Diagnostic Radiography

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

The aim of this programme is to provide each student with an excellent educational experience both in the academic and clinical environments.

The constantly advancing and evolving nature of healthcare requires that our programme not only prepares students for current healthcare practice but that it produces graduates who will act as agents for future change and progress. We therefore 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. The diagnostic radiography programme is to be situated in the School of Clinical Therapies, 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 where radiography will be co-located.

Clinical Placements will take place in the hospitals of the South /South West Hospital Group and some private centres; these include Cork University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, University Hospital Waterford; Kerry General Hospital; South Tipperary General Hospital; South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital; Bantry General Hospital; Mallow General Hospital and the Bons Secours Hospital Cork.

Why Choose This Course

This was the first MSc (Pre-Registration) Diagnostic Radiography programme in Ireland. Some students accepted on the MSc in Diagnostic Radiography may be part sponsored by the Health Service Executive South\South West Hospital Group (SSWHG). The selected students will be funded 5,000 Euro's per annum towards the total fee of 11,000 Euro's. The sponsorship from the SSWHG is subject to agreeing a commitment to working in the SSWHG hospitals as required and assigned for 2 years post completion of the programme.

This dedicated Graduate Entry programme offers an accelerated 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.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Clinical education is an integral and invaluable component of the programme. It is strongly embedded within the course structure. Preceding campus-based studies provide the skills and knowledge which students require in order to be prepared for their placements. The course will offer a balance of university and practice-based experiences with students completing over 1200 hours of clinical placement in sites around the South/South West hospital Group (SSWHG) and other private hospitals in the South/South West region of Ireland. This experience will provide the students with all the necessary skill set to work in other hospitals both in Ireland and abroad.

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following:

1.Candidates will hold a minimum of an honours bachelor's degree, NFQ Level 8, minimum Second Class honours, 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.

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

3.Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on:
Educational qualifications.
Academic achievements outside of 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.

4.Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and each applicant will be scored by an interview panel on the basis of:
Communication skills and motivation,
Clinical and academic qualifications and interests,
Knowledge of the field.

5.All applicants accepted onto the programme will need to have evidence of appropriate vaccinations for working in hospital environments.

Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

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.

Subjects taught


Year 1, students take 60 credits as follows:

Year one Modules, Credit Weightings and Semesters

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

Year 2, students take 60 credits as follows:

Year two modules, credit weightings and semesters

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

RA6008 Diagnostic pathways and Patient Needs 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.


2 Years Full-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information

When students complete this programme they do so as a Diagnostic Radiographer. This programme is not approved by CORU. However, UCC will engage with CORU to seek course approval. Following qualification, and only when successfully registered with CORU, they will be eligible to work as a diagnostic radiographer within any hospital that provides a Diagnostic Radiography Imaging Service.

In addition to developing the necessary technical and practical skills required for safe and effective clinical practice the graduate will develop a deep and critical understanding of the profession, vital for shaping the future of radiography. These graduates will facilitate the practice and development of radiography in an evidence based environment. 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 radiographer may progress to include:
Advanced Practitioner
Consultant Practitioner
Teaching-Academy and Clinical
Doctoral Research

Examples of clinical areas which radiographer may progress to include:
Computed Tomography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Positron Emission Tomography
Nuclear Medicine

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