Bachelor of Medical Imaging

Undergraduate degree

Deakin's Bachelor of Medical Imaging offers training in several techniques from ultrasounds to MRI, preparing undergrads for a career in the medical field.

Graduate job ready through practical learning

Accredited by AHPRA

Gain eligibility to work in Australia or overseas

Key facts


Waurn Ponds:
Lowest selection rank


4 years full time program delivered over eight consecutive semesters commencing in Semester 1

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Bachelor of Medical Imaging has been developed to equip you with the latest knowledge in medical radiation science, and train you in techniques like ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). You will learn in our state-of-the-art facilities and take part in clinical placements in metro, rural and regional settings to ensure you graduate career-ready. This course will allow you to work as a registered diagnostic radiographer anywhere in Australia.

Want to gain the knowledge and clinical expertise to launch your career as a registered diagnostic radiographer?

Through this new and highly specialised course, you will develop an understanding of medical radiation science that informs principles of medical images and biological sciences, as well as important professionalism, communication, ethical and legal aspects of healthcare that will support your future career.

Using the latest equipment, you will learn basic X-ray techniques before advancing to more complex medical imaging procedures such as:

  • general radiography
  • digital vascular imaging
  • mammography
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • general ultrasound (U/S)
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Clinical placements will be a core part of your study and start in your first year. A clinical placement model has been designed specifically for the course in association with metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals, and medical imaging clinics throughout Australia. You will gain valuable clinical practice in clinical centres and hospitals, as well our state-of-the-art medical imaging training unit, giving you diverse experience and skills.

Take advantage of Deakin’s state-of-the-art facilities. Our medical imaging practical labs replicate real-world medical imaging clinics – two of the main X-ray examination rooms even include ceiling and floor-mounted imaging systems. The medical imaging labs are fully X-ray operational, so you will constantly be preparing yourself for your future with practical knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Medical Imaging students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1, 2 or 3 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per semester. The course is delivered over eight consecutive semesters. All the units in the course are core (these are compulsory) other than a choice of one of two units in the final semester of the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning is not granted for this course.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first semester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Medical Imaging

2020 course information

VTAC code

1400310211 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400310481 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS) - Regional and Remote

Deakin code
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per semester. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Semester 1 - 04/02/2019

  • Start date: 04/02/2019
  • Available at:
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

The course includes an extensive practical placement component throughout Australia (cost incurred by the student).

Mandatory student checks

All students are required to undertake a Police and Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to do so prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students are also required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


As a student in the Faculty of Health, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Participation requirements

The course involves compulsory clinical placements in each year. The sequence of eight clinical practice units is delivered over four years. These placements may require travel to rural areas and interstate travel.

Work experience

Work Integrated Learning and clinical practice

During part of each semester of the four years of the course there will be opportunities to convert theory to competent practice, working under supervision with real patients in clinical environments. You will be rostered to placements in a broad range of hospitals and private radiology clinics throughout Australia. Further skills practice and consolidation will be conducted in the medical imaging training unit at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campus.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

  • Attainment of Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent.

For year 12 applicants: VCE units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics; and a study score of at least 22 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or a study score of at least 30 in Maths: Further Mathematics;

For non-year 12 applicants: same as year 12 applicant requirements above or equivalent, OR Completed bachelor degree in Mathematics, Science or Health Sciences.


  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline or


  • a Diploma in any discipline


  • Successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units


  • Other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including, for example, successful completion of a Foundation program approved by Faculty Board and/or relevant work or life experience

Current year 12 students from regional and remote areas may be eligible for bonus aggregate points through Deakin's Regional and Remote Entry Scheme. Learn more about this scheme, eligibility and how to apply.

Inherent requirements

Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional accreditation and practise safely. These are outlined in the Inherent Requirements document for the course.

Admissions information

Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning is not granted for this course.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$10,125 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications through VTAC have now closed.

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Entry pathways

View pathways into the Bachelor of Medical Imaging with our pathways finder.

This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

Contact information

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888


Frequently asked questions

What are the key study start dates?

Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.

How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course.

Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Why choose Deakin

Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

Get practical experience in state-of-the-art medical imaging labs

Ranked one of the top 10 universities in Australia*

Access clinical placements in metro, rural and regional settings

#1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction^

Career outcomes

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue a career as a registered diagnostic radiographer. You could find yourself working in a radiology department in a hospital, private radiology practice or health department. As a graduate, you will be eligible to work as a skilled practitioner across the broad range of diagnostic medical imaging, including:

  • general radiography
  • CT fluoroscopy

You will be eligible to receive AHPRA registration as a Medical Radiation Practitioner, with a division/registration type of Diagnostic Radiographer, General. This AHPRA registration enables graduates to work as a diagnostic radiographer in a range of settings, such as:

  • small regional clinics
  • large metropolitan imaging departments
  • hospitals and specialist medical facilities in Australia

Professional recognition

This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Deakin’s Bachelor of Medical Imaging has been awarded accreditation without any conditions by AHPRA, with statutory direction provided by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply discipline specific knowledge to undertake radiographic procedures in a safe, accurate and ethical environment; develop clinical practices using evidence-based research.


Use oral, written and interpersonal forms of communication to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with a range of professionals, patients and their family/carers, taking into account the particular therapeutic context.

Digital Literacy

Use digital technologies to critically evaluate information (including radiographic images), remain informed about current imaging theories and issues, and disseminate relevant information to professional networks, clients and communities.

Critical thinking

Analyse, evaluate and think critically and reflectively about radiographic factors (for example patient condition, clinical information, exposure) to ensure safe practice, resolve clinical challenges and obtain accurate diagnostic outcomes.

Problem Solving

Evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities, problem solve in terms of new procedures and techniques used in medical imaging, and implement solutions.

Recognise the advantages and limitations of available equipment and systems to provide a safe and effective radiographic examination that will ensure an accurate outcome.

Use knowledge of available modalities and patient information to assess the most effective and appropriate means of finding an answer to a particular clinical question.


Maintain currency with developments in the field of radiological practice, use reflective practice to become a life-long learner by identifying ongoing learning needs and opportunities; assume responsibility and accept accountability for professional decisions.


Work effectively, ethically and responsibly within inter-disciplinary health care teams, and communicate clearly and professionally with team members to provide safe, high quality patient care.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate an understanding of one’s own cultural perspectives and manage patients in a way that is culturally sensitive, consistent with legislation, professional, ethical and respectful.


With Deakin's Bachelor of Medical Imaging, you'll learn in our state of the art radiography facilities and get practical experience with industry placements from Trimester 1 in your first year – giving your career a head start.

*ARWU Rankings 2018
^Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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