University of South Australia

Medical Radiation Science

Interested in Medical Radiation Science?

Become an accredited medical radiation practitioner with South Australia’s No.1 university for graduate careers in health.1

With expert knowledge in science, technology and medicine, medical radiation professionals perform complex diagnostic imaging on patients to diagnose, treat and improve health outcomes.

UniSA offers South Australia’s only degrees in medical radiation, with three fully accredited specialisations in the fields of medical imaging, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. In each specialisation, you will develop the skills to safely and effectively deliver life-changing outcomes for patients and their families.

Graduate career ready by participating with over 1,400 hours of practical industry experience throughout your studies. Engage with practical learning on-campus in our 3D virtual treatment room and state-of-the-art x-ray suite. Your in-depth theoretical learning is taught by our award-winning teachers at a university with above world-class research in medical radiation science.2

Advance your career with further postgraduate study in specialty areas, including our Graduate Certificate in Breast Imaging – the only accredited certificate of its kind in Australia and New Zealand - or our fully accredited suite of sonography qualifications. You may also contribute to the field of research with a Master or PhD qualification.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 2Results in Clinical Sciences – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Key features

  • Study South Australia’s only accredited medical radiation degrees from a university with more than 50 years of experience in allied health education and research.
  • Develop the skills to become an accredited medical radiation professional, and safely and effectively work in the field of medical radiation.
  • Graduate career ready by participating in over 1,400 hours of real-world clinical placements while you study.
  • Practice your analysis skills with specialised equipment and computer systems in our purpose-built, on-campus virtual radiation therapy, x-ray and nuclear medicine computer simulation suites.
  • High achieving students may be considered for honours in the third year of their bachelor’s degree and explore a specialised project.
  • Learn from experienced academics with clinical experience, and from a curriculum informed by our above world-class research in medical radiation science.1
  • Join South Australia’s no.1 university for graduate careers in health.2
  • Pursue further postgraduate study options to specialise your scope of practice or advance your research capacity.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,3 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 2020-22, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities. 3Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.

Why UniSA?

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,1 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.

Our enterprising spirit has made UniSA a renowned centre of innovation in the sectors driving Australia's future forward, including health. This is your chance to position yourself at the forefront of the highly in-demand medical imaging profession.

Our medical radiation science degrees offer extensive professional practice experience, with over 1,400 hours of practical industry experience included in your studies. In combination with our hands-on practical experience and strong theoretical knowledge, you’ll graduate career ready and confident to step into clinical settings from your very first day. 

UniSA’s above world-class research in medical radiation science2 translates into our teaching, where you’ll learn from outstanding researchers, industry professionals and experienced clinicians. Clinical specialists will also come on-campus to teach you about current technologies and practices throughout your studies.

You’ll use the latest technologies and learn in modern teaching spaces, including our on-campus x-ray suite, and the Virtual Environment Radiation Therapy Training suite (VERT) which will let you practice your skills and build your confidence in a safe environment.

1Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings. 3Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

UniSA offers the following 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

Medical radiation professionals are in high demand across South Australia and interstate,1 with strong application into international industry. You may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals and private clinics, or can continue into research.  

Upon graduating you’ll be eligible for registration with APHRA. Depending on your stream, you could be employed as a:

  • Diagnostic radiographer: produce high quality medical images, using various technologies and types of radiation to monitor and help diagnose injuries and illnesses.
  • Nuclear medicine technologist: prepare and administer radioactive substances to evaluate the function of an organ or body system to diagnose and treat disease.
  • Radiation therapist: work alongside Radiation Oncologists and Medical Physicists to plan and deliver radiation treatment, primarily to cancer patients.

All streams of study can lead to roles such as:

  • Interventional radiologist: use a medical imaging technique to visualise blood vessels.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologist: operate MRI scanners to create 3D images of a patient’s body tissues, which are used to diagnose illness and disease.
  • Radiographer / radiology technologist: operate CT equipment to produce cross-sectional images of a patient’s bones, organs and tissues.

Through further postgraduate study, you may upskill into specialist areas including:

  • Sonography: produce detailed pictures of the body in real time to diagnose and monitor a range of health conditions.

1Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021.

Your Career

Global networks

As 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 completed placements and internships with organisations like:

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

Industry facts

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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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)
Diagnostic Radiographer | Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Laura Lukic

Laura Lukic

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)
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
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
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.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation*
*2022 QS Stars Ratings