This course is only available to Australian citizens or permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens


Guide to entry thresholds



Course information set

  • Learn about the interaction of radiation on body tissue, treatment planning using clinical software, and treatment delivery.
  • Clinical placement begins during first year and allows you to practise your communication, caring and technical skills with real patients.
  • Prepares you for a career as a radiation therapist, treating cancer patients and planning and delivering prescribed radiation doses.
QTAC course code418192
QUT course code CS49
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2019 February

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
  • Radiation Therapist

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Radiation therapists are part of a multidisciplinary team that help cancer patients through a challenging part of their lives. They plan and deliver highly accurate radiation treatment, and also provide emotional support and care for patients. Typically, a patient receiving radiation therapy will see the radiation therapist every day for several weeks and you will need to be able to demonstrate empathy and a caring nature towards a wide range of patients. Radiation therapists find that being at the forefront of patient care at this critical time in their patients’ lives is a rewarding experience.

Why choose this course?

QUT is the only university in Queensland to offer a radiation therapy degree.

Please watch our course videos, especially our radiation therapy video with Gaby Gibson, when considering this course as it is a professional degree providing graduates with a highly specialised qualification. This course is not designed as a bridging course for a different career.

The course is taught by registered professionals and the content has been designed in consultation with clinical staff from radiation therapy departments. Your studies will cover the interaction of radiation on body tissue, radiation therapy treatment planning using clinical software, and treatment delivery in a virtual environment.

Professional placement will begin during your first year of study. Placements are offered in private and public radiation therapy departments in metro and regional areas throughout Queensland, and in some interstate sites. Significant periods of supervised placement begin in second year.

Our on-campus simulation facilities feature virtual and hands-on equipment, including the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training—a training platform that uses 3D technology to immerse students in a virtual treatment room. Our computer facilities allow you to become competent in the use of computerised treatment planning systems used by radiation therapy departments.

Honours pathway

At the end of the second year of study in this course you will have the option to apply for the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (Honours). This allows you to complete an honours research project that extends your knowledge of the professional field. Entry to the program is competitive, based on grade point average. On entry to the course you will retain all of the credit you have successfully completed in the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy and will complete a further two years of full-time study.

Career outcomes

As a radiation therapist in a radiotherapy department of a major hospital or private institution, you may become a member of a team treating cancer patients and be responsible for planning and delivering prescribed radiation doses.

Professional recognition

QUT is currently seeking accreditation of this course with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Student registration

QUT automatically registers students enrolled in this course with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. Details about student registration are available from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency at

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

International student entry

This course is not available for entry to international students.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 3

Rank 96

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Physics
  • Maths B
  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

2019: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Radiation Therapy

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418192) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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