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Master of Science in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science

Sept 2021 Entry
Programme code: 55005

Duration & Credit Requirement

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


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

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

Tuition Fee

HK$4,900 per credit for local students
HK$5,400 per credit for non-local students

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme

A total of 11 fellowships shall be awarded to local students. Please click here for details.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the fellowship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Lawrence Chan
B.Eng, Ph.D (HKU)

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Liang-ting Lin

  • 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

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 (MIRS) 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

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 (MScMIRS)
  • MSc in Medical Laboratory Science (MScMLS)
  • MSc in Medical Physics (MScMP)


To be eligible for the MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (MScMIRS), students are required to complete 30 credits:

  • 2 Compulsory Subjects (6 credits)
  • 3 Core Subjects (9 credits)
  • 5 Elective Subjects (15 credits)


Apart from the award of MScMIRS, students can choose to graduate with one of the following specialisms:

  • MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (Computed Tomography)
  • MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (Ultrasonography)


To be eligible for the specialism concerned, students should complete 2 Compulsory Subjects (6 credits), a Dissertation (9 credits) related to that specialism, a specialism-related Specialty Subject (3 credits), a Clinical Practicum (3 credits) and 3 Elective Subjects (9 credits).


Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Research Methods & Biostatistics
  • ​Multiplanar Anatomy


Core Subjects

  • Advanced Radiotherapy Planning & Dosimetry
  • Advanced Radiation Protection
  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Computed Tomography *
  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Magnetic Resonance Imaging *
  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Nuclear Medicine Imaging
  • Advanced Topics in Health Technology
  • Advanced Ultrasonography *
  • Clinical Practicum (CT/MRI/US)
  • Dissertation
  • Digital Imaging & PACS
  • Imaging Pathology


* Specialty Subject


Elective Subjects

  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences
  • Medical Imaging Physics
  • Professional Development in Infection Control Practice
  • Radiation Therapy Physics
  • Radiobiology for Medical Physicists


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


The three awards within the Scheme share a similar programme structure, 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/MSc in Medical Physics.

Entrance Requirements

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

Other Information

No information is available at present.



For further information, please contact: 
Ms Candy Yung (tel: (852) 3400 8578; fax: (852) 2362 4365; email:;
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Student Message

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

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Employer's Recommendation


Personal Statement


Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

Programme Leaflet

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