The University of Newcastle, Australia
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93.40 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD34,030 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40002
CRICOS code: 088060E

Study diagnostic radiography

Use advanced imaging technology to improve lives.

At the University of Newcastle we prepare diagnostic radiography students for a dynamic career using advanced imaging technology. Learn how create medical images to diagnose and manage patient health, combining sophisticated technology and medical expertise to save and improve lives.

What is diagnostic radiography?

Diagnostic radiography is an important first step to diagnosing, treating and managing injuries and disease. Along with pathology, diagnostic radiography is the largest diagnostic test performed. The medical images you will learn to you produce will allow patients to be diagnosed accurately, and can directly impact a patient’s treatment plan and overall recovery.

Why study with us?

  • Hands-on radiography experience: Complete 42 weeks of clinical placements in public and private centres, preparing you for a successful career in diagnostic radiography.
  • World-class facilities: Hone your skills using advanced multimodality imaging and post-processing facilities, including CT, MRI, ultrasound, angiography and mammography facilities.
  • Learn from research leaders keeping you on the forefront of breaking research discoveries in diagnostic radiography.
  • Tick the boxes for professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
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87.5% Employed ? within four months of graduation
20+ years experience training diagnostic radiographers
42 Weeks clinical placement
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at 'well above world standard'

What you will study

Students who study the University of Newcastle's Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography) will develop a strong foundation in physical, biomedical and behavioural sciences. You will:

  • Build essential clinical reasoning and patient management skills using our latest radiography technologies and facilities, including 2D, 3D and 4D imaging technology.
  • Gain professional diagnostic radiography skills through case-based training, integrating learning into real situations and interactive team work activities.
  • Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in the field of diagnostic radiography.

You will be able to enrol in a range of courses including:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • clinical education
  • instrumentation
  • physics
  • radiation protection
  • research

All University of Newcastle medical radiation science students graduate with Honours, giving you a distinct advantage when seeking employment. As part of the Honours component you can choose from two study pathways.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

Our diagnostic radiography graduates are very employable and highly regarded. 88% of our graduates find work before, or soon after, finishing their studies (2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

University of Newcastle diagnostic radiography graduates are qualified to register and work as diagnostic radiographers, working closely with patients and other health professionals to diagnose and manage illnesses and injuries using medical images. You may find yourself working in settings such as accident and emergency wards and operating theatres. Diagnostic radiographers play an important role in medicine and health care, and contribute significantly to improving community health.

Some typical roles include:

  • Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Chief Radiographer
  • Sonographer
  • Echocardiography Technologist
  • Medical Technician

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

University of Newcastle diagnostic radiography graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) under the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. Your accreditation allows you to work in Australia and overseas.

Practical experience

Practical experience

All University of Newcastle diagnostic radiography students complete 40 weeks of professional practice during their degree, starting in first year. During your placement, you are mentored and supervised by qualified diagnostic radiographers. You may undertake placements in public and private hospitals and practices located in the Hunter Region, NSW, interstate or overseas. You will participate in metropolitan, regional and rural placements as part of this degree.

On-campus facilities

During your degree, you will have access to the latest diagnostic radiography technologies on campus. This includes multimodality imaging and post-processing facilities, with CT, MRI, ultrasound, angiography and mammography facilities.