What will I learn?

Course Features

  • Accredited by the Irish Institute of Radiographers and Radiation Therapists.
  • Fosters individual, personal and professional development of the postgraduate radiographer
  • Confers clinical competence in CT scanning on successful graduates.
  • Flexible programme delivery that accommodates working professionals.
  • Provides a platform for discussion of clinical and evidenced based CT practice and current technological advances.

Course Overview

This course builds on appropriate undergraduate study and existing clinical practice skills to enable radiographers to further develop their professional competence in CT.

The course aims to provide a solid foundation in the principles and theoretical concepts of CT imaging and an understanding of how these concepts are applied in clinical practice. The programme provides an opportunity to develop reflective, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed for diagnostic radiographers who want to develop the specialist CT skills necessary to provide high-quality patient care in a dynamic working environment. Applicants must have at least one year’s post-qualification experience in diagnostic radiography. Applicants must have at least three months experience in CT before commencing the course and must be working in a CT department for the duration of the course.

What Will I Learn?


The Graduate Diploma in CT leads to a UCD Level 4 award (equivalent to NQAI Level 9) and takes eight months to complete. It is delivered in four modules: two technology modules and two professional practice modules.

The Technology of CT modules encompass the physical theories and technological principles underlying CT, image processing, quality control, equipment management and radiation protection thus encouraging a safer and broader spectrum of clinical operation.

The Professional Practice of CT modules encompass clinical practice, clinical placement hours, scanning protocols, optimization of practice and facility management. This module aims to facilitate the integration of theoretical concepts and professional clinical practice in order to consolidate the learning process.

Since this Graduate Diploma confers clinical competence - and in order to gain the requisite specialist clinical skills - students must undertake a clinical placement in CT, under the guidance of a named clinical supervisor, and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 700 hours in CT while undertaking the course.

How/Where Will I Learn?

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach that integrates class discussions, tutorials, and lectures, e-learning and practical tasks. Emphasis is placed on reflection and self-directed learning. Clinical skills development is supported by undertaking a clinical placement in the students own CT department under the direct supervision of a clinical supervisor.

These teaching and learning strategies are designed to encourage autonomous personal and professional development within a supportive framework.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (9 months)

Tuition fees
€16,200.00 (US$ 17,869) per year

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

Start date

20 January 2020


UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Holders of Bachelors and Masters Degrees with good grades from competitive and well ranked universities and colleges can be considered for entry to graduate degrees at UCD. The normal requirement for entry to a taught Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available. In this case relevant work experience may be a requirement. UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University: A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).

For international students

International applicants must:

  • Hold a BSc (Honours) or equivalent in Diagnostic Radiography.
  • Have attained a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (a minimum of 6 in each band) or 600 in TOEFL (250+ computer-based; 100+ iTB score; with test of written English at 475+). All test results must be less than 2 years old. This is necessary to ensure that prospective students can manage the programme’s academic workload and communicate effectively within the clinical placement environment.
  • Have attained at least 6 months clinical work experience in CT prior to commencing the course, and provide documented evidence supporting this on the pre-clinical hours declaration form (see form below).
  • Provide an academic and clinical reference support your commitment to and ability to undertake this course.

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