Diagnostic Radiography (Graduate Entry)

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN411
CAO Points Range 2021: N/A
Length of Course: 2.5 Years
Average Intake: 20

Leaving Certificate:


Entry Requirements:

If you will hold a level 8 honours degree in any discipline with a minimum award level of 2.2 by June 2021, 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.

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 across our national clinical training network. 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 course you’ll undertake modules in Technology of Radiography, Practice of Radiography and Clinical Practice of Radiography.

First Year

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

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 the clinical departments nationally.

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


“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

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