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Undergraduate study in Radiation Therapy

Overview of the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT)

The Bachelor of Radiation Therapy is a three-year full time programme designed to produce radiation therapists qualified to use radiation for the treatment of disease with a minimum of supervision. Such treatment is in accordance with the prescription of the radiation oncologist. For people attracted to a scientific discipline, who are keen to work as part of a team of skilled personnel, which cures, treats and cares mainly for cancer patients, radiation therapy offers a challenging, satisfying and life-long career.

The first year of the course is spent studying academic papers including anatomy and imaging; cancer cell biology; health and human behaviour; healthcare communication; radiation technology; radiation therapy and oncology; radiation therapy planning concepts. Students also spend two weeks in a clinical department to see first hand what it is like.

In the second and third years, students continue to learn at the Wellington campus, and also in clinical placements to gain experience with a range of equipment and techniques, taught in two semester blocks. Currently clinical placements occur throughout New Zealand and at some Australian Centres.

At the beginning of Year 2, students also undertake work experience in an oncology department before starting the clinical paper.

How to apply

Applications for the 2020 programme open in August 2019. To apply, please select  the generic programme – Health Sciences Undergraduate Professional Programmes (HSUPP) in eVision. You need to add this programme first (although Radiation Therapy is based in Wellington you still need to select this programme through the Dunedin campus in 2020). Once you have added the HSUPP programme, you can select the Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (BRT) and upload your application documentation. Please do not forget to submit your application at the end of the online process.

View the Admissions guidelines here on the University of Otago website

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Accommodation information

Our current first year students are in a mix of flatting and boarding situations. Our students' experience of staying at Victoria House in 2018 and 2019 has been great. Please visit our Wellington Accommodation page. (last updated in August 2019)

Other queries contact the University of Otago Accommodations Office:

Accommodation Office,
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Tel +64 3 479 8950

The course in detail

The course is full-time and takes three years of study to complete. In addition to the academic papers, there is a large component of clinical work within the degree, particularly in the second and third year.

First year

This year is spent at the University of Otago, Wellington campus in a class of about 30 students. During this first year, students spend two weeks in the clinical environment of a radiation oncology department.

Students complete the following papers:

Second year

The whole of the first semester is clinical, and then all of the second semester is taught at the Wellington campus.

Students complete the following papers:

Third year

The first semester is taught on campus in Wellington and the final semester is a clinical placement.

Students complete the following papers: