Medical Radiation Science

Explore some of NSW’s most beautiful communities while building your interprofessional networks and gaining close study and career support—like exclusive job webinars and more. You could undertake multi-week rural placements within our NSW geographical footprint, go rural for a semester or potentially complete your 3rd or 4th year while based in a rural location.

Going rural with us gives you a competitive edge on your CV. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine adventure, travel and learning.

Medical radiation science student LaurenMy rural placement gave me extra hands-on learning to better prepare me for my future career. I was encouraged to develop my confidence and skills whilst at the hospital to allow me to develop into a well-rounded radiographer."

Lauren, Medical Radiation Science

Top reasons medical radiation science students choose rural:

  • Year-long or semester-long rural immersion program
  • Additional clinical practice time for some students (1 day per week)
  • Community engagement activities
  • Subsidised student accommodation*

*Students can access free accommodation in Moree or apply for subsidised accommodation at one of other five main locations. Read more about student accommodation in our Student Orientation Manual.

Year-long Rural Immersion Program

Year-long Rural Immersion Program

University of Newcastle students can go rural for a semester or whole year of studies. Radiation therapy students can choose to complete their 4th year in Port Macquarie or Coffs Harbour. Diagnostic radiography students can undertake their 3rd or 4th year of studies based in Tamworth or Taree. Other locations may be available, on a case-by-case basis. Diagnostic radiography students may also gain additional clinical experience, with one day per week at either the local public hospital or private practice, as part of the academic program (in lieu of MRS laboratory sessions on the main campus).

When you’re not on placement, you’ll continue to complete your normal course work from your rural location. Our students will have access to close academic support, interprofessional and community engagement activities, and more.

Get a competitive edge in your career

Get a competitive edge in your career

The University of Newcastle Medical Radiation Science program has a long history of providing students with high-quality clinical placement and learning experiences. You’ll receive individualised support from exceptional clinical supervisors and our teaching team. Many of our graduates are now employed in hospitals and private practices across the region, elsewhere in NSW and interstate.

Some of our medical radiation science placement sites include:

  • Tamworth Hospital
  • North West Cancer Centre, Tamworth
  • Manning Base Hospital, Taree
  • Coffs Harbour Base Hospital
  • Port Macquarie Base Hospital
  • North Coast Cancer Institute, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour
  • Moree District Hospital
  • Castlereagh Imaging, Tamworth
  • Tamworth Medical Imaging
  • Mid-North Coast Diagnostic Imaging, Taree, Port Macquarie and Forster
  • Active Medical Imaging
Funding support

Funding support

You may be entitled to a scholarship or grant to assist your studies, such as Health Education and Training scholarships or the University of Newcastle’s Betty Josephine Fyffe Rural Health Scholarships. To find out more, talk with your university on application.

How to apply

How to apply

Rural placement block: University of Newcastle students should nominate their desired placement locations through the university portal, “SONIA”. Each university has its own placement portal. If you are studying at another university, please consult your university for more information.

Year-long Rural Immersion Program (3rd or 4th year): Email to complete an online expression of interest form, then follow the instructions from the academic.

Once you have your placement (year-long or block), you will need to register with us via our placement portal to access community and accommodation support.

More information


A/Prof Tony Smith
Phone: + 61 2 4055 1900


Ms Emma Cooper
Phone: +61 2 6755 3578

Port Macquarie

Mrs Jamie Marjoribanks
Phone: +61 2 4055 3442

Coffs Harbour

Ms Gina Boyle
Phone: +61 2 4055 1967

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.