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Master of Diagnostic Radiography

Fast track your career in diagnostic radiography

Hear from alumni of our 2 year graduate entry masters degrees on why they decided to undertake postgraduate study.

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Overview

Work on the frontline of 21st century healthcare. You will learn how to work with a range of innovative imaging technologies including small mobile X-ray machines and larger units such as MRI and CT scanners, as well as sophisticated cardiac units to enable accurate patient diagnosis and treatment.

Learn from expert academics to work closely with radiologists and use a range of modalities to provide images and data for the diagnosis and treatment of injury or disease. You will develop the skills and knowledge to produce and analyse the images and data generated to determine whether diagnostically adequate and appropriate for radiological interpretation. 

Why study this course?

  • As a diagnostic radiography student, you will learn from expert academics to work closely with radiologists and use a range of modalities to provide images and data for the diagnosis and treatment of injury or disease.
  • You will develop the skills and knowledge to produce and analyse the images and data generated to determine whether diagnostically adequate and appropriate for radiological interpretation.
  • Our Master of Diagnostic Radiography program is assessed for accreditation leading to graduates being eligible for provisional registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board (MRPB).

How will you learn?

  • The Master of Diagnostic Radiography program is delivered on-campus with a two-year full-time course duration. 
  • You will learn in our purpose-built laboratories, on-site health clinics and use high-calibre equipment across our dedicated health facilities.
  • Through a number of clinical research and professional placement opportunities in both public and private sectors, you will learn to combine your theoretical study with the practical capabilities of a professional diagnostic radiographer.

The information on this page applies to prospective students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

During this two-year degree, you will complete a number of clinical research and professional placement opportunities, allowing you to combine your theoretical study with the practical capabilities required of the diagnostic radiography profession. Clinical placements are undertaken across both the public and private sectors, providing the opportunity to practically apply your knowledge and develop invaluable industry experience.

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

Year 1

  • Bio Sciences for Health Professionals
  • Professional Practice Radiography 1 & 2
  • Clinical Studies Radiography 1 & 2
  • Medical Radiation Science 1 Radiography
  • Foundations of Health Care Practice
  • Simulated and Interprofessional Learning

Year 2 (first offered 2018)

  • Professional Practice Radiography 3 & 4
  • Clinical Studies Radiography 3 & 4
  • Medical Radiation Science 2 & 3 Radiography
  • Advanced Clinical Reasoning in MRS
  • Advanced Practice in MRS

Please note: In the first semester of the course, students will have classes at both Cumberland and Camperdown campuses. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day.

Units of Study

Transition to Camperdown

We're moving to the Camperdown campus in 2021, and we've begun the transition. In some semesters, students may have classes at both the Cumberland and Camperdown campuses in 2019 and 2020. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day, where possible.

For example, the following units of study will be taught at the Camperdown/ Darlington:

Year 1

BIOS5092 Bio Sciences for Health Professionals

Semester 1

Year 2

All units of study based at Cumberland campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

Progression rules

The Master of Diagnostic Radiography requires the completion of 96 credit points (cp) of core of units of study.  Please refer to the Faculty of Health Sciences handbook for further information.

Capstone experience

The capstone experience provides an opportunity to critically explore specific advanced medical imaging practices including diagnostic ultrasound and radiographic image interpretation.

It builds upon previous units of study to consolidate professional competencies, learning abilities and the generic attributes of graduates of the university, to culminate in evidence of research-led professional practice through a personalised portfolio of achievement.

Admission criteria

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 criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online 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.

Prospective students must ensure that they understand the MRPBA’s registration requirements for graduates of this program prior to enrolment. The relevant information is provided below in the Professional registration section.

How to apply

Download the graduate entry masters admissions guide (pdf, 180KB) for more information on the admissions process for domestic and international applicants.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for this course.

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.

Professional registration

The Master of Diagnostic Radiography is accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia and is an approved program of study, with conditions, for general registration.

"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.

The current registration conditions for this degree program require graduates to complete a program of supervised practice to be eligible for general registration

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 obtained from the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. 

Career pathways

Diagnostic radiographers are at the cutting-edge of medicine, working with innovative imaging technologies to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment options for patients. 

As an accredited diagnostic radiographer, you will have the opportunity to work in a range of settings, such as small regional clinics, large metro imaging departments, and emergency wards. The diagnostic radiographer is an integral part of the clinical team, and can work in a wide range of areas, including with:

  • radiologists in the imaging department
  • cardiologists in the imaging of heart disease
  • surgeons during a range of operations
  • emergency doctors in the emergency room.

They can also work in a wide range of research areas from forensics to innovative technology development. 

Future study options

Eligible graduates may consider an additional three years of study with us as a research candidate in the Master of Applied Science - Research or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Higher degree research provides you with the opportunity to do in-depth study in a specialised area, under the supervision of academic experts in your chosen field of research.  

A research degree in health sciences will enhance your profile as a genuine researcher and expert in your field, as may afford opportunities including:

  • becoming a published researcher
  • academic appointments
  • research appointments with government or industry.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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 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 increase


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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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 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 costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

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