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Trinity Expands Joint Degrees with Singapore Institute of Technology

Posted on 07 May 2014

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Starting from Academic Year 2014, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Trinity College Dublin will jointly award a Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic Radiography) degree. Trinity will also offer in partnership with SIT a Bachelor in Science (Radiation Therapy) degree.

In 2012, Trinity and SIT began their partnership by offering degree programmes in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. The repertoire of degree offerings grows to four degree programmes in the area of allied health with these latest degree programmes in Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy. SIT is Singapore’s new autonomous university of applied learning. It aims to be a leader in innovative university education by integrating learning, industry and community. SIT offers industry-focused degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. As a new university, SIT offers its own applied degree programmes with a unique pedagogy that integrates work and study. It also offers specialised degree programmes in partnership with world-class universities and the five local polytechnics.

Similar to SIT-TCD existing degree programmes in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, students studying either the Diagnostic Radiography or Radiation Therapy programme can expect to graduate with an honours degree in one year. The Bachelor in Science (Radiation Therapy) is a degree programme where SIT students will receive the same degree as their Trinity counterparts, whereas the Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic Radiography) will be jointly awarded by SIT and Trinity. The Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic Radiography) is the first undergraduate joint effort by SIT and Trinity. 

To ensure that the programmes are relevant to the industry, SIT has consulted local healthcare institutions on the curriculum. These highly-skilled professionals are integral members of medical teams and will be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to navigate the complex demands of the healthcare system.

Typically, Diagnostic Radiographers work with doctors to help diagnose and detect diseases and injury through the use of highly-sophisticated medical radiation equipment. Diagnostic Radiographers assist the healthcare team in diagnosing illness or injury by using their expertise and knowledge of patient handling, physiology, and radiology to assess patients and develop optimal techniques or plans to evaluate radiographic images. 

On the other hand, Radiation Therapists assist doctors in cancer treatment to deliver the prescribed radiation dose precisely and accurately. Because radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA of cancerous cells, Radiation Therapists must be able to evaluate and plan precise treatment to minimise exposure to healthy tissue.

Both new degree programmes will feature a mandatory overseas immersion programme at Trinity. Diagnostic Radiography students will fulfil the clinical component of the Advances in Radiography Practice module in Dublin, where they will spend six weeks on clinical placements to expand their clinical knowledge of the specialised imaging modalities including, Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Radiation Therapy students will visit Trinity in the first semester for nine weeks to develop an in-depth understanding of integrated radiotherapy practice incorporating treatment preparation and planning, treatment delivery, supportive care and psychosocial issues and to be able to apply these principles to specific cancer sites.

Classes for the pioneer cohort, with a target total intake of 30 students for both programmes, will be conducted at SIT’s facilities in Nanyang Polytechnic.

On the occasion of the announcement, the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “Building on the success of our existent collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and Singapore Institute of Technology in relation to the degree programmes in physiotherapy and occupational therapy, I am delighted that we are now in a position to expand with additional programmes in health sciences with degrees in diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy. The same high standards of education will be adhered to in this new suite of degree programmes, attracting high-calibre students, who on graduation will make a meaningful difference in their future professions.  We hope that the success of the programmes will be seen by the people of Singapore through enhanced healthcare service provision. “

Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President, SIT, shared, “We are pleased to expand our degree programmes and provide more pathways for diploma holders who are looking to upgrade to a degree. Our new collaborative effort will contribute to expanding the skilled allied health workforce. This is also a milestone in SIT’s history as Singapore’s new university, in offering its first joint-degree programme with TCD. As a university of applied learning, the SIT student will be equipped with industry-relevant skills and knowledge to confidently meet future challenges in Singapore’s healthcare system.”