Clinical Photography

Study options


University Graduate Certificate

Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
12 Months
Start date:
1 January 2024

Take the next step

Gain a recognised professional qualification, or embark on postgraduate professional studies

Approved certification

Clinical Photography certificates are officially approved by both Academy for Health Care Sciences and IMI

Enhance your career

Perfect for existing or trainee medical illustrators

Take the next level in clinical photography with an Academy for Health Care Science approved certification.

This course provides continuing professional development, including specialist knowledge and skills, for people who are already in work as medical illustrators.

It forms part of the Medical Illustration Programme of work-based, distance-learning awards offered by the University.

Important: This course is only open to those who work in a UK-based, Medical Illustration department and are supported by their employers.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: University Graduate Certificate Clinical Photography

Course content

This award is based on learning through work-based assignments, so it is really only suitable for those who are employed in a healthcare environment that gives them access to the clinical situations, specialist equipment and workplace supervisors necessary for the successful completion of those assignments.

You will study:

  • the legal and ethical issues encountered in medical illustration

  • anatomy and physiology

You will also carry out practical assignments in:

  • healthcare location photography

  • patient photography and lighting techniques

  • ophthalmic photography

  • dental photography

  • surgical photography

Professional body accreditation

Qualifies graduates to apply for accredited registration with the Academy of Healthcare Science.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the award are normally:

Applicants for admission to the programme should already hold a first degree in a related discipline, or have gained at least three years’ professional experience in medical illustration.

It is a requirement for admission to the programme that students are currently in employment either as medical illustrators or as trainee medical illustrators and that they have the support of their line managers. They will need to provide the written agreement of a named person in their workplace (usually the line manager) to take on the role of workplace supervisor and act as a mentor to you throughout the course.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.


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Our Clinical Photography Awards are approved by the Institute of Medical Illustrators for full Membership of the Institute and by the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) as one of the entry criteria for admission to their Register. This means that once learners successfully complete one of our Clinical Photography awards, they are considered to be fully qualified and are therefore entitled to be listed on the qualified practitioners’ Register. 

Teaching and assessment


The teaching, learning and assessment strategies are those which have already been tried and tested within both the previously run Post Experience Certificate course, which was managed by the Institute of Medical Illustrators, and the past 6 years of successful delivery of the programme, via Staffordshire University. Students are provided with detailed handbooks that include guidance on study skills, advice on sources of information, and instructions for the completion of coursework assignments, along with assessment criteria. Assignments include specifically designed questions, reports on specific topics, practical tasks and “assignment log books”. Students become active directors of their own learning, by seeking out the knowledge and information they need, in order to complete their assignments successfully. They will be given guidance (in the award and module handbooks) on suitable sources of information, data, technical instruction and theoretical material. They may also expert advice and guidance from the Programme Coordinator; gain on-the-job help from their workplace supervisor, or they may approach the Programme Leader, at the University. It will be the responsibility of the Workplace Supervisor, working with the student and the Programme Coordinator, to ensure that each student has access to the specialist facilities and clinical environments needed in order to complete the practical assignments.


A variety of assessment methods, including: reports, an essay, question-based assessments and practical assignments will be employed in order to allow students to demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes. Assessment will be carried out by professional specialists who are expert in the particular knowledge and skills being demonstrated in the assignment, and most of whom are experienced in assessing very similar assignments within the Institutes Post Experience Certificate course.

In general terms, students will demonstrate:

• their knowledge, understanding and skills in enquiry and Learning, through their answers to a series of questions

• their skills in application and problem solving, through portfolios of practical work

• their knowledge, understanding, skills in enquiry, analysis and reflection, through the assignment logbooks

• their knowledge, understanding, skills in learning, enquiry, analysis, communication and reflection, through essays or reports


Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Students will receive written, formative feedback on their assignments, from the specialist assessors, as well as a summative grade.


For the course starting on 1 January 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for University Graduate Certificate-Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £2,150 per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting:

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus University Graduate Certificate Part-time, distance learning 1 January 2024 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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