Diagnostic Radiography (Graduate Entry)

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN411
CAO Points Range 2019: 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
  • Practice of Radiography
  • Introduction to Radiographic Technology
  • Technology of Radiography
  • Fundamentals of Physiology
  • Technology: RIS/PACS
  • Fundamentals: Neurophysiology
  • Basics of Human Physiology
  • Clinical Practice of Radiography

Second Year

  • Practice of Radiography : Advanced Technique
  • Radiation Protection
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Computed Tomography
  • Legal Medicine & Professionalism
  • Image Interpretation
  • Ultrasound
  • Mechanisms of Disease/Pathology
  • Paediatric Radiography
  • Interventional Imaging
  • Optional Modules (DXA Cross, Sectional Imaging, Paediatrics, Early Pregnancy Ultrasound)
  • Clinical Audit

Third Year

  • Professional Completion
  • Clinical Practice of Radiography

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.


“I found my first year in Radiography to be one of the most interesting, challenging and enjoyable experiences of my life to date. I had the advantage of being in a small class where everyone knows one another, and having great lecturers who make our subjects interesting and are always willing to help. As well as lectures and labs, we undertook clinical work placement in the university hospitals. During this time, we practised what we’d learnt, while gaining hands-on experience working under the supervision and mentorship of our clinical tutors. I found this practical reinforcement of knowledge helpful and also very rewarding as I could see the relevance and importance of everything I was learning.”

Emily Doyle, UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholar, graduated 2015.

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