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Medical Radiation Science

There is a growing need for qualified medical radiation scientists to work in our public and private hospitals.

This professionally-accredited double degree teaches you the components of radiation science, specialised equipment, patient care and human biology.

Your first two years of study are at our Launceston campus, with the following two taking place at Charles Sturt University.

At the beginning of your third year, you’ll choose a specialisation and study units directly related to Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy. Your final year is a professional development year, where you will put the skills you have learnt into practice.

Course Options

Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Radiation Science)

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time
Launceston

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Start your degree in Tasmania, then gain experience in New South Wales.

Get hands-on learning with experts in the field.

Accredited by AHPRA Medical Radiation Science Practice Board, through our collaboration with Charles Sturt University.

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

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Study options

Medical Imaging specialisation

Graduates work as diagnostic radiographers and medical imaging technologists, either in public hospitals or private radiology practices in any state of Australia. They can also apply to work in other countries.  Graduates from this course can qualify for further study and training to enter a career in ultrasound or MRI.

Nuclear Medicine specialisation

Work as a nuclear medicine scientist or CT radiographer in any state of Australia. Graduates can also apply to work in other countries. Other opportunities include management, research, industry (application specialists) and higher education. Graduates from this course can qualify for further study and training to enter a career in ultrasound or MRI.

Radiation Therapy specialisation

Work as a radiation therapist in public hospitals or private radiation oncology practices. Graduates can also apply to work in any country. Other opportunities include management, research, industry (application specialists) and higher education. Graduates from this course can qualify for further study and training to enter a career in tomotherapy and IMRT.

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Health Science, Medical Radiation Science (300 Credit Points)

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.

Core Units (162.5 credit points)

You’ll complete twelve units of core knowledge

Elective Units (37.5 credit points)

These three units will broaden your learning experience and complement your major area of study with other discipline-specific studies.

Specialisation Units (100 credit points)

Studies completed at Charles Sturt University.

1

Core Units

Year 1 and 2

Health: Determinants and Analysis

Human Nutrition

Physics for Health Sciences

Medical Radiation Fundamentals

Medical Radiation Science

Medical Radiation Instrumentation

Pathology of Common Diseases

Health Promotion: Principles and Planning

Functional and Surface Anatomy

Human Anatomy and Physiology 1A

Human Anatomy and Physiology 1B

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing

2

Elective Units

Year 1 and 2

Students choose three elective units of any level from any College or discipline area.

3

Charles Sturt University

Year 3

Studies completed at Charles Sturt University

At the beginning of your third year, you will choose a specialisation and study units directly related to Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy.

Career outcomes

Devoting her career to helping cancer patients.

"I absolutely love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s been a rollercoaster, but it’s been fantastic.” Hannah Martin, Medical Radiation Science Alumna

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This degree prepares you for work in either Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy departments. You’ll provide diagnostic services that are an integral part of the health care system.

Medical Imaging provides valuable information that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Nuclear Medicine involves the use of radioactive substances in the diagnostics and treatment of disease.

Radiation Therapy involves the design and delivery of radiation treatment plans for people diagnosed with cancer and other pathological conditions.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (linked to Medical Radiation Science at Charles Sturt University) is professionally accredited by the AHPRA Medical Radiation Science Practice Board. This accreditation is granted to Charles Sturt University.

Study Experiences

A "really rewarding" career in health

"I really love my job. I really enjoy that there’s a lot of variety. Every day is different." Lucy Blake, Alumna Radiographer, Launceston General Hospital.

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Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.