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Start date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBRS

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 34,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
088335E

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.
  • Get practical experience when you complete clinical placements as part of your studies. 
  • Graduate with a highly regarded qualification.  
  • Treat simulated patients in our $2 million on-campus Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite. 
  • Be taught by above world-class researchers in Clinical Sciences and Medical Physiology2.

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)

Snapshot

Snapshot

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

With a suite of state-of-the-art radiation therapy technology located on-campus, it's easy to see why this degree is so highly regarded both nationally and internationally.  

The on-campus facilities include the Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite, where you can gain valuable hands-on experience. Further practical experience is gained during field placements – in fact, you’ll complete over 1,800 hours of clinical placements. 

This practical learning is complemented by an 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.

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.

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), which is valid for the duration of the program.

Why Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

Why this Degree

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 the Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite, means you will get plenty of practical experience, ensuring you graduate career-ready. We're one of only seven universities in Australia to host VERT which is a three-dimensional treatment room where you can treat virtual patients using equipment identical to the equipment used by practitioners in real-life.

This will be complemented by more than 1,800 hours of practical work placements, where you will practice the skills learned in class.  

Real-world connections

As a medical radiation science student you will benefit from our strong industry links. You will learn from experienced medical radiation professionals on-campus and during work placements. In your third year, clinical specialists come on campus to teach you about current technologies and practices such as Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging.

Work placements offer the opportunity for you to build practical skills and also enables and encourages the building of valuable industry networks and relationships.

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

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

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 
  • quizzes
  • essays  
  • case studies 
  • examinations  
  • presentations 
  • oral presentations
  • projects 

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

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): 2,6 Rule(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Evidence Based Practice HLTH 3057 4.5
CT and PET Imaging RADY 3032 4.5
Radiation Therapy Studies 3 RADY 3030 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 7
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): 2
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): 2
Radiation Therapy Clinical Practice 4 RADY 4046 9 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Radiation Therapy Professional Entry Practice 1 RADY 4049 9 Note(s): 2
Radiation Therapy Professional Entry Practice 2 RADY 4050 9 Note(s): 2

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

Mrs Jane Shepherdson

Program Director

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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 equipment used by practitioners in real-life.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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 lots 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, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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