Diagnostic Radiography

University College Cork

Diagnostic Radiography

Course Outline
Our MSc Diagnostic Radiography programme is an intensive pre-registration course for students with a primary degree in a subject other than diagnostic radiography. The programme uses the learning and teaching methods that best support students to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes necessary for effective radiography practice.

The aim of this programme is to provide each student with an excellent educational experience both in academic and clinical environments. This ensures graduates that can contribute to the constantly advancing and evolving nature of healthcare requirements.

We aim to equip our graduates with the clinical and research skills, and professional attributes required to work and develop as competent clinicians, researchers, and agents for change within the evolving healthcare environment.

Our diagnostic radiography programme is situated in the School of Medicine which is part of the College of Medicine and Health. The College is located in the western end of the UCC campus and enjoys state-of-the-art facilities.

Clinical Placement

Practice education is an integral component of the programme and students are required to undertake a clinical placement. Clinical placements will mostly take place in the hospitals of the South/South West Hospital Group (SSWHG) and other centres nationally. UCC is the academic partner of these hospitals affording you the best possible clinical experience in a wide variety of settings.

The key hospitals involved in our clinical placement programme include:

Cork University Hospital
Bantry General Hospital
Bon Secours Hospital Cork
Mallow General Hospital
Mercy University Hospital
South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital
Tipperary University Hospital
University Hospital Kerry
University Hospital Waterford

Course Practicalities
This Master's programme is a 2-year full-time course – taken over three semesters per year. Students attend lectures from 9 am to 5 pm daily, with some dedicated time to independent learning during Semesters 1, 2 and 3.

Connected Curriculum
Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff will support you in making meaningful connections within and between topics such as medicine, healthcare, science, and management.

There are two clinical placement blocks in Semester 2 and Semester 3 of Year 1 (18 weeks total) and two clinical placement blocks (18 weeks total) in Year 2. Students must engage in supervised clinical practice to meet regulatory requirements.

Students need to travel and/or arrange short-term accommodation near their placement sites and students will incur the costs of travel to clinical locations as well as the costs of accommodation. There is the opportunity in the programme to undertake a 3-week elective clinical placement for those students wishing to encounter other hospital experiences.

Subjects taught

The course comprises 120 credits of taught components taken over two years together with clinical placement blocks taken over 18 weeks in each year.

In Year 1 you will take the following 60 credits:
Code Module Name Credits Semesters
RA6005 Professional Practice in Radiography 1 10 1
RA6006 Professional Practice in Radiography 2 10 2
RA6003 Medical Radiation Science 10 1
RA6001 Biological Sciences for Health Professionals 10 1
RA6002 Image Acquisition and Management of Information Systems 10 2
RA6004 Principles of Research & Research Methods 10 2

In Year 2 you will take the following 60 credits:
Code Module Name Credits Semesters
RA6011 Professional Practice in Radiography 3 10 1 & 2
RA6012 Research Dissertation 20 1 & 2
RA6007 Advanced Radiation Science 10 1
RA6010 Imaging Service Provision and Healthcare Practice 5 1
RA6009 Image Interpretation 5 2
RA6013 Professional Practice in Radiography 4 10 2

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Applicants will hold a minimum Second Class Honours in a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8), in Sciences, or a Health Sciences related discipline e.g. Nursing, Biomedical Science, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Anatomy or equivalent to any of the above.

Students who have graduated in the discipline of Diagnostic Radiography are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Interview Details
Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on:

Educational qualifications
Academic achievements outside of the curriculum, e.g. publications, conference presentations
Contributions beyond academia

Motivation: Applicants will submit a motivation statement as part of this application process. The motivational statement should be no longer than 800 words and will explain their motivation to become a Diagnostic Radiographer, outline their research aspirations in Radiography and indicate how their previous degree will contribute to their research and the practice of Radiography.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview and each applicant will be scored by an interview panel on the basis of:

Communication skills and motivation;
Knowledge of the field.
All applicants accepted onto the programme will need to have evidence of appropriate vaccinations for working in hospital environments.

Garda Vetting Policy
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, are subject to Garda Vetting. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Application dates

How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

As part of the online application process you will be asked to include the following:

Enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning, and professional training relevant to this programme.

Describe your motivation and readiness for this programme. Please upload relevant certificates of achievement.

Upload certification of current registration with the appropriate professional body.


Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

Deferrals are not permitted.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open for applications at present. Places are filling fast, apply as soon as possible.

Assessment Info

This programme is a 2 year full-time programme over three semesters per year. Students will attend lectures from 9h00 to 5pm daily, with some dedicated time to independent learning, during semesters 1, 2 and 3. During semesters 2 and 3, students will be on clinical placement for a total of 14 weeks. There are three clinical placement blocks in semester 2 and 3 of year 1 and four clinical placement blocks (total of 20 weeks) spread throughout the 3 semesters in year 2. Students need to engage in approximately 1200 hours of supervised clinical practice to meet regulatory requirements. Students may need to travel and/or arrange short-term accommodation near the placement sites and students will incur the costs of travel to clinical locations as well as the costs of accommodation. There is the opportunity to carry out a three week elective clinical placement for those students wishing to encounter other hospital experiences.

Students will need to complete a short research proposal and complete a research project of limited scope.

Assessment will be by continuous assessment. This will consist of tutorial performance, small presentations, class tests, essays, practical vivas (competency-based) and work placement assessments.


2 years full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
This dedicated Graduate Entry programme offers an intensive route for graduates from any clinical or science-related discipline to gain a recognised qualification in diagnostic radiography. This postgraduate course will prepare graduates for success in a competitive jobs market.

When students complete this programme they do so as Diagnostic Radiographers and can apply for registration. This programme is approved by Ireland's multi-profession health regulator – CORU. Following qualification, and when successfully registered with CORU, graduates are eligible to work as a diagnostic radiographer within any hospital or clinic that provides a Diagnostic Radiography Imaging Service.

In addition to developing the necessary technical and practical skills required for safe and effective clinical practice, our graduates develop a deep and critical understanding of the profession, vital for shaping the future of radiography. During the course, you build on a wide base of transferable clinical skills which may enable you to specialise in a specific area of Diagnostic Radiography following successful graduation.

Examples of areas which radiographers may progress to include:

Advanced Practitioner
Consultant Practitioner
Teaching-Academy and Clinical
Doctoral Research
Examples of clinical areas which radiographers may progress to include:

Computed Tomography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Positron Emission Tomography
Nuclear Medicine
Radiation Protection
Medical Image Integration
An increasing number of graduates also undertake further PhD studies based at the College of Medicine & Health in UCC. This programme offers successful graduates exciting opportunities to pursue research in a field of their interest.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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