Start Date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IHRS

Study as
Full-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2023 Guaranteed Entry
TAFE/RTO: N/A
View Guaranteed Entry Info
2022 Cut-Offs
View full entry requirements

Degree overview

  • Achieve honours in medical radiation science, with a specialisation in nuclear medicine.
  • Learn how to safely prepare and administer radioactive substances, operate state of the art equipment and provide patient care for both diagnosis and therapy.
  • Study at a university with above world-class research in medical radiation science.1
  • Gain hands-on experience when you complete clinical placements as part of your studies.
  • Work with specialised equipment and computer systems to analyse patient data.
  • Develop an independent research proposal, project and thesis under the supervision of one of our leading researchers.
  • Join the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers2 and student satisfaction3 in health.
  • Pursue further research education after graduation, such as Masters by Research or doctoral studies.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people4. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities5, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). SA public universities. 3ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2020-21, Health Services and Support – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). SA public universities. 4UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. 5Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Snapshot

Nuclear Medicine student.jpg

This is the only honour's degree of its kind in South Australia, preparing you for a rewarding career in the highly specialised field of nuclear medicine.

Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive substances (radiopharmaceuticals) to evaluate the function of an organ or body system and diagnose and/or treat disease.

This honours degree is only available to students studying the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) 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

Nuclear medicine technologists need to know how to confidently prepare and administer radioactive substances (radiopharmaceuticals), to evaluate the function of an organ or body system and diagnose and/or treat diseases. Throughout your degree, you’ll learn how to work with radioactive substances, and complement your clinical skills with valuable interpersonal skills such as communication and collaboration.

During your first year you’ll focus on basic sciences at the core of the study and practice of medical radiation science. You’ll 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.

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

As part of the honour's component, you’ll complete an honour’s project 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.

Degree 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)
Pathology for Medical Radiation MEDI 2006 4.5
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 2 PHYS 1017 4.5
Medical Radiation Human Anatomy HLTH 1026 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
Nuclear Medicine Studies 1 RADY 2010 4.5
Human Anatomy 201 (Gross and Sectional) RADY 2008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 1 RADY 2013 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 3
Nuclear Medicine Studies 2 RADY 3022 4.5
Physics for Medical Radiation 4 PHYS 2007 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4.5
CT and PET Imaging RADY 3032 4.5
Nuclear Medicine Studies 3 RADY 3023 4.5
Health Science Honours Preparation REHB 3010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Nuclear Medicine Studies 4 RADY 3024 4.5
Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 2 RADY 3038 9 Note(s): 1
Specialised Medical Radiation RADY 4023 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 3 RADY 4039 9 Note(s): 1
Nuclear Medicine Honours Clinical Practice 4 RADY 4041 4.5 Note(s): 1
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Nuclear Medicine Honours Professional Entry Practice 1 RADY 4042 4.5 Note(s): 1
Nuclear Medicine Professional Entry Practice 2 RADY 4044 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, as well as to 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
  • thesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 which includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice.

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

During the honour’s preparation, you’ll undertake training courses in research methods and ethics. During the thesis course, you’ll take on a research project under the supervision of an experienced supervisor which may be a UniSA academic or an industry clinician. You’ll 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.

Examples of previous honours projects include:

  • Nuclear medicine bone imaging: changing technology and its standardisation across SA Health
  • Effects of hormones and blood pressure in type 2 diabetes and their relationship to gastric emptying                                               

                                                                                

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

Nuclear Medicine.jpg

Graduating with an honour's 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.

UniSA’s industry-led teaching methods offer you extensive practical learning opportunities, coupled with the support and mentoring from award-winning teaching staff and academics. You’ll study a curriculum informed by above world-class research.1

You’ll get plenty of practical experience ensuring you graduate career-ready, using our specialised equipment and computer systems. This is complemented by more than 1,400 hours of practical work placements in Adelaide metropolitan, rural and interstate settings, ensuring you graduate career ready.

You’ll graduate with eligibility to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

You'll 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 will also come on campus to teach you about current technologies and practices such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging.

You'll also work alongside leading researchers in medical radiation imaging when you complete an independent research proposal, project and thesis.

We also host regular University-wide alumni events, employee master classes and employment expos 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 

To be successful in the field, 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.

Nuclear medicine professionals work in a variety of settings, including:

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

With further study or training, you can also gain employment in specialist areas such as:

  • ultrasound: produce detailed images of the body in real-time to diagnose and monitor a range of health conditions
  • 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

1 Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

Industry facts

chart-people

Employment for medical imaging professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 14.7% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

job-listings

To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

buildings-city

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

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

How to apply

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

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 scholarships page for more.

More scholarships

Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 sports and fitness facilities, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access 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
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

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

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You’ll have access to industry-standard, on-campus computer software packages for image manipulation. You’ll work with specialised equipment and computer systems in dedicated teaching spaces.

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

Your study spaces

Your program director

I have over 20 years of professional experience in local and international clinical practice as well as in academia. I’m interested in the application of innovative learning and teaching methodologies within the clinical and academic learning environments, and how these environments interconnect.

Ms Cristina Blefari

Program Director

Enquire
Portrait image for Ms Cristina Blefari
Portrait image for Ms Cristina Blefari

Ms Cristina Blefari

Program Director

Enquire

Ask UniSA

anchor-arrow
More FAQs

What others are saying

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)