Postgraduate Taught

MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

Refocus your career as a diagnostic radiographer on the only fast-track course of its type in Scotland. Three blocks of practice placement will build on course modules providing theoretical knowledge, ensuring you are well-equipped to enter into this caring profession.

On this course you will develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills you learned on your undergraduate degree (which can be in any subject) and focus on the professional and clinical elements required to be a successful diagnostic radiographer. This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in diagnostic radiography or medicine.

Why QMU?

  • This is the only MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Reg) fast-track course in Scotland.
  • This course has an excellent graduate employment rate and all graduates since the course began have found employment within the profession.
  • This course provides the luxury of a variety of clinical placements, producing flexible graduates, which employers have praised.
  • Small class sizes ensure high academic support and a unique clinical experience.

Course overview

Diagnostic radiographers provide an imaging service for most departments within a hospital including accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatres and wards. X-rays are an imaging technique used by diagnostic radiographers to visualise injuries or disease, or monitor changes inside the body. Diagnostic radiographers also carry out a much wider range of procedures, which may include cross-sectional imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and radionuclide imaging (RNI).

As a student on this course, you will complete a number of modules that integrate anatomy, physiology, radiodiagnostic imaging, physics and equipment, enabling you to understand the theory of diagnostic imaging. This theory will be put into practice in workshops in a clinical laboratory enabling you to experience the role of a diagnostic radiographer, including communication with teams and with service users, before placement blocks. You will also have the opportunity to complete a dissertation.

Exit awards

  • MSc (180 credits at SCQF Level 11 and 120 credits at SCQF Level 10)
  • PgDip (120 credits at SCQF Level 11 and 120 credits at SCQF Level 10)
  • MSc Applied Health Studies (180 credits at SCQF Level 11)
  • PgDip Applied Health Studies (120 credits at SCQF Level 11)
  • PgCert Applied Health Studies (60 credits at SCQF Level 11)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc or a PgDip.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Academic study is learner-centred with the analysis and synthesis of knowledge being of paramount importance. You will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. Teaching methods include keynote lectures, clinical workshops and tutorials, student-led seminars, group discussions, clinical observation and practice. Directed learning materials will be delivered via a virtual learning environment (the Hub) and comprise reading, self-assessment quizzes, workbooks, tutorial questions with answers and narrated lectures. Clinical skills will be developed in work placements in radiology departments in hospitals in central Scotland.

A variety of assessment methods will be used, including online examinations,  Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), self-appraisal, course work, ePortfolio, viva voce examinations and clinical assessment.


Teaching hours and attendance

Each module that you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The pattern of attendance at QMU will depend on the modules you are studying. Attendance at professional modules is monitored to ensure safety to work in the clinical environment. In clinical placements the normal hours of a radiographer (i.e. full-time, Monday to Friday) will be followed.

Industry links, accreditation and professional registration

Successful completion will enable application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a requirement for employment in the NHS. Student rates have been negotiated for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers.


  • Introduction to Radiodiagnostic Imaging (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiography (30 credits)
  • Advanced Diagnostic Radiography (30 credits)
  • Preparing for Practice as an Allied Health Professional (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals (15 credits)
  • Practice-Based Learning 1 (20 credits at SCQF 1)
  • Practice-Based Learning 2 (40 credits at SCQF 10)
  • Practice-Based Learning 3 (20 credits at SCQF 10)
  • Practice-Based Learning 4 (40 credits at SCQF 10).
  • If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a research project (60 credits).

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Nov 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

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Single modules for CPD

Not available.


In Year One there are 18 weeks of placement and 23 weeks in Year Two, 4 weeks of which are elective. QMU will allocate students with a placement across central Scotland, for example, Lothians, Fife, Forth Valley, Ayrshire, Tayside and the Borders. However, for four of these weeks you will be on elective placement, which can be taken anywhere in the world. Students choose, arrange and fund this placement block but QMU can assist with any documentation that may be required. Students are required to meet any costs associated with placements (i.e. travel and accommodation).


Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession, and long-term career prospects may include specialisation, management, research and teaching. Following graduation and registration with the HCPC you can work as a registered diagnostic radiographer within the NHS.

Class sizes

The cohort is normally 12-15 students to ensure that the clinical experience can be tailored to individual needs. Some academic modules have larger class sizes as students engage with other allied health professionals.

Entry requirements

Second class honours degree or above in any discipline. It is essential that all applicants have some shadowing experience in a clinical environment. This course is not suitable for those already holding a diagnostic radiography or medical qualification. Shortlised applicants will be invited for an interview.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0. Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Application deadline

Applications are now closed for 2021.

Applications for 2022/23 will re-open by November 2021.

This course is highly competitive with limited places. We advise applicants to apply early to be considered as applications may close early due to popular demand.

Please note that applications are now closed for 2021/22 Entry. As this course does not have a January 2022 intake the next start date will be in 2022/23. Applications will open in November 2021.

More information and contacts

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


Course Overview

At QMU and on placement
Full-time: 2 years, 2 months
Start Date
September 2021
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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