Advanced Radiation Therapy Practice - Treatment Planning (Online P.Grad. Certificate/ P.Grad. Diploma)

NFQ Level 9
1 year part-time
45 Places


Course Overview

Our postgraduate radiation courses are available in two strands, Clinical Practice or Treatment Planning. This is the Treatment Planning strand.

This strand aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the field of Radiation Therapy treatment planning.

During our online postgraduate courses, you will gain in-depth evidence-based knowledge of the management of radiotherapy patients, critically evaluate your practice and develop ideas for services improvements within your practice and workplace.

The online delivery of this programme allows you to undertake a flexible yet structured programme of education, with no requirement to attend the Trinity Campus; benefit from evidence-based learning resources and input from clinical experts; share experiences and ideas with fellow students doing online discussions; benefit from weekly engagement with fellow learners and academics through interactive webinars.

Is This Course For Me?

The Treatment Planning strand is aimed at Radiation Therapy professionals that are seeking to expand their career into advanced techniques, treatment planning or/and research; wish to work in an advanced role in their department in treatment planning; or wish to update their knowledge on current evidence- based practice.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates of the course are able to expand their career into advanced techniques, treatment planning or/and research, as well as work in an advanced role in their department.

Course Content

There are two entry routes for this course: Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma. Both these entry routes may lead to an M.Sc.

The P.Grad.Cert. consists of three online modules completed over one academic year: Imaging for Advanced Radiotherapy Practice; Delineation for Radiotherapy Planning; and Specialist Radiation Therapy Techniques.

On successful completion of the P.Grad.Cert., you may choose to register to complete three additional modules towards the award of a P.Grad.Dip.

The P.Grad.Dip. consists of six online modules completed over one academic year: Imaging for Advanced Radiotherapy Practice; Delineation for Radiotherapy Planning; Specialist Radiation Therapy Techniques; Research Methods; Treatment Planning for Modulated Techniques; Proton Therapy Planning and Delivery.

On successful completion of the P.Grad.Dip., you may choose to register for an M.Sc. top up year and complete a Research Dissertation module towards the award of a M.Sc.

Course Structure

The P.Grad.Cert. is worth 30 ECTS; the P.Grad.Dip. is worth 60 ECTS.

The programme uses a range of authentic continuous assessments which gives you the opportunity to produce work which is highly relevant to the clinical environment and develops independent life-long learning skills; this includes written and practical assignments, online activities, project and case studies.

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Postgraduate Study in Advanced Radiation Practice at Trinity

In this video, Assistant Professor Sarah Barrett speaks about the online postgraduate programme in Advanced Radiation Therapy Practice - Clinical Practice / Treatment Planning at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

45 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Sarah Barrett

Closing Date

31st July 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applications will be accepted from those who:

  • Hold an honours primary degree in Radiation Therapy, Medical Physics, Medicine or a related discipline; or otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.
  • Evidence of relevant professional experience.
  • Have access to radiation therapy planning software for the duration of the course.
  • Have a fluent command of the English language. Students whose first language is not English must meet the University's English language requirements.


Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0) 1 896 3234

Anita O'Donovan (course director):


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There are so many advantages to studying online. It means I can study in my own time, organising my hours around my shift work and social life. Even from Australia I can manage to attend the weekly tutorials to discuss the week’s topics with my class and tutors. Any questions or problems I have, I just send an email and the course and module coordinators are always happy to help. It can be daunting returning to study again but the course layout makes the work load very manageable. The modules are engaging and relevant to my work too which is important for keeping me motivated in the online environment.

Helen Frewen