Programme Overview

Qualification
BSc (Hons)
Provider
Singapore Institute of Technology
Duration
4 years
Total credits
240
Application period
10 January to 19 March 2022
Next intake
Campus location
SIT@Dover
Students admitted to the Radiation Therapy programme may be required to have secured a sponsorship from their employer at the point of enrolment.

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.

Curriculum

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.

Career Opportunities

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)*

Module Title Credits
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
Cancer Pathology 6
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
Global Health 3
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
Honours Thesis 16

Students are required to choose 1 out of 6 elective modules.

Module Title Credits
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
Module Title Credits
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.

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    Note

    • 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.
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    Obtained a good pass in two of the following HL subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics; while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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    NUS High School Diploma Prerequisites
    Obtained a good pass in two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

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    Mandatory English Requirement
    Applicants to the Allied Health Programmes are required to fulfil ONE of the following English requirements by application closing:

    Qualification

    English Subject

    Minimum Grade Required

    GCE O Level

    English as First Language

    C6

    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)

    English Modules

    C+

    GCE A Level

    General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry

    D

    International Baccalaureate (IB)

    SL ‘English A: Language & Literature’ OR

    SL ‘Literature & Performance’

    4

    NUS High School Diploma

    EL4101 or higher (EL5101, 6103) modules

    C+

    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

      Subsidised fees per credit
      $155.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $37,200.00 for SG Citizens / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $295.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $70,800.00 for Permanent Resident / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $401.25
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $96,300.00 for International Student / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      • Tuition fees shown are the total cost for completion of studies, based on the minimum credits required to graduate.
      • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents fees are exclusive of GST and subsidised by the Ministry of Education.
      • International Students and Non-Subsidised fees are inclusive of 7% GST.

      Industry Advisory Committee

      The members of the Industry Advisory Committee for this programme are:

      Chairman
      Ms Susan Niam
      Chief Allied Health Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Dr Effie Chew
      Senior Consultant, Division of Neurology, National University Health System
      Member
      Mr Anjan Kumar Ghosh
      Director, Sector Manpower - Strategy & Leadership, National Council of Social Service
      Member
      Ms Paulin Koh
      Chief Nursing Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Ms Melissa Chua
      Head & Senior Principal Speech Therapist, Sengkang General Hospital
      Member
      Mr Michael Ong
      Group Director, Allied Health, National University Health System
      Member
      Ms Frances Hew Wee Kee
      Deputy Director, Head, Clinical Support
      Member
      Dr Lim Yen Peng
      Head and Senior Principal Dietitian, Nutrition and Dietetics Department Tan Tock Seng Hospital
      Member
      Assoc Prof Yong Keng Kwang
      Group Chief Nurse, National Healthcare Group
      Member
      Assoc Prof Lita Chew Sui Tjien
      Group Director, Group Allied Health, SingHealth
      Member
      Assoc Prof Ng Yee Sien
      Senior Consultant, SingHealth
      Member
      Mr Eric Ho Chun Keong
      Director (Acting), Allied Health. Deputy Director, Regional Health Office, Woodlands Health
      Member
      Ms Jessica Hooi
      Vice Principal, St. Andrew’s Autism School
      Member
      Mr Abhimanyau Pal
      Chief Executive Officer, SPD
      Ex-Officio
      Assoc Prof Tan Bhing Leet
      Director of Programmes, Health and Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology