Radiography

Unique Blend of Caring and Technological Expertise

‌Radiography is a caring profession that also calls for considerable technological expertise. Radiography has come a long way since its birth in 1895, when x-rays were discovered. Today it involves working with state-of-the-art technology across many imaging modalities, with patient diagnosis, treatment and care at its core.

As a student of Radiography at UCD, you will follow a curriculum that is innovative and constantly evolving to meet the needs of modern healthcare. The programme is delivered by experienced and enthusiastic staff within the School and our clinical training network, including university teaching hospitals and specialist centres across Ireland.

‌Course Features

  • Innovative, technology driven curriculum
  • Delivered by experienced, expert staff
  • Opportunities to travel
  • Ireland's most extensive clinical network
  • State-of-the-art imaging and clinical facilities
  • Excellent career prospects

Course Overview and Learning Outcomes

Innovative, Evolving Curriculum

As a student of Radiography at UCD, you will follow a curriculum that is innovative and constantly evolving to meet the needs of modern healthcare. The programme is delivered by experienced and enthusiastic staff within the School and our clinical training network, including university teaching hospitals and specialist centres across Ireland.

Clinical Immersion

You will become an integral part of the department team, working alongside radiography colleagues and other health professionals to learn and refine your professional skills. From early in year one, you will have access to state-of-the-art imaging and clinical education facilities, based at UCD’s Health Sciences Centre. You will develop knowledge of all aspects of medical imaging and image evaluation, as well as how to care for patients, how to perform examinations, and how to provide a high level of radiation protection.

A Unique Blend of Expertise

Radiographers are responsible for producing high quality images to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. While obviously a caring profession, radiography requires considerable technological and scientific expertise in both the production of images and the responsible delivery of ionising radiation. If you are interested in science, technology, and you want to use your knowledge to improve the lives of patients, then Radiography may be the course for you. Our aim is to prepare graduate radiographers to meet the every-day challenges arising from ongoing advances in diagnostic imaging and healthcare.

BSc Radiography Programme Summary

The overall purpose of the programme is to develop graduates who are patient-centred, competent and safe diagnostic imaging practitioners with a strong professional identity and understanding of their role in the wider healthcare context and their contribution as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Graduates of the programme will demonstrate well-developed autonomous learning skills and the capacity for continually developing their professional knowledge and practice, in an evidence-based, research oriented and international context, to provide clinical excellence.

BSc Radiography Programme Outcomes

• Competently undertake and appraise specific diagnostic imaging examinations;
• Adhere to best practice safety and quality guidelines relevant to clinical practice;
• Acquired the relevant knowledge of underpinning scientific principles, diagnostic imaging practice, technology & clinical practice;
• An ability to communicate effectively within the multidisciplinary healthcare environment;
• Integrate professional values and standards in their daily practice and promote these in a wider societal context;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities as an autonomous professional throughout their clinical practice;
• Act as reflective practitioners and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning;
• Demonstrate and apply an evidence-based approach to all aspects of diagnostic imaging practice;
• Acquired the relevant skills to engage in research and clinical audit;
• Demonstrate an ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team;
• Apply problem-solving skills across a wide range of clinical scenarios;
• Engage with the professional education of students, colleagues and other health professionals to foster an ethos of continuing learning and knowledge sharing.

BSc Radiography Stage 1 Outcomes

• Understand the theoretical principles underlying ionising radiation, associated radiation risks and protection measures;
• Understand the structure and function of a medical imaging department and their role within it;
• Exposure to the clinical environment, professional behaviour, patient interaction and communication within the clinical environment;
• Have a knowledge and understanding of specified radiographic examinations, related anatomy, radiographic image critique and exposure to diagnostic decision making;
• Develop students’ learning approaches and skills to include capacity for critical thinking, self-directed learning, group-learning & teamwork, awareness of the role of reflection in professional practice;
• Understand their roles and responsibilities as students within the University and clinical settings.

BSc Radiography Stage 2 Outcomes

• Understand the theoretical principles underlying medical imaging equipment;
• Knowledge and understanding of human physiology to provide a basis for subsequent medical imaging modules;
• Further exposure to the clinical environment professional behaviour patient interaction and communication in the clinical department;
• Ongoing and increasingly advanced knowledge and understanding of specified radiographic examinations related anatomy and radiographic image critique;
• Knowledge and understanding of Paediatric medical imaging and fluoroscopy examinations;
• Further development of diagnostic image decision making.

BSc Radiography Stage 3 Outcomes

• Attain clinical competence for general and mobile radiographic examinations;
• Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principles and clinical applications for CT, MR, US, RNI and angiographic examinations and introductory exposure to these modalities clinically;
• Reinforcement and development of the knowledge and understanding of advanced radiographic techniques;
• Reinforcement of critical evaluation and image appraisal skills, to form a basis for professional diagnostic decision making;
• Introduction and development of research skills resulting in the formulation of a novel research proposal;
• A furthering of knowledge of digital imaging systems and PACS;
• Knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of disease processes relevant to the human body;
• Advanced knowledge and understanding of imaging pathways in trauma and vascular imaging.

BSc Radiography Stage 4 Outcomes

• Advancement of research skills leading to the completion of a research dissertation and an original manuscript intended for peer review publication based upon the research proposal developed in Stage 3;
• Knowledge and understanding of clinical pathology with a systematic approach blended with advanced diagnostic imaging pathology;
• Demonstrate critical thinking in relation to competence of professional practice to facilitate the graduating student as an independent reflective practitioner;
• Advanced knowledge and understanding of technology, clinical application and imaging pathways in oncological imaging;
• Knowledge, understanding and competence in the undertaking of quality assurance, quality control and clinical audit to facilitate safe practice;
• Knowledge, understanding and practical exposure of IV cannulation and administration;
• Reinforcement of medico-legal principles underpinning professional practice;
• Mastery of clinical skills appropriate to a new graduate;
• Active participation in an Erasmus Programme focussing upon areas of advanced radiographic practice in a European perspective.

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Radiography | Years 1-2

Radiography Year One

In your first year, you will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of radiation science and technology, human anatomy and radiographic technique. You will also interact with patients at one of our teaching hospitals.

SemesterModuleCredits
One Clinical Human Anatomy I  5
One Introduction to Imaging Technology: Radiography   5
One Practice of Radiography 1   5
One Healthcare Imaging and Information Systems  5
One Study Skills and Professional Skills (Radiography)  5
Two Clinical Human Anatomy II   5
Two Diagnostic Imaging: Clinical Application of Radiation and Radiation Protection   5
Two Clinical Practice of Radiography 1   5
Two Practice of Radiography II  5
One/Two Elective  10

 

Radiography Year Two

During your second year, you will develop and refine your scientific knowledge, undertake physiology modules and build your expertise with regard to radiographic equipment and examination. You will undertake a block of clinical education at the end of semester two.

SemesterModuleCredits
One An introduction to Physiology: Human cells and tissues 5
One Practice of Radiography 3  5
One Technology of Radiography: Equipment  5
One Tech of Rad: RIS/PACS  5
Two Clinical Human Anatomy III  5
Two Introduction to Neurophysiology and Endocrine Physiology                             5
Two An Introduction to Physiology: Organs and Systems  5
Year Long Clinical Practice of Radiography 2   10
Two Radiograhic Image Appearances  5
One/Two Elective 10

Radiography | Years 3-4

Radiography Year Three

In your third year you will deepen your knowledge of radiographic technique. It is at this point that the study of pathology begins. It is also the stage at which new diagnostic technologies are introduced including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and radionuclide imaging.

SemesterModuleCredits
One Practice of Radiography: Advanced Technique                       5
One Clinical Practice of Radiography 3-1  10
One Clinical Practice of Radiography 3-2  10
One  Computed Tomography   5
Two Mechanisms of Disease   5
Two Paediatric Imaging   5
Two Introduction to Research  5
Two Ultrasound   5
One/Two Elective  10

 

Radiography Stage Four

Throughout year four, the study of pathology is integrated with and underpins a critical approach to imaging techniques and radiographic image evaluation. Students also submit a dissertation towards the end of stage four. There is an option to select an international study option.

SemesterModuleCredits
One Systematic Pathology   5
One Nuclear Medicine    10
One Legal Medicine   2.5
One Magnetic Resonance Imaging    5
One Technology of Radiography: QA   2.5
One  Professional Completion   5
Two Clinical Practice of Radiography 4  10
Year Long Radiography Research Project  10

In stage four, students must choose from pathway one or pathway two.  

Students who select pathway one must:

Students who select pathway two must:

Learning Environment

Award-Winning Programme

DELTA Award‌Our BSc. in Radiography has been awarded the inaugural 2018 National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning DELTA Award which recognises excellence in learning, teaching and assessment.

World-Class Imaging & Clinical Facilities

Radiography will first be demonstrated in UCD’s own imaging facilities before you progress to performing examinations on patients. The diagnostic imaging area, unique to Ireland, contains a networked Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) that allows storage of, and access to, diagnostic images from all diagnostic and biological imaging modalities.

It is designed to be compatible with similar systems used in hospitals, and has clear advantages for the education of all health care professionals and unlimited potential in research. A teleconference equipped lecture theatre permits simultaneous interactive lecture broadcast on campus and across several clinical education sites.

Network of Teaching Hospitals

Our network of teaching hospitals will also play an integral role in your training and you will work alongside radiography colleagues to learn and refine your professional skills.

Opportunities to Travel

International Electives

Erasmus opportunities exist in fourth year. 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, Denmark and the UK. Further elective opportunities to the USA are also available at various stages within the programme.

Meet our Students

Comprising more than 2,000 full-time enrolments and representing 30 different nationalities, our large and culturally diverse student community is the heartbeat of the School. 

Career Opportunities

Overview

Diagnostic Imaging continues to be a growth area in the health services and employment opportunities for radiographers are excellent, both in Ireland and internationally. All of our graduates in recent years have successfully obtained employment.

Career Paths

As well as the traditional hospital-based career path, a smaller number of radiographers are employed by imaging equipment manufacturing companies as applications specialists. In recent years an increasing number of graduates are continuing in education and undertaking PhD studies.

Diagnostic Imaging offers exciting study opportunities for successful Radiography graduates to pursue research and/or to develop specialist clinical skills. Our objective is to equip graduate radiographers with the capability to meet the challenge of major advances within Diagnostic Imaging. Graduates can follow a taught programme or pursue research up to MSc or PhD level.

Development and Education

As Ireland's centre of excellence for the provision of Diagnostic Imaging education and research, the School offers a wide range of specialist professional education and development options to graduates.

Admissions

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