Radiography Degree BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

1. Overview

The Diagnostic Radiographer uses sophisticated X-ray technology and a range of specialist imaging modalities to help in the detection, monitoring and treatment of a patient’s illness. Increasingly, their role is extending to include prescribing medications, image interpretation and patient treatment. Radiographers work with patients from all across the health service – from paediatrics to the elderly and A&E to surgery.

This course will not only enable you to develop an in-depth knowledge of 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 benefit from the experience of our staff and their strong links with practitioners and managers in clinical settings.


Key resources for our students include the digital imaging X-ray suite and a digital image library - both providing excellent scope for independent learning.

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Applied Radiographic Anatomy
  • Applied Radiographic Pathology 1
  • Foundations of Radiographic Practice 
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Radiography Practice Education 1

Year 2

  • Diagnostic Imaging Systems
  • Applied Radiographic Pathology 2
  • Principles of Person Centred Care
  • Radiography Practice Education 2
  • Trauma Radiography
  • Effective Practice in Diagnostic Imaging

Year 3

  • Radiography Practice Education 3 
  • Research Methods
  • Patient Pathways 1
  • Patient Pathways 2
  • Radiography Practice Education 4

Year 4

  • Advancing Professional Practice in Radiography
  • Radiographic Reporting 1
  • Radiography Practice Education 5
  • Radiographic Reporting 2
  • Radiography Practice Education 6
  • Honours Research Project

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

3. Entry requirements

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: B2B2B2C1 to include English and two from Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Maths.

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 7.0, 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.

4. Placements and accreditations


One of the most beneficial aspects of this course is the clinical education programme; made up of six placements which are integrated through your four years of study. These placement opportunities will enable you to apply the skills and knowledge you have developed in both general radiography and specialist imaging modalities within a ‘real-life' hospital environment.

All students will rotate around a range of placements, which will include major regional centres, district general hospitals, community hospitals and remote hospitals, giving you experience of the spectrum of radiography roles. Placement sites 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 also undertake unique specialist contemporary practice placements.

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

5. Student Funding

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.

6. Course Fees

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


7. How to apply

Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at

It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

8. Prospects

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.

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4 years

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“I really enjoy the practical work in the x-ray room and especially being out on clinical placement. The hands-on experience really opens up your eyes and is a great way to learn new things on the job. Being taught the whole process from start to finish gives you a taste of every aspect of imaging.”

Emily Tyler, BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography