Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations)


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Program Description

Medical radiation science is a diverse, challenging and progressive field that combines science, health and anatomy/physiology. The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science from Charles Sturt University offers you the theoretical knowledge and professional skills to practise as a qualified medical radiation scientist. Taught by industry-based professionals, this degree has a high success rate in industry employment.

You can also choose to specialise in one of three areas: nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, diagnostic radiography, or radiation therapy. You’ll enrol directly into your specialisation, but build a strong foundation of core knowledge in your first year.

A patient model wearing a short face mask is positioned in a computed tomography (CT) scanner to obtain images of a tumor before radiation therapy. 2010

Course highlights

  • High industry demand: 
    There is an increasing demand for highly educated and adaptable medical radiation science professionals in response to Australia's ageing population and organic growth of the industry. Our degree puts you at the cutting edge of the industry, giving you a competitive advantage in the employment market.
  • Equipped for success: 
    Equipment used by medical radiation scientists has become increasingly sophisticated over the past decade and detailed knowledge of equipment function, operation and computer interfacing is required. With an emphasis on the techniques and equipment used in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy, this degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding and fulfilling career.   You’ll learn across a wide range of subject areas,  including general radiography, screening, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), hybrid systems (SPECT/CT, PET/CT, PET/MRI), simulation and planning systems, linear accelerators, and state of the art computer/software systems.
  • Learning facilities: 
    To ensure you’re experienced in using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include CR units, a clinical ultrasound machine, Philips PRISM 1000 Gamma camera and multiple Odyssey VP/FX/LX computers, Vita medical technegas ventilation equipment, GE 400AC SPECT Gamma Camera and camstar computer, fully equipped radiopharmacy laboratory and ADAC – Sun Sparc Ultra – 10 interfaced computer system for image analysis, VERTUAL 3D radiation therapy simulation software, and Elekta Monaco planning software for 3D radiation therapy planning.
  • Become a well-rounded professional: 
    You’ll complement your clinical skills with a range of highly sought-after soft skills, such as communication and collaboration. These skills align with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.  Achieve your goals by becoming complete health professional.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging), Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) and Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) have been accredited with ongoing conditions set by the Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee. On graduation, Charles Sturt University graduates are able to be registered with AHPRA.

Graduates of the medical imaging and radiation therapy specialisations are also eligible to become members of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT).

Graduates of the nuclear medicine specialisation are eligible for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (ANZSNM).

The MRPBA has advised the University that the revised course should be submitted for review by the board in mid-2021 after students have completed the first year of the revised program.

Career opportunities

When you graduate you’ll be ready to work in public and private nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy facilities, as well as in management, research, industry (application specialists) and higher education.

  • Explore opportunities in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging - Work as a nuclear medicine scientist either in public hospitals or private nuclear medicine practices anywhere in Australia. You will be eligible to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. You can also apply to work in some overseas countries – like New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Graduates are employed as nuclear medicine scientists or CT radiographers in rural and metropolitan areas, and further study and training can set you up for a career in ultrasound or MRI.
  • Work in diagnostic radiography - Become a diagnostic radiographer/medical imaging technologist in a public hospital or private radiology practice. You’ll be ready to work throughout Australia or some overseas countries – and you can boost your career prospects by registering with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. Further study and training will set you up for a career in ultrasound or MRI.
  • Become a radiation therapist - Explore a career as a radiation therapist in public hospitals or private radiation oncology practices anywhere in Australia, as well as overseas. You could also specialise in areas such as tomotherapy and IMRT. We are seeking course accreditation so graduates will be eligible to register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.


For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet the necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

  • Completed High School Certificate with an ATAR of 65 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent.


  • Successful completion of two university-level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.


  • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher-level qualification.


  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification.


  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.


  • English Language Proficiency. An Academic IELTS of 6.5 with no score below a 6.0 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.


Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with Charles Sturt University, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a Charles Sturt University student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Aug 2020

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