discipline Medical Imaging (Radiography)

Overview

  • 100% of our students in graduate employment or further study within 6 months of graduating*
  • You’ll be involved in live research projects from year 1 through our research-inspired teaching
  • You’ll go on placements for 16 weeks each year, allowing you to fully integrate into your team and understand the full clinical experience
  • You’ll have full access to our state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities including X-ray room, MRI scanner and lab space

    *Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) of 2016/17 undergraduates.

Long placement blocks - become part of the team

Top 5 in all major UK league tables

Very strong academic, clinical and research focus

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level BBB GCE AL science grade B
GCE AL science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.
*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.
IB 32/655 IB science HL5
BTEC DDM BTEC Applicants studying a BTEC National Extended Diploma in a science subject will be considered without GCE AL requirement. Applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma in lieu of the GCE A level Science will also be required to have a grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
GCSE GCSE Maths and English grade C or 4 GCSE Maths and English
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBC
IB: 28
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Access to Higher Education Diploma to Health Science or Science to include 25 Level 3 credits at Distinction Grade and 20 Level 3 credits at Merits Grade, including at least 13 Level 3 credits at Merit Grade in a relevant Science subject. All other Access to Higher Education Diploma applicants will be required to have grade B in an acceptable GCE AL science subject.

Contextual offer

We are committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background. Please refer to our Applications policy

Completing your application form

The deadline for applications to UCAS is 15 January.

Do I need work experience?

While work experience is not a mandatory entry requirement for our programme, you are encouraged to undertake work experience in a Radiography department to gain an insight in to your desired profession.

Will there be an interview?

If successful at the application stage, you will be invited to an interview during January to March, where you’ll undergo a small multiple mini interview, which consists of a series of short, structured interview stations used to assess your suitability for the programme. In addition you will have four group work activities to complete. During the interview day, we will be assessing your personal qualities, such as your communication skills, empathy, insight in to your own strengths and weaknesses, motivation to study radiography, etc.

What happens next?

All successful applicants after interview will be required to complete a health questionnaire and those accepting an offer will be screened by our Occupational Health Department.

The College of Medicine and Health requires all radiography students to be immunised against certain infectious diseases to meet health and safety standards required to work with patients. We will require students to provide evidence of two MMR jabs, and in addition undergo tests to determine their Hepatitis B surface antigen, TB and HIV status.

Enrolled radiography students will be unable to undertake their studies without evidence of completion of the vaccination process.

Please see the MI Admissions Policy 2020 for full details on our Medical Imaging admissions selection process.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements.

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Foundation programme for Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

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Course content

The University of Exeter has offered a BSc (Hons) Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) since 2004 and is consistently rated as one of the best in the UK. 

Successful completion of this apprenticeship programme will ensure you have the skills required to successfully embark on a career as a Diagnostic Radiographer.   

Our apprenticeship means that you will be prepared not just for the first day of your career, but for the entirety of it. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to continually learn, develop and use the evidence base to improve practice. 

This year provides a foundation in the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for radiography. Academic study provides theoretical knowledge of patient care, anatomy, imaging techniques, professional practice and the science that underpins medical imaging. This is then complemented with a clinical placement that provides practical experience in the safe and effective practice of general and fluoroscopic radiography. Modules cover patient care, anatomy and physiology, clinical imaging and practical placement.

Year two develops further understanding of anatomical and physiological concepts in contemporary clinical imaging practice. You will develop your knowledge of radiation science and gain an appreciation of safe and optimal use of radiation-based imaging techniques, alongside a clinical placement. You’ll cover clinical imaging, pathology for radiographers and science for medical imaging, among other modules.

In the final year, you will integrate theory with practice by drawing on your prior experience of imaging modalities, and reinterpreting your knowledge of imaging within a scientific framework. During your final clinical placement you will become an integral member of the multi-professional healthcare team, having responsibility for organising your working day and liaising with staff in other departments, and will gain experience of managing an inter-professional team. Modules include skeletal image interpretation, digital image processing and professional skills for radiographers.

Fees

 

As an apprentice you will be a full salaried member of your organisation, the banding / salary arrangements will vary between employers. Fees will be funded through the degree apprenticeship scheme.

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Learning and teaching

Your learning is through lectures, tutorials and seminars with clinical placements in the Radiology Department of one of our placement hospitals across the South West. We are strongly committed to offering high levels of student support. You will have a Personal Tutor at the University and during your clinical placements you will be visited fortnightly by a Clinical Tutor who will offer both personal and academic support.

Inter-professional learning

Inter-professional learning is integrated into the programme. This takes a variety of forms, both on placement and at the university. Our inter-professional partners are the University of Plymouth and the University College Plymouth St Mark and St John, through the Peninsula Allied Health Collaboration. Our aim is to provide you with experiences and insights that will promote an ethos of multi-professional team working within the clinical setting.

Research-led teaching

We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts – you will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials and become actively involved in research yourself. Research plays an important part in developing patient care and radiography as a whole for the future. You will be taught by staff who are at the cutting edge of their research areas which ensures you receive the most up-to-date knowledge. During your third year you will undertake a research project in which you will investigate a particular aspect of radiography in detail and may have the opportunity to work alongside research staff on current clinical projects.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment (both academic and clinical) and exams. The ratio of continuous assessment to exams is approximately 5:4. You will have to pass the assessments in your first year to proceed to the second year but they do not count towards your degree classification. The assessments in the second and third year will each contribute to your final degree classification.

Clinical Placements

The clinical placements are within Radiology Departments in one of our 10 placement hospitals: Barnstaple, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Dorchester, Poole, Exeter, Taunton, Torbay, Truro and Yeovil. You will spend time at a different placement site each year in order to ensure you get a wide range of clinical experience whilst exploring all that the South West has to offer; be prepared that at least once in the three years it is likely that you will be allocated to a placement site which will require you to move to onsite accommodation. The cost of this accommodation can be reimbursed, dependent on your personal circumstances. In addition this process can take a few weeks, so will need to be considered when budgeting for this course.

During your first placement, you will be working for four and a half days a week, between the hours of 9am and 5pm. In the second and third years you will undertake some weekend and out-of-hours duties. You will always be supervised by a qualified member of staff.

The placements last for four months each and the first year placement will end in mid-August, so the holiday times for this degree do not fall in line with other university courses.
These placement sites will be allocated at least a term in advance of the placement occurring, with the majority of students being given one of their top three preferred choices. Please note you will not be able to return to a placement site that you have previously been to.

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Your future

A Medical Imaging degree is a passport to an interesting job and a fulfilling career. There is a grading structure that sees an individual’s salary increase as they move up the profession. There are also management opportunities and consultant radiography posts are planned.

Radiographers trained in the UK are recognised as being among the best in the world and the health providers of many countries recruit in the UK. On graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration as a diagnostic radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers. Preparing students for employment is an essential part of our programme. In addition to the assessed academic and personal skills integrated within the programme, there is a schedule of additional activities designed to enhance the employability of our graduates. 100% of our Medical Imaging students are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.*

Further information on Diagnostic Radiography can be found at:

Radiography careers

Society of Radiographers

NHS careers 

* This information has been taken from  Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17.  

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"I love that our placements are formed of one large block per year as it really gives you the chance to settle into your placement hospital, allowing you to gain confidence in your own abilities and to push yourself out of your comfort zone with people you have built trust with over the four month period."

Katie

BSc Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography)

Accreditations

BSc Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and the Society and College of Radiographers