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Medical Radiation Science

Diagnostic Radiography / Medical Imaging

Diagnostic Radiography / Medical Imaging is the allied health profession responsible for undertaking and creating medical images using x-rays, ultrasound and magnetic fields & radio-waves. This profession will combine your love of people and technology in a rewarding career.

Diagnostic radiography is a growing field with the unique opportunity to apply both technical interests and people skills on a daily basis. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) or the Master of Medical Imaging you can work as a diagnostic radiographer either in public hospitals or private radiology practices in Australia as well as any country in the world. Study a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) or the Master of Medical Imaging at UC and you will:

  • Gain a high level of ethical and interpersonal skills for interacting with patients from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Learn to effectively function as part of a health care team
  • Acquire and apply clinical reasoning, treatment and evaluation skills to basic and life sciences
  • Develop skills to undertake all routine diagnostic radiographic procedures
  • Learn to operate diagnostic radiographic instrumentation to optimise image quality and minimise radiation dose or other potential patient hazards
  • Develop skills in designing, implementation and management of quality assurance programs for medical imaging applications
  • Acquire professional attitudes and attributes as a reflective practitioner
  • Gain a willingness to maintain professional development and be proactive in the profession
  • Learn effective communications, problem solving and critical analysis skills

Career opportunities

Specialised career opportunities exist for diagnostic radiographers in:

  • General radiography
  • Angiography
  • Mammography
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Medical ultrasound

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sport industry workforce.

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person interested in studying a health or sport course, please contact Rachel Harrigan or phone 6201 2608.

Frequently Asked Question

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)

This is a four year degree suitable for students wishing to enter the profession of Diagnostic Radiography. It incorporates lectures, practical and tutorial sessions, and a medical imaging / radiography specific work experience component, known as work integrated learning though undertaking clinical placements. This course is only available full time. Classes include the foundational knowledge and skills in anatomy, human physiology and psychology. Students will gain clinical skills and progress to apply this to the understanding, clinical reasoning and evaluation skills that a diagnostic radiographer requires.

Following successful accreditation of this new course by the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA), graduates will be able to gain registration to practice as diagnostic radiographers. Graduates will also be eligible for membership of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) and able to apply for a for a Statement of Compliance.  Police clearance checks including working with children, immunisation and a current first aid certificate are required to participate in clinical placements during the course.

Professional experience via clinical placements will commence in the second year of study. These placements will be undertaken in a range of locations including the ACT, regions in NSW and interstate. Placements are in hospitals and private radiology practices.

The curriculum is evidence based and research led. The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) is available with an integrated honours program, which provides research opportunities for those wishing to develop their research and enquiry skills.

Master of Medical Imaging

Following successful accreditation of this new course by the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA), graduates will be able to gain registration to practice as diagnostic radiographers. Graduates will also be eligible for membership of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) and able to apply for a for a Statement of Compliance.  Applicants will be required to participate in an interview process. Police clearance checks including working with children, immunisation and a current first aid certificate are required to participate in clinical placements during the course.

Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasound

Postgraduate research degrees, with a focus on medical imaging / diagnostic radiography can be undertaken in:

135JA Master of Health (Research)
254LC Doctor of Philosophy    

The current focus of research is in dose / image quality in CR/DR and CT as well as in image processing in medical imaging. Clinical diagnostic radiographer research can also be undertaken. Other opportunities will exist when more medical imaging staff commence.


Research opportunities in medical ultrasound will soon be available when the medical ultrasound course and staff commence (expected in 2016).

This UC degree will equip you with skills highly sought after by a diverse range of employers, including skills in critical analysis, communication, problem solving, team-work, and research. Furthermore, specialised career opportunities exist for diagnostic radiographers in general radiography, angiography, mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and in medical ultrasound.

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