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Start Date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHRS

Study as
Full-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.
  • Study South Australia’s only Medical Radiation Science degree.
  • Treat simulated patients in our state-of-the-art $2 million on-campus Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite. 
  • Get practical experience when you complete clinical placements as part of your studies. 
  • Develop an independent research proposal, project and thesis under the supervision of one of our leading researchers.
  • Graduate with a highly regarded qualification. 
  • Pursue further research education after graduation, such as Masters by Research or a doctoral qualification.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

This is the only degree of its type in South Australia and, with a suite of state-of-the-art radiation therapy facilities located on-campus, it’s easy to see why it is so highly regarded both nationally and internationally.

The on-campus facilities include a Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite, where you can gain valuable practical experience. The VERT suite is a three-dimensional treatment room where you are able to treat virtual patients using equipment identical to the equipment used by practitioners in real-life. Additional practical experience is gained during 1,800 hours of clinical placements.

The practical nature of this degree is complemented by the in-depth theoretical component, which is taught by our award-winning teachers, many of whom are above world-class researchers in Clinical Sciences and Medical Physiology2. As part of your studies you will also independently develop a research proposal, conduct a research project and write a thesis under the supervision of one of our researchers.

All students enrolled in a degree leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the degree.

This honours degree is only available to students studying the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) who have met the grade point average (GPA) requirements and have been made an offer into the degree.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program.

Why Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Radiation Therapy)

Why this Degree

Graduating with an honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

This degree offers extensive practical learning, coupled with the support and mentoring from award-winning teaching staff and academics.  

Our state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, including a Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite, means you will get plenty of practical experience, ensuring you graduate career-ready. This will be complemented by more than 1,800 hours of practical work placements where you will practice the skills learned in class.

This is the only degree of its type offered in South Australia.

Real-world connections

As a medical radiation science student you will benefit from our strong industry links. You will also learn from experienced medical radiation professionals on campus and during work placements.

Work placements offer the opportunity for you to build practical skills and enables and encourages the building of valuable industry networks and relationships. You will also work alongside leading researchers when you complete an independent research proposal, project and thesis.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1, you will be well placed to pursue a career in this field.

Radiation therapists work alongside radiation oncologists and medical physicists to plan and deliver radiation treatment, primarily to cancer patients. Using dedicated radiotherapy treatment planning software, radiation therapists model radiation doses and operate radiation equipment to deliver high energy ionising radiation treatments. In this role you will use beams of radiated light to locate tumours and assist in the development and delivery of treatment plans. 

Because you will be working with cancer patients it is vital that you are empathetic and caring, yet also able to maintain your professionalism. 

As Australia’s population ages and the risk of some cancers increases, the demand for radiation therapy professionals is high2, creating significant opportunities for graduates of this degree. 

Medical radiation professionals work in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals and private practice
  • medical equipment companies
  • research and development

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator
2 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply for general registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).

Industry facts

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

I decided to pursue a career in radiation therapy after my family, like many others, was affected by cancer. I saw the impact that radiation therapists had on their treatment journey; providing comfort, knowledge and care.

Lauren McPeake

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

Lauren McPeake

Lauren McPeake

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

During your first year you will focus on basic sciences at the core of the study and practice of medical radiation science. You will cover a range of topics, including anatomy, physiology, pathology and radiation physics. These core subjects offer an introduction to medical radiation and the scientific principles surrounding it.

Applying these concepts to professional practice occurs through clinical placements, which begin in your second year and continue through third year.

During your final year you will take part in regular pre-clinical preparation workshops to further extend your skills as you move into advanced areas of practice.

You will also complete an honours project in your final year under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation. This will allow you to develop advanced research skills and complete training courses in research methods and ethics.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • group assignments 
  • tests
  • case studies 
  • presentations 
  • oral presentations 
  • essays
  • examinations
  • projects 
  • thesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Honours

This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. 

The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

During the honours preparation, you will undertake training courses in research methods and ethics. Within the honours thesis course, you will undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation.

You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for a career in industry or research.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 1 PHYS 1016 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 2 PHYS 1017 4.5
Medical Radiation Clinical Human Anatomy HLTH 1026 4.5
Pathology for Medical Radiation MEDI 2006 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 3 PHYS 2006 4.5
Radiation Therapy Studies 1 RADY 2011 4.5
Human Anatomy 201 (Gross and Sectional) RADY 2008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Radiation Therapy Studies 2 RADY 3029 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 4 PHYS 2007 4.5
Radiation Therapy Clinical Practice 1 RADY 2015 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 4.5
CT and PET Imaging RADY 3032 4.5
Radiation Therapy Studies 3 RADY 3030 4.5
Health Science Honours Preparation REHB 3010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Radiation Therapy Studies 4 RADY 3031 4.5
Radiation Therapy Clinical Practice 2 RADY 3040 9 Note(s): 1
Specialised Medical Radiation RADY 4023 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Radiation Therapy Clinical Practice 3 RADY 4045 9 Note(s): 1
Radiation Therapy Honours Clinical Practice 4 RADY 4047 4.5 Note(s): 1
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Radiation Therapy Honours Professional Entry Practice 1 RADY 4048 4.5 Note(s): 1
Radiation Therapy Professional Entry Practice 2 RADY 4050 9 Note(s): 1

I’m interested in the application of innovative learning and teaching methodologies within the clinical and academic learning environments, and how these environments interconnect.

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a medical radiation science student you will have access to our state-of-the-art on-campus Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite. The VERT suite is a three-dimensional treatment room where you are able to treat virtual patients using equipment identical to the equipment used by practitioners in real-life.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

This honours degree is only available to students studying the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) who have met the grade point average (GPA) requirements and have been made an offer into the degree.

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