Diagnostic Radiography - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full-time: B821
Part-time: apply direct to the University
Full Time (3 years), Part Time (6 years)
September 2017

Diagnostic radiographers provide an essential service, producing high-quality images of organs, limbs and other body parts to help diagnose a range of diseases. You will work with patients of all ages, assisting the healthcare team to determine the appropriate treatment and care.

Covering a wide variety of techniques, from plain radiography to computed tomography, our course will equip you to work both in the UK and abroad, in a multitude of roles.

Our accreditation from the Society of Radiographers (SoR) ensures our course remains fresh and relevant, and you will also have the eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Subject to approval


This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards. The course starts in September 2017.

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New and re-designed courses for 2017/18

At Birmingham City University, we’re dedicated to ensuring you develop the skills employers need. So it’s essential that we keep our range of courses at the cutting edge of the discipline in an ever-changing job market.

That’s why we’re reviewing our course provision* for 2017/18, bringing in new courses that we know employers are looking for, and updating existing courses with new modules and structures.

We also aim to give you greater flexibility within your course, by making all courses modular in structure, giving you more control over what you learn.

Our new courses

  • Practice-led, knowledge-based
  • Entirely modular
  • International in approach
  • Employment-focused

To ensure all new and revised courses fully meet students' needs, representatives of our current students will be part of the course review panel.

We’re investing in our courses to ensure that our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and beyond. More details about new courses and modules will be available on the website soon.

*Please note: all subject areas are being reviewed for 2017/18 apart from the following:

  • Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Birmingham Conservatoire

This course is subject to approval

How to apply

UK/EU students

You can apply for the majority of our undergraduate courses via UCAS.

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International students

You will need to complete our international application form or via an in-country representative. Links to the application form will be available soon.

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Why are courses changing?

John Deane, Head of School of Allied and Public Health Professions explains why we are changing our courses.


We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Radiography Skills Suite

Our purpose-built Radiography Skills Suite allows you to improve your skills through simulation in a safe and protected environment, and includes:

  • Dedicated PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) suite;
  • Dedicated Xograph X-ray imaging suite (CR and DR);
  • Fully functioning Mobile X-ray and Image Intensifier units, for use in our on-site Ward and Theatre simulation workshops.
  • Oncentra Masterplan Radiotherapy Planning system;
  • Ultrasim Ultrasound machine;

X Ray room/PACS Room

This is a real, working X-ray room, where students can practice taking x-rays and also to digitise them to view on the PACS system. We also have a fully functioning Mobile X-ray and Image Intensifier units, for use in our on-site Ward and Theatre simulation workshops. We use a portable camera system that can record and stream video to any other classroom on the campus so we can simulate scenarios with our students.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Charlotte Burnside

Senior lecturer / Programme Leader for Diagnostic Radiography

I am the Programme Director for Diagnostic Radiography and so my role is the overall management of the programme, as well as supporting students in their studies and helping them to manage their learning.  My door is always open for students who need to discuss any aspect of their studies with me.

I am the Personal Tutor for diagnostic radiography students who are placed at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, and I see my students regularly to offer pastoral support and discuss their progress, both in their academic studies and in their clinical placement.

I teach predominantly on the diagnostic radiography programme, as that is my professional background, but I also teach sessions relating to academic and professional practice on the radiotherapy programme.  The radiography disciplines are very different, but share many elements relating to patient care and professional regulation.

My clinical area of expertise is Radionuclide Imaging/Functional & Molecular Imaging and I cover this subject on both the radiography courses at all levels of the degree.

I am currently involved in research, particularly the student experience and student engagement within Higher Education.