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Radiographic Reporting (PgCert) Part-time

Please note that this course is currently under review. Therefore the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. The review is expected to be completed by July 2019. This page will be updated after that date and will then represent the basis on which the University intends to deliver the course.

The course offers knowledge and expertise to enable qualified healthcare professionals to carry out clinical image reporting tasks in their workplace, acting as autonomous professionals.

This part-time Postgraduate Certificate course offers knowledge and expertise to enable qualified healthcare professionals to carry out clinical image reporting tasks in their workplace, acting as autonomous professionals.

The course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers, and the skills which can be developed are transferable to all NHS Trusts and are recognised overseas.

The course is suitable for qualified healthcare practitioners with normally at least two years’ experience.

The course aims to equip you to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast-developing sector, and much of the content is delivered by experienced radiologists and clinical specialists.

You will also have ample opportunity to work in clinical settings with plenty of hands-on experience.

Throughout your studies, you will be immersed in all aspects of Radiography practice (both practical and theoretical) that will help you gain invaluable skills that you will use in the further advancement of your profession.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity for you to learn in a School that is well respected within the radiography profession.
  • The involvement of research-active and clinical staff in course design and delivery.
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
  • The emphasis on acquisition of high quality clinical reasoning skills and the development of innovative ideas.
  • Flexibility of delivery, permitting you to pursue professional careers in radiography whilst studying part-time, or to take a career break and complete on a full-time basis.
  • The opportunity for you to work with experts in imaging, radiotherapy and oncology and other health related disciplines.
  • Additional free-standing non-profession-specific modules are available to complement the profession-specific modules.
  • You will have access to an imaging suite with computed radiography system and PACS.
  • Some teaching is given through the interpretation of medical test results.
  • You will have a robust support network.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration1 year
AccreditationsSociety and College of Radiographers (SCoR)

Admissions criteria

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

The course is suitable for healthcare professionals, in particular allied health professionals (including radiographers and extended scope physiotherapists) and nursing personnel (specifically nurse practitioners in Accident and Emergency).

  • Students admitted to the course should be in possession of either a first degree or a diploma in the relevant field.
  • At least two years of clinical/fieldwork education is required.
  • Applicants must have written support from their clinical manager, and from a consultant radiologist who is prepared to act as a mentor and provide reporting and tutorial sessions.
  • Applicants must also have completed and passed an approved degree programme and be eligible for professional registration with the Health & Care Professions Council in the UK or the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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.

Please 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.

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

Application deadline: End of July of each academic year.  Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

The course is structured in a modular format and modules are run in short blocks of two to three days. Each module is credit rated at M-level according to the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales. Students may leave with any number of credits according to how many modules they successfully complete.

The Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) can be studied on a part-time basis, with students completing 60 credits in one year for the Postgraduate Certificate (120 credits over two years for the Postgraduate Diploma (Pg Dip)).

Alternatively students can register to study one or two modules per year on a sessional basis.

All students undertake a compulsory 30 credit module and then choose a further module from a possible three anatomical specialisations.

Postgraduate Certificate students choose at least one radiographic reporting module.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Radiation Science & ProtectionHCT20930 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is mainly through discussions, practitioner-led sessions, student-led seminars, presentations and individual tutorials. There are also some lectures.

Self-directed study forms an important part of the course, and you will be directed in study skills and guided in the areas for study.

How will I be supported?

The University offers a wide range of services and activities designed to support students. These include a student counselling service, a student advisory service, crèche and day facilities, sport and exercise facilities, as well as campus information, library and IT services.

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with health professionals. As well as developing your own intellectual abilities, this sharing of ideas enables you to learn and benefit from the experiences of others.  Opportunity is given for this sort of discussion and exchange of ideas through seminars and tutorials.

All students are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist them with any pastoral care as well as advice on writing style, grammar and academic mentoring.

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars.

For students whose first language is not English there are open access English Language courses available. These are 5 week courses run on a first come first served basis and cost an administration fee of £25.


We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark.  You can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment procedures are used such as written assignments, oral presentations, reflective diary/case study, practical examination, portfolio, and clinical report writing. This enables students to demonstrate their ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present their ideas and abilities.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in the course, you should develop the skills and knowledge that will enable you to:

  • Be able to produce an accurate, informative written report in a concise and coherent way, to a sensitivity and specificity of 95%.
  • Evaluate practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.
  • Develop standards of practice based on reflective thinking and problem-solving.
  • Initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the profession.
  • Develop a holistic approach to radiological practice and be able to communicate effectively with other health related professionals to promote reporting.

This part-time postgraduate certificate course offers knowledge and expertise to enable qualified healthcare professionals to carry out clinical image reporting tasks in their workplace, acting as autonomous professionals.

The course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers, and the skills which can be developed are transferable to all NHS Trusts and are recognised overseas.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

Part time - Fees will be invoiced by module. Normally, invoices will be released shortly after enrolment for all of the modules you will be undertaking at the start of each year of study. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

 You will not need to provide any specific equipment.