The Diagnostic Radiography BSc is a vocational degree, designed to maximise your experience.
Unlike a typical degree, which runs over three terms or two semesters with a long summer break, this degree runs full time for 41 weeks each year with shorter holiday entitlement.
Over the three years you will spend some time in the classroom. The rest of the time is spent undertaking your practical clinical placements and self-directed study.
The course is divided in to modules covering key areas, including radiation sciences, principles of care, imaging technology and the legal, ethical and professional issues that affect clinical practice.
We use a variety of learning methods, including classroom sessions, private study and critical evaluation, as well as experiential learning and reflective practice. You will be assessed through simulation of real life scenarios, clinical proficiencies, presentations, and a wide variety of assessment methods.
Along with classroom study, you will work with real patients and expert teams, allowing you to get varied and detailed experience. This wealth of first-hand experience will enable you to develop and enhance your skills and confidence.
60% of your course time is spent on clinical placement at one of our Clinical Placement Hospitals. Clinical experience is crucial to develop your skills as a future radiographer. We work with our hospitals to provide high quality, supportive placements where you as will be mentored, taught, supervised and assessed. Clinical placement provides you with many varied experiences that will ensure you are ready for employment; these include:
- Experiences as part of working in multidisciplinary teams
- Caring for patients from all backgrounds and ages
- Opportunities to experience a range of imaging specialties
- Exposure to routine, trauma and screening services
- Patient contact from first semester
- Coalville Community Hospital
- Glenfield General Hospital
- Leicester General Hospital
- Leicester Royal Infirmary
- Loughborough Hospital
- Melton Mowbray Hospital
- National Centre Sports and Exercise Medicine
- St. Luke’s Hospital
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.