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Medical Radiation Science

Medical Radiation Science

Bachelors Degree Pass/Honours


Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science)
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Learn to use medical radiation to help diagnose, treat and monitor medical conditions and provide cancer therapy.

Medical Radiation Science

Work experience

This course includes 45 weeks of clinical experience in hospitals, private practices and rural and regional sites.

Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Medical radiation science enables health professionals to diagnose, treat and monitor medical conditions and provide cancer therapy.

Rapid technological advances in these areas mean that the medical imaging and radiation-therapy sector is continuing to expand.

This course comprises foundation studies required for medical radiation science practice – including medical physics, anatomy, physiology and evidence-based practice – and a combination of subjects from science and health sciences that will give you a grounding in the healthcare environment.

The first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences and science students. From second year, you will specialise in one of two majors: Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy.

You’ll develop the ethical, medico-legal, cultural awareness and communication abilities needed to take responsibility for the care of individual patients.

You’ll undertake 45 weeks of clinical experience during the course, in hospitals, private practices and rural and regional sites.

This course is highly competitive and has limited places due to clinical placement requirements.

Medical Imaging

Medical imaging professionals work with sophisticated diagnostic imaging modalities – including computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and angiography equipment.

They produce images that are used to confirm or exclude a medical diagnosis, to advise on a treatment or illness, monitor patient progress, or provide medical screening.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapists have an integral role in the treatment, care and management of patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment, primarily in treating cancer types.

They use a range of complex technologies and equipment to design, develop and deliver radiation therapy treatment.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • The medical imaging and radiation therapy fields are rapidly advancing and expanding.
  • Curtin delivers Western Australia's only on-campus programs in medical imaging and radiation therapy.

How this course will make you industry ready

Curtin provides purpose-built medical imaging and radiation therapy learning environments. You will complete 45 weeks of clinical experience in hospitals, private practices and rural and regional sites.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. Registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia is a legal requirement to practise as a graduate medical imaging or radiation therapist in Australia.

Career information


  • Medical imaging professional
  • Radiation therapist


  • Clinical research
  • Education
  • Health and safety
  • Private practice
  • Private, public and regional hospitals
  • Software and equipment supply
  • Support services

Further study

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge to undertake medical radiation science procedures in a safe and effective manner; develop clinical practices using evidence-based research
  • think critically and reflectively about factors for safe and effective patient outcome delivery including clinical information, physical parameters, and patient, equipment and environmental conditions
  • apply an inquiring approach to the management of patients and the assessment of medical radiation science procedural requirements and outcomes through identification, access, evaluation and synthesis of information from credible sources
  • communicate effectively and appropriately with different workplace, healthcare and patient groups, taking into account age, health condition and socio-cultural background
  • use equipment/instrumentation knowledge and available clinical information to assess the medical radiation procedure required to appropriately address the clinical challenge/question, recognising the advantages and limitations of available equipment/instrumentation to provide a safe and effective patient outcome
  • assess and critically evaluate information independently to remain informed and advance practice
  • demonstrate cognisance of current international standards and practices within the profession and apply these clinically
  • manage patient care in a manner that promotes respect for individuals, is socio-culturally sensitive and ethically appropriate
  • work effectively, ethically and cognisant of medico-legal boundaries within the interprofessional healthcare team; take responsibility for own actions

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2021 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 12
IB 33
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 80
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 90
India (CBSE) 82.5%
India (HSC) 85%
Sri Lanka 12

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Physics and mathematics (including calculus). Further mathematics is desirable.

Physics and mathematics (including calculus). Further mathematics is desirable.

Other requirements and notes for this course

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,300*
Total indicative course fee $135,800*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,400*

Fee year: 2022

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,300*
Total indicative course fee $137,400*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,400*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Curtin course code: B-SCIMRS
  • CRICOS code: 088215B
  • Last updated on: January 20, 2021