Master of Diagnostic Radiography
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Diagnostic Radiography (MDR) prepares graduates for clinical practice in the profession of diagnostic radiography with a commitment to life long learning and evidence based practice.
The course is a graduate-entry program (students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry), however the MDR is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline.
As the course leads to eligibility to practise, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the modern medical environment.
The pace of work in the MDR is commensurate with the expectations of postgraduate study, as is the level and complexity of the issues dealt with in the degree, including research project design.
Inherent Requirements for Diagnostic Radiography courses
This degree program is accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia and is an approved program of study for provisional registration: see Registration Board for more details.
You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 96 credit points (cp) including fifteen core units(90cp) and one elective unit (6cp).
Further course information
The Master of Diagnostic Radiography requires the completion of 96 credit points (cp) of units of study, including 90cp of core units and 6cp of elective units, chosen either from the list of elective units in the Table. Please refer to the Faculty of Health Sciences handbook for further information.
A number of research clinical and professional opportunities are scheduled as part of the course, allowing students to combine theoretical study with the practical capabilities required of the Diagnostic Radiography profession.
As part of this course, eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the ‘FHS Abroad' program that involves academic study and a 4-6 week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide.
Course outcomes and further study
Graduates of the Master of Diagnostic Radiography are qualified health professionals who utilise a range of modalities to provide images and data for the diagnosis and treatment of an injury or disease. Graduates have the skills and knowledge to produce medical images and critically analyse both these images and the data generated to determine whether they are diagnostically adequate and appropriate for radiological interpretation.
Diagnostic Radiographers are at the cutting-edge of medicine, working with innovative imaging technologies to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment options for patients. The Diagnostic Radiographer is an integral part of the clinical team and can work in a wide range of areas. They can work closely with radiologist in the imaging department, cardiologists in imaging heart disease, surgeons during a range of operations and emergency doctors in the emergency room. Diagnostic Radiographers can also work in a wide range of research areas from forensics to innovative technology development.
This degree program is accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia and is an approved program of study for provisional registration: see for more detail.
“Diagnostic Radiographer” is a protected title in Australia. Graduates of diagnostic radiography programs are required to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. Visit for more information.
The current registration conditions for this degree program require a period of twelve months’ supervised practice after graduation before qualifying for general registration as a diagnostic radiographer.
Members of the public may make a notification to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) about the conduct, health or performance of a practitioner or the health of a student enrolled in this degree program.
Practitioners, employers and education providers are all mandated by law to report notifiable conduct relating to a registered practitioner or student. More information can be found at Make a notification.
Eligible graduates may consider an additional three years of study with us as a research candidate for the higher research degree of Master by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/research_innovation/. Higher Research is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area under the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your field of research.
The award of the degree in the health sciences will enhance your profile as a genuine researcher and expert in your chosen field, afford opportunities as a published researcher, and may lead to an academic appointment, or to a research appointment with a government or industrial research and development organisation.
To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria;
1. A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent.
2. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 (credit average). This does not guarantee an offer as the places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University of Sydney and no longer via UAC.
Applications open -1 August 2016
Applications close - 1 October 2016
1st round offers: released November 2016
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How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Applications open from mid-April and will close 1 October each year. Offers are made on a rolling basis.
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Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.