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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.

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

Our Graduate Certificate in Breast Imaging is also the only accredited certificate of its kind in Australia and New Zealand.

The on-campus facilities include a number of fully-functioning virtual radiology and x-ray suites, where you can gain valuable hands-on experience and be prepared for clinical placements. This practical learning is complemented by the 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.

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 graduate employment in Health1.
  • Graduate with the state's only Medical Radiation Science qualifications.
  • Be taught by well above world-class researchers in Clinical Sciences and Medical Physiology2.
  • Learn in fully functioning radiation and x-ray facilities on-campus.
  • Get hands-on experience when you undertake clinical placements as part of your studies.
  • Enjoy flexible study options and online learning facilities with our postgraduate qualifications.

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

You’ll graduate career-ready when you learn in our state-of-the-art facilities – we’re also one of only seven universities with a Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) suite, which allows students to practice their techniques on campus. We’re South Australia’s leading university for graduate careers1.

You’ll be taught by industry professionals. Our teachers have a very practical approach to learning – you’ll work on real-world projects and gain direct hands-on experience. 

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. We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international heavyweights to deliver impact and change.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey, 2014 – 2016 Full-Time Employment Indicator  

UniSA offers 8 Medical Radiation Science degrees

Choose your level of study

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

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:

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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Apply now to study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

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, Diagnostic Radiographer, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)

Laura Lukic

Laura Lukic, Diagnostic Radiographer, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (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)

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 Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

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