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Undergraduate

Medical Radiation Science

Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science) - BSc(MRS) - B-SCIMRS Science and Engineering
Minimum ATAR 90 This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
STAT entry Not accepted. 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.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 4 years full time

Course overview

Medical radiation scientists use radiation on the human body to help diagnose, treat and monitor medical conditions or provide cancer therapy.

Curtin offers the only on-campus course in medical radiation science in Western Australia. This course allows you to specialise in one of two majors: either Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy.

This course combines subjects from health sciences and science, providing you with a general grounding in the healthcare environment, along with foundation studies required for medical radiation science practice including medical physics, anatomy and physiology, and evidence-based practice.

The first year is interprofessional and taken with other health science and science students. From the second year, your study will focus on your elected major. You 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 that you can work effectively and sensitively as a healthcare professional.

You will gain essential fieldwork experience throughout the course, including extensive clinical experience in hospitals and private practices, and one rural clinical placement.

Medical Imaging

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 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 play an integral role in the treatment, care and management of patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment, primarily in treating a range of cancer types. They design, develop and deliver radiation therapy treatment using a range of complex technologies and equipment.

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.

Visit the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia website for further information.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

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

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR: 90 This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    • Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

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

Other admission options
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    • Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

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

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 90; or
  • completed at least 75 credits in the semester preceding the application, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher; and
  • met the prerequisites.

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus (12.5 credits); and
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus.

The Physics prerequisite can be met with:

  • Physics ATAR or PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics.
Other higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR: 90 This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    • Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR: 90 This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):
    • Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.
  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

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

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 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:

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 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 (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). 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. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$9,190*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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 by mid 2018.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

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. A genuine interest in managing a wide range of patients and their needs is an important function of the professional.

Radiation therapy 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.

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.