Graduate Certificate Mammography

Course Features

  • Provides a coherent programme of education for radiographers within the symptomatic breast services and/or the screening breast services.
  • Extends professionalism and enhances professional practice within mammography.
  • Focuses on both clinical and theoretical elements of mammography.

Course Overview

The course, tailored towards radiographers, is designed to enhance compliance with the professional skills required by the National Breast Screening guidelines.

Who Should Take This Course?

This programme is for radiographers working within the breast imaging services. It is not suited to those who do not have access to clinical mammography centres.

What Will I Learn?


The Graduate Certificate in Mammography is delivered in two modules, one theoretical module and one clinical practice module. The course has been designed to enhance compliance with the professional skills required by the National Breast Screening guidelines, the Health Information Quality Agency (HIQA) guidelines and the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT) guidelines on mammography.

The theoretical module encompasses all aspects of breast imaging technique (including ancillary imaging modalities), quality assurance and breast screening and health promotion.

The development of communication skills is fostered throughout the course, in both the theoretical and clinical modules. Hands-on teaching and learning is nurtured not only through didactic teaching but also through seminars, self-directed group sessions and online discussion fora.

The clinical component includes one-to-one and individualised clinical teaching as well as directed learning outcomes and self study units. Assessment is based on the professional requirements of the various guideline documents and is thus completely relevant to the practicing professional, promoting life-long learning.

Am I Eligible for this Course?


  • Students must have specified engagement with ongoing clinical practice within the mammography unit of their designated hospital. All students must provide written commitment from their departmental manager to the availability of at least the minimum amount of clinical experience when returning the registration form.
  • All candidates must have a license to practice as a diagnostic radiographer in Ireland in order to undertake this programme or must have UCD insurance and indemnity to undertake clinical practice in a recognised teaching hospital.

International Applicants

  • International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.
  • A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.
  • For more information on studying at UCD as international students please click here

How/When Do I Apply?

Next intake

The next intake will begin this programme in: TBC

How to apply

  • Click on the link and follow the steps outlined. 
  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses, and “Admission Term” is: TBC
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select Mammography (Grad Cert in Med) X091. 
  • Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section. 
  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”.
  • An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours. A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.

Course Fees

Contact Us

Academic Programme Director

Programme Administrator

 Dr. Desiree O'Leary
School of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6545
F:  + 353 1 716 6547