MSc Mammography

Course Features

  • Student can either enter the programme via the Graduate Certificate in Mammography with progression to MSc thesis, or can undertake mammography related research to progress to the MSc thesis component.
  • Enhances professional competence and expertise in practice of mammograpy and related research.
  • Builds capacity for independent work, inquiry and problem solving.

Course Overview

This MSc course enhances professional competence and expertise in the practice of mammography and related research. Our innovative, flexible approach to teaching and learning builds the capacity of the student to learn independently and solve complex clinical and theoretical problems.

Who Should Take This Course?

This Masters course is intended for radiographers practicing mammography in multi-disciplinary breast screening/health services.

Course Description


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.

Students can enter the MSc Mammography via one of two pathways. The first pathway is for students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Mammography or an equivalent programme/number of credits from a breast imaging focused course.

Students who enter via this pathway undertake a research methods course and will complete a research project within breast imaging. Research supervision will be provided by a suitable expert in the field of breast imaging to guide the student through the research process.

The second pathway will require students to undertake a module in research methods and statistics and the specified research in breast imaging will guided by a suitable expert in the subject. This piece of research will be presented via a written thesis and an oral viva voce.

Am I Eligible for this Course?

Students who intend to enter via pathway one should adhere to the following requirements:
  • Students must have specified engagement with ongoing clinica lpractice 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.
Students who intend to enter via pathway two should contact the programme coordinator (details below).

International Applicants

  • International applicants should contact the academic programme director (details below) for a full list of entry requirements.
  • A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.
  • Information on studying at UCD as international students is available here

Application Details

Important dates & information

  • The next intake for MSc Mammography via the Graduate Certificate in Mammography (pathway 1) entry point: TBC
  • The next intake for Research MSc Mammography: TBC

Apply Online

  • 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. The corresponding fee will be applied.
  • 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”(highlight this word in bold)”. 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