The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
76.60
83.55 (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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UAC code

483375
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40010
CRICOS code: 088062C

Study a radiation therapy degree at UON

The forefront of cancer treatment innovation.

The radiation therapy degree at UON is Australia’s leading study program in the discipline. Our graduates are sought after worldwide, working to eradicate cancer using superb medical competence and the world’s most advanced cancer treatment technology. As a radiation therapist, you can make a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.

What is radiation therapy?

Also known as radiotherapy, radiation therapy uses sophisticated radiation technology to target and destroy cancer cells and shrink tumours – allowing cancer to be treated, managed and cured. Our students learn to use radiation therapy as the primary treatment, or used alongside other treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy.

Why study with us?

  • Our graduates get jobs: 90% of our radiation therapy students from 2016 secured employment within four months of graduating.
  • Hands-on experience: Complete 42 weeks of clinical placements in public and private cancer care hospitals and facilities.
  • Learn from research leaders: UON is a global leader in medical and health science research, keeping you on the forefront of breaking research discoveries.
  • World-class facilities: Our 3D radiation therapy simulation lab is the first of its kind in Australia, featuring a virtual linear accelerator machine and radiation therapy planning room.
  • Tick the boxes for professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Radiation therapy student looking at scans in one of UON's radiation therapy labs.

Health and Medicine Scholarships: Find out about our scholarships for international and domestic scholarships

90% Employed ? within four months of graduation
42 Weeks clinical placement
No. 1 trainer of radiation therapy graduates in Australia
ERA 5 ? well above world standard for health and medicine research

What you will study

When you study UON’s Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Radiation Therapy) you benefit from a degree program combining theoretical and scientific knowledge with practical learning. You will:

  • Build essential clinical reasoning and patient management skills using our latest patient treatment labs on campus.
  • Develop exceptional communication and interpersonal skills needed to support patients and their families.
  • Gain professional radiation therapy skills through case-based training, integrating learning into real situations and interactive teamwork activities.
  • Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in the ever-evolving field of radiation therapy.

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

  • anatomy
  • behavioural science
  • clinical methods
  • imaging and treatment technologies
  • oncology
  • physiology
  • research

All UON 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.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Our radiation therapy graduates are very employable and highly regarded. About 90% of our graduates find work before, or soon after, finishing their studies.

UON radiation therapy graduates are qualified to register and work as radiation therapists, health care professionals who use anatomical and functional imaging studies to design courses of treatment for patients with malignant disease. Radiation therapists also use a range of advanced technology to implement daily treatment.

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

  • chief radiation therapist
  • echocardiography technologist
  • medical technician
  • radiation therapist
  • research scientist
  • sonographer
  • technical sales representative
  • technical writer
  • university lecturer/academic

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

UON radiation therapy 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

Professional placement

All UON radiation therapy students complete 40 weeks of professional practice during their degree, starting in first year. During your placement, you are mentored and supervised by qualified radiation therapists. You may undertake placements in public and private cancer care hospitals and facilities across NSW and Australia. International and overseas placements are also possible.

On-campus facilities

During your degree, you will have access to advanced radiation therapy technologies on campus, including 3D planning and patient treatment labs.

In your final year, your lab work focuses on emerging and futuristic professional practice. You will work mostly independently to develop the essential knowledge and skills required for a rewarding career in radiation therapy.