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.

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in Diagnostic Radiography.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Important Information:

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.

Course outline

Unit of Study overview -current year

Study plan

You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 96 credit points.


Year 1
- first offered 2017

Semester 1
BIOS5092

Bio Sciences for Health Professionals

MRSC5001

Professional Practice Radiography 1

MRSC5026

Clinical Studies Radiography 1

MRSC5045

Medical Radiation Science 1 Radiography


TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS



Semester 2

MRSC5003

Foundations of Health Care Practice

MRSC5005

Professional Practice Radiography 2

MRSC5027

Clinical Studies Radiography 2

MRSC5048

Simulated and Interprofessional Learning


TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS



Year 2 - first offered 2018



Semester 1

MRSC5013

Professional Practice Radiography 3

MRSC5028

Clinical Studies Radiography 3

MRSC5038

Medical Radiation Science 2 Radiography

MRSC5049

Advanced Clinical Reasoning in MRS


TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS



Semester 2

MRSC5014

Professional Practice Radiography 4

MRSC5029

Clinical Studies Radiography 4

MRSC5039

Medical Radiation Science 3 Radiography

MRSC5050

Advanced Practice in MRS


TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Further course information

Progression rules

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.

Capstone experience

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

Graduate opportunities

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.

Course accreditation

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.

Further study

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

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.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University of Sydney and no longer via UAC.

Applications opened -1 August 2016

Applications now closed for 2017 intake.


Offers released:

3rd week of November


Additional offers:
3rd week of January: subject to availability.


Click here for information on admission timelines, entry requirements, pathways and more.

International students

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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Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.