Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN410
CAO Points Range 2020: 531
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 97

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a third language, a laboratory science subject and one other recognised subject

Healthcare Screening & Garda/Police Vetting: Candidates are required to undergo a mandatory healthcare screening process & Garda/Police vetting.

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Why is this course for me?

Radiographers are responsible for producing high-quality images to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. While radiography is a caring profession, it’s also one that requires considerable technological and scientific expertise in both the production of images and the responsible delivery of ionising radiation. If you’re interested in science and you want to use your knowledge to care for people, Radiography at UCD may be a perfect fit for you.

Our aim is to prepare graduate radiographers to meet the everyday challenges arising from ongoing advances in diagnostic imaging and healthcare.

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. You will undertake in excess of 1,200 hours of hospital based training over the course of the degree programme in one
of our 18 clinical training centres across Ireland.

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

  • Anatomy
  • Practice of Radiography
  • Technology of Radiography
  • Clinical Placement
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Practice of Radiography
  • Technology: RIS/PACS
  • Image Interpretation
  • Elective modules
  • Clinical Placement
  • Advanced Practice of Radiography
  • Radiation Protection

Third Year

  • Computed Tomography
  • Ultrasound
  • Introduction to Research
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Paediatrics
  • Elective modules
  • Clinical Placement
  • Cross Sectional Anatomy
  • Interventional Radiography

Fourth Year

  • Professional Completion
  • Legal Medicine
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Research or Current Issues in Healthcare: Breast Imaging
  • Systematic Pathology
  • Erasmus Opportunities
  • Clinical Placement

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.

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You may be interested in the following Blog posts: Why I chose to study Radiography in UCD.

International Study Opportunities

Erasmus opportunities exist in fourth year, where you may spend a three-month period in one of our current partner institutions in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK. Further elective opportunities, including to the USA, are available at various stages within the programme.


“Studying Radiography has led to some of my most interesting and memorable life experiences, and has opened many windows of opportunity. Practical labs, whether anatomy or technique driven, engrain the extensive knowledge you gain in lectures, while clinical placement in various university hospitals provides you with unrivalled professional experience to prepare you for your future career. Opportunity to study abroad will widen many horizons for you and rotation through MRI and CT modalities to name but a few, demonstrates all the exciting possibilities studying this degree makes available to you. It truly is a deeply rewarding pursuit that is rapidly evolving and will place you in the forefront of modern medicine advances.”

Ciara Maguire, Student

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