BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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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.

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What Will I Study

UCD is one of Europe’s leading centres of excellence for radiography and diagnostic imaging. You will follow an innovative curriculum that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of modern healthcare. The course is delivered in a state-of-the- art, interdisciplinary environment by expert staff from within the school and throughout our nationwide clinical training network.

First Year

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

Second Year

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

Third Year

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

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

You may apply to undertake a three-month Erasmus exchange with one of our partner institutions in Europe (including in Austria. Belgium, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden). Further elective opportunities, including to the USA, are available at various stages during the course.

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 23 clinical training centres across Ireland.

Other Entry Routes

“Diagnostic radiography is a multifaceted career pathway that incorporates healthcare, technology, and science. Campus facilities include 3D virtual reality rooms, anatomy labs, and a fully functioning x-ray room. From 1st year, hands-on experience in hospitals meant I understood how we play a critical role in patients diagnostic and treatment pathways. I had opportunities to work with multidisciplinary teams, gain greater confi dence, and expand my skill set. Radiography off ers a diversifi ed working life with no two days the same. This course blends theory, practice and patient orientated care, with ongoing technological advancements, incorporating problem-solving and developing a versatile skill set.”

Jenitta Maria Jimmy, Student

Contact Information

UCD Diagnostic Imaging Office
Room A222, 2nd Floor
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6546

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