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Master of Diagnostic Radiography

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Overview

Work on the frontline of 21st century healthcare. In the Master of Diagnostic Radiography, you will learn how to work with innovative imaging technologies ranging from small mobile X-ray machines to larger units, such as MRI and CT scanners, to sophisticated cardiac units, to enable accurate patient diagnosis and treatment.

As a diagnostic radiography student, you will learn from expert academics how to work closely with radiologists to utilise a range of modalities to provide images and data for the diagnosis and treatment of an injury or disease. You will develop 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.

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.

Accredited by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA), the Master of Diagnostic Radiography is an approved program of study for provisional registration as a diagnostic radiographer (click here to view the MRPBA's approved programs). 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.

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 on this Sydney Courses webpage.

Important Information
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.

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.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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

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

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.

Inherent Requirements

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.

Professional 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 (MRPBA) in order to practise and use this professional title. The MRPBA’s registration webpage provides more information about the process of registration.

The Master of Diagnostic Radiography is currently  accredited by the MRPBA and is an approved program of study for provisional registration. Provisional registration means that a period of twelve months supervised practice after graduation is required before you can qualify for general registration as a diagnostic radiographer. More information is available on the MRPBA’s supervised practice webpage.

Prospective students should be aware that members of the public may make a notification to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) about concerns relating to 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 (defined in the Glossary index). AHPRA’s complaints or concerns webpage provides more information about this process.

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.

Future study options

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). 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.

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 surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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 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, protected 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 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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.

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