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Medical Radiation Science

Interested in Medical Radiation Science?

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

Launch or progress your medical radiation science career with industry-relevant degrees. You will graduate equipped with advanced competencies, professional knowledge and practical skills to prepare you for a rewarding role in public or private practice.

Our medical radiation science undergraduate degrees are the only qualifications of their type in South Australia and, with state-of-the-art facilities located on-campus, it’s easy to see why they’re so highly regarded both nationally and internationally. 

There are also a range of postgraduate study options on offer, including our Graduate Certificate in Breast Imaging – the only accredited certificate of its kind in Australia and New Zealand – as well as fully accredited Sonography qualifications.

Across the medical radiation science suite, practical learning is complemented by in-depth theoretical learning, taught by our award-winning teachers, many of whom are 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) 

Key features

  • Study at the No. 1 University in South Australia for student satisfaction1.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our well above world-class research in Clinical Sciences and Medical Physiology2.
  • Learn in purpose-built virtual radiation therapy, x-ray or nuclear medicine computer simulation suites on campus.
  • Consolidate your learning and further your clinical skill-set with practical experience while you study.
  • Enjoy flexible postgraduate study options, state-of-the-art digital learning facilities and dedicated support every step of the way.
  • Use your postgraduate Sonography qualification as a pathway to research including Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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)

Why UniSA?

We’re committed to growing your career. These qualifications are highly regarded in Australia and overseas and graduates are in demand.

You’ll graduate career-ready, with our undergraduate medical radiation science qualifications offering extensive professional practice experience that provides important opportunities for the application of theory in a clinical setting – metropolitan, rural or regional. Practical experience is also an integral component of our postgraduate breast imaging and sonography qualifications.

We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching, where you’ll learn from world-class researchers, industry professionals and experienced clinicians.

We’ve invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces, and enjoy access to multi-million-dollar digital learning facilities available 24/7 when studying online.

1 2015 QS Rankings

UniSA offers 9 Medical Radiation Science degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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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 the field of medical radiation science.

As Australia’s population ages, the demand for medical radiation professionals increases2, creating significant opportunities for graduates of this degree.

You may gain employment in areas such as:

  • ultrasound: produce detailed pictures of the body in real time to diagnose and monitor a range of health conditions
  • angiography: medical imaging technique used to visualise blood vessels
  • magnetic resonance imaging: operate MRI scanners to create 3D images of a patient’s body tissues, which are then used to diagnose illness and disease
  • computer tomography: operate CT equipment to produce cross-sectional images of a patient’s bones, organs and tissues
  • radiation therapy: work alongside radiation oncologists and medical physicists to plan and deliver radiation treatment, primarily to cancer patients
  • nuclear medicine technologists: responsible for preparing and administering radioactive substances to evaluate the function of an organ or body system in order to diagnose and/or treat disease

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

  • hospitals and private practice
  • pharmaceutical 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

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Australian Radiology Clinics
  • Benson Radiology
  • Dr Jones and Partners
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Healthscan Specialist Imaging
  • Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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

 

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

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What others are saying

I completed a rural placement in Port Lincoln where I thoroughly enjoyed working in the hospital and living independently. It helped me to experience what medical imaging is like in the clinical environment.

Georgina Key

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)

Georgina Key

Georgina Key

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)

I was recently selected to present my honours findings at the ANZSNM conference in Hobart, providing the opportunity to network with technicians, doctors and professors within the Nuclear Medicine field.

Madeline Buttfield

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Nuclear Medicine)

Madeline Buttfield

Madeline Buttfield

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Nuclear Medicine)

Working in ultrasound is really rewarding. I get to play the role of the detective in the patient’s journey. I’m taking the images and working with the radiologist to form a diagnosis.

Laura Lukic

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)
Employment: Diagnostic Radiographer, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Laura Lukic

Laura Lukic

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)
<br />Employment: Diagnostic Radiographer, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

I really enjoyed learning about the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Being able to apply this knowledge to real life cases while on clinical placement was really rewarding and helped me develop my practical skills.

Rhiannon Jaeschke

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Medical Imaging)

Rhiannon Jaeschke

Rhiannon Jaeschke

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Medical Imaging)

Through studying medical sonography at UniSA I developed a range of niche skills that are highly sought after by specialist doctors. For example, I'm one of only two sonographers in Adelaide who perform high level detailed scanning for endometriosis surgical planning.

Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
Employment: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

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Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
<br />Employment: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017