A Bachelor of Radiation Therapy with Honours (BRT(Hons)) programme is available to Radiation Therapy students who have completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT) degree.
Information for new applicants
The Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (Honours) is a one year full time or two year part time post graduate research degree worth 120 points. The honours degree consists of a 30 point research methods paper HASC 417 and a 90 point thesis, based on original research (RADT4F/P)
HASC 417 is delivered over a full year by distance and introduces the student to a variety of health science research methodologies.
RADT4 is the original research component of the degree and can be done full time in one year or part time over two years. Honours research projects are supervised by an academic supervisor and a clinical supervisor.
Prerequisites. Students will have successfully completed the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT) (previously the Bachelor of Health Sciences (endorsed in Medical Radiation Therapy) normally with a B+ average for graded papers. For those with alternate or overseas qualifications these may be considered on a case by case basis.
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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Radiation Therapy with Honours (BRT(Hons))
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed.
- Every applicant must have completed the requirements of the degree of Bachelor Radiation Therapy, or an equivalent qualification, and be eligible for registration as a medical radiation technologist.
- Candidates must have passed all third year papers for the qualifying degree at a satisfactory level (normally with a B+ average for graded papers).
- Candidates will enter into the Honours programme normally within two years of qualifying, but others will be considered by the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations on a case-by-case basis.
- Entry for diagnostic Medical Radiation Technologists may be considered by the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations on a case-by-case basis.
- Entry for overseas Medical Radiation Technologists may be considered by the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations on a case-by-case basis.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme shall consist of a research methods paper or papers to the value of 30 points (normally HASC 417 and for part-time students normally taken in their first year) and the preparation and submission of a satisfactory thesis embodying the results of a supervised investigation to the value of 90 points.
- The topic of the research thesis will be approved by the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations.
- Two supervisors will be appointed by the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Radiation Therapy, one of whom may be external to the University.
- The programme will be delivered by distance learning (except for any block courses that may be part of the research methods paper), with regular supervision meetings; these meetings may be face-to-face or held via tele- or video-conference.
- No candidate may enrol in any paper additional to the programme without the approval of the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations.
Duration of the Programme
- A full-time candidate shall normally complete the requirements for the degree within one academic year of commencing the programme.
- A part-time candidate shall normally complete the requirements for the degree within two academic years of commencing the programme.
- At least two examiners for the thesis will be appointed by the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
- The candidate’s supervisors shall not be examiners, but they may make a report on the work of the candidate for the examiners to consider.
- Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options as specified in clause (d) below.
- The examiners may recommend that a thesis:
- be accepted without amendments;
- be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Head of the Department of Radiation Therapy;
- does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
- does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
- Amendments (regulation 4(d)(ii)) and revisions (regulation 4(d)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Head of the Department of Radiation Therapy.
- A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
- If a revised and resubmitted thesis is finally accepted, the degree shall be awarded with Third Class Honours. If the revised and resubmitted thesis is not judged to be satisfactory, the result shall be ‘Fail’ (i.e. ungraded).
- Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Head of the Department of Radiation Therapy should so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.
Standard of Award of the Degree
The degree may be achieved with First Class Honours, with Second Class Honours (Division I), with Second Class Honours (Division II) or with Third Class Honours.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve admission criteria or courses of study, acceptable to the Radiation Therapy Board of Studies and Examinations, which do not comply with the degree regulations.