If you’re interested in a career in health, then diagnostic radiography is one of the most innovative and varied areas you could choose.
- State-of-the-art teaching facilities including a new £2m diagnostic radiography suite featuring equipment such as MRI and CT scanners, and ultrasound.
- Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) enabling you to register as a radiographer upon successful completion (additional requirements and costs may apply)
- 4-year integrated master’s option gives you the chance to take your learning to a higher level before joining the workforce
- Receive a payment of £5,000 a year through the NHS Learning Support Fund – this does not need to be paid back
- Strong partnerships with clinical placement providers are designed to enable you to practice in a diverse range of educational and professional learning environments such as acute, district and community services, and public, private and charitable organisations. Clinical experience placements embedded within the course meet the requirements of the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC).
- Diagnostic Radiographers use the latest technology including Conventional Radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radionuclide medicine (RNI) and Ultrasound (US) to examine the body and facilitate the effective and timely diagnosis of various medical conditions. We take a ‘learning through exploration’ approach enabling you to put the knowledge and skills you develop in to practice variety of cutting-edge innovative simulated scenarios. We have invested over £2m in a purpose built new diagnostic radiography suite featuring the latest diagnostic radiography equipment.
- As a student on the Diagnostic Radiography course, you will have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of transformative learning opportunities and innovative modules designed to further enhance graduate employability in a dynamic health and social care environment. This includes a breadth of professional practice experience, service user involvement, inter-professional collaborative education and a range of international learning opportunities.
Why you should study this course
Using advanced technology, diagnostic radiographers take images inside patients’ bodies to help understand and diagnose illness and injury. As well as working directly with patients, they consult with a range of healthcare professionals to design treatment programmes, procedures and therapies.
- Diagnostic Radiography at Coventry is available as either a 3-year BSc (Hons) degree or a 4-year Integrated Master’s MSci degree, with the final year of the MSci studied at master’s level.
- Our courses are intended to develop you into a radiographer who has a good understanding of all aspects of radiography and patient care who can respond to a rapidly evolving health delivery service.
- Delivering effective and compassionate patient care is at the centre of the course. You will have the chance to learn how to understand and manage the patients’ needs, the importance of communication and care alongside the science and technology of diagnostic imaging and how it is used in this dynamic care profession.
- As a diagnostic radiographer you will work directly with patients and produce, process and assess images of body structures – for example, skeletal and soft tissue injuries or abnormalities which are used to support and guide direct interventional treatments, procedures and therapies.
- Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to develop knowledge of health-related sciences including, human anatomy, physiology, medical physics and technology to support the operation, interpretation and diagnostic processes of radiographic imaging. In addition, you will explore patient interaction, care and protection – including safe radiation practice – a fundamental responsibility for diagnostic radiographers. You will also examine the crucial role diagnostic radiographers play in health screening programmes such as cancer screening.
- Practice placements, which are sourced for you by the university, are an integral part of the course and aim to enable you to develop clinical skills and work as part of a multidisciplinary team. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about performing various aspects of diagnostic radiography practices alongside other healthcare students in the university’s purpose-built Simulation Centre, using the latest equipment that would normally be found in clinical settings.
How you’ll learn
This course is taught utilising a variety of methods including the use of simulation, role play, and service user input. You will have a mixture of lectures, workshops and practical sessions and a problem-based learning approach is taken to enhance your understanding. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to participate in interprofessional events with other healthcare students.
You will normally have around 15-20 hours per week of teaching which can consist of lectures, small group teaching and practical workshops. In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 15-20 hours minimum of self-directed study each week.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, formal examinations, presentations and posters and group work
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to develop knowledge of health-related sciences as well as exploring patient interaction, care and protection. You will have clinical practice placements every year, enabling you to put theory into practice.
The courses are accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) enabling you to register as a radiographer upon successful completion (additional requirements and costs may apply).
International experience opportunities
You are encouraged to consider your potential contribution to the wider global community, with opportunities to take part in international activities such as online international learning events, field trips and international exchanges in Europe and further afield.
In year two, you have the opportunity for an elected international professional practice-based learning experience.
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