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Radiation Therapy

B.Sc. (Ther. Rad.) ; 4 years ; 30 places ; CAO points: 488 (2017)

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EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Non-EU Applicants

  • Radiation Therapy, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 3234

    TCDRT@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/medicine/radiation-therapy/

    What is Radiation therapy?

    Radiation therapy uses targeted high energy x-rays to treat patients with cancer and is one of the main treatments for cancer. This course qualifies you to work as a radiation therapist – the health care professional who, together with the other multidisciplinary team members, is responsible for the preparation and delivery of a course of radiation therapy. This degree provides you with the required scientific understanding and the critical clinical and research skills to adapt to the ever-changing medical environment.

    Radiation Therapy: The course for you?

    The radiation therapist requires very specialist skills and the role can be physically and emotionally demanding. The development of your clinical skills requires you to be interested in patient care. You will also need to have a keen interest in the field of science. Working as a radiation therapist will also require you to have good interpersonal and technical skills.

    Radiation Therapy @ Trinity

    Radiation Therapy is an innovative profession, with constant technological and patient care advancements. This programme will provide you with the necessary academic and practical skills to work in this patient centered healthcare environment. The programme is delivered by experienced and enthusiastic academic staff, whose focus is on providing you with a research-led, student centered, quality learning experience. The small class sizes in this programme facilitate a close working relationship between students and staff.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    As a graduate radiation therapist you will be the main point of contact for the cancer patient during the course of their radiation therapy treatment and you will be involved in many aspects of their care during this time. As radiation therapy is expanding in Ireland and internationally so too is the opportunity for career development, making this an exciting time to be entering the profession. Graduates from this programme work in radiation therapy departments in Ireland; UK; Australia; New Zealand; Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to name but a few. The broad scientific and clinical content of this degree, in combination with the graduate attributes of competent reflective practitioners; lifelong learners; critical thinkers and problem solvers has facilitated graduates to work nationally and internationally in research and development, medical industry technology and  marketing and academia.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    This four-year honours degree gives you a broad academic base on which to develop the clinical skills of radiation therapy. You will be able to analyse, evaluate and make clinical decisions and to initiate, participate in and encourage research in oncology and radiation therapy. There are both theoretical and clinical components to this degree. The contact hours are high in this course and the subjects are taught through lectures, laboratory-based practical sessions, workshops, tutorials and clinical placement in the hospital setting.

    A significant clinical component is integral to this course. The clinical sites can be found here. Part of the clinical placement takes place during the vacation periods and clinical placement consists of 35 hours per week. Students are placed in radiation therapy departments across the country. The costs of placement outside Dublin (including accommodation and travel expenses) must be borne by the student.

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    In the first and second years, the course covers the basic sciences. You will also study the structure and function of the human body and will be introduced to topics that relate to cancer and patient care. There are approximately 20-30 hours per week in class in these years. The clinical practice component (clinical placement) will introduce you to radiation therapy and will develop your understanding of the complexities of the cancer patient pathway. The content covered in first and second year includes:

    • From Molecule to Cell
    • Chemistry for Life Sciences
    • Anatomy
    • Physics
    • Principles and Practices of Cancer Care
    • Psychology and Communication
    • Clinical Practice (4 weeks in first year and 5 weeks in second year)
    • Biochemistry
    • Physiology
    • Research and Statistics

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    In these years, you will study more specialist subjects that are specifically related to cancer and patient care, and complete a research project in this area. The content covered in these years include:

    • Principles and Practices of Cancer Care
    • Physics
    • Radiobiology
    • Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning
    • Treatment Localisation and Verification
    • Research and Statistics and completion of a research project
    • Radiation Therapy in Practice
    • Clinical Practice (approximately 13 weeks in third year and 15 weeks in fourth year)

    ASSESSMENT

    This programme use a variety of assessment methods, including written end-of-year examinations, continuous assessment, individual and group project work, oral examinations, reflective journals and workbooks. A clinical portfolio and research dissertation are substantial components of the assessment processes in your final year.

    Study abroad

    Students have the option to undertake a clinical placement in a European radiation therapy department in the summer vacation of the third year.

    VISIT US:

    Information days are held during the year for students interested in finding out more about radiation therapy. For details, please contact Daléne Dougall on: +353 1 896 3234; TCDRT@tcd.ie

    Graham Kelly, Radiation Therapy, Graduate 2010

    “I now work as a Radiation Therapist in an Irish Hospital. My position requires me to work as part of a four-person unit delivering safe and accurate radiation treatment to patients suffering from cancer.

    In addition to delivering a patients treatment, we also monitor and advise patients on the management of any side effects or concerns that may arise during treatment. We liaise with and work alongside other health professionals so to ensure that patient’s side effects and needs are addressed promptly and the impact limited.

    No two days are the same when working as a radiation therapist. Each day is varied and presents new tasks and challenges. This makes for a varied and highly rewarding career.”

     

    Course Details

    Award

    B.Sc. (Ther. Rad.)

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO Points Required

    488 (2017)

    Number of Places

    30

    Minimum entry points required are 488 (2017)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate H4 In one of physics, chemistry, biology, physics/chemistry

    Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade C In one of physics, chemistry or biology

    Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting

    See Health Screening requirements

    Note: There is a charge of €40 for membership of the Irish professional society for Radiation Therapists (IIRRT).

    Note: All students undertake clinical placements outside Dublin and will incur additional travel and accommodation costs.

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Radiation Therapy, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 3234

    TCDRT@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/medicine/radiation-therapy/