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Radiography (MSc)

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Mode: Part time

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Why study this course

Study a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Sciences and be part of something life-changing.

The programme aims to increase practical and theoretical knowledge of radiography so that you can apply these skills in the further advancement of your profession. In addition, our three mammography modules (HCT053, HCT119 and HCT254) can be studied on a stand-alone basis to provide practicing radiographers with the expertise necessary to become effective, competent, independent mammography practitioners.

Join our MSc Radiography programme that is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers and designed to help you expand your knowledge and enhance your clinical skills in this fast-developing sector. The skills you can obtain are transferable to all healthcare organisations and are recognised overseas.

Our programme is aimed at those with a current qualification and registration as a diagnostic radiographer, therapeutic radiographer, or other health care professionals with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration or equivalent.

This part-time course aims to develop your skills in areas such as image appreciation, radiographic reporting and mammography and many other core practices associated with radiography. Due to our optional approach to learning you will get to choose modules that best suit your needs so that your learning is relevant for you.

In order to take your understanding of radiography further, you have a choice of dissertations, systematic review, empirical research or work-based project, which will increase your ability to influence change in the field of radiography and take the next step in your career.

You will also have the opportunity to work in our dedicated general X-Ray room with PACS system for both image viewing experience and for experimental purposes. As well as a dedicated X-ray space we also have dosimetry equipment, a radiography training room using 3D interactive simulation to include Shaderware Computers and dedicated ultrasound equipment available for research opportunities and to enhance your learning.

Your learning will be supported and delivered by experienced researchers and academics alongside clinical experts. Radiologists and clinical radiographers support each of the clinical modules ensuring a high degree of current and relevant clinical knowledge is applied alongside the requirement for questioning practice. You will also be assigned a designated personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies.

You will also be part of a group of students who come from a variety of clinical backgrounds which also enhances your learning experience and you will be encouraged to share ideas and experiences.

Undertaking our programme will support your personal and professional development as well as influencing and informing healthcare across Wales and beyond.

Be part of something life-changing and take on a new challenge today.

Distinctive features

Here are some of the key features of why we think our programme is the right choice for you:

  • Our course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers and you will have opportunity to learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre.
  • You will be designated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your studies. Personal tutors will be allocated (where possible) to match your specific area of experience.
  • Certain teaching on the programme is given through the interpretation of medical test results.
  • You will benefit from a large range of equipment specially designed to enhance your learning including; a X-ray room and PACS system.
  • The programme has a variety of assessment methods including; presentations, practical, written assessments, coursework, reports, exams and reflective assignments.
  • You will learn the most relevant and up-to-date skills owing to the involvement of research-active and clinical staff in course design and delivery.
  • You can choose two optional modules that best suit your learning needs from a select list for this programme,.
  • The opportunity to become a student representative and shape future educational provision will be open to you.
  • You will benefit from learning alongside a diverse group who are studying at various points in their career.
  • All University teaching sessions are captured on video and where appropriate, are made available online for you to review and revisit your learning.
  • If your first language is not English, there are open access English Language courses available to you.


Society and College of Radiographers

Where you'll study

School of Healthcare Sciences

Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to embark on a professional healthcare career.

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Admissions criteria

Only qualified radiographers, who are in possession of a Degree/Diploma in Radiography or an equivalent programme, are eligible to apply.

Two years clinical experience is a requirement for entry to the programme.

You must be working in a radiology/mammography department in the UK and have the support of a radiological mentor if completing modules. You must identify a mentor before the start of the programme who must be verified by the module team.

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a ‘personal statement’ where a judgement is made on your suitability for the programme.

You must address the following key points in your personal statement:

  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about this programme?
  • An understanding of the modules being offered at Cardiff University.
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career and the potential professional benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is the end of July of each academic year. Your application may be considered after this date, but it may be for a later intake.

Students whose first language is not English

All students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (or recognised equivalent).

The requirement is an IELTS overall score of 6.5 and no less than 5.5 in any subsection. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Please note that applicants with an IELTS score of overall 6 may be eligible for an offer based upon attendance on pre-sessional English language course. Please be advised that places on these courses are limited and it is recommended that you apply early. Application for these courses can be made here.

Find out more about English language requirements.

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

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

The MSc Radiography programme is modular and students must complete 120 credits in the taught component of the programme and a further 60 credits in the dissertation component. 60 credits are ‘core modules’ and must be undertaken, and 60 credits are optional.

Taught modules are arranged in block format of 2-3 days and run throughout the semesters identified.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

Year 1 Semester 1 you will have one 30 credit Core Module. 

Year 1 Semester 2 you will have one 30 credit Core Module.

Year two

You can choose 2 modules from the Optional collection.


  • Modules commence in Semester 1 and complete in Semester 2
  • Students cannot complete certain modules as they are taught together but assessed differently.

Year three

Choice of 1 Dissertation module (60 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.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching is conducted mainly through workshops, tutorials and seminars. There are also lectures which are followed up by opportunities to discuss and evaluate ideas presented. Course content is supported by online resources.

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

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of assessment procedures, such as written assignments, oral presentations, portfolio and work-based projects. There are also clinical examinations in the Image Appreciation and reporting modules. This enables you to demonstrate your ability at analysing and evaluating a situation but also to use a variety of ways to present your ideas and abilities. The dissertation is a culmination of the development of all these skills.

How will I be supported?

This programme gives you the opportunity to share ideas with a variety of 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.

You are given a named personal tutor following registration onto the programme, who is able to assist you 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 you will find course materials, links to related materials and assessment exemplars. All lectures are recorded via Panopto and are available to you throughout your programme.

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

Our student app allows you to access Cardiff University services and personalised information in one place in a simple and convenient way from a smartphone via the app store. 

Features on the app include: 

  • Campus maps
  • Student library renewals, payments and available items
  • Student timetable
  • Find an available PC
  • Access to help and student support
  • Student news
  • Receive important notifications
  • Links to launch other University apps such as Outlook (for email) and Blackboard (for Learning    Central).
  • Links to recommended apps such as nextbike to help make the most of your student experience.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • Demonstrate enhanced clinical knowledge and skills and apply these critically to your radiography practice, to develop a complete understanding of radiology modalities and apply the knowledge to improve both service user outcomes and colleague insights.
  • Develop a practical understanding through evaluation of established techniques of research and enquiry to interpret knowledge to support implementation of research findings into radiography practice.
  • Examine and evaluate the position of radiography in healthcare practice and critically appraise advances or changes in professional practice.
  • Initiate change and lead in the management of change and the advancement of the radiography profession.

Intellectual Skills:

  • Critical analysis of research.
  • Reflection and critical analysis of the radiography profession and of your own practice.

Professional Practical Skills:

  • Practical skills in areas of advanced practice

Transferable skills

  • Confident communication skills.
  • Critical academic writing and study skills.
  • Time management and self-organisation skills.
  • Develop practical research skills and apply them to practice.

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

As this programme is three years or over in duration and has a one year full time equivalent you will not be eligible for a postgraduate loan. The UK Government has more information about eligibility for postgraduate loans.

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

Fees will be invoiced by module. Normally, invoices will be released shortly after enrolment for each individual module. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2022/23 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

Fees will be invoiced by module. Normally, invoices will be released shortly after enrolment for each individual module. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Additional costs

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Careers and placements

The increase in demand for imaging services means there has never been a better time for radiographers to explore opportunities to extend in to advanced practice with an internationally recognised qualification.

Imaging services are increasingly a first line investigation in the treatment and management of patient conditions. This requires radiographers who are able to lead service, and the MSc Radiography is designed to further enhance the clinical skills and theoretical knowledge of qualified diagnostic/therapeutic radiographers to the benefit of patients and wider inter-professional teams.


The clinical modules all require a clinical placement and radiological support. Students must be working in a clinical environment to practice these skills. Cardiff University does not organise the clinical placements. The radiological mentor must be indicated, and a mentor form completed before the start of the programme.


Master's Excellence Scholarships

An award open to students with a home fee status intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

UK Government master’s funding

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2021 or later, you may be able to apply for UK Government postgraduate funding to support your study at Cardiff University.

Alumni Discount Scheme

The alumni discount is available for Cardiff University graduates who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in 2022/23.

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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19, published by HESA in June 2021.