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.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no individual band score less than 7.0. More information is available at


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Medical Imaging has been developed to equip you with the latest knowledge in medical radiation science, and train you in techniques like general radiography, computed tomography (CT), digital vascular imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). You’ll learn in our medical imaging labs that replicate the capabilities of real-world medical imaging clinics with functional image intensifiers, x-ray and ultrasound machines.

You’ll also become adept in important professionalism, communication, ethical and legal aspects of healthcare. Clinical placements will start in your first year, based in metro, rural and regional settings ensuring you graduate career-ready. You will gain valuable clinical practice in clinical centres and hospitals, and in our medical imaging training unit, giving you diverse experience and skills. As a graduate you will be eligible for registration as a Medical Radiation Practitioner (diagnostic radiographer).

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

Through this highly specialised course you will develop an understanding of medical radiation science that informs principles of medical images and biological sciences. 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).

Take advantage of Deakin’s state-of-the-art facilities to practise your skills using the same equipment professionals use. Our medical imaging labs replicate real-world medical imaging clinics – two of the main X-ray examination rooms even include ceiling and floor-mounted imaging systems. The authentic facilities mean you will be preparing yourself for your future career with practical knowledge and skills that can easily transition into the workplace.

Develop your knowledge in clinical placements under the supervision of experienced practitioners in a range of settings, including hospitals and private radiology clinics throughout Australia. These workplace experiences provide you with the skills needed to enter the medical imaging sector with confidences.

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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

Deakin code
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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 - February 2020

  • Start date: February 2020
  • 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

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

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

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years): 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. 

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be the same as secondary education applicant's requirements (above) or equivalent, OR Completed bachelor degree in Mathematics, Science or Health Sciences. Overseas qualifications must be recognised as equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree.

Applicants qualifications will be assessed for equivalency as part of the application process.


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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - 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

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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 Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

Entry pathways

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

Why choose Deakin

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.


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