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What will I learn?


Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive compounds, known as radiopharmaceuticals, to diagnose and provide therapy to patients. Radiopharmaceutical practitioners are responsible for creating the radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine.

The practice of nuclear medicine detects functional abnormalities in heart disease; many cancers; gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurological disorders; as well as many others within the body. It enables the visualisation of chemistry in vivo, as it is happening. This course developed in collaboration with professional radiopharmaceutical scientists will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for a rewarding career in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic medicine.


You'll be introduced to the use and application of radiation in medicine, including the production of radionuclides.

You'll have opportunities to independently perform many common analytical techniques covering the application of chemistry to medicine.

You'll develop an advanced understanding of the necessary requirements for gaining accreditation of the laboratories you'll work in, and control processes therein.

This course is ideally suited to those with a chemistry, pharmacy or biomolecular sciences background.


The program is part of the pathway to professional certification through ACPSEM.


Students in the program are likely to have come from an undergraduate degree in chemistry or related field and will be looking to specialise in this growing field of chemistry; or possibly will have been working in the field of radiopharmaceutical science and are looking to upgrade their knowledge and skills and to achieve certification through the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), the body which provides professional certification for Radiopharmaceutical Scientists.

Career Opportunities


All work requiring medical laboratory specialist management and supervision.

Career Options

Both in Australia and globally, radiopharmaceutical science is a rapidly expanding field and there is strong demand for qualified professionals in a wide variety of areas including:

  • Radiopharmaceutical scientist in hospitals or commercial radiopharmacies
  • Research radiopharmaceutical scientist in pharmaceutical companies and universities
  • Production radiopharmaceutical scientist
  • Regulatory affairs specialist
  • Working in patient care or medical research
  • Radionuclide production in reactors and cyclotrons
  • Jobs in translational medicine - translating medical research into patient treatment
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental monitoring

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,800.00 (21,65,397) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have: Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent; GPA of (5.00 out of 7.00) or (3.00 out of 4.00) or overseas equivalents; Recent successful completion of specified prerequisite units at tertiary level.

For international students


Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Macquarie University

Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, students discover passions and pursue career goals at a global leader in tertiary education.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of world universities
  • Located in Sydney’s fastest-growing business region
  • More than 30,000 practical work placements available
  • One of Australia’s most generous scholarship programmes