BSc Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography)

UCAS codeB821
Duration3 Years
Typical offerBBB; IB: 32; BTEC: DDM
DisciplineMedical Imaging
LocationTaught in Exeter St Luke's (Exeter)


Our BSc (Hons) in Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) aims to ensure that, on graduation, you have the skills required to successfully embark on a career as a Diagnostic Radiographer and to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

This full-time three-year programme includes clinical placements in hospitals across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, 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. 

We aim to educate radiographers to be caring professionals, able to empathise with patients and offer high levels of patient care, while being confident in their technical ability through a strong academic foundation and able to work effectively in a multi-professional environment. 

Inter-professional learning is delivered as part of the core syllabus and in practice, where our students are encouraged to develop the insight and skills needed to work effectively in the multidisciplinary hospital setting upon graduation. 

The Radiography degree is based in South Cloisters at our St Luke's Campus, where we have excellent facilities including a diagnostic x-ray room with digital imaging facilities and laboratories for computing and practical work.

"As soon as I arrived at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter I knew I wanted to study Medical Imaging here, the lecturers are experts in their fields and the University constantly invests in new equipment and resources for us to use to prepare ourselves for being fully qualified radiographers. 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.” 

Katie, studying BSc Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography).

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Clinical placements

You will have three clinical placements as part of the degree programme, where you will attend a different placement site for four months during each year. Just under half of the sites are within commuting distance of Exeter, but you may be allocated a placement which will require you to move to on-site accommodation at least once in the three years.

Please be aware that the Year 1 placement will end in Mid-August and as such the holiday times for this degree do not fall in line with other university subjects.

Year 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

PAM1016Research and Evidence Based Practice 15
PAM1009Foundations of Patient Care 15
PAM1019Anatomy and Physiology for Radiographers30
PAM1020Fundamentals of Radiographic Practice30
PAM1007Practical Placement 1 30

Year 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 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

PAM2003Clinical Imaging 2 15
PAM2004Clinical Imaging 3 20
PAM2005Project Studies 1 20
PAM2011Science for Medical Imaging 15
PAM2012Pathology for Radiographers 20
PAM2006Practical Placement 2 30

Year 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

PAM3005Practice Placement 3 35
PAM3004Project Studies 2 30
PAM3006BSkeletal Image Interpretation B 20
PAM3012Digital Image Processing for Radiographers 15
PAM3015Professional Skills for Radiographers20

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


Required subjects

GCE AL science grade B; IB science HL5; GCSE Maths grade C or 4

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.

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.

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. No more than four choices should be used for clinical programmes. Please note meeting the typical offer range does not guarantee being shortlisted for an interview.

Interviews and additional entry requirements

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

Health assessments

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


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:

Contextual offers

At the University of Exeter we are committed to the idea that all students who have the potential to benefit from higher education have the opportunity to do so. We believe that fair access to higher education is a fundamental enabler for social mobility, improving life opportunities and outcomes for individual students, while benefiting the economy and society as a whole.

Educational context can affect your grades, and we take this into account in order to recognise your potential. If you meet certain criteria, we may make you a lower offer than our typical entry requirements. Find out more about contextual offers.

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.

Learning and teaching

In all three years the programme is comprised of blocks which include clinical placements and the teaching of the academic subjects needed to underpin radiography. 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.


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.


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 the 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.

Further information on Diagnostic Radiography can be found at:

Personal development

Our students take advantage of the wide range of extra-curricular and personal development opportunities offered by the University, from study abroad to volunteering and playing an active role in student societies.

The Students’ Guild run clubs and societies across a whole range of activities and interests and has one of the most advanced student media networks in the country. Our sports facilities  are also amongst the best in the country.

Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme : This scheme employs students as ambassadors to give potential university applicants a student’s view of university life. Ambassadors take part in a variety of activities including: visiting schools and colleges in the South West, giving tours of the campuses to prospective students and their parents, attending Higher Education Fairs, and helping out with University Open Days.

Careers events and initiatives

The Careers Zone run a total of four careers fairs throughout the year and these have been particularly successful in putting major UK employers in touch with Exeter students.

Exeter Award

Many students from the College take part in the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage students to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to their career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Further information

You can find out about training opportunities, job vacancies, skills development sessions, careers fairs and much more on the University of Exeter's Career Zone website. Further information is also available on the Careers and your future section of the University’s Undergraduate Study website.

Clinical placement

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.

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.

Students participating in high level sporting activities are permitted Wednesday afternoons off (as part of their working week) to return to Exeter to compete.

Important information about placement

Each student will attend a different placement site during each of the three years of the degree course. Further information can be found in the programme handbook.

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.

The sites which are within commuting distance of Exeter are usually selected as the top choices for most of the students, but only make up 55% of the placement allocation spaces. Therefore 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 on site accommodation. The cost of this accommodation can be reimbursed which will be 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.

The placements last for 4 months each. Please be aware that the first year placement will end in Mid-August, so the holiday times for this degree does not fall in line with other university courses.

Contact us

St Luke's Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500

Website: Visit the Medical Imaging website


Academic support

All students are assigned a tutor for the duration of your programme. Your tutor is there to help and support you in any areas related to your academic progress including providing advice on careers, employability and training events.

In addition to your tutor, you will also have a clinical tutor who will visit you fortnightly during your clinical placements.

Pastoral Support

We offer a friendly and supportive environment from your first day with us. Our Pastoral Tutor Team can provide assistance with non-academic issues. There is a designated Student Welfare Officer (SWO) for the College of Medicine and Health. Prospective students can contact the SWO on for any student support enquiries.

The University also provides extensive wellbeing support through a range of services including counselling services, advice units, chaplaincy, childcare facilities and student health centres. Find out further information about our Wellbeing services.