BSc Diagnostic Radiography gives you the opportunity to work in a diverse, advancing fast-paced and dynamic team who handle and manipulate the latest in medical technology.

A diagnostic radiographer will use state-of-the-art equipment to produce images of organs, limbs and other parts of the body to assist with the diagnosis and assessment of disease and injury.

This course will not only enable you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the human anatomy, imaging technologies and radiological examinations, you will also develop vital applied clinical skills and ‘real-world' experiences through participating in six practice placements, working in radiography centres. You will work with patients who may be anxious or distressed, so caring skills, good communication and the ability to reassure and offer encouragement are vital.

There is also an elective placement which can be undertaken in any country if the required conditions are met.

You will benefit from the experience of our staff and their strong links with practitioners and managers in clinical settings.


BSc (Hons)



Course Dates


Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic School

School of Health Sciences


Year 1

This year is designed to build your knowledge and skills in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology.  We will introduce you to the physical principles of Radiography, Radiology equipment, and how to practice safely and effectively.

Year 2

Year 2 aims to further develop your knowledge of imaging technologies and apply these to an increased range of clinical applications and a diverse range of patient/user groups. We will also focus on developing your confidence, care and empathy.

Year 3

We focus on the patient pathway enabling you to gain a greater understanding of the whole patient journey and the role of imaging.  We also consider how radiographic practice develops, the standards that exist and the research that supports it.

Year 4

The research activity aims to support you to develop a critical approach to practice.  A focus on advancing practice extends awareness of the work setting, the wider healthcare community and underpins the promotion of lifelong learning and professional development.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.


Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Applied Radiographic Anatomy
  • Foundations of Radiographic Practice
    Semester 2
  • Preparation For Practice
  • Radiography Practice Education 1
  • Applied Radiographic Pathology 1
  • Foundations of Radiographic Practice
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Principles of Person Centred Care
  • Applied Radiographic Pathology 2
  • Diagnostic Imaging Systems
    Semester 2
  • Radiography Practice Education 2
  • Effective Practice in Diagnostic Imaging
  • Trauma Radiography
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Patient Pathways 1
  • Radiography Practice Education 3
    Semester 2
  • Research Methods
  • Patient Pathways 2
  • Radiography Practice Education 4
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Radiography Practice Education 5
  • Radiographic Reporting 1
  • Advancing Professional Practice in Radiography
    Semester 2
  • The Research Project
  • Radiography Practice Education 6
  • Radiographic Reporting 2
  • Each year of the course comprises two semesters and consists of academic and/or practice placement modules. Academic modules are studied within the University and include lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, group work and practical sessions, including simulation in the X-Ray Suite and Clinical Skills Centre. Academic modules may be delivered to course specific disciplinary groups or in a multi-professional manner alongside students from other healthcare disciplines, preparing the students for practice in the wider healthcare environment.  Practice placement modules are delivered in a wide range of Radiography settings in NHS and private facilities across the North and East of Scotland.

    Activity summary

    Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of notional student effort including:

    • Direct student classroom contact
    • Directed learning and private study  

    Each 30 credit module represents 300 hours of notional student effort. 

    Independent study summary

    In addition to face-to-face lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 20 hours per week outside of class working on your own, doing prescribed reading, preparing answers to tutorial assignments and researching and writing course reports.

    Staff delivering this course

    All members of the academic staff team are qualified diagnostic radiographers registered with the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  In addition they are all members of the professional body, the Society and College of Radiographers (SCOR) and have all completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching.

    Academic staff members possess both subject expertise and the relevant clinical experience to deliver this course. In addition, external input from experienced clinical practitioners ensures currency and relevance of content.


    • Purpose built Clinical Skills Centre
    • Ward Area
    • Radiography X-ray Suite 

    How you are assessed

    Formative and summative assessment is carried out on all modules of the course using:

    • Reports
    • Practical tests
    • Written examinations: the length of the examination time will vary from 90 minutes in Year 1 to 120 minutes in Year 4
    • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
    • Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs)
    • Portfolios
    • Reflective case studies
    • Coursework: 1500 words in Year 1 for the first written piece, 8000 words for the Year 4 research project
    • Poster presentations
    • Oral presentations/examinations
    • Clinical assessments

    The university has standard assessment periods each year: two weeks in January and two weeks in April.  Two weeks for second diet assessments are identified in August each year.  Within the School of Health Sciences, some assessments will have submission dates out with these dates due to the timing of some of the practice placements.


    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: BBBC to include English and two from Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology or Maths.

    GCE A Level: BCC to include two from Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology or Maths. English at AS Level Grade B or above.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

    IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level English at Grade 5 and two from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics at Higher Level.

    Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent qualifications, e.g. SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs, overseas qualifications and access programmes will be considered on an individual basis. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience are welcomed.

    Selection Visit: All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a half day selection visit prior to an offer of a place on the course being made. The selection process includes evaluation of your professional suitability, communication and team working skills.

    Practice Visit: As part of the application process, all applicants are required to demonstrate an informed perspective of diagnostic radiography and this will normally be achieved through visiting a radiology department prior to interview.

    Special Requirements: Applications should demonstrate understanding of the role of the radiographer which may be evidenced by including details of visits you have made to an radiography setting within your personal statement. This information may be used during the short listing process for selection.

    Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) are a requirement for all successful applicants prior to commencement on the course. For more details about the PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland.

    All successful applicants will be required to maintain student membership of the Society and College of Radiographers, the cost of which is the responsibility of the student. Confirmation of membership must be presented to the Course Leader annually. Student membership of the professional body is essential in order to provide the student with the necessary professional indemnity protection required for practice placement.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Year 1    Semester 2: Four week placement (150 hours)

    Year 2    Semester 2: Eight week placement (300 hours)

    Year 3    Semester 1: Eight week placement (300 hours)

                 Semester 2: Five week placement (187.5 hours)

    Year 4    Semester 1: Six week placement (225 hours)

                 Semester 2: Four week placement (150 hours)

    We arrange for all students to rotate around a range of placements, giving you experience of the spectrum of radiography roles. Past placements have been in major regional centres, district general hospitals, community hospitals and remote hospitals and extend across Grampian, Highland, Tayside, Perthshire, Fife, Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and other locations.

    You will also be required to organise an elective placement which offers a global element to your training.

    In addition to hospital based practice education, you will undertake a unique specialist contemporary practice placement in a care home/community hospital setting to focus on the development of patient care skills.

    Professional Accreditation/Approval

    The course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and the College of Radiographers.

    Find out more about Health Professions Placements & Professional Links

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for full payment of tuition fees.

    Financial Assistance

    Find out about the financial support available

    For a student loan, students from Scotland should apply to SAAS and students from England, Wales and N Ireland should apply to the appropriate student finance body.  

    Practical Placement Expenses

    • If you have to go on a practical placement away from University and you have extra travel or accommodation costs, you may receive assistance with these from SAAS.

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,900 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,400 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,200 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students


    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students


    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,300 per academic year


    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages


    Information for Undergraduate Applicants

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Career opportunities are numerous and range from trauma work to specialist imaging. There are huge opportunities for radiographers to work at advanced levels, progressing as far as consultant. Demand for radiographers' skills remains buoyant as shown by our excellent graduate employment rates. Radiographers have the opportunity to specialise in a range of areas within the health service such as CT, Ultrasound, MRI, Mammography or Nuclear Medicine. In addition there are career opportunities in research, teaching and software development.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees: 

    • You are responsible for the payment of travel and accommodation during practice placements, while sometimes maintaining your accommodation in Aberdeen.  Only eligible students will have these expenses reimbursed by their grant awarding body. If you are in RGU Halls of Residence you may be eligible to reclaim half of the accommodation cost if on practice placement out with the Aberdeen area.
    • During all practice placements you are required to wear uniform.  This should be the official uniform made available at the beginning of the course. Where uniforms become damaged or for any other reason unsuitable, you are responsible for the cost of replacement.
    • An initial payment is made for provision of radiation dosimeters and badge holders. X-ray side markers are required for all radiography practice placements.
    • You are required to maintain student membership of the professional body, the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), the cost of which is your own responsibility.  Confirmation of membership must be presented to the Course Leader annually. Membership provides you with access to an extensive range of radiography professional material as well as access to CoR student services and professional indemnity insurance for practice placement.
    • Radiation dosimeter/badge holder – approximately £35.
    • X-ray side markers – approximately £10.
    • SCoR student membership – approximately £4 per month.
    • Accommodation and living costs
    • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase. Find your reading list by module.
    • Printing

    Please note costs may increase for the coming year.

    Other Fees and Charges

    Back to Top Back to top

    Back to undergraduate