Master of Science in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 55005

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

RMF (Full-time)
RMP (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

30 (Subject to review)

Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

For local students
6 (Full-time)
3 (Part-time)
For non-local students
6 (Full-time)

Tuition Fee

HK$4,000 per credit for local students
HK$4,500 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Award Coordinator

Dr Peter White

  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology.
  • We have a limited quota for admissions.  Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This award is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology, which aims to provide professionals in Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science, Health Technology, as well as others interested in health technology, with an opportunity to develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills.


The award in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science is specially designed for professionals in medical imaging and radiotherapy and has the following aims.

A. Advancement in Knowledge and Skill

  • ​To provide professionals in Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy, as well as others interested in health technology, with the opportunity to develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills;
  • To develop specialists in their respective professional disciplines and enhance their career paths;
  • To broaden students' exposure to a wider field of health science and technology to enable them to cope with the ever-changing demands of work;
  • To provide a laboratory environment for testing problems encountered at work;
  • To equip students with an advanced knowledge base in a chosen area of specialisation in medical imaging or radiotherapy to enable them to meet the changing needs of their disciplines and contribute to the development of medical imaging or radiation oncology practice in Hong Kong; and
  • To develop critical and analytical abilities and skills in the areas of specialisation that are relevant to the professional discipline to improve professional competence.

B. Professional Development

  • ​To develop students' ability in critical analysis and evaluation in their professional practices;
  • To cultivate within healthcare professionals the qualities and attributes that are expected of them;
  • To acquire a higher level of awareness and reflection within the profession and the healthcare industry to improve the quality of healthcare services; and
  • To develop students' ability to assume a managerial level of practice.

C. Evidence-based Practice

  • ​To equip students with the necessary skill in research to enable them to perform evidence-based practice in the delivery of healthcare service and industry.

D. Personal Development

  • ​To provide channels through which practising professionals can continuously develop themselves while at work; and
  • To allow graduates to develop themselves further after graduation.


The Medical Imaging and Radiation Science award offers channels for specialisation and the broadening of knowledge for professionals in medical imaging and radiotherapy.  It will appeal to students who are eager to become specialists or managers in their areas of practice.  Clinical experience and practice in medical imaging and radiotherapy are integrated into the curriculum to encourage more reflective observation and active experimentation.

Recognition & Prospects

No information is available at present.


Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology consists of the following awards:

  • ​MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science
  • MSc in Medical Laboratory Science


A range of subjects that are specific to Medical Imaging and Radiation Science, and a variety of subjects of common interest and value to all healthcare professionals, are offered.  In general, each subject requires attendance on one evening per week over a 13-week semester.

Award Requirements: Students must complete 1 Compulsory Subject (Research Methods & Biostatistics), 4 Core Specialism Specific Subjects, 2 Elective subjects (from any subjects within the Scheme) and a research-based Dissertation or 3 other subjects from the Scheme.  They are encouraged to select a dissertation topic that is relevant to their professional and personal interests.  Students who have successfully completed 30 credits, but who have taken fewer than the required 4 Core Specialism Specific Subjects, will be awarded a generic MSc in Health Technology without a specialism award.


Students who have successfully completed 18 credits, but who decide not to continue with the course of MSc study, may request to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) as follows:

  • ​PgD in a specialism if 1 Compulsory Subject, 4 Core Subjects and 1 Elective Subject are successfully completed; or
  • PgD in Health Technology (Generic) if 1 Compulsory Subject and any other 4 subjects within the Scheme are successfully completed.

Core Areas of Study

The following is a list of Core Subjects. Some subjects are offered in alternate years.

  • ​Multiplanar Anatomy
  • Advanced Radiotherapy Planning & Dosimetry
  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Computed Tomography
  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Advanced Topics in Health Technology
  • Advanced Ultrasonography
  • Computed Tomography (CT): Practicum
  • Digital Imaging & PACS
  • Imaging Pathology


Having selected the requisite number of subjects from the Core list, students can choose the remaining Core Subjects or other subjects available in this Scheme as Elective Subjects.

The two awards within the Scheme share a similar programme structure, and students can take subjects across disciplines.  For subjects offered within the Scheme by the other discipline of study, please refer to the information on the MSc in Medical Laboratory Science.

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in radiography or a related health sciences discipline from a recognised institution.  Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis;
  • Post-qualification work experience in healthcare or a related field is preferred.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For further information, please contact: 
Ms Candy Yung (tel: (852) 3400 8653; fax: (852) 2362 4365; email:;
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Student Message

Medical imaging is expanding in terms of diagnosis, treatment monitoring and patient management. Medical imaging and radiotherapy professionals are extending their roles to cope with the rapid evolution of medical technology.

PolyU offers a unique postgraduate programme that covers a wide range of medical imaging or radiotherapy specialisation areas. By taking this programme, I have developed advanced skills and knowledge to enhance my career path. It has also improved my professional competence through discussion sessions with specialists from different disciplines.

Medical Imaging and Radiation Science are interdisciplinary topics involving knowledge of anatomy, pathology, mathematics, physics and computer science. Students are able to take elective subjects offered by other disciplines of study, thus expanding their disciplinary horizons. Students also have the opportunity to mix with other medical/engineering professionals.

As a PolyU graduate, I am now well prepared to become a specialist in my area of practice. Students are equipped with leadership and management skills to become successful leading executives and provide high quality healthcare services in Hong Kong.

Kathy Pang

I graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic in the mid-80s and have been in charge of Computed Tomography (CT) for more than a decade. I found the part-time Medical Imaging and Radiation Science programme very useful. It guided me to strengthen my professional knowledge with a systematic approach. The latest online journals and resources were readily available and I could complete my coursework without time conflicts with my irregular shift duties.

I have a Graduate Diploma in Administration, but I still found what I learnt in the Healthcare Management subject to be very beneficial to my daily work. The programme also provided me with opportunities to broaden my exposure, for example, in Chinese Medicine. The sharing session in the CT Practicum was the one that I treasured the most, during which we had opportunities to share and discuss with experienced radiographers from other CT centres.

The course was a boost for me to achieve a higher level of professional accomplishment.

Poon Wai Cheuk

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