Diagnostic Radiography

Robert Gordon University


Year 1:
The first year is designed to build your knowledge and skills in human anatomy and physiology, radiographic anatomy, and pathology. This is combined with the foundations of radiographic practice, a module introducing you to the physical principles of radiography including how x-rays are produced, how to operate the equipment and how to practice safely when using radiation to image the skeleton. All sessions are focused towards preparing you for your first practice placement.

Year 2:
You will develop your knowledge of imaging technologies and apply this to an increased range of clinical applications. Your knowledge of radiographic practice will be extended to include screening services and a diverse range of patient and user groups. Preparing you for the real world, we focus on developing your confidence, care and empathy. To facilitate this you will engage in a short
placement in a care environment as well as your second hospital-based practical placement.

Year 3:
An elective placement and inter-professional practice placement aim to encourage you to take increasing responsibility for personal learning and also to develop management and negotiating skills in organisation and coordination of learning experiences on placement. Many of our students choose to organise their placement close to home or as far afield as New Zealand and Australia.
Academically we focus on the patient pathway, enabling you to gain a greater understanding of your patient’s journey, conditions, treatment and the future roles of imaging. The study of research and investigative methods is integrated throughout the four year course. We also consider the ways in which radiographic practice is developed, the standards that exist and the research that supports it.

Year 4:
The stage four research activity will support you to develop a critical approach to practice. Radiographic Reporting introduces the highly specialist roles in radiography and the professional, medico-legal and ethical implications of such developments. Advancing Professional Practice in Radiography extends awareness of the work setting, the wider healthcare community and underpins the promotion of lifelong learning and professional development. The practice education at this stage presents similar scenarios to those encountered by a newly qualified radiographer to promote a seamless transition to working life.

Entry Requirements

2023 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBC including English or another English based subject and two from Maths, Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry and Physics.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at BCCC including English or another English based subject; and two from Maths, Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry and Physics..

You will need to attend a selection visit and interview.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

You will need a health check and provide evidence of immunisation. Visit the institution's website for details.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Health Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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