Doctorate of Medicine in Radiotherapy Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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Radiotherapy is the application of radiation medicine in the treatment of cancer. Radiotherapy Technicians work in cancer hospitals and aid in chemotherapy treatment. The subject of Radiotherapy is also an integral part of B.Sc. in Medical Technology pursed by Medical Technologists.

Top Institutes offering this course are:

The curriculum covers areas of study such as Radiation Physics, Radiobiology, Radiation Oncology, Chemotherapy and related topics. Eligible candidates are needed to be well- versed in the constantly evolving techniques and drugs applied in chemotherapy, besides the use of computers, radiological concepts etc.

The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 800 and 10 Lacs. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s rank in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Radiation Oncologist/ Radiation Therapist, Radiology Technicians, Ultrasound Technician/ Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, MRI Technician, CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist/ CT Scan Technologist etc.

They are hired in industries related to healthcare, including Hospitals, Physician Practices, Integrative Healthcare Clinics, Public Health Clinics, College Health Centers, Natural Apothecaries etc. The average annual salary offered in India for such positions varies between INR 2 and 10 Lacs.

MD Radiotherapy: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration 3 years
Examination Type Phase System
Eligibility M.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.A.S.M., B.E.M.S., B.I.A.M.S., B.N.Y.T., B.A.T.S., B.U.M.S., B.P.T., B.Pharma., N.O., or M.D(A.M)
Admission Process Selection for admissions is based on the rank obtained in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Course Fee INR 800 to 10 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 10 Lacs per year
Top Recruiting Companies Healthcare environments including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans.
Job Positions Radiation Oncologist/ Radiation Therapist, Ultrasound Technician/ Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, MRI Technician, CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist/ CT Scan Technologist etc.

MD Radiotherapy: What is it About?

MD Radiotherapy is a 3- year long clinical specialty course. Radiotherapy or Radiation Therapy or Radiation Oncology is mostly used for the treatment of critical disorders like cancer, thyroid disorders and some blood disorders, by means of high- energy X-rays.

The course explores on an advanced level, aspects of Radiation Biology, Radiation Chemistry, Relevance of Radiation Biology to Radiotherapy, Radiation Effects on Major Organs/ Tissues, Clinical Radiotherapy. Upon successful completion of the course, qualified professionals can also work as Consultant Radiation Oncologists in hospitals, clinics, and health departments in both governments and private sectors.

MD Radiotherapy: Top Institutes 

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each:

Name of Institute City  Average Fees
Amrita University Coimbatore INR 10 Lacs 
JIPMER Pondicherry INR 3.8k
PGI Chandigarh INR 30,000 
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi INR 800 
Christian Medical College Vellore INR 4 Lacs
KMC Manipal INR 6 Lacs 

MD Radiotherapy: Eligibility 

Applicants aspiring to pursue the course need to have completed any of M.B.B.S., B.D.S., D.M.S., D.H.M.S., B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.A.S.M., B.E.M.S., B.I.A.M.S., B.N.Y.T., B.A.T.S., B.U.M.S., B.P.T., B.Pharma., N.O., and M.D (A.M).

Practitioners and research workers who have been practicing for the last 10 years, are exempted from fulfilling such requirements of basic minimum qualification, and may directly apply for the program.

MD Radiotherapy: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in any of the following entrance examinations:

  • Centrally-conducted NEET PG (conducted by NBE)
  • A State- level PG exam
  • Autonomously- conducted entrance exam such as those conducted by any of AIIMS, PGI and JIPMER
  • Institute- specific entrance examination conducted by a concerned college.

MD Radiotherapy: Syllabus and Course Description

A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here.

Year I Year II Year III
Clinical Oncology (In-patient ward and special clinics) Clinical Oncology & Critical Care (In–patient ward & special clinics) Radiation Oncology (Inpatient ward and special clinics)
Radiation Physics Radiation Physics Dissertation
Pathology/Radiobiology Palliative Care To be submitted at least 6 months before the final examination.
Diagnostic Radiology Medical Oncology including Haemato-oncology (In-patient ward and special clinics) -
Cancer Epidemiology and Statistics Simulator and Teletherapy machine posting -
Cancer Research and Laboratory methods - -

MD Radiotherapy: Career Prospects

Successful postgraduates of the course are tasked with increased clinical responsibilities in a variety of areas involving oncology services. These include:

  • Treatment Planning
  • Delivery
  • On-Treatment Review and Support Services
  • Supplementary and Independent Prescribing
  • Palliative Care
  • Quality Management
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Training
  • Clinical Research.

Radiographers in specialist roles such as tumor detection and technical specialty coordinate and provide high-quality care to the patient.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

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Job Position Job Description Average Annual Pay Scale in INR
Radiation Oncologist/ Radiation Therapist A Radiotherapist / Radiation Oncologist is a specialist who deals with treatment of cancer patients mainly with the use of different modalities of radiation. The treatment of cancer is a multimodality comprehensive treatment with surgical oncology, radiation oncology and medical oncology being integral parts of it. 1,867,730
X-ray Technicians X-ray Technicians (also known as X-ray Technologists or Radiologic Technologists) use cutting-edge imaging methods to visualize the inside of the human body. The pictures they create help physicians diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries with great accuracy. 1,84,206
Ultrasound Technician Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are skilled technicians who use ultrasound technology on a wide range of soft-tissue procedures, including obstetric and gynecologic sonography, abdominal, cardiac, and neuro-sonography. 2,75,000
MRI Technician MRI Techs operate a magnetic resonance scanner to obtain two- or three-dimensional maps of various tissue types within the patient’s body that are used by physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies. After entering and monitoring the patient’s data, the MRI Technician transfers images from disk to magnetic media in order to create and develop the film for the doctor or radiologist to analyze.  3,50,000
CT Tech/ CAT Scan Technologist CT Tech is responsible for producing computerized tomographic scans of certain sections of the patient’s body. CAT Scan Technologists perform abdominal scans, gynecological and obstetric scans, ultrasound examinations, as well as retroperitoneal scans to create three-dimensional cross-sections or slices of the body. 3,06,782
Radiologist Assistant Radiologist Assistants perform advanced techniques to investigate disorders. They help Radiologists in complex radiology procedures and perform fluoroscopy under his supervision. They are a channel between the radiology department and the physician. Venous diagnostic exams and feeding tube installation are the other duties. 7,60,000
Radiologic Technologist Radiologist Technologists aid the Radiologist in processes of diagnosis and imaging. They take the imaging and take care of the safety and comfort of the patient. The RT is not involved in the actual diagnosis as it is performed by the Radiologist. 3,00,000

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Radiotherapy) Fee Structure in India


5.22 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES72.60 L  (Maximum Fee)
3.47 L (Average Fee)
56.20 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES1.40 Cr (Maximum Fee)
34.65 L (Average Fee)

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Radiotherapy) Fee Structure By state


Karnataka

4 LPUBLIC COLLEGES4 L
4 L
3 LPrivate COLLEGES59.50 L
30.90 L

Maharashtra

2.01 LPUBLIC COLLEGES2.71 L
2.38 L
69 KPrivate COLLEGES73.55 L
37.49 L

Rajasthan

5.22 KPUBLIC COLLEGES21.52 K
12.72 K
19.60 LPrivate COLLEGES1.40 Cr
79.85 L

Kerala

2.01 LPUBLIC COLLEGES9.10 L
4.70 L
54.93 LPrivate COLLEGES54.93 L
54.93 L

Haryana

7.11 KPUBLIC COLLEGES74 K
54.11 K
58.55 LPrivate COLLEGES58.55 L
58.55 L

Madhya Pradesh

5.83 KPUBLIC COLLEGES1.72 L
88.92 K
34.65 LPrivate COLLEGES34.65 L
34.65 L

Punjab

7.11 KPUBLIC COLLEGES3.30 L
1.37 L
19.50 LPrivate COLLEGES19.50 L
19.50 L

Tamil Nadu

78.30 KPUBLIC COLLEGES78.30 K
78.30 K
4.73 LPrivate COLLEGES4.73 L
4.73 L

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Placement Experience :

After completing the final year, placements are available especially in metro cities, the average package is 1,50,000

Loan/ Scholarship Provisions :

74,100 per year, No knowledge about the scholarship, Stipend is around 85,000

Campus Life :

Extracurricular activities and sports are also at their best.

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Placement Experience :

During those times placement were not available, but with the training that we receive from there and with one's efforts and expertise one can definitely secure a good position or they can always start a private clinic for practice. Within a year of passing out from Kidwai, I got selected as a radiotherapist in a well-reputed hospital. Many of my friends are also working in good establishments right now. So for sure, I can say that the experience from there has helped me a lot. Also in other departments like surgical oncology and medical oncology, there are training programs for super speciality students and trainees in collaboration with reputed hospitals and institutions across the country like Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai; Cancer Institute, Chennai; M.N.J. Cancer Institute, Hyderabad and C.M.C Vellore. And the institute is also working towards bringing up a placement cell in the future.

Admission :

Nowadays there is an all-time high in the need for better healthcare facilities and radiotherapy is such an important area that has the scope of showing many more job opportunities in the future. I have always wanted to be a radiotherapist. So once I had completed my MBBS I applied to some institutes and Kidwai was one among them. Their admission procedure basically involved an All India entrance test (conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences) followed by a counselling process. The other prerequisite was an MBBS degree and a registration with any state medical council. Alternatively, there is also a university entrance exam through which the seats remaining after the above process is filled. So one can try that way too.

Campus Life :

Our institute gives much importance to extracurricular activities, especially sports. There used to be the occasional cricket tournaments too. Cultural activities are not given as much emphasis but I know that they have been trying to improve it in the past years. They are also planning to build the necessary infrastructure for cultural and sports activities( both indoor and outdoor). We also have many students from different parts of India and this gave us an opportunity to expand our communication skills and be familiar with the traditions of many parts of our country.

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Campus Life :

Kidwai Memorial Institute consists of a beautifully designed campus with various high-class facilities such which students and faculty members could avail without any hindrance. Besides, there are various activities and field trips organized for students fro where they can learn outside the classroom and enhance their knowledge.

Course Curriculum Overview :

Syllabus for MDS is created orderly by the faculty members as the RADIOTHERAPY is a very critical subject so various topics are limited which help students to understand the concepts well and be prepared for the future. apart from that exams are held every semester in two assessment i.e. internals and externals.

Admission :

To seek admission in the college you have to go through various rounds. Firstly you have to fill the online admission form and then appear for the entrance exam which is followed up by the interview. After clearing all the processes if you selected you to have to visit campus and submit your documents and fee.

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