This is a two year part-time blended learning course for support workers employed within a UK based Diagnostic Imaging department.

Radiographic Studies DipHE

This two-year part time in-service course will equip those of you who are Radiography Assistant Practitioners with the knowledge and skills to participate in a defined range of routine diagnostic imaging procedures under the supervision of a Registered Radiographer.

Year 2 of this course has been developed to enable you to further develop your knowledge and skills and ultimately your career.

This work based course combines a core knowledge base with clinical practice. It provides a platform upon which additional study can be built potentially to degree level and beyond.

Course accreditation and annual monitoring by the College of Radiographers (CoR) ensures that the course meets professional and clinical standards. Successful completion of the DipHE Radiographic Studies course may lead to possible advanced entry to the Robert Gordon University Master of Diagnostic Radiography (MDRad) course.



Course Dates

October 2017 to October 2019

Course Length

Two years

Mode of Attendance


Academic School

School of Health Sciences


Year 1

You develop a framework of basic knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil the scope of practice of an Assistant Practitioner in Radiography.

The inclusion of clinical placements commencing in parallel with academic delivery and completing at the end of the academic year will encourage you to apply your learning to clinical practice. This foundation year forms the basis upon which to extend the range and complexity of knowledge and skills.

Year 2

You will develop your knowledge further of normal and abnormal function and acquire more complex concepts in terms of imaging technology. You will consider the diversity of patients who may be encountered within a radiographic setting and how the Assistant Practitioner responds to their individual care needs.

The inclusion of a further double clinical education module will consolidate student learning and allow you to build upon previously developed clinical skills and experiences in a broader range of clinical settings.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and Module Disclaimer for more information.

Blended Learning

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Radiation Science
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
    Semester 2
  • Radiographic Technique 1
    Semester 3
  • Radiographic Clinical Practice 1
  • Radiographic Clinical Practice 2
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Foundations of Radiographic Anatomy
  • Imaging Science 2
  • Personal, Professional And Academic Development
    Semester 2
  • Radiographic Technique 2
    Semester 3
  • Radiographic Clinical Practice 3
  • This is a part-time practice based blended learning course.

    You will attend university three times per academic year for a total of 12 days each year using keynote lectures, tutorials, interactive teaching, practical workshops, role play and simulation exercises. Between attendance periods, modular content is delivered using the online interactive learning environment Campus Moodle. In addition you will undertake 14 weeks of clinical placement in your employing hospital in Year One and a further seven weeks of clinical placement in your employing hospital in Year Two.

    Independent study summary

    Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of notional student effort including direct student classroom contact, directed learning and private study. Each 30 credit module represents 300 hours of notional student effort.  There is an expected notional student effort of approximately 8-12 hours per week outwith the three academic blocks, where you will work on your own doing prescribed reading, undertaking online activities, preparing answers to tutorial assignments or researching and writing course reports.

    Staff delivering this course

    Our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

    All members of the academic staff team are qualified Diagnostic Radiographers registered with the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  In addition they are all members of the professional body, the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).  All staff have completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching or module as required. Most of the team also have a relevant Masters degree.

    Academic staff members possess both subject expertise and the relevant clinical experience to deliver this course.


    • Purpose built Clinical Skills Centre
    • Ward Area
    • Campus Moodle
    • Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) examination
    • Short answer examination
    • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
    • Portfolios
    • Case study
    • Clinical Assessments
    • Written Examinations
    • Coursework Reports
    • Practical Examination
    • Reflective case studies from clinical placement

    How you are assessed 

    In addition a reflective portfolio is utilised throughout Year Two as both an assessment mechanism and as a personal development tool to assist you to develop skills for lifelong learning.

    Clinical placement modules are assessed in practice by the supervising Clinical Educator, using a continuous clinical assessment mechanism.  To ensure parity between placement sites, Clinical Educators assess you against a minimum threshold level with a pass or fail outcome. In addition, clinically focused coursework is used in all clinical placement modules to help you develop skills in reflection and to further integrate theory and practice.

    The university has standard assessment periods each year. For this course, some assessments will have submission dates out with the standard periods, due the nature of a part-time blended course.


    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Skills

    All applicants must be employed within a UK based radiography service e.g. RDA, helper or equivalent, with support of their manager. Applicants must be able to demonstrate skills in the use of a personal computer and common software.

    Stage One Entry Criteria

    Appropriate entry qualifications include:

    • 1 Higher grade pass or
    • 4 Standard grade passes or
    • SVQ Level 3 Care/Diagnostic and Therapeutic Support or Access to Science/Access to Nursing

    Non standard entrants who do not meet the requirements above may also be considered at the course leader's discretion.

    Mature and Non Standard Entry

    The student must demonstrate an appropriate level of academic performance, which would indicate that there is a reasonable expectation that he or she is able to achieve the standard required for the award. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and student applications supported by employer references.

    Advanced Entry to Stage Two

    Applicants holding the HNC in Radiography (or equivalent), plus two years clinical experience and a personal portfolio demonstrating suitable independent study skills and professional development, will be invited to attend for selection interview. All applicants for direct entry to stage two will be invited to attend an interview.

    Compulsory placements:

    •  Year One: Two seven week placements (525 hours)
    • Year Two: One seven week placement (262.5 hours)

    Clinical placements are undertaken at your place of work, in a UK diagnostic imaging department.   

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    All Students

    • £2,860 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    All Students

    • £2,780 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    All Students

    • £2,650 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    All Students

    • £2,555 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    All Students

    • £2,475 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    All Students

    • £2,400 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    All Students

    • £2,300 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    All Students

    • £2,415 stage 2


    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages


    For information on how to apply, please contact Beyza Baskiran Beltran by emailing

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees: 

    • You are responsible for the payment of travel and accommodation during the three academic blocks at RGU per academic year.  Only eligible students will have these expenses reimbursed by their grant awarding body. If employed within NHS Scotland (NES), you may be eligible for an AHP Fellowship Funding which may provide some partial funding. This NES initiative varies from year to year and requires an application and approval process which you must seek independently before starting the course. You must discuss and secure funding at the application stage and in consultation with and approval from your Imaging Department Manager.
    • During all practice placements you are required to wear uniform. Where uniforms become damaged or for any other reason unsuitable, you are responsible for the cost of replacement.
    • While there is no requirement to gain nor maintain student membership of the professional body, the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), you may wish to explore this option as per the requirements of your work environment and your Imaging Department Manager.  If you wish to pursue this then the cost is your responsibility. Membership provides you with access to an extensive range of radiography professional material as well as access to CoR student services and a reduced cost for voluntary CoR register post CertHE or DipHE award. The register for CoR accreditation is currently not compulsory but this may change in the future.  SCoR student membership - approximately £4 per month*.
    • You will need to have access to x-ray side markers for practicals and all clinical placements. If you cannot secure this from your imaging department you will need to source this independently. X-ray side markers – approximately £10.
    • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase. Find your reading list by module.
    • Printing.

    *Please note that any cited costs may increase for the coming year.

    Other Fees and Charges

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