Professional Certificate in Radiation Safety


Professional Certificate (NFQ Level 9)

Qualification Points:

Professional Certificate - 10 credits - equivalent to 1 module

Duration: 4 months
Start Date: September X659) / January (X403)
UCD Academic Expertise:

This professional diploma is offered, delivered and supported by academics in the UCD School of Medicine and UCD School of Physics


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This 10 credit course forms a Professional Certificate in Radiation Safety. It will cover all broad aspects of radiation safety for both industry, medical and biomedical applications. It aims to introduce radiation workers to the fundamental principles of the physics of radiation safety and applications of these principles in their particular field.

This course will attract participants from a variety of backgrounds and training. Radiation safety officers are employed in the medical, biomedical and industrial sectors and professional training is required by law. At present, UCD is the only institution to offer this training online in Ireland.

Covers contemporary radiation safety issues for industry, medical and biomedical applications.Introduces radiation workers to the principles of the physics of radiation safety and the application of these principles.Provides the necessary tools for those who will become trainers in radiation protection and in the safe use of radiation sources in their profession.


What will I study?

Course overview

  • The course will be divided into 10 one-credit modules, all of which will be delivered via online learning methods.
  • This course will attract participants from a variety of backgrounds and training. Radiation Safety Officers are employed in the medical, biomedical and industrial sectors, and professional training is required by law.


Subject areas

  • Introduction to fundamental concepts
  • Units of radiation exposure and dose
  • Biological effects of ionising radiationRadiation detection and measurement
  • Legal issues and international framework in radiation safety
  • Assessment of internal and external exposures
  • Protection against occupational exposure
  • Emergency planning; non-ionising radiation

Each student will also chose a 2 credit specialty from either diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy or industrial applications of ionising radiation depending on their area of interest.


Learning outcomes

  • Provide a theoretical and practical basis for radiation safety workers to meet legal requirements.
  • Understand the following subject areas relevant to their work area: units of radiation exposure and dose; biological effects of ionising radiation; radiation detection and measurement; legal issues and international framework in radiation safety; assessment of internal and external exposures; protection against occupational exposure; emergency planning; non-ionising radiation.
  • Establish the understanding from which such they may develop practical expertise in radiation safety.
  • Demonstrate their detailed professional knowledge from their own field and be required to debate and apply current research and practice into the wider professional arena.
  • Critically evaluate the radiation safety principles and their role within it.
  • Examine current issues in radiation safety and apply these to clinical/industrial decision-making and problem solving processes.
  • Have the ability to critically reflect and evaluate their individual professional practice and knowledge base in order to recognize their need for continuous professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate ability to source and analyse relevant literature.
  • This will be examined at the end of semester.Students will also have a unique opportunity to learn using an online system where they can pace their work to suit personal circumstance.

How will I study?

Delivery methods will, be for example, online videos, current literature etc.

  • The provision of an e-learning structure will allow students to complete training at home, at convenient times.
  • It will give flexibility to the employer, where release from work duties can be negotiated rather than forced.
  • It will allow the student to pace their learning according to their previous knowledge, which will alleviate stress and increase satisfaction.
  • The interactivity associated with this e-learning course will engage students, pushing them rather than pulling them through training.
  • Teaching and learning will take place through on-line lectures.

Career Opportunities

Students who have completed this course find themselves in a good position to apply for jobs in the radiation safety sector, both medical and industrial.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements comprise an undergraduate degree in a related field, however those with sufficient work experience will be considered for the course.


Are there any additional costs?

Students are not required to make any payments other than their tuition fees. All materials used are freely accessible.


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