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Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Imaging (PGDipMI)

Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Imaging (PGDipMI) through the Christchurch campus in 2018

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A Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Imaging (PGDipMI) will be offered for the first time in 2019, by the Department of Radiology in the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Through advanced teaching in the fields of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging Technology, the programme will offer career and research pathways for Medical Imaging Technologists or graduates of health sciences qualifications with interest in the field.

Radiodiagnosis papers will build on knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to develop critical imaging evaluation skills. All major physiological systems (for example, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory) will be covered. Professional matters, ethics and cultural issues in relation to medical imaging will also be included.

An Ultrasound Imaging Technology paper will be offered from 2019. Papers covering other imaging modalities (Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging) will be introduced in subsequent years.

The Diploma will be available to applicants in and outside of Christchurch. It will be taught via distance learning (using the online learning management system, Moodle) with additional five day on-campus block courses in Christchurch.

Tutors will be Radiologists and Medical Physicists, with advanced knowledge and skills, informed by professional experience and research.

A Masters of Medical Imaging is also available to Diploma graduates meeting the entry criteria.

For candidates wishing to pursue a career in clinical ultrasound, the Diploma (including the ultrasound paper) may be completed in conjunction with a separate clinical training course through the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM).
Go to the Pathways for PGDiploma Candidates section for more information.

How to apply

Online applications will open later in the year. Check back for more details later.


Applicants must have an appropriate undergraduate qualification (Bachelor of Medical Imaging) or a comparable health sciences undergraduate qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study (eg. Bachelor of Radiation Therapy).

A grade average of B or above is required.

If you have queries regarding eligibility, it is preferable to resolve these prior to submitting a formal application.

You are welcome to contact us to discuss your proposed course of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Imaging

Paper Schedule

The Diploma comprises papers to the value of 120 points, as follows:

Radiodiagnosis papers

Technology papers

Note: It is planned to introduce the following technology papers in subsequent years:

Other papers

Programme of study

The programme will be offered part time (up to 60 points/year)

Year 1

  • MEIM 401 (Semester One)
  • MEIM 402 and MEIM 410 (Semester Two)

Year 2

  • Research Methods
  • One other 15 point paper
  • MEIM 403 (Semester Two)

Delivery method

MEIM papers will be taught on-line and via on-campus block courses in Christchurch.

The on-line component will be facilitated by the Moodle Learning Management System.

On-campus courses

  • MEIM 401 has two five-day on-campus block courses
  • MEIM 402, 403 and 410 each have one five-day on-campus block course


MEIM 401 (30 points)

  • Three written assignments (30% each)
  • On-line MCQ test (10%)

MEIM 402, 403 and 410 (15 point papers)

  • Two written assignments (45% each)
  • On-line MCQ test (10%)

Pathways for Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Imaging candidates

Candidates may wish to complete the academic programme only, as outlined above. For these applicants the programme augments understanding and knowledge of medical imaging and radiodiagnosis, allows Medical Imaging Technologists to specialise in a particular areas and modalities (Ultrasound initially), and/or creates a path towards research.

Alternatively, candidates may wish to complete the programme with the ultimate goal of specialising as a clinical sonographer. For these applicants the programme opens a career pathway into ultrasound.

Currently, qualifications in diagnostic medical ultrasound, as recognised by the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB), are offered in New Zealand by the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) and the University of Auckland.

ASUM offers a Graduate Diploma of Medical Ultrasound (GDMU (general)), an internationally accepted, graduate entry, professional qualification in ultrasonography. The GDMU comprises a theoretical component and a practical component.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been created between the University of Otago, Christchurch and ASUM whereby completion of the PGDipMI fulfils the theoretical requirements of the GDMU (general). Specifically, completion of the PGDipMI would equate to completion of the Core units and Speciality theory unit of the GDMU (general).

Prospective clinical sonographers would complete the PGDipMI with the Ultrasound Imaging Technology paper, along with a separate clinical training scheme via ASUM (subject to fulfilment of ASUM requirements), with the aim of ultimately gaining the GDMU.

We anticipate the Otago PGDipMI programme will often be completed in the context of employment as a trainee sonographer, over two years, followed by a third year of full time clinical training; all practical training will be overseen by ASUM.

The PGDipMI programme can also be completed in isolation, with the option of seeking a trainee sonographer position at a later stage (though in this case, additional clinical time would need to be completed to ensure equivalent practical training experience).

Master of Medical Imaging

Candidates who have completed the PGDipMI with a B average across all papers and a B+ minimum for research methods may apply for the Master of Medical Imaging (MMI).

This is a research master’s degree by thesis.

It can be conducted part-time over 24 months or full-time over 12 months.

Our people

Professor Anthony Butler
Head of Department
Tel +64 3 378 6359 (ext 86359)

Dr Alex McHaffie
Senior Lecturer, Course Convenor

Dr Aamir Raja
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Physics
Senior Lecturer
Tel +64 3 378 6011 (ext 86011)

Sam Gurney
Departmental Administrator
Tel +64 3 364 1987 (ext 81987)

Tuition fees

The University’s tuition fees for 2018 have not been set yet.

As a guide, tuition fees for 2017 for a 30-point paper were NZ$2,700 and for a 15-point paper NZ$1,350.

Contact details

Course structure and content enquiries

Dr Alex McHaffie
Senior Lecturer, Course Convenor

Admission and enrolment enquiries

Ruth Helms
Manager, Academic Programmes
University of Otago, Christchurch
Tel +64 3 364 0527

Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Imaging


The programme of study shall consist of papers to the value of 120 points comprising:

  • MEIM 401  Radiodiagnosis of Body Imaging (30 points)
  • MEIM 402  Radiodiagnosis of Reproductive and Pregnancy Imaging (15 points)
  • MEIM 403  Radiodiagnosis of Head, Neck and Musculoskeletal System (15 points)
  • Note: MEIM 401 is a prerequisite for MEIM 402 and MEIM 403.

Approved research methods paper(s) to the value of 30 points

One or more of

  • MEIM 410  Imaging Technology - Ultrasound (15 points)
  • MEIM 411  Imaging Technology - Computed Tomography (15 points)
  • MEIM 412  Imaging Technology - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (15 points)

Other approved papers up to the value of 15 points.

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