Our MSc Diagnostic Radiography programme is an intensive pre-registration course for students with a primary degree in a subject other than diagnostic radiography. The programme uses the learning and teaching methods that best support students to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes necessary for effective radiography practice.
The aim of this programme is to provide each student with an excellent educational experience both in academic and clinical environments. This ensures graduates that can contribute to the constantly advancing and evolving nature of healthcare requirements.
We aim to equip our graduates with the clinical and research skills, and professional attributes required to work and develop as competent clinicians, researchers, and agents for change within the evolving healthcare environment.
Our diagnostic radiography programme is situated in the School of Medicine which is part of the College of Medicine and Health. The College is located in the western end of the UCC campus and enjoys state-of-the-art facilities.
Practice education is an integral component of the programme and students are required to undertake a clinical placement. Clinical placements will mostly take place in the hospitals of the South/South West Hospital Group (SSWHG) and other centres nationally. UCC is the academic partner of these hospitals affording you the best possible clinical experience in a wide variety of settings.
This Master's programme is a 2-year full-time course – taken over three semesters per year. Students attend lectures from 9 am to 5 pm daily, with some dedicated time to independent learning during Semesters 1, 2 and 3.
Assessment is by continuous assessment. This will consist of tutorial performance, small presentations, class tests, essays, practical vivas (competency-based), Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), and work-based placement assessments.
Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff will support you in making meaningful connections within and between topics such as medicine, healthcare, science, and management.
Placement Block Timings
There are two clinical placement blocks in Semester 2 and Semester 3 of Year 1 (18 weeks total) and two clinical placement blocks (18 weeks total) in Year 2. Students must engage in supervised clinical practice to meet regulatory requirements.
Students need to travel and/or arrange short-term accommodation near their placement sites and students will incur the costs of travel to clinical locations as well as the costs of accommodation. There is the opportunity in the programme to undertake a 3-week elective clinical placement for those students wishing to encounter other hospital experiences.