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Medical Radiation Science

Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science) - BSc(MRS) - B-SCIMRS Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 90 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

When studying the Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science), you can choose to major in medical imaging or radiation therapy.

Medical radiation science students take part in a mostly common first year irrespective of their major, and share a number of units with other students from the Faculty of Health Sciences. This provides a general foundation in the health care environment, along with foundation studies in medical radiation science and medical imaging/radiation therapy. From second year, several interconnecting strands of study then build on this foundation knowledge and advance students within their chosen major.

This course requires medical radiation science students to participate fully in laboratory practical sessions and the clinical program. Students are required to participate in extensive clinical periods, particularly in the third and fourth years and this involves placement periods outside the standard academic year. All students complete at least one placement period in a rural or remote location.

Medical radiation science students will be prepared to accept responsibility for the care of individual patients by developing the necessary ethical, medico-legal, cultural awareness and communication abilities. These skills will enable you to establish appropriate interpersonal relationships with patients and colleagues so they can function effectively and sensitively as health care professionals.

An enquiring and creative approach is developed by encouraging:

  • Independent judgement and problem-solving skills in clinical situations;
  • The ability to see relationships within and between what has been learned;
  • The perception of the role of the Medical Radiation Science professional in the broader perspective of the health care environment

Towards the end of the first semester in third year, high performing medical radiation science students will be invited to provide an expression of interest to join the Honours stream in fourth year. Successful applicants will take a different pathway in year four from those in the pass degree. As part of their program of study, these students will conduct a major project that will continue across two semesters.

Students who do not undertake Honours will have the opportunity for focused development of their theoretical and clinical knowledge in two areas of specialised practice. The clinical experience of both streams will be the same and all graduates will meet the accrediting requirements of the registration body.

The Medical Radiation Science program aims to instil in the student a positive attitude towards continuing education so as to maintain competence within a dynamic profession, and introduces research as a means of developing the profession and as a route to advanced learning and attaining higher qualifications. Students taking the Honours stream will demonstrate the ability to design and implement a research program and assess and synthesise outcomes for an intended audience.

Prospective students should note that, in order to practise as a graduate medical imaging or radiation therapist in Australia, registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia is mandated by law. Additionally, practitioners and education providers are required by law to report notifiable conduct relating to any registered practitioner or student. Further information is available at

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

Physics ATAR and Mathematics: Methods ATAR

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Specialist ATAR

Fieldwork requirements

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

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


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*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 do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

We have commenced the accreditation process with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, under their normal process for new and amended courses. The outcomes for the Medical Imaging major and the Radiation Therapy major are anticipated to be known in mid to late 2017.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Part-time study is available to applicants with recognised prior learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Medical Imaging Technologist
  • Radiation Therapist

Medical imaging professionals work with a range of sophisticated diagnostic imaging modalities including computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and angiography equipment. They produce images which are used to confirm or exclude a medical diagnosis, to advise on a treatment or illness, monitor patient progress, or provide medical screening. A genuine interest in managing a wide range of patients and their needs is an important function of the professional.

Radiation therapists play an integral role in the treatment, care and management of patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment, primarily in treating a range of cancer types. Graduates must balance a genuine interest in patients and their welfare with the technical requirements necessary to undertake radiation therapy procedures. Radiation therapy increasingly incorporates high end imaging technologies as integral requirements of patient treatment.

Why Medical Radiation Science?

  • Curtin offers the only on-campus programs in medical imaging or radiation therapy in Western Australia
  • We offer purpose-built medical imaging and radiation therapy learning environments that enable development of real knowledge and skills
  • The medical imaging and radiation therapy fields are rapidly advancing and expanding