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Clinical Photography (PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 14 months (distance / e-Learning)

The optimal date for applications for 2016/2017 for Clinical Photography is the end of July 2016. Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

Course Aims

The course offers clinical photographers the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of the profession and the context in which it is practiced.

Student photographing a patient at the slit-lamp

Special Features

Distinctive features of the programme include:

Course Description

Student undertaking photography

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Photography is delivered as a 14 month, part-time distance learning course. It is one of only two part-time distance learning programmes in the UK on offer to photographers employed in healthcare and it is the only course that supplements distance learning with face-to-face teaching.

Through a combination of theory and practice based assignments, delivered through e-learning and face-to-face teaching methods, students advance their photographic skills and critical thinking through evidence based, reflective practice. Students complete two modules and the assessment methods for these consist of a workbased project, essays, a poster and a clinical photography portfolio.

At the end of the programme students should be able to:

Course Structure

The course commences every September and is delivered via e-learning through Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment. Although the programme is distance learning, it is supplemented by face-to-face teaching methods. Students are expected to attend three study periods in Cardiff, totalling eight days. Four days at the start of the course in September, two days in November and a further two days in June. During the study days, learning takes place through face-to-face teaching sessions, group discussions, student presentations and workshops. Students are required to have regular one-to-one tutorials with their tutor to discuss their work in progress.

The course consists of two compulsory 30 credit modules, ‘HCT109 Critical Inquiry: Examination of Photography in Healthcare’ and ‘HCT211 Clinical Photography Theory and Practice.' These modules run concurrently.

Critical Inquiry: Examination of Photography in Healthcare (HCT109)

The aims of this module are for students to develop their understanding of the critical appraisal process, research methods and the application of these within clinical photography and/or the wider context of the medical illustration profession. Students will develop their skills in scientific writing through critical examination of current practices within clinical photography. Through critical inquiry, students will undertake an investigation in an area relevant to their professional role.

Full details can be found here on the School of Healthcare Scienses website.

Clinical Photography: Theory and Practice (HCT211)

The aim of the module is to develop the student’s clinical photography knowledge and skills, by evaluating their own experience and evaluating wider clinical photography practice. Students will demonstrate their photographic skills, critique these and examine pertinent patient management challenges. They will also evaluate legal and ethical aspects of clinical photography practice.

Full details can be found here on the School of Healthcare Scienses website.

Skills Acquired

Students will also practice and develop discipline specific, academic and transferable skills. These include the following subject-specific skills:

Additionally, students will acquire the following academic skills:

The skills practised and developed on the course are transferable across a range of clinical photography practice.

Career Prospects

Students enrolled on the programme are employed as photographers within the healthcare profession. Successful completion of the course supports career progression and professional development. This course is recognised nationally, with previous clinical photography students regularly achieving success in the Institute of Medical Illustrator’s Annual Awards and presenting at the Institute’s annual conference. On graduating from the course students are eligible to apply for full membership to the Institute of Medical Illustrators and entry onto the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners (CAMIP) Voluntary Register.

Entry Requirements

Vitiligo with conventional and UV photography

An Honours degree in photography or relevant media related subject, which has a concentration on photography, or a minimum of two years relevant work experience, which must be in accordance with the Programme Regulations.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Candidates must work in a clinical setting that can enable the learning outcomes of the programme to be met. They must currently be employed as a photographer within a healthcare environment, where they take clinical photographs for patient care. Candidates are required to be in employment for the duration of the course.

As part of a student’s online application they must provide a personal statement that addresses the following:

The personal statement on your application form will be considered when a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme for which you have applied. You must address the following points in your personal statement. This list is not exhaustive.

How to Apply

Please submit your application via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

The optimal date for applications for 2016/2017 for Clinical Photography is the end of July 2016. Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Tuition fees to be confirmed.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Healthcare Sciences Admissions Team (contact for admissions related enquiries)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538 



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School Contact

Name: David Hughes  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7722  



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