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Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography)

The University of Newcastle

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Diagnostic radiography is an important first step to diagnosing, treating and managing injuries and disease. Through the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography), you will learn how to use sophisticated technology to create medical images and analyse and manage patient health. Diagnostic radiographers work in a variety of settings including public and private setting in metropolitan, regional and rural areas. The medical images you produce will allow accurate diagnosis and play an important role in improving patient outcomes in both acute and chronic presentations.

Areas of study

Anatomy and physiology, clinical education, diagnostic radiography methods, instrumentation, physics, radiation protection, statistics and research methodology.

Career opportunities

Chief radiographer, CT radiographer, diagnostic radiographer, medical imaging technologist, MR radiographer, sonographer.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Practical experience

Up to 44 weeks of professional practice over the duration of the program, starting in first year. Placements will be in metropolitan and regional settings along with a mandatory rural placement as part of practical experience. You will also have access to the latest diagnostic radiography technologies on campus.

Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional placements are the responsibility of students. Applicants should be aware of this requirement when applying for entry to the program.


All students will graduate with honours, which will be awarded as graded or ungraded. Entry into the graded honours stream may be offered to high-performing students at the completion of third year. The graded honours stream requires students to complete a supervised research project.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

This degree and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Students may be required to practise hands-on examinations and simulated treatments/procedures with other students in laboratory classes. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the degree and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English plus Mathematics Advanced or Physics.

Applicants who have not studied Mathematics Advanced or Physics are encouraged to take a bridging course/s before the commencement of the university year. Bridging and enabling courses.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.