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Clinical Photography

Cardiff University

14 months
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If you are a practising photographer working in a healthcare setting, this Clinical Photography programme from Cardiff University offers you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and understanding of the profession and the context in which it is practised.


This Clinical Photography course from Cardiff University offers clinical photographers the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of the profession and the context in which it is practised.

What you'll study

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Photography is a 14-month, part-time distance learning course. It is one of only two part-time distance learning courses in the UK on offer to photographers employed in healthcare and it is the only course that supplements distance learning with face-to-face teaching.

Through a combination of theory and practice-based assignments, delivered through e-learning and face-to-face teaching methods, you will have the opportunity to advance your photographic skills and critical thinking through evidence-based, reflective practice.

Careers and placements

Students enrolled on the programme are employed as photographers within the healthcare profession. Successful completion of the course will support your career progression and professional development. This course is recognised nationally, with previous clinical photography students regularly achieving success in the Institute of Medical Illustrator’s Annual Awards and presenting at the Institute’s annual conference. On graduating from the course you are eligible to apply for full membership to the Institute of Medical Illustrators and entry onto the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners (CAMIP) Voluntary Register.


Students should already be employed in a healthcare setting and require the support of their employer and need to have access to the resources to undertake the assignments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Inquiry: Examination of Photography in Healthcare
  • Clinical Photography Theory and Practice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 14 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended you apply 9–12 months in advance of the course starting.


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to be admitted to the course, you will need an Honours degree in photography or relevant media related subject, which has a concentration on photography, or a minimum of two years relevant work experience, which must be in accordance with the Programme Regulations.
  • Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test.
  • You must currently be employed as a photographer within a healthcare environment, where you take clinical photographs for patient care. 
  • As part of your online application, you must provide a personal statement that addresses the following:
  • Why have you selected this programme?
  • What interests you about the programme?
  • Any relevant experience related to the programme or module content.
  • How you plan to use the qualification in your career.
  • How you and your profession will benefit from your studies.
  • Why you feel you should be given a place on the programme.

Tuition Fee

Fees will be invoiced by module.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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