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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMMedRad
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

School of Biomedical Sciences office: telephone +61 3 9905 8635; email or visit

Course coordinator

Radiation Therapy Stream: Ms Caroline Wright; Nuclear Medicine Stream: Ms Liz Parkinson; Medical Ultrasound Stream: Mr Paul Lombardo.


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • The course commences mid year (semester two) each year and study is required during summer semester.
  • Students are required to complete six clinical attachments for a total of 57-59 weeks over the two years of the course.


This course, offered by the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, aims to prepare suitably qualified graduates to assume practice as accredited/registered medical radiation practitioners who are able to work in the public and private health care environments. Specialist streams of study are offered in nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and medical ultrasound. Students undertake comprehensive professional clinical experience as part of the course.


On completion of the course, a graduate should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge andunderstanding of medical ethics, medico-legal principles, professional guidelines and standards, health, safety and radiation safety principles, health psychology, professional communication, and patient management in the medical radiations
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the biological consequences of ionising and non-ionising medical radiations
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific concepts and principles underpinning medical radiations instrumentation including optimisation of equipment and quality assurance
  • appreciate the principles of digital image processing and its application to modern medical imaging including single photon emission tomography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and positron emission tomography
  • apply knowledge and understanding of digital image processing principles to medical radiations practice
  • apply knowledge and understanding of gross anatomy, cross-sectional anatomy and pathophysiology to medical radiations practice
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the medical basis for the diagnosis of injury and disease
  • implement and perform appropriate medical radiations procedures and techniques to treat/diagnose illness and injury
  • communicate to the professional and lay community understanding of the wider applications of medical radiations in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the application of information technology to the field of medical radiation sciences
  • assume the role of a qualified/accredited medical radiations practitioner, capable of independent and collaborative clinical decision making.


Assessment includes written assignments, case reports, examinations, clinical skills, examinations, student portfolios and presentations.


The professional component of this course consists of three clinical attachments for a total of 63 weeks over the two years.

Professional recognition

The radiation therapy stream of study is approved by the Australian Institute of Radiography, and upon successful completion of the course, graduates meet the requirements for the 'Statement of Accreditation' issued by the AIR and professional registration in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

The nuclear medicine stream of study is approved by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine.

The medical ultrasound stream of study is approved by the Australasian Sonographers Accreditation Registry.


This course is comprised of 10 units of study, comprising academic and professional components.


Year one

Semester 2

MMR4001 Medical radiations science 1

MMR4002 Medical radiations science 2

MMR4003 Medical radiations science 3

Summer Semester

MMR4011 Medical Radiations Science and Practice 1

Semester 1

MMR4004 Medical radiations science 4

MMR4005 Medical radiations science 5

MMR4006 Medical radiations rcience 6

Year two

Semester 2

MMR5001 Medical radiations science 7

MMR5002 Medical radiations science 8

MMR5011 Medical radiations science and practice 2

Summer Semester

MMR5011 Medical radiations science and practice 2

Semester 1

MMR5011 Medical radiations science and practice 2


Master of Medical Radiations (Nuclear Medicine)

Master of Medical Radiations (Radiation Therapy)

Master of Medical Radiations (Medical Ultrasound)

Where more than one award is listed the actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.