Radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession. It combines science, technology and patient care and is at the heart of modern healthcare.
Radiographers use a range of different imaging techniques and technology to produce high quality images, which play a vital role in patient diagnosis and treatment. As a radiographer you're at the forefront of emerging and developing technology, such as digital imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography and Ultrasound. You work as part of a multidisciplinary team and there are opportunities to specialise in many areas, including ultrasound, CT scanning, image reporting, teaching and management.
Radiography BSc at Leeds offers a comprehensive training in technical knowledge and professional skills, with first-class placement opportunities.
We have an excellent employability record. In recent years 100% of our students have been in further study or employed in a professional/ managerial job within 6 months of graduation.
The student placement experience at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull
On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
To achieve the award and register as a Diagnostic Radiographer, students must pass all modules at all levels.
Year 1 provides an introduction to Radiographic Imaging. The key focus of this year is plain film radiography of the musculo-skeletal system, thorax and abdomen. You'll also develop essential, skills such as communication skills, patient care skills, radiographic technique and teamwork.
In year 2 you'll further develop your knowledge and skills from year 1 to explore the range of specialist imaging methods available, such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and isotope imaging. You'll learn about how these methods are used to image a range of body systems, including the respiratory system, the gastro-intestinal tract, the cardio-vascular system and the urinary system.
The taught programme is closely integrated with the clinical experience you'll gain. You'll spend approximately 50% of the course in clinical placements in the Yorkshire and Humber region, allowing you to develop the necessary clinical skills to be a capable practitioner in the modern health service.
You'll undertake placements in radiography practice areas throughout the programme. Elective placements at the end of the programme provide opportunities for you to arrange work placements of your choice, both in the UK and abroad. Read "Study abroad and work placements".
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, physics and applied science)
We consider all A-level subjects for the remaining grades, except general studies or critical thinking.
GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths, English and science - or new grading 4-9.
Employment prospects are excellent. The vast majority of our past students secured jobs by the time they graduated.
Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession. The career structure provides opportunities for radiographers to specialise into many areas, including ultrasound, CT scanning, image reporting, barium enema examinations, teaching and management.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
You'll undertake placements in radiography practice areas throughout the course. Elective placements at the end of the course provide opportunities for you to arrange work placements of your choice, both in the UK and abroad.
We have excellent established relationships with all departments within the Yorkshire and Humber region that can provide outstanding clinical placements. Our links are with four trusts: Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (incorporating Scarborough Hospital) and Harrogate District Foundation Trust.
The University's close links with these trusts is strengthened by clinically active staff, such as lecturer-practitioners/clinical tutors and liaison radiographers, who ensure clinical teaching remains current and evidence based. They also make sure all our students have ongoing support whilst on placement and access to good quality clinical training and experience.
All placements provide the required skills learning and excellent support environments, where you'll gain invaluable experience throughout thecourse. Clinical placements are audited annually to ensure they continue to provide essential insight and experience in a diverse range of imaging departments.
There are opportunities for international work placements in the 3rd year through optional modules and elective weeks at the end of the programme. We have developed links with international universities in Denmark, Sweden and Malta, which provide opportunities for short work placements where students can gain an insight into radiography in another country and a greater understanding of the profession.