The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Radiation Therapy degree is a four-year direct honours degree programme that prepares graduates for the role of a professional radiation therapist. It is the only radiation therapy programme offered by an autonomous university in Singapore.
Radiation therapy is a valued profession in many countries, including Singapore. It involves the use of sophisticated equipment and techniques to deliver radiation precisely and accurately to patients, mainly for the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapists are important members of radiation oncology teams. They apply their professional education to deliver a sensitive and patient-centred service.
Radiation therapists work within the oncology team to customise individual treatment plans for patients and endeavour to deliver the best therapeutic result with minimum side-effects to patients. Radiation therapists also play a key role in helping patients manage side-effects and provide emotional comfort during treatment. Besides caring for patients, radiation therapists are also actively involved in other areas of healthcare such as research, education and administration.
The curriculum is developed in close consultation with the radiation therapy industry to ensure relevance and graduates’ employability. The programme will be seeking accreditation by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC), thus enabling graduates to practise as a professional radiation therapist in Singapore. The SIT Radiation Therapy programme focuses on applied learning and provides high-quality, practice-oriented education in the following areas:
Health and behavioural sciences. Broad-based knowledge in health and behavioural sciences, including anatomy, physiology, patient care and safety, psychology, health systems, professionalism, interprofessional education, and change management.
Oncological and radiological science and technology. Professional knowledge in the science and technology associated with cancer treatment, including cancer biology, radiation oncology, radiation physics, radiobiology, radiation protection, radiological anatomy, dosimetry, medical imaging technology and radiation therapy technology.
Radiation therapy practice. Professional knowledge in different areas of radiation therapy practice, including radiation therapy treatment planning, simulation, delivery and post-treatment care for various body regions and systems. This component also includes an honours thesis that emphasises scientific enquiry and evidence-informed radiation therapy practice.
Suitably qualified radiation therapists are in high demand in Singapore. Besides working in major cancer centres in the public healthcare sector, radiation therapists also work in the private sector.
Clinical Practice Education
All Radiation Therapy students need to undergo around 1200 hours of clinical practice education (CPE) across various clinical settings. Such clinical placements prepare students for the real-world clinical practice. Therefore, students get to apply theoretical and clinical knowledge and build up their confidence in clinical skills. Students need to pass all clinical placements to graduate from the programme and to be registered under the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).
Programme Structure (AY2022/23)*
|Anatomy and Physiology 1||6|
|Health Systems - Singapore's Perspectives||6|
|Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health Sciences||6|
|Patient Management in Healthcare||6|
|Anatomy and Physiology 2||6|
|Principles of Medical Radiation Science||12|
|Radiobiology and Radiation Protection||6|
|Radiation Therapy Physics||12|
|Pathophysiology and Pharmacology||6|
|Principles of Radiation Therapy Practice||6|
|Health Research Methods||6|
|Radiological and Cross-Sectional Anatomy||6|
|Radiation Therapy Principles and Practice 1||12|
|CT and MRI||12|
|Professionalism, Ethics and the Law||6|
|Radiation Therapy Principles and Practice 2||12|
|Honours Thesis Proposal||2|
|Nuclear Medicine and Hybrid Imaging||6|
|Radiation Therapy Principle and Practice 3||12|
|Advances in Radiation Therapy||6|
|Radiation Therapy Principle and Practice 4||12|
|Clinical Practice Education 1||6|
|Clinical Practice Education 2||6|
|Clinical Practice Education 3||6|
|Clinical Practice Education 4||12|
Students are required to choose 1 out of 6 elective modules.
|Patient and Client Education||6|
|Leading and Managing in Health Professions||6|
|Anatomical Dissection of Musculoskeletal System||6|
|Engineering and Technology for Healthcare Solutions||6|
|Multidimensional Nature of Pain||6|
|Palliative and End-of-Life Care||6|
|Digital Competency Essentials||2|
|Critical Thinking and Communicating||4|
|Introduction to Design Innovation||2|
|Interdisciplinary Design Innovation||4|
|Social Innovation Project||3|
* The programme structure is subject to change without prior notice. SIT regularly reviews its curriculum to ensure that it remains industry-relevant and prepares our students for the evolving needs of industry.
Eligibility and Exemption
SIT selects candidates for this programme using an aptitude-based approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement and co-curricular involvement. Short-listed candidates will be invited for Multiple Mini Interviews, consisting of different stations which assess different important attributes such as communication skills.
Listed below are the relevant admission criteria:
Obtained a good pass in two of the following H2 subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and also offered General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry in the same sitting while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.
- Completed a relevant local polytechnic Diploma; and/or
- Acquired relevant full-time work experience of one to two years
- Diplomas that are not listed may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Module exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Obtained a good pass in two of the following HL subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics; while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.
Other Local Diplomas
NUS High School Diploma Prerequisites
Obtained a good pass in two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
Other equivalent Year 12 qualifications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mandatory English Requirement
Applicants to the Allied Health Programmes are required to fulfil ONE of the following English requirements by application closing:
Minimum Grade Required
GCE O Level
English as First Language
International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic Module)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
6.0 for all components (Listening, Reading, Writing AND Speaking)
|TOEFL||TOEFL||At least 60 marks for internet-based test|
|OET||OET||Grade B and above|
Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)
GCE A Level
General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry
International Baccalaureate (IB)
SL ‘English A: Language & Literature’ OR
SL ‘Literature & Performance’
NUS High School Diploma
EL4101 or higher (EL5101, 6103) modules
The Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) mandates the minimum English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for the Allied Health programmes to enable our graduates to practise in the respective Allied Health professions.
Applicants who hold a first degree from Singapore, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America will be deemed to have fulfilled the stipulated English Language requirement for the programme.
Please refer to the Mandatory Medical Clearance for additional requirements.
Fees and Finances
Industry Advisory Committee
The members of the Industry Advisory Committee for this programme are: