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2021: AUD$ 39,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

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This is the only degree of its type in South Australia, preparing you for a rewarding career in the highly specialised field of medical imaging.

Medical imaging professionals (diagnostic radiographers) are responsible for producing high quality medical images with various types of radiation to monitor and diagnose injuries and illnesses. Their work includes general radiography such as x-rays, fluoroscopy, or emergency imaging.

As a medical imaging student, you will learn in fully functioning x-ray suites on-campus, where you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience. Further practical experience is gained during more than 1,400 hours of clinical placements, complemented by an in-depth theoretical component taught by our award-winning teachers. 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.

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

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

What you'll need

Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program 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 program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Throughout your degree you will learn how to produce optimal images, which involves using complex equipment whilst caring for patients and working across a variety of locations.

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 and fourth year.

Throughout your degree 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 years 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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
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
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 3 PHYS 2006 4.5
Human Anatomy 201 (Gross and Sectional) RADY 2008 4.5
Medical Imaging Studies 1 RADY 2009 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Medical Imaging Clinical Practice 1 RADY 2012 4.5 Note(s): 1
Medical Imaging Studies 2 RADY 3010 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
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5
CT and PET Imaging RADY 3032 4.5
Medical Imaging Studies 3 RADY 3011 4.5
Health Science Honours Preparation REHB 3010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Medical Imaging Studies 4 RADY 3012 4.5
Medical Imaging Clinical Practice 2 RADY 3036 9 Note(s): 1
Specialised Medical Radiation RADY 4023 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Medical Imaging Clinical Practice 3 RADY 4033 9 Note(s): 1
Medical Imaging Honours Clinical Practice 4 RADY 4035 4.5 Note(s): 1
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Medical Imaging Honours Professional Entry Practice 1 RADY 4036 4.5 Note(s): 1
Medical Imaging Professional Entry Practice 2 RADY 4038 9 Note(s): 1

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.



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
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • oral presentations
  • projects
  • thesis
  • examinations.

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


This is a four-year, professional degree with honours which includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice.

During the honours preparation, you will undertake training courses in research methods and ethics and within the honours thesis course, you will undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced supervisor which may be a UniSA academic or an industry clinician. You will choose from a range of interesting topics and develop a thesis and oral presentation. In fact, the results of some of these projects have been implemented into real-world clinical practice.

You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree, preparing you for future leadership roles.

An example of a previous honours project:

  • Digital radiograph cropping or masking: How do radiographers digitally change their images?

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

Medical Radiation Science Medical Imaging students checking x-rays

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 hands-on learning, coupled with support and mentoring from award-winning teaching staff and academics.

Our on-campus facilities mean you will get plenty of practical experience, ensuring you graduate career-ready. This will be complemented by more than 1,400 hours of practical work placements in Adelaide metropolitan areas and rural and interstate settings, 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 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.

Throughout your studies, clinical specialists come on campus to teach you about current technologies and practices such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging. 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.

Career outcomes

Your career

In Australia, growth for medical radiation science professionals has been on the rise with career prospects continuing to look very strong, with an expected 11,000 job openings over the next five years.1 You should enjoy working with people, with technology, helping sick or injured people, working a variety of hours, be interested in the human body, being challenged by new ideas and being part of a team.

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

  • hospitals
  • private practices
  • the Defence Force
  • medical equipment companies
  • research and development.

You may also gain employment in specialist areas such as:

  • ultrasound: produce detailed pictures of the body in real time to diagnose and monitor a range of health conditions
  • interventional: 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
  • computed tomography: operate CT equipment to produce cross-sectional images of a patient’s bones, organs and tissues.

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2023 Small Business Projections.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

Industry facts


Employment for medical imaging professionals is projected to increase by 9.8 per cent by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

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


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

Medical Radiation Science Medical Imaging student using campus facilities

As a medical radiation science (medical imaging) student, you will have access to on-campus medical imaging facilities, including fully functioning, state-of-the-art x-ray suites with associated software packages.

You will also be able to experience a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

Your program director

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

Portrait image for Mrs Jane Shepherdson
Portrait image for Mrs Jane Shepherdson

Mrs Jane Shepherdson

Program Director


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What others are saying

I have completed placements at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Dr Jones and Partners Medical Imaging, where I gained a great understanding of working in a clinical setting.

Wendy Geng

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

Wendy Geng

Wendy Geng

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

The highlight of my degree was the extensive placement opportunities in public and private sectors in rural and metropolitan areas. Upon completion of my degree, I was offered a permanent full-time position as a diagnostic radiographer in a privately owned practice in Hobart, Tasmania.

Shayne Chau

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

Shayne Chau

Shayne Chau

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

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)