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Start Date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBRS

SATAC Code
414361 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 98.05 (for 2020)
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for student satisfaction in Health Services.1
  • Study South Australia’s only Medical Radiation Science degree.
  • Treat simulated patients in our $2 million on-campus Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite.
  • Learn from a University that has above world-class research in Medical Radiation Science.2
  • Get practical experience when you complete clinical placements as part of your studies.
  • Graduate with a highly regarded qualification.

1ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19, Health Services and Support — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
2Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

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This is the only degree of its kind in South Australia, preparing you for a rewarding career in the highly specialised field of radiation therapy.

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 accurately deliver high energy ionising radiation treatments.

As a radiation therapy student, you will learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, including our Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite, where you will gain valuable hands-on experience. Further practical experience is gained during field placements. You’ll complete more than 1,750 hours of clinical placements, complemented by an in-depth theoretical component taught by our award-winning teachers.

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.

High achieving students may be considered for the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Radiation Therapy) program in the third year.

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

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 studies 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.

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)
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

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

Why Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

Lauren McPeake, Medical Radiation Science Radiation Therapy student

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. 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 1,750 hours of practical work placements in Adelaide metropolitan areas, rural and interstate settings, where you will practice the skills learned in class.

This is the only degree of its kind 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.

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 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.

Radiation therapy professionals work in a variety of settings, including:

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

You may also gain employment in specialist areas such as:

  • brachytherapy
  • stereotactic radiotherapy.

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

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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

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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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Preferred Pathways

Option 1:
Direct Entry
Option 2:
Undergraduate Pathway
Apply for your preferred degree directly via SATAC
Choose one of the following degrees and complete a year of full-time or equivalent part-time study; then apply for your preferred degree via SATAC using your competitive Grade Point Average (GPA). 
Bachelor of Medial Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
Bachelor of Human Movement OR
Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) OR
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Please note that all pathways are competitive and no guaranteed due to limited places. A competitive Grade Point Average (GPA) and other entry criteria (including prerequisites) apply. For more information, visit unisa.edu.au/study or contact our Future Student Enquiries Team at unisa.edu.au/enquire or on (08) 8302 2376.

Alternative Pathways

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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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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 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 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.

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

Radiation Therapy student using Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training suite

As a medical radiation science student you will have access to our state-of-the-art on-campus Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite. We're one of only seven universities in Australia to host VERT, a three-dimensional treatment room where you are able to treat virtual patients using equipment identical to equipment used by practitioners in real-life. You will also have access to software packages for planning.

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

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Program Director

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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)
Employment: Radiation Oncology Queensland
Role: Radiation Therapist

Lauren McPeake

Lauren McPeake

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
<br />Employment: Radiation Oncology Queensland