Graduate Certificate in Radiation Management

Lead the safe use of a vital resource

Ionising radiation—such as x-rays and gamma rays—helps us do many important things. It’s used in everything from disease diagnosis and treatment, to product sterilisation, soil moisture measurement, and structural integrity testing.

But it’s not without risk; if improperly managed, serious human and environmental health problems can arise. Consequently, those with this specialist skill set are in high demand worldwide.


What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Radiation Management will equip you to lead workplace radiation safety across a broad spectrum of industries. Studied over 12 months part-time, it will give you a sound understanding of ionising radiation’s:

  • detection and identification
  • dose quantification
  • health effects
  • control in the event of an accident
  • management in the environment.

You’ll also acquire:

  • knowledge of all relevant regulatory bodies and guidelines
  • valuable real-world experience through our hands-on experimental practicals.


Where could it take you?

Upon graduation you will be well prepared to manage radiation safety in a wide range of settings—anywhere from research institutes and laboratories, to mining and mineral processing, or government agencies and regulatory offices. Perhaps you’ll become an industrial radiographer with a large engineering firm and monitor the integrity of critical infrastructure.

Entry Requirements

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SATAC Code 3GC077
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study from the University of Adelaide, or equivalent qualification.

This Graduate Certificate is targeted at scientifically literate and numerate students, hence relevant fields of study include the physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Selection is based on academic merit.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 3 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $20,250

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

Graduates of the program can expect to find employment in many organisations and industries in which theoretical and practical radiation safety and management knowledge is required, including:

  • Research institutes and laboratories    
  • Mining and mineral processing industries
  • Industrial radiography
  • Government agencies and regulatory offices

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Degree Structure

The program is focussed on providing graduates with the knowledge and education to perform as Radiation Safety Officers in the workplace across a broad spectrum of industries.

Courses undertaken during the first half of the program provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of ionising radiation including its detection and identification, quantification of radiation dose, the effects of radiation on humans, and management of an accident involving radiation.

The second half of the program equips students with knowledge of the guidelines and regulatory bodies involved in radiation control and the management of environmental radiation. Students will also undertake a two week placement to gain experience in the workplace practice of radiation safety.

The Graduate Certificate in Radiation Management offers a unique student experience encompassing theoretical learning and practical laboratory training.

Academic Program Rules

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Example Study Plan

Core Courses

PHYSICS 7560 Radioactivity, Radiation Detection and Dosimetry
PHYSICS 7561 Ionising Radiation - Biological Effects and Incident Response
PHYSICS 7562 Management and Regulatory Control of Radiation
PHYSICS 7563 Radiation Safety in the Workplace

Intensive experimental practicals
Each course is paired with experimental practicals to help solidify theoretical understanding and provide hands on experience with real world applications of radiation management. These occur as part of the in-person intensive weeks for each course held at the end of each semester. 


Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of assignments, reports, tests and written exams.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 8 Nov 2023