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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BSc (Hons) Health Science (Medical Imaging)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Health Science (Medical Imaging) Programme codeUFS3EMSEMS03
Study mode(s) Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

BSc Health Science (Medical Imaging) is an alternative exit award for students initially enrolled on BSc Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) who have achieved/may achieve sufficient credits for award of a degree, but have not met the full criteria for the award of BSc (Hons) Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) with eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.  BSc Health Sciences (Medical Imaging) provides a theoretical understanding of Medical Imaging together with some experience in the clinical environment.  Students exiting with this award are not eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and may not use the protected title ‘radiographer’. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme is intended to: 

  • Provide you 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 your interpersonal skills.
  • Provide you with opportunities for shared multidisciplinary and inter-professional learning with other allied health professions.
  • Assist you to develop the skills required for both independent- and team-working.
  • Provide you with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a career or further study in health science.
  • Develop your understanding of the use of medical imaging techniques
  • Develop your critical and analytical powers  in relation to medical imaging 

The Department of Medical Imaging intends to provide you with: 

  • Opportunities to engage with a range of advanced concepts and applications, drawing upon the specialist expertise of the staff.
  • 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.
  • 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.

4. Programme Structure

BSc Health Science (Medical Imaging) is a full-time 3 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 3 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also 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.

You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full in the Medical Imaging Handbook

You may take Elective Modules outside of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. 


Stage 1

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

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PAM2013 Medical Imaging Applications 30No
PAM2007 Project Studies 1 15No
PAM2011 Science for Medical Imaging 15No
PAM2014 Pathology and Image Interpretation 1 30No
PAM2006 Practical Placement 2 30No

Stage 3

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PAM3004 Project Studies 2 30No
PAM3019 Pathology and Image Interpretation 2 30No
PAM3012 Digital Image Processing for Radiographers 15No
PAM3020 Professional Skills for Radiographers 15No

Optional Modules

Note: PAM3021 may be replaced by PAM3016, PAM3017 or 30 credits from alternative modules provided the prerequisites are met.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PAM3021 Placement for Health Science 30No
PAM3016 Health Sciences Literature Review 30No
PAM3017 Health Sciences Research Project 30No

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. An understanding of the theoretical basis of diagnostic radiography practice.
2. Knowledge of the anatomical, biomedical and physiological principles related to human health and disease.
3. Awareness of current developments in the practice and theory of diagnostic radiography.
4. Awareness of the fundamental concepts of psychosocial science relevant to the student becoming a health team member, researcher and healthcare educator.
5. Awareness of legal and ethical considerations which relate to radiography practice, and of the need to maintain professional integrity.
6. An understanding of the theoretical basis of scientific research and clinical audit.
7. Knowledge of the context of healthcare provision including the structure and policies of the NHS.
8. Ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret the evidence underpinning diagnostic radiography practice critically
9. Ability to undertake reflective practice as a means to enhancing skills and understanding.
10. Ability to make evaluative judgements on the technical outcomes from imaging procedures and report the findings accordingly.
11. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals, relatives, carers, and healthcare professionals establishing professional and ethical relationships.

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 School Handbook.

Practical competence is assessed with a range of practical exercises and written assignments.

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:

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

Core academic skills

The modules at stages 1 and 2 provide a thorough training in the academic and clinical basis of radiography. These skills are further developed in stage 3 projects which require students to plan and execute research, present and defend their conclusions.

Core academic 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 and seminars supported by tutorials (every two weeks, in groups of around 6 students) and small group practical classes. The inter-professional learning in Stage 1 and Stage 2 are based on lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. The Project Studies 2 module in Stage 3 is based around practical research, supported by tutorials. Assessment within the programme includes clinical assessments, placement portfolios, 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:

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

Personal and key skills

Initial training in health sciences, professional skills and contexts, scientific background of radiography and practical experience occurs in stage 1 and these skills are developed and used at progressively higher levels throughout the programme.

Personal and key skills

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

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook.


Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Medical Imaging Handbook.


8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Personal tutoring is provided in small groups for every student throughout the programme and comprises of structured fortnightly tutorials alongside ready access to your personal tutor.  This provides both academic and pastoral support. 

The programme is supported by a comprehensive online platform with designated resources for each module as well as the programme over all.  In addition, the Medical Imaging Handbook provides module and programme information.  Study space and IT access is available at the St. Luke’s library and Giraffe House. 

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

Direct entry to this programme is not permitted.  Entry is by agreed transfer from BSc (Hons) Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) Year 2 & 3.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

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).


Although the BSc Health Sciences award is not accredited by a PSRB, its constituent modules (with exception of PAM3014, PAM3016 & PAM3017) are approved as components of BSc (Hons) Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) by both the Health and Care Professions Council  and the  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


18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Health Science (Medical Imaging)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision