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Why study radiology at a medical college?

Radiology is the study of the human body through cutting-edge imaging technology. Using tools such as X-rays, ultrasound, computerised tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), physicians examine the organs and tissue inside the body in non-invasive and safe ways.

Radiologists generally focus on analysing the images they take, helping physicians to diagnose problems and work on treating diseases and conditions. Radiology is a sector which is constantly developing, meaning its perfect for medical students looking a complex and diverse area of work.

What will I study on a radiology program?

To successfully practice as a radiographer, you will need to have completed an approved training program in diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, although entry requirements do vary depending on where in the world you want to work.

A typical radiology program at a medical college will take in a combination of scientific content, such as anatomy, physiology and physics and direct study of imaging practice and techniques.

Most radiology programs will also contain training on soft skills such as management, ethics and sociology, allowing graduates to have the necessary training to deal with patients.

Length and structure

The length of a radiology program at a medical college depends on the institution and the country where you choose to study.

As a guide, undergraduates should expect to study a combination of general scientific medical training and more specialised radiology training over the course of their degree, with a period spent working in industry. In the UK, you should expect your studies to take between 5-7 years to complete.

Some medical colleges offer Masters level qualifications in radiology to previous medical graduates – these will take between 2-3 years to complete.

How can a radiology program help my career?

Most radiologists work in hospitals and outpatient diagnostic centres and have limited contact with patients, working more on analysing images and diagnosing problems. However, advances in technology mean that some radiologists now work remotely, working anywhere with an internet connection and high-resolution monitor.

Radiologists earn a high salary as their skills are highly specialised, but those working in hospitals can expect to work irregular shift patterns, including night-time shifts.

Advancement opportunities are available in medical research, with experienced radiologists often taking positions in health care administration.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a radiology program vary depending on the country and medical college you choose to study at.
Most radiology programs will require you to demonstrate the following:

  • High school level qualifications in science subjects
  • An occupational health examination prior to acceptance
  • Successful interview
  • Postgraduates will need to show a relevant first degree subject such as biology

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