MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-registration)

Diagnostic radiographers produce and interpret images of the human body using a variety of technologies such as X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound (US). 

This course is suitable for those who wish to become highly skilled radiographers with technical and scientific expertise, exceptional personal values and attributes, and high standards of patient care, who can meet the demands of working interprofessionally, flexibly, safely and effectively in the modern global health and social care environment. Once graduated, you will be fit to practice and eligible for registration with the HCPC.

The course delivers an intellectually stimulating and vocationally pragmatic learning experience that is relevant to the needs of a diagnostic radiography graduate in today’s rapidly changing and dynamic environment.

The course is designed to fulfil the requirements of the Professional bodies and meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Furthermore, the course aims to produce graduates who are not only proficient in their discipline, but will act with:
  • care and compassion
  • dignity and respect
  • openness, honesty and responsibility 
  • quality and teamwork,
in alignment with the Scottish Government’s (2017) strategy for supporting better care for NHS Scotland.

Each cohort will consist of up to 15 students allowing for the adoption of a personalised approach to learning. 

Clinical placement is embedded thorough the course at placement centres across West and Central Scotland. Each student will undertake over 1000 hours of clinical placement across a range of areas including specialist sites such as the Royal Hospital for Children and the Institute of Neurological Sciences.

Graduate opportunities

The role of the radiographer is wide and varied. Currently, there are opportunities to gain employment within the acute sector, community sector, national screening programmes and private practice.

Career opportunities allow for development to advanced and consultant practitioner roles in areas such as medical ultrasound, image interpretation or breast imaging.


Practice Education 1, Professional Practice Education and Application 2, Professional Practice Education and Application 3, Professional Practice Education and Application 4, Anatomy and Physiology for Radiographers, Inter-professional Working: Context, Organisations and Practice, Pattern Recognition in Radiography, Preparation for Radiographic Practice, Radiographic Principles 1, Radiographic Principles 2, Radiographic Principles 3, Radiographic Principles 4.

Due to significant demand, applications for this course are now closed to international applicants for January 2022. Please consider our following intake in January 2023.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
2 Years
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 2 Years 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Minimum academic requirement

Prospective applicants should normally be expected to possess: 
  • A recent (in the last five years) first class or upper second honours degree
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above (for graduates of non‐UK institutions) 
In addition, applicants should normally have:
  • Knowledge of the research process and research methods.
  • Two satisfactory references (one of which should be academic)
All applicants should provide a personal statement of suitability which details contact with diagnostic radiographers. Statements should offer clear evidence of the applicant’s understanding of Diagnostic Radiography and how it differs from other health and social care professions. Clear links should also be made to their own personal attributes and skills with the demands of the profession.

English language

For students whose first language is not English proof of competency is required (IELTS score or equivalent 7.0 with no component below 6.5 as specified by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Society and College of Radiographers)

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £9,000
International: £16,500

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £7,000
International: £14,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Please note that this is an annual fee for a full-time two-year course.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks or uniforms. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms. 

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms: approximately £16 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £325
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.  

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.

The methods of assessments incorporated within the MSc (Pre-registration) Diagnostic Radiography course are designed to facilitate future intellectual and professional growth and there is a close relationship between formative and summative assessment. 

The method of assessment for this course has been carefully designed to equate with the nature of the learning experience and associated learning outcomes. Every effort has been taken to ensure that there is a balance of learning and assessment activities and that the possible conditions for success have been built into the course. 

This includes formative work, peer assessment, group and individual presentations, health fair, blogs and Wikis in addition to essays, critical reviews and reports, self‐assessment and reflective journals.  

Types of assessment will include reports, case based essays, reflective pieces, self‐assessment, peer assessment, group assessments, online assessments, presentations, portfolios, practical tasks and practice education which incrementally build in terms of skills and competencies throughout the course. As such, there is both an opportunity to succeed in specific and transferrable domains. 

Guest lectures from experts within the field of radiography will be delivered throughout the course alongside involvement of our service users and carers.
This course is accredited by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Society and College of Radiographers.
Students on this course will have work placement opportunities