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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BSc (Hons) Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) Programme codeUFS3EMSEMS02
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

BSc Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) is a full-time three-year programme including clinical placements which stretch into the summer vacation and as such this programme is longer than those in other subjects. 

This enables us to provide both the academic and practical content in sufficient detail to ensure that at the end of three years you are competent to start work as a Diagnostic Radiographer. On graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Diagnostic Radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council and for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. Opportunities to engage with a range of advanced concepts and applications, drawing upon the specialist expertise of the staff.
2. Regular and frequent small-group contact with staff with the appropriate teaching skills and experience, including either current activity in high-level research or clinical expertise.
3. An environment which is caring and supportive in both academic and pastoral aspects and which will have encompassed an appropriate range of teaching methods and broadened their learning experience.

This programme is intended to:

• Provide the student with the skills to adapt and respond positively to change.

• Develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare the student for graduate employment.

• Enhance the development of the students' interpersonal skills.

• Provide the student with opportunities for shared multidisciplinary and inter-professional learning with other allied health professions.

• Assist the student to develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and team-working.

• Provide the students with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a career in diagnostic radiography.

• Develop the students' competence in applying clinical skills to the practice of diagnostic radiography.

• Develop the critical and analytical powers of the student in relation to diagnostic radiography.

• Provide education and training that is accredited and approved by the Society & College of Radiographers and the Health and Care Professions Council (Joint Validation Committee).

4. Programme Structure

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

Stage 1


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 academic knowledge is then complemented with a clinical placement that provides practical experience in the safe and effective practice of general and fluoroscopic radiography.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PAM1016 Research and Evidence Based Practice 15Yes
PAM1018 Foundations of Patient Care 15Yes
PAM1019 Anatomy and Physiology for Radiographers 30Yes
PAM1020 Fundamentals of Radiographic Practice 30Yes
PAM1007 Practical Placement 1 30Yes

Stage 2


Drawing upon the knowledge and skills learnt in year one, 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 and non radiation-based imaging techniques. The year two clinical placement provides further practical experience of the safe and effective practice of general and fluoroscopic imaging and introduces interventional radiography and other imaging modalities.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PAM2013 Medical Imaging Applications 30Yes
PAM2007 Project Studies 1 15Yes
PAM2011 Science for Medical Imaging 15Yes
PAM2014 Pathology and Image Interpretation 1 30Yes
PAM2006 Practical Placement 2 30Yes

Stage 3


The final year builds upon the knowledge and skills established in the previous two years. 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 the third clinical placement you will become an integral member of the multi-professional healthcare team.  You will have responsibility for organising your working day and liaising with staff in other departments, and will gain experience of managing an inter-professional team.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PAM3018 Practice Placement 3 30Yes
PAM3004 Project Studies 2 30Yes
PAM3019 Pathology and Image Interpretation 2 30Yes
PAM3012 Digital Image Processing for Radiographers 15Yes
PAM3020 Professional Skills for Radiographers 15Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Ability to reflect upon and make informed decisions about clinical practices consistent with accepted protocols and individual patient's needs.
2. Ability to effectively and safely apply transferable skills to the management of individuals, with continual analysis and evaluation of outcome and appropriate modification of intervention.
3. Ability to make evaluative judgements on the technical outcomes from imaging procedures and report the findings accordingly.
4. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals, relatives, carers, and healthcare professionals establishing professional and ethical relationships.
5. Ability to make judgements from the verbal and physical presentation of an individual and evaluate and assess the undertaking of clinical examinations.
6. Ability to undertake skilled competent, safe, evaluative reflective diagnostic radiography practice.
7. Ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret the evidence underpinning diagnostic radiography practice critically and initiate change in practice appropriately.
8. Knowledge of the context of healthcare provision including the structure and policies of the NHS.
9. An understanding of the theoretical basis of scientific research and clinical audit.
10. Awareness of legal and ethical considerations which relate to radiography practice, and of the need to maintain professional integrity.
11. Awareness of the fundamental concepts of psychosocial science relevant to the student becoming a health team member, practitioner and healthcare educator.
12. Awareness of current developments in the practice and theory of diagnostic radiography.
13. Knowledge of the anatomical, biomedical and physiological principles related to human health and disease.
14. An understanding of the theoretical basis of diagnostic radiography practice.

Material is introduced by lectures and directed reading/research. Students are given clear guidance in how to manage their learning and are expected to take progressively more responsibility for their own learning at each stage.  Understanding is developed and consolidated in tutorials, by laboratory work and private study exercises, carried out individually and in pairs or groups. A mix of self-assessed and tutor-marked work provides rapid feedback. Project work is used to integrate material and make knowledge functional. A set of compulsory modules cover radiography in progressively greater depth at each stage of the programme.

Direct assessment is through a range of tests, formal written examinations, and marked coursework in the form of problem sheets, presentations, laboratory reports, reports/essays based on directed reading and research. The Stage 3 project assessment is based on performance in research undertaken, oral presentations, planning ability, a formal written report and a poster presentation. Assessment criteria are published in the Medical Imaging Handbook..

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Ability to apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry.
2. Ability to evaluate research and a variety of types of information and evidence critically
3. Ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice.
4. Ability to apply strategies for appropriate selection of relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge.
5. Ability to utilise problem solving skills.
6. Effective use of appropriate IT packages/systems for the analysis of data and the retrieval of appropriate information.

The modules at stages 1 and 2 provide a thorough training in the academic and clinical basis of diagnostic radiography. These skills are further developed in stage 3 projects which require students to plan and execute research, present and defend their conclusions. The students at stage 3 will also form an integral part of the radiography healthcare team and develop 

The programme features a wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods which a specified in detail on the individual module descriptions. For the academic radiography teaching blocks, learning and teaching is based on lectures supported by tutorials (every two weeks, in groups of around 10 students) and by practical classes (including case scenarios in Stage 2 and inter-professional workshops in Stage 3). The inter-professional  learning in Stage 1 and Stage 2 is based on lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. The  Project Studies 2 module in Stage 3 is based around practical research, supported by tutorials. Assessments within the programme include clinical assessments, placement log books, examinations, tests, coursework, essays, reports, oral presentations, interviews and practical work.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means.
2. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
3. Ability to evaluate his/her own academic, professional and clinical performance.
4. Ability to utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations.
5. Ability to manage change effectively and respond to changing demands.
6. Ability to take responsibility for personal (Personal Development Planning) and professional (Continuing Professional Development) learning and development.
7. Ability to manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress.
8. Ability to understand career opportunities and challenges ahead and begin to plan a career path.
9. Ability to information management skills, e.g. IT skills.

The programme features a wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods which a specified in detail on the individual module descriptions. For the academic radiography teaching blocks, learning and teaching is based on lectures supported by tutorials (every two weeks, in groups of around 10 students) and by practical classes (including case scenarios in Stage 2 and inter-professional workshops in Stage 3). The inter-professional  learning in Stage 1 and Stage 2 is based on lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. The  Project Studies 2 module in Stage 3 is based around practical research, supported by tutorials. Assessments within the programme include clinical assessments, placement log books, examinations, tests, coursework, essays, reports, oral presentations, interviews and practical work.

Assessment of key skills is mostly through items of coursework: written and oral presentations, project work, and through assessments in the clinical setting.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

The School provides:

 

  • A system of academic and personal tutors for its students.
  • Student Co-ordinators who oversee student attendance, progress and progression.
  • A School Handbook and web-based learning materials on-line.
  • Tutorials to support the lecture-based material.

A Student/Staff Liaison Committee, and student representation on the School Teaching Committee so students can contribute directly to the enhancement of educational and other provision at discipline level.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data in their regular review of the quality of provision. 

Progression statistics are included in routine internal monitoring and review processes (see 18 below). 

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

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

132

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography)

19. UCAS Code

B821

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Health care] Radiography

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

02/03/2021