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Radiography (MSc/PgDip)

1 year plus further 6 months to submit dissertation (full-time) / 2 years plus further 2 years to submit dissertation (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

a radiographer x-rays a male patient

Course Aims

Radiography at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers. The skills obtained are transferable to all NHS Trusts and recognised overseas.

Our course has a flexible modular approach which provide a variety of transferable skills useful in a clinical professional environment. The course aims to expand your knowledge in areas such as Image Appreciation, Radiographic Reporting and Mammography and many other practices associated with Radiography.

The course aims to equip you to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast-developing sector. A high volume of course content will be delivered by experienced Radiologists and Clinical Specialists. You will also have ample opportunity to work in clinical settings with plenty of hands-on experience.

Special Features

The distinctive features of the course include:

Course Description

The course is modular with you attending for blocks of 2-3 days spread over the academic year. The compulsory Research Methods module is also available as a distance learning option.

You will complete modules totalling 120 M-level credits to be eligible for an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma. All students complete a compulsory generic module in Research Methods in Health and Social Care (30 credits). The modules are those considered to be of relevance to the practising radiographer and other allied health professionals engaged with imaging. Theoretical and clinical practice elements combine in order to optimise service delivery, enhance clinical skills and improve the overall management of the patient. Those undertaking the MSc are required to complete the research methods module.

Course Structure

Full-time students undertake all taught modules during one academic year, while part-time students undertake taught modules over two years. Assessment methods used vary according to the modules but include coursework, practicals and presentations with image reporting and mammography modules having clinically based assessments.

If you successfully complete sufficient modules and then you are able to proceed to the dissertation stage. If successful you will be eligible for the award of a Master of Science degree.

Core Modules

The following 30-credit module is compulsory:

Optional Modules

Optional Modules

The below list is indicative

All the modules listed above are 30 credits each.

Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the profession-specific modules. Students will have access to an imaging suite with computed radiography system and PACS.

MSc Dissertation Modules

Dissertation Modules


Skills Acquired

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

Entry Requirements

This course welcomes UK-based as well as EU and International students.

The course is suitable for qualified diagnostic/therapeutic radiographers with usually at least two years’ clinical experience.
Students admitted to the course should be in possession of:

Students wishing to undertake reporting modules must be meet the entry requirements for those modules.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass on IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Karen Eckloff  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7555 or +44 (0)29 2068 7538  



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