The University of Newcastle, Australia
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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: 40011
CRICOS code: 088061D

Study nuclear medicine

A radioactive way to save and improve lives.

Nuclear medicine graduates from the University of Newcastle are sought after worldwide. In this rewarding and challenging degree, you will learn to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases such as cancer using radioactive substances – giving patients the best chance of living a full and healthy life.

What is nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine students learn how to conduct nuclear medicine scans of a person’s body using radioactive material called radioisotopes. Radioisotopes are typically ingested or injected, travelling through the affected area to create images of the inside of your body. These images can diagnose life-threatening diseases such as cancer and help monitor a patient’s health.

Why study with us?

  • Hands-on experience: Complete 42 weeks of clinical placements in public and private centres, preparing you for a successful career in nuclear medicine.
  • World leader in medical radiation science and nuclear medicine: You are taught by the best and brightest minds in their fields and get to celebrate, and possibly participate, in ground breaking research discoveries that define your practice.
  • World-class facilities: Hone your skills in our $1.5 million on-campus radiopharmacy laboratory – the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
  • Tick the boxes for professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
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UON nuclear medicine students in the radiopharmacy lab

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42 Weeks clinical placement
87.5% Employed ? within four months of graduation
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at 'well above world standard'

What you will study

By studying a degree in nuclear science you will learn specialised scientific knowledge and develop practical medical radiation experience using world-class facilities and technology. You will:

  • Build essential clinical reasoning and patient management skills using our state-of-the-art radiopharmacy labs located on campus.
  • Develop communication and interpersonal skills to provide a high level of care to patients.
  • Gain professional nuclear medicine skills, learning how to use imaging technology and radioisotope to diagnose illnesses and determine the best course of treatment for patients.
  • Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in the field of nuclear medicine.

Students who study our Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science in nuclear medicine will be able to enrol in a range of radiation science courses including:

  • anatomy
  • molecular imaging
  • nuclear medicine instrumentation and radiopharmacy
  • nuclear medicine theory
  • patient care
  • physiology
  • psychology
  • 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 nuclear medicine graduates are very employable and highly regarded. Many of our graduates have advanced rapidly in their careers and are now in management roles in Australia and overseas.

University of Newcastle nuclear medicine graduates are qualified to register and work as nuclear medical technologists, working closely with patients and other health professionals to diagnose life-threatening diseases such as cancer and help monitor a patient’s health. You may find yourself working in clinical positions in private and public hospitals, in upper management roles such as director of services, or in higher education and research roles.

Take a look below for some common roles for medical radiation science graduates.

  • echocardiography technologist
  • medical technician
  • nuclear medicine technologist
  • research scientist
  • sonographer
  • technical sales representative
  • technical writer
  • university lecturer/academic

Nuclear Medicine is a highly specialised degree and graduates will generally move into roles in public hospitals or private nuclear medicine practices across Australia. The job listing below includes more detailed information on the profession. Some roles within nuclear medicine may require further qualifications or experience beyond the degree level.

  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Research Scientist
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine).

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Echocardiography Technologist
  • Medical Technician
  • Sonographer
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Technical Writer

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

University of Newcastle nuclear medicine 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 nuclear medicine students complete 40 weeks of professional practice during their degree, starting in first year. During your placement, you are mentored and supervised by qualified nuclear medicine professionals. 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 technologies in nuclear medicine on campus. This includes ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography. The University's $1.5 million on-campus radiopharmacy laboratory is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.