Diagnostic Radiography (Graduate Entry)

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN411
CAO Points Range 2020: N/A
Length of Course: 2.5 Years
Average Intake: N/A

Leaving Certificate:


Entry Requirements:

If you hold a level 8 honours degree in any discipline at the minimum award level of 2.2 by June 2020, you are eligible to apply for the graduate entry Radiography degree.

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Why is this course for me?

This accelerated Radiography training programme has been developed to allow graduates from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to study with us. The content of the accelerated Radiography programme supports a robust learning of basic sciences and incorporates a wide range of Radiography training which has been developed with respect to published requirements for Radiography training.

Students will be provided with teaching from a dedicated team of over 25 lecturers and clinical training will be enhanced by the inclusion of our new ‘state of the art” virtual reality training equipment and our X-ray suite facilities on site, in UCD. Principal training centres will be located in Dublin, at several UCD affiliated high technology sites.

This Radiography programme also contains exciting new opportunities for graduates to allow them to gain advanced skills in a number of key health service areas which is possible due to the extensive experience of UCD in Radiography training. This new Radiography offering is unique in Ireland.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Diagnostic imaging is a growth area in Ireland and internationally. All graduates in the past five years have obtained employment as radiographers. As well as the traditional hospital-based career, some radiographers are employed as applications or sales specialists.

An increasing number of graduates are now undertaking PhD studies. Diagnostic imaging offers successful graduates exciting opportunities to pursue research and/or to develop specialist clinical skills.

Professional Work Experience

Radiography will first be demonstrated in UCD’s own imaging facilities, before you progress to performing examinations on patients. Teaching hospitals also participate in your training and you’ll work alongside radiography colleagues to learn and refine your professional skills.

What Will I Study

Throughout this programme you’ll undertake modules in Technology of Radiography, Practice of Radiography and Clinical Practice of Radiography.

First Year

  • Clinical Human Anatomy I
  • Clinical Human Anatomy II
  • Anatomy III
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Principles of Physiology
  • Practice of Radiography II
  • Technology 1
  • Technology 2
  • Practice of Radiography 1: GER
  • Tech of Rad: RIS/PACS
  • Clinical Practice 1: GER
  • Practice of Radiography 3: GER

Second Year

  • Mechanisms of Disease (Rad)
  • Radiation Protection
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Radiographic Image Interpretat
  • Paediatric Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Clinical Practice 2: GER
  • Current Issues in Healthcare
  • Practice of Radiog.: Adv Tech

Third Year

  • Legal Med & Professionalism
  • Systematic Pathology (Radiog)
  • Professional Completion

Learning methods include lectures, small group tutorials, interactive demonstrations and hands-on clinical learning at UCD and our nationwide hospital network.

Assessment methods include practical skills-based exams, image-based tests, continuous assessment, report writing and oral presentations


“Growing demands on diagnostic imaging services has substantially increased the demand of radiographers. Such is the demand for radiographers that most students on our four-year direct entry radiography programme have secured employment before their graduation. The accelerated, graduate entry programme has been introduced to address the anticipated workforce needs of the Irish health system. This programme will prepare graduates for a future career in radiography and will be delivered by our team of experienced radiography educators.”

Dr. Jonathan McNulty Associate Dean for Graduate Taught Studies & Graduate Entry Radiography Programme Director.

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