Radiation Therapy

Professional entry master degree

The Master of Radiation Therapy is designed for those with a degree in science or a related health discipline wishing to become a registered Radiation Therapist.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of the scientific concepts and principles underpinning medical radiations science practice including optimisation of equipment, quality assurance and the biological consequences of ionising and non-ionising medical radiations.

This is the only distance learning graduate entry radiation therapy program offered in Australia and it may be available if you are interstate and want to study in your home state.

Continuous clinical attachments are a key feature of the course and as such your clinical hours will be greater compared to other entry to practice Radiation Therapy courses. Placements are available to you in large teaching hospitals and private practices to ensure you gain the best opportunities. Placements are also available in rural settings and interstate.

You will be fully supported by our extensive online resources and teaching staff. The course is provided through our research-focused Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, giving you exposure to the most up-to-date practices and knowledge.

This intensive, workplace-based course provides you with a fast-track qualification because you study full-time in three semesters, including a summer semester each year. You will be taught by leading academics with extensive experience in the practice of radiation therapy and science.

The accreditation of this course with its previous title, the Master of Medical Radiations (Radiation Therapy), transitioned to the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia in 2012. The Master of Radiation Therapy is scheduled to be assessed by the Accreditation Committee of the Board in late 2016.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to apply for general (full) registration as a radiation therapist from the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (subject to English language requirements). Graduates may apply for a 'Statement of Accreditation' issued by the Australian Institute of Radiography. All students will be registered as student practitioners with the Medical Radiations Practice Board through the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

Course Details

Location(s): Off-campus: Full time
Duration: 2 years (full time)
Start date: Second Semester (July)
Qualification: Master of Radiation Therapy

Information about fees

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in science or health science including study of human anatomy and physiology with at least credit (60%) average, or qualification/experience or satisfactory substitute that the faculty considers to be equivalent. Applicants must also have passed Year 12 Physics or at a higher level, or equivalent bridging course. Details of equivalent bridging courses in physics and anatomy and physiology can be obtained from radiation.sciences@monash.edu

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

Suitably qualified international students wishing to undertake the Master of Radiation Therapy in their country of residence must satisfy the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in respect to the appropriateness of their clinical supervision.

Applicants are required to undertake additional assessment and will be invited via email to attend the University or a nominated site. 

Applicants must be available to attend the additional assessment in person at the specified location.

Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation. Refer to the faculty's additional enrolment requirements webpage.

Police checks

Students must have a current Police check regarding their suitability to undertake placements.

Working with Children checks

Students must have a current Working with Children check regarding their suitability to undertake placements.

Immunisation and infection procedures

The faculty recommends that all students accept responsibility for having up-to-date immunisations before commencing this course. Recommended immunisations include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and hepatitis B.

Health requirements

Upon enrolment, students are provided with detailed written information and, as appropriate, counselling about the effect that HIV or hepatitis B infection may have on the ability of health care workers to practise their profession. It is recommended that students discuss any concerns with their doctor or the University Health Service. Immunisations include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)
This course is not available for semester one (February) intake

Semester two (July)
Apply directly to Monash

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: M6004

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS HELP loan scheme.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments from Centrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details.

*Additional eligibility criteria apply.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Advanced foundations for radiation therapy and professional practice, Part B. Evidence based radiation therapy and perspectives on professional practice, and Part C. Applied radiation therapy practice.

Part A: Advanced foundations for radiation therapy and professional practice

These studies will provide you with an orientation to the field of radiation therapy at advanced undergraduate level.  They examine the foundational sciences underpinning medical radiation science, such as physics, radiobiology and dosimetry. These units also introduce you to anatomy, patho-physiology, oncology and radiation therapy planning, treatment and patient care. An introduction to the practice of radiation therapy and aspects your knowledge of the skills required for professional practice within the Australian health care system are also provided.

Part B: Evidence based radiation therapy and perspectives of professional practice

These studies will provide you with knowledge and skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based practice. You will acquire knowledge of medico-legal and ethical issues related to radiation therapy and oncology, and the impact of cancer on patients' psychological well-being. The units also continue to build on your knowledge of working as a professional in the Australian Health care system. Your knowledge of the applications of advanced skills will be further developed with respect to radiation therapy planning, treatment, imaging and patient care in different contexts.

Part C: Applied radiation therapy practice

The professional experience placements will enable you to connect the theoretical components of your course with the practical aspects of health care under the valuable guidance of practitioners.

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