Postgraduate study in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

What can you study in Magnetic Resonance Imaging?

You can study this specialisation in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

The areas of study include:

  • MRI technology and its application
  • Safety in the MRI environment
  • MR imaging appearances
  • Protocol selection and development
  • Reflection on clinical practice

Medical imaging technologists (MITs) seeking a clinical training position in MRI may commence their study before securing a training position. They can begin by enrolling in the PGCertHSc(Medical Imaging) and completing four specific courses. Should they obtain a clinical training position within five years of completing the PGCertHSc, these courses can be transferred into the PGDipHSc(MRI) qualification.

Courses in this subject area are offered in a flexible learning format (online delivery).

The following courses may be suitable for postgraduate students with an interest in MRI who are enrolled in other programmes:

To determine your eligibility, please contact the Medical Imaging Postgraduate Academic Coordinator at

Entry requirements

To gain admission to the PGDipHSc(MRI) programme, an applicant must be a medical imaging technologist, or have an undergraduate degree in an allied health profession or biomedical science related field. They must provide evidence that they have obtained a clinical training position in MRI. This is an employed position in an MRI practice in New Zealand and it is the responsibility of the student to find and secure this position.

For further information, please view the Admission Criteria – PGDipHSc(MRI) flowchart.

Where can postgraduate study in MRI take you?

Students who successfully complete the PGDipHSc(MRI) programme, including a clinical competency assessment at an approved workplace, will be eligible for registration with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB) in the MRI scope of practice.

For more information

If you want further information, please see the Postgraduate Medical Imaging Handbook.