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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

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.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Application dates

Applications open - 1 July of the preceding year

Applications close - 31 October of the preceding year

Early offers:  A small number of rolling offers released to applicants with high academic merit

Offers released: December - January

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Application dates

Applications open - 15 March of the preceding year

Applications close - 31 October of the preceding year

Offers released: Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

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.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 770 hours.

This translates to 35 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

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 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.

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