What You Need to Know About Studying for a Radiography Job

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Published: 14 Aug 2017      

While we understand that most people who visit Sonographers Medical are already established medical professionals, there are also plenty of people who are interested in careers in medicine and need to know where to start.

Radiographers, in particular, need to complete some fairly in-depth training before they can start their careers. Here, we are going to look at what that training entails so you know as much as possible about studying for a future radiography job.

The Early Choices

One of the first choices you will need to make for a radiography career is whether you want to work on the therapeutic or diagnostic side. The latter involves using your skills to help patients figure out what’s wrong with them so further action can be taken. Typically, the former are those who apply treatment based on their radiography training.

It is a good idea to contact your local hospital and ask if you can arrange a visit where you shadow a radiographer. Not only does this allow you to see how hospitals operate first-hand, but you will also find that many universities will want you to have visited an imaging or radiography department before they will accept you onto a course.


Before we get started on the basic requirements, we should note that all universities differ so it is a good idea to contact the radiography department at your university of choice before you start studying. The liaison there will be able to provide you with more specific information.

You will generally have to meet the UCAS points requirement of the university. Again, these differ between universities. Generally, you will find that more prestigious universities require students to gain large amounts of UCAS points from their college or sixth form studies. Again, it is important you know about the points you need before you start applying. Even so, you should obviously study as much as possible at the college level to give yourself a solid foundation from which to work.

On a general level, a degree in radiography involves three years of study in England or four years in Scotland. By the end of your studying, you will receive a BSc (Hons) in the subject.

About half of your study time will be spent working with radiography patients while on clinical placements, meaning your degree will give you first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in the hospital environment. You will work with real patients, applying what you have learned throughout the course.

A radiography degree usually focuses on the core subjects of anatomy, imaging, radiation physics, oncology, and research methods. You will also build your communication skills during this time.

If you have already earned a BSc (Hons) in a different scientific subject, you will find that many universities offer MSc and PhD courses in radiography. Typically, these courses last between two and three years.

Finally, it is worth finding out if your university is part of the Erasmus exchange program. Taking part in this will offer you the opportunity to learn abroad, which can prove very useful on your CV when you graduate and start applying for jobs.


While you will need to undergo several years of studying to become a radiographer, the results are certainly worth it. Once you have qualified, make sure you keep checking back with Sonographers Medical so you can find out what radiography jobs are available.

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