Diagnostic Radiography (Graduate Entry)

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

This accelerated Radiography training course has been developed to allow graduates from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to study with us. The content of this programme has been developed with respect to national requirements for radiography training as published by CORU, the Health and Social Care Professions Regulator, and by the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRT). As such, the programme supports robust learning of the underpinning core sciences and facilitates knowledge and skills development across the spectrum of radiographic and imaging techniques.

Students will be taught by our dedicated team of over 25 lecturers and clinical training is enhanced by the inclusion of our new state-of-the- art virtual reality training equipment and X-ray suite facilities on the UCD campus.

What Will I Study

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

First Year

  • Human Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Practice of Radiography
  • Technology of Radiography
  • Radiology IT systems
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Clinical Placement

Second Year

  • Radiation Protection
  • Paediatric Radiography
  • Computed Tomography
  • Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Image interpretation
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Advanced Practice of Radiography
  • Clinical Placement

Third Year (one trimester)

  • Legal Medicine
  • Systematic Pathology
  • Professional Completion
  • Clinical Placement

Learning methods include lectures, small group tutorials, interactive demonstrations, hands-on clinical learning at UCD and across our clinical network, and enquiry-based learning in the classroom and in clinical imaging departments.

Assessment methods include practical skills-based exams, image-based assessments, continuous assessment, report writing, oral presentations, and written examinations.
International Study Opportunities

There will be the possibility for students to undertake international elective opportunities at various stages during the programme.

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 in their chosen area(s) of imaging.

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 will work alongside radiography colleagues to learn and refine  your professional skills. Early clinical exposure in your second trimester will help ensure that you are professionally, and patient focused early in your studies. You will undertake 1,200 hours of hospital-based training over the course of the programme, some of which takes place during the summer periods.


“UCD is a leading centre of excellence for Radiography. This made my decision to study here very easy. The course is challenging but certainly manageable. The lecturers are approachable, supportive and are always willing to help with any areas that you may find challenging. Clinical placement has provided opportunities to apply the theory learned in class into practice, while develop the skills and clinical competencies required for full professional accreditation. Overall, the course is rewarding and I am excited to continue developing my skills to become a highly competent practitioner who can make a real contribution to healthcare services.”

Emily Geraghty, Student

Contact Information

Health Sciences Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6546
Email: diagnostic.imaging@ucd.ie

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