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The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. Read more

About the course

The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. The aim is to advance your skills as a professional and develop your career so that you can practice safely, effectively and legally.

The Diagnostic Ultrasound pathway pathway is for professionals who wish to develop competency in the field of ultrasound.
Clinical modules are offered in the areas of obstetrics, gynaecology, abdominal and vascular ultrasound.

The course is suitable for professionals who want to specialise in this area and are interested in advancing their existing skills or acquiring new ones. It is designed to meet your needs whether you are in full or part-time employment.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-imaging-and-radiation-sciences-ultrasound

Course structure

The MSc Medical imaging and radiation sciences: Diagnostic Ultrasound course is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:
- Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
- Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
- Masters degree - 180 credits

To complete a Masters degree award for this course you need to collect the following credits:
- Research modules - 60 credits
- Diagnostic ultrasound modules - minimum 30 credits
- Optional interprofessional modules - maximum 90 credits

Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Delivery of modules incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you. Please contact the module lead for details.

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods for example essays, presentations, reports, posters and practical examinations.
Assessment methods include objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), clinical portfolios, case study presentations and summative clinical assessment.

Work Placement

A recognized clinical placement which provides access to diagnostic ultrasound scanning is a requirement for the clinical applications modules within the ultrasound pathway. The University cannot offer to provide clinical placements for students.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by the College of Radiographers

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-imaging-and-radiation-sciences-ultrasound#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

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The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. Read more
The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. The aim is to advance your skills as a professional and develop your career so that you can practice safely, effectively and legally.

The Diagnostic Ultrasound pathway pathway is for professionals who wish to develop competency in the field of ultrasound.
Clinical modules are offered in the areas of obstetrics, gynaecology, abdominal and vascular ultrasound.

The course is suitable for professionals who want to specialise in this area and are interested in advancing their existing skills or acquiring new ones. It is designed to meet your needs whether you are in full or part-time employment.

Course structure

The MSc Medical imaging and radiation sciences: Diagnostic Ultrasound course is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:
-Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
-Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
-Masters degree - 180 credits

Why choose this course?

-It offers opportunity to share ideas with other health professions in order to develop intellectual abilities and assist in the
advancement of health care
-It gives you flexible study options based on a modular structureIt includes interprofessional learning
-Teaching is done by experienced staff and visiting external
specialists
-Accredited by the College of Radiographers

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by the College of Radiographers.

Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Delivery of modules incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you. Please contact the module lead for details.

Work Placement

A recognised clinical placement which provides access to diagnostic ultrasound scanning is a requirement for the clinical applications modules within the ultrasound pathway. The University cannot offer to provide clinical placements for students.

Structure

Year 1
-Research Investigation
-Research Methods
-Research Methods - Distance Learning

Year 2
-Research Investigation
-Research Methods
-Research Methods - Distance Learning

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The MSc Diagnostic Imaging programme aims to enhance students’ professional development enabling them to become leaders in advancing diagnostic imaging practice. Read more
The MSc Diagnostic Imaging programme aims to enhance students’ professional development enabling them to become leaders in advancing diagnostic imaging practice.

Our programme develops advanced skills, such as critical thinking, evidence based practice and research and leadership, providing the skills to effect change based on best and current practice. Building on current knowledge and clinical experience, students will gain an insight of advancing practices.

Students will be expected to use their learning to inform professional discussion and debate. Our teaching team consists of academic experts and clinical specialists, ensuring our content is relevant, current and evidence based. Students can choose to study on the broad based MSc Diagnostic Imaging Programme or on one of our defined area of practice optional pathways; MSc Diagnostic Imaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and MSc Diagnostic Imaging (Medical Ultrasound).

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure promoted positions in management and areas of advancing practice, others have continued to doctorate study.

Optional Pathway: Medical Ultrasound Studies

For those who have an interest in Medical Ultrasound, the MSc Diagnostic Imaging programme offers a pathway of study to gain theoretical knowledge of the physical principles and an understanding of the clinical application. Our teaching team consists of academic experts and clinical specialists, ensuring our content is relevant, current, and evidence based. Our state-of-the-art simulation facilities (Medaphor scan trainers) and sonographic equipment allow opportunities to develop and rehearse practical scanning skills and gain feedback on ability.

The programme aims to enable practitioners, normally from outside the UK, to achieve the knowledge and understanding needed to develop their current practice further or to pursue a career in ultrasound*.

*This programme does not assess nor certify competency to practice in the field of medical ultrasound.

Students on the medical ultrasound studies pathway will follow the module structure given under the MSc Diagnostic Imaging Programme Description, substituting the Advancing Practices in Imaging 2 module with:

Principles of Practice in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits) - Here the students will learn the underpinning theory of ultrasound production, safe & effective practice, patient care, nomenclature, reporting skills, litigation, ethics and image optimisation.

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods are used that are appropriate to the content and mode of delivery of each module. These include examinations, written assignments, reflective portfolio, oral and/or poster presentations.

Teaching Methods

We use a blended learning approach including key note lectures, tutorials, workshops simulation, case-studies, student led seminars, e-learning, and self-directed study. Active participation in the learning is essential, both as an individual and as part of a group.

Employment Opportunities

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure promoted positions in management, gastro-intestinal advanced practice, MRI research, and sonographer-led ultrasound services.

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We have designed our Medical Ultrasound course for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Read more

We have designed our Medical Ultrasound course for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Our lectures are organised in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements so that you can take the course while still working. In accordance with accepted good practice, the course integrates theory with practice, meaning that you will perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations as you learn.

Key benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
  • Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the programme.
  • Located in the heart of London and part of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, the course attracts students from a variety of disciplines.
  • Practice focused: You will develop and apply diagnostic ultrasound imaging skills in your clinical training placement.
  • Substantial student-tutor contact time supplemented by e-learning.

Description

The programme, accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will teach you how to use ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. You will be taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and develop an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the programme, we will assess your clinical practice. This does not just mean technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management – in terms of the patient, your technology and your personal qualities. We will also discuss medico-legal, ethical and professional issues.

Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, you will develop an understanding of current techniques and proficiency in medical ultrasound. You may choose clinical modules in obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. You can take a work-based module to meet your individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. These options allow you to build a personalised, proficiency-based learning programme.

This Medical Ultrasound programme is ideal for healthcare professionals wanting to develop new skills in ultrasound, experienced sonographers extending proficiency in a specialist area, or clinicians who wish to utilise ultrasound imaging in clinical practice.

You can choose to take the 60-credit PG Certificate, which is only 9 months, the 120-credit PG Diploma, which lasts 18 months, or the 180-credit MSc, which lasts 27 months and involves an extended research project in your final year.

Course purpose

This Ultrasound programme is for radiographers, doctors, midwives, clinical scientists and other professionals wishing to practice clinical ultrasound. The programme provides knowledge to enable integration of theoretical concepts with ultrasound proficiency. Students may exit with the 60 credit PG Certificate, the 120 credit PG Diploma or progress to the MSc.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

You will have approximately 132 hours of academic teaching on a block release pattern. You will undertake a minimum of 21 hours a week of supervised scanning throughout the course. A member of the programme team will visit you at your workplace to support you and observe your work. We will expect you to undertake around 15 to 20 hours of independent study per week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework
  • Written examination
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence and Clinical Assessment, where appropriate

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Career prospects

The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS or the Independent Sector and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use ultrasound scanning proficiency as part of their clinical examination of patients.



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The Diagnostic Imaging MSc is designed to match the professional development needs of the diagnostic imaging practitioner and the changing needs of patients in the modern healthcare system. Read more

The Diagnostic Imaging MSc is designed to match the professional development needs of the diagnostic imaging practitioner and the changing needs of patients in the modern healthcare system. It aims to develop highly competent practitioners who can make a real contribution to healthcare services.

This multi-disciplinary programme will appeal to a range of healthcare professionals including radiographers, clinical physiologists, mammographers, sonographers, medical doctors, nurses, clinical scientists. It offers:

  • specialist clinical expertise underpinned by in-depth theoretical knowledge, including of specialist areas of diagnostic imaging, such as medical ultrasound and breast imaging.
  • an understanding of the evidence and research base of the discipline.

We have a highly successful record of teaching breast imaging and medical ultrasound at postgraduate level. You’ll benefit from being part of the School of Medicine, with its world-leading research and expertise.

More information

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and Certificate (60 or 75 credits) levels. Study for the Postgraduate Diploma normally takes one year full time (specific module combinations only) or two years part time. Study for the Postgraduate Certificate normally takes one year part time.

Accreditation

The MSc Diagnostic Imaging offered by the University of Leeds was approved by the College of Radiographers for a period of five years, from June 2016 to June 2021 inclusive. The programme is also accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Exemptions

Students obtaining an MSc which includes the Mammography Technique module will be eligible to apply for the College of Radiographers’ Postgraduate Award in Mammography.

Course content

The programme content reflects the increasing demand for focused and in-depth training in specialist areas of diagnostic imaging. It is both research-led and evidence based.

On the PGCert programme you study modules worth 60 or 75 credits.  On the PGDip programme you study modules worth 120 credits. If you study part time you will study fewer modules in each year. On the MSc programme you study modules worth 180 credits. All students study a combination of Science and Technology, Professional Issues and Imaging Practice modules. A wide range of optional modules allow you to tailor your studies to your professional interests.

Some modules listed below contain a number of options. The Professional Work Based Learning module enables you to undertake a work-based project. The Negotiated Imaging Practice module offers a range of options, including: Breast Ultrasound, Cardiac Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound or Vascular Ultrasound.

In addition, we may support alternative areas of clinical practice by negotiation. Each module (15 credit equivalent) requires 3 to 5 days attendance at the University (for 30 credits this is 6-10 days), in addition to independent learning and practical skill development in order to achieve success in assessment and be of value to the student and their workplace. Students who already have a Postgraduate Diagnostic Imaging qualification may access certain 30-credit modules on a free-standing basis.

On the MSc programme you study a Research Methods module and submit a dissertation.

For more information on typical modules, read Diagnostic Imaging MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The programme is designed to allow you as much choice as possible in the way that you study. Methods of training are highly participative with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice.

Assessment

Our assessment methods have been carefully chosen to develop the skills that imaging students will use in specialist and advanced clinical practice. The assessment of your competence to practice takes place via an observed clinical session or by portfolio, depending on the module. Other assessments include case reports, essays and Objective Structured Examinations.

Career opportunities

Graduates will use the postgraduate qualification to enable them to be employed as a sonographer in the UK or abroad.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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The aim of this course is to develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills learned as a graduate and focus on the professional and clinical elements required to be a successful diagnostic radiographer. Read more

The aim of this course is to develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills learned as a graduate and focus on the professional and clinical elements required to be a successful diagnostic radiographer. This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in diagnostic radiography.

Diagnostic radiographers provide an imaging service for most departments within the hospital including, accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatres and wards. X-rays are an imaging technique used by diagnostic radiographers to visualise injuries or disease, or monitor changes inside the body. Diagnostic radiographers carry out a range of procedures, which may include cross-sectional imaging techniques such as computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and radionuclide imaging (RNI).

Teaching, learning and assessment

Academic study will be learner-centred with the analysis and synthesis of knowledge being of paramount importance. You will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. Teaching methods include keynote lectures, clinical workshops and tutorials, student-led seminars, group discussions, clinical observation and practice. Directed learning materials will be delivered via a virtual learning environment (Hub) and comprise readings, self assessment quizzes, workbooks, tutorial questions with answers and narrated lectures.

Clinical skills will be developed in work placements in radiology departments in hospitals in central Scotland, e.g. Lothians, Fife, Forth Valley, Ayrshire, Tayside and the Borders. In Year One there are 18 weeks of placement and 23 weeks in Year Two. Four of these weeks are on elective placement which can be taken anywhere in the world. A variety of assessment methods will be used, including online examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), self-appraisal, course work, e-Portfolio, viva voce examinations and clinical assessment.

The MSc Diagnostic Radiography programme has a small cohort of 12- 15 students to ensure that the clinical experience can be tailored to individual needs. Some academic modules have larger class sizes as students engage with other allied health professionals.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The pattern of attendance at QMU will depend on the modules you are studying. In the first semester, attendance will be mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays for professional modules.

Attendance at professional modules is monitored to ensure safety to work in the clinical environment. In clinical placements the normal hours of a radiographer (i.e. full time, Monday to Friday) will be followed.

Links with industry/professional bodies

Successful completion will enable application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council ( HCPC), a requirement for employment in the NHS. Student rates have been negotiated for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers (free for the first year of study and £48 for the subsequent year).

Modules

30 credits: Introduction to Radio diagnostic Imaging/ Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiography/ Advanced Diagnostic Radiography 15 credits: Preparing for Practice as an Allied Health Professional/ Research Methods for Health Professionals 20 credits at SCQF 10: Practice-Based Learning1/ Practice Based Learning 3

40 credits at SCQF 10: Practice-Based Learning 2/ Practice-Based Learning 4

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a research project (60 credits).

Careers

Following graduation and registration with the HCPC you can work as a registered diagnostic radiographer within the NHS. Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession, and long-term career prospects may include specialisation, management, research and teaching.

Quick Facts

  • A fast-track course to convert your existing degree into a caring profession. 
  • Clinical placements provide the integration of theory to practice by working with patients and qualified staff. 
  • This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Criminal Records Check:

A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.



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Diagnostic radiography and medical imaging are core components of modern healthcare and rely on rapidly changing diagnostic modalities. Read more

Diagnostic radiography and medical imaging are core components of modern healthcare and rely on rapidly changing diagnostic modalities. It is widely accepted that medical imaging will remain an essential component of diagnostic services for many years to come and that the demand for imaging services will continue to rise.

Recent modernisation within the NHS has raised the profile and extended the scope of practice for allied health professionals (AHPs). Diagnostic radiographers, as one of the sixteen registered AHP groups, are now required to build and extend their scope of professional expertise within a multi-professional setting. Continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement for all AHPs in the UK in order to secure re-registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to retain the right to practise within the UK. Radiographers are therefore required to evidence their learning and to demonstrate how this learning has informed practice.

Diagnostic radiography is a profession which is both intellectually and scientifically demanding. Professional responsibility includes a need to be able to formulate imaging standards and strategies as well as assume a greater degree of autonomy within different imaging modalities. To practise effectively the radiographer needs to be able to analyse and evaluate the requirements of healthcare delivery and to be aware of the roles and skills of other healthcare professionals. To optimise patient care the diagnostic radiographer must adopt a critical approach to decision-making in the context of current practice.

This MSc provides CPD opportunities for diagnostic radiographers and other healthcare professionals, but does not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK. Therefore, this course aims to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development, encouraging diagnostic radiographers to challenge and progress radiography practice in response to evolutionary change. The course aims to provide flexibility in learning with the opportunity for learners to select modules in order to support individual practice development.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course uses a wide range of learning and teaching methods, based on a problem based learning approach with students working independently and collaboratively.  The teaching and learning strategies are designed to enable independent progress within a supportive framework.

Teaching hours and attendance

The course is modular and offers a variety of attendance pathways for study: work-based learning; online and block attendance. A range of modules related to the development and progression of the Radiography profession can be used to form the course content.

Modules

To obtain a PgCert in any route, you will study 60 credits from the profession specific modules outlined below. To obtain a PgDip, you will study a further 60 credits taken from either profession specific modules or elective modules from the QMU Postgraduate Module Catalogue.

Ultrasound

15 credits: Physics and Instrumentation of Ultrasound+/ Professional Issues Relating to Medical Imaging+

30 credits: General Medical Ultrasound in Clinical Practice*/ Obstetric Ultrasound in Clinical Practice*/ Breast Ultrasound in Clinical Practice*/ Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Clinical Practice*/ Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Clinical Practice for AHPs*

MRI

15 credits: Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging+/ Principles of Image Evaluation+

30 credits: Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Practice*/ Advanced Practice in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (negotiated study)

CT

15 credits: Principles of Computed Tomography+ / Principles of Image Evaluation+ 30 credits: Advanced Practice in Computed Tomography of the Head*/ Computed Tomography in Practice (Head, Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis)*/ Advanced Practice in Computed Tomography  Colonography*

Clinical Reporting

15 credits: Pathophysiology for Musculoskeletal Image Evaluation+/ Principles of Image Evaluation+

30 credits: Clinical Reporting of the Axial and Appendicular Musculoskeletal System* A sample of relevant elective modules are:

15 credits: Epidemiology (distance)/  Developing Professional Practice*/ Leading Professional Practice+/ Practice Development for Person-centred Cultures+

30 credits: Current Developments (distance)/ Developing Professional Practice*

45 credits: Developing Professional Practice*

To obtain an MSc, you require:

30 credits: Research Methods (distance/ contact)

60 credits: Research Project (in an area relevant to medical imaging) (distance) Key: * attendance and work-based + Block/ day release

Careers

This qualification may enhance your career prospects within the allied health professions.

Quick Facts

  • A flexible approach to learning is taken.  
  • This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers. 
  • The ultrasound route is accredited by the Consortium of Sonographic Education (CASE).


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Taught by industry recognised experts, this course provides a solid grounding in research methodologies, experimental design and statistics — delivering all the transferable skills required for a career executing specialist cardiac ultrasound procedures.Following the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) syllabus, you will be equipped with the advanced theory and practice of cardiac ultrasound and signal processing.

With a significant leaderships and management component, the course teaches the management, legal and ethical concepts required of leadership positions. Our specialist laboratory, run by experienced practitioners, also houses a wide range of diagnostic equipment that you can access not only during classes, but also for independent study and research.

This course is designed for healthcare practitioners, including sonographers and physiologists, already working in the field of cardiac ultrasound. However, it is also suitable for graduates, who are interested in a research or an academic career, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for further study at doctoral level.

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Duration. PgCert 1 year–18 months, PgDip 18 months-30 months MSc 3-5 years. Location. City North Campus. Key Facts. The aim of the course is to provide qualified practitioners with a high level of specialist ultrasound knowledge and clinical experience. Read more
Duration: PgCert 1 year–18 months, PgDip 18 months-30 months MSc 3-5 years
Location: City North Campus

Key Facts:
The aim of the course is to provide qualified practitioners with a high level of specialist ultrasound knowledge and clinical experience. The course also develops investigative and analytical skills in order to help you to become a highly competent sonographer.

Although typically aimed at radiographers, midwives, doctors and nurses, anyone with a health based or science degree and a clinical placement may apply.

In addition, the course aims to develop interpersonal skills so that you become a highly effective communicator within the context of medical ultrasound.

The course teaching team are all practising sonographers and are therefore up to date with current practice. Innovative methods of teaching and learning are embedded in the academic programme. These include: audio and video lectures, online learning and the use of an ultrasound simulator for learning scanning techniques and recognising pathology.

Another important feature of the programme is the high level of support that the course team make available to you. Lectures are delivered to small groups, we have an open door policy and always answer emails and return phone calls.

Expect to experience a spectrum of academic studies that you can use to support your clinical and professional development.

Course overview:
The course is aimed qualified healthcare professionals - such as radiographers, midwives, nurses and doctors - who want to extend their field of expertise into the production and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound images. Ultrasound is regarded as a complementary imaging procedure undertaken in the majority of modern. Diagnostic Imaging or X-ray departments. Sonographers scan patients/clients with a variety of diseases and conditions and, under written protocols, report on the images produced.

Entry Requirements:
You will normally be expected to hold either a first degree or an equivalent professional qualification and have had a minimum of two years experience as a qualified practitioner. The majority of applicants will be radiographers, midwives, doctors and nurses. However we will consider applicants with health based or science degrees providing that they are able to obtain a clinical placement. You must ensure that you have a satisfactory clinical placement where you can obtain a minimum of 250 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience - this is equivalent to 1 ½ days per week over a nine month period.

Why should I study this course?
Our postgraduate awards have received professional accreditation from CASE – the Consortium for Accreditation of Sonographic Education and are taught within the region’s foremost centre for radiography education, with a well-established and successful history. The course will further enhance your skills professionally, personally and practically.

Course structure:
This is a part-time day and evening course which has academic and clinical placement components. The academic components are delivered at the University on a Wednesday afternoon and evening. The clinical component takes place in practice and should cover a minimum of one day per week.

How will I be taught?
We place a real emphasis on student-centred learning, so the majority of study is by seminar and discussion groups where you and your fellow students will learn a great deal by sharing experiences. There will be a substantial amount of material that will be taught online or through video lectures.

Placements, Study Visits Available:
You are expected to organise your own clinical placement where you can obtain a minimum of 250 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience. This is equivalent to 1 ½ days per week over a nine month period.

Assessment:
You will be assessed via written assignments, presentations, examinations and clinical assessments. Academic modules are assessed by either a 3,000 word assignment or a 2,000 word assignment and a one hour unseen written examination. Clinical modules are assessed by clinical assessment (observed performance of ultrasound scans) in their own departments and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) undertaken at the University. You also have to keep a log book and diary of clinical practice.

Employability:
Health care professionals with a Medical Ultrasound degree are in great demand to work as sonographers and you will also be able to extend the scope of your current practice by incorporating expertise in sonography.

There is a severe shortage of sonographers. Sonography is an expanding field, with a steady increase in examinations requested year by year therefore you should have no difficulty in finding work as a qualified sonographer.

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This course provides an opportunity for health care practitioners to achieve a recognised qualification in obstetrics, gynaecological, vascular, general medical ultrasound, breast, musculosketetal and echocardiography, supported by a combination of structured clinical experience and academic study. Read more
This course provides an opportunity for health care practitioners to achieve a recognised qualification in obstetrics, gynaecological, vascular, general medical ultrasound, breast, musculosketetal and echocardiography, supported by a combination of structured clinical experience and academic study.

Key benefits

The course is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Course detail

The course is designed to produce clinically competent advanced practitioners, who will be able to meet the needs of the service in a changing health care environment.

The course was planned in full consultation with a wide range of relevant professionals from the South West region, who are experts in the field of diagnostic ultrasound or associated clinical specialisms. These experts are instrumental in the delivery of the course, along with experienced educationalists from within the University.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate (Year 1)
• Ultrasound Technology (compulsory) (30 Level M credits)
• Plus one 30 credit clinical module or two 15 credit modules

Postgraduate Diploma (Year 2)
In addition to the above:
• Two 30 credit clinical modules or one 30 credit plus two 15 credit modules

MSc Medical Ultrasound (Year 3)
In addition to the above:
• Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodologies (compulsory) (15 level M credits)
• Dissertation (45 or 60 level M credit modules)

CPD

This course can also be studied on a modular basis as professional development, over whatever time period you choose. You may wish to build credits up to one of the awards above, or complete the module(s) as standalone study.

Format

The course aims to provide you with:
• the knowledge and skills to practise in a safe and competent manner
• the educational and research base to critically evaluate and inform ultrasound practice
• the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration and shared learning
• an understanding of the contribution of ultrasound to the overall management of the patient
• a recognised qualification in ultrasound
• the skills to engage in research, evaluation and systematic reviews of practice
• an appreciation of the importance of life-long learning activities

Placements

The obstetric ultrasound, general medical ultrasound and negotiated specialist modules will require an appropriate work placement, and a designated clinical appraiser. The programme team are developing a work-based learning approach for some modules. A wide range of assessments will be utilised, to include the assessment of clinical competence.

Assessment

Assessment will involve a variety of methods including coursework, presentations, seminars, written and practical examinations.

Careers / Further study

Once you have completed this course you will have the knowledge and skills to practice in a safe and competent manner, a recognised qualification in ultrasound, the educational and research base to critically evaluate and inform ultrasound practice, the opportunity for inter-professional collaboration and shared learning, and an understanding of the contribution of ultrasound to the overall management of the patient.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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A major feature of this programme is the option for you to pursue specific knowledge and skills development in your area of practice through the use of work-based learning e.g. Read more
A major feature of this programme is the option for you to pursue specific knowledge and skills development in your area of practice through the use of work-based learning e.g. breast ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsy procedures.

The programme includes provision for developing a high standard of mammography skills. However, it also caters for those wishing to move into advanced and consultant practice to meet the evolving requirements of breast screening and diagnostic services.

The course is provided through a partnership between LSBU and King's College Hospital National Breast Screening Training Centre. Applicants will normally be a Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) registered radiographer, with a relevant professional qualification, or in possession of a first degree in a science, biomedical or health and social care subject.

The Breast Imaging programme is designed to address the increasingly specialised needs of practitioners for education to underpin professional practice in breast diagnosis.

* This course is currently subject to validation

Modules

The PgCert Breast Imaging programme (60 Credits) may be made up of a selection from the following specialist modules, all taught at the National Breast Screening Training Centre, King’s College NHS Foundation Trust:

Mammography Theory (20 credits)
Mammography Practice (40 credits)
Mammography Image Interpretation (40 credits)
Clinical Breast Examination and Communication Skills (20 credits)
Breast Ultrasound for Ultrasonographers (40 credits)
Breast Ultrasound (60 credits)
Ultrasound guided interventional procedures (20 credits)

Whilst these modules enable the achievement of the PgCert Breast Imaging adhering to UK national standards, they also form part of the PgDip/MSc Diagnostic Imaging award, enabling progression beyond PgCert.

Professional links

The course is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Employability

This programme will assist in developing your career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas.

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The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. Read more
The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. The course consists of an intense program of lectures and workshops, followed by a short project and dissertation. Extensive use is made of the electronic learning environment "Blackboard" as used by NUI Galway. The course has been accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (UK).

Syllabus Outline. (with ECTS weighting)
Human Gross Anatomy (5 ECTS)
The cell, basic tissues, nervous system, nerves and muscle, bone and cartilage, blood, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, nutrition, genital system, urinary system, eye and vision, ear, hearing and balance, upper limb – hand, lower limb – foot, back and vertebral column, embryology, teratology, anthropometrics; static and dynamic anthropometrics data, anthropometric dimensions, clearance and reach and range of movement, method of limits, mathematics modelling.

Human Body Function (5 ECTS)
Biological Molecules and their functions. Body composition. Cell physiology. Cell membranes and membrane transport. Cell electrical potentials. Nerve function – nerve conduction, nerve synapses. Skeletal muscle function – neuromuscular junction, muscle excitation, muscle contraction, energy considerations. Blood and blood cells – blood groups, blood clotting. Immune system. Autonomous nervous system. Cardiovascular system – electrical and mechanical activity of the heart. – the peripheral circulation. Respiratory system- how the lungs work. Renal system – how the kidneys work. Digestive system. Endocrine system – how hormones work. Central nervous system and brain function.

Occupational Hygiene (5 ECTS)
Historical development of Occupational Hygiene, Safety and Health at Work Act. Hazards to Health, Surveys, Noise and Vibrations, Ionizing radiations, Non-Ionizing Radiations, Thermal Environments, Chemical hazards, Airborne Monitoring, Control of Contaminants, Ventilation, Management of Occupational Hygiene.

Medical Informatics (5 ECTS)
Bio statistics, Distributions, Hypothesis testing. Chi-square, Mann-Whitney, T-tests, ANOVA, regression. Critical Appraisal of Literature, screening and audit. Patient and Medical records, Coding, Hospital Information Systems, Decision support systems. Ethical consideration in Research.
Practicals: SPSS. Appraisal exercises.

Clinical Instrumentation (6 ECTS)
Biofluid Mechanics: Theory: Pressures in the Body, Fluid Dynamics, Viscous Flow, Elastic Walls, Instrumentation Examples: Respiratory Function Testing, Pressure Measurements, Blood Flow measurements. Physics of the Senses: Theory: Cutaneous and Chemical sensors, Audition, Vision, Psychophysics; Instrumentation Examples: Evoked responses, Audiology, Ophthalmology instrumentation, Physiological Signals: Theory Electrodes, Bioelectric Amplifiers, Transducers, Electrophysiology Instrumentation.

Medical Imaging (10 ECTS)
Theory of Image Formation including Fourier Transforms and Reconstruction from Projections (radon transform). Modulation transfer Function, Detective Quantum Efficiency.
X-ray imaging: Interaction of x-rays with matter, X-ray generation, Projection images, Scatter, Digital Radiography, CT – Imaging. Fundamentals of Image Processing.
Ultrasound: Physics of Ultrasound, Image formation, Doppler scanning, hazards of Ultrasound.
Nuclear Medicine : Overview of isotopes, generation of Isotopes, Anger Cameras, SPECT Imaging, Positron Emitters and generation, PET Imaging, Clinical aspects of Planar, SPECT and PET Imaging with isotopes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging : Magnetization, Resonance, Relaxation, Contrast in MR Imaging, Image formation, Image sequences, their appearances and clinical uses, Safety in MR.

Radiation Fundamentals (5 ECTS)
Review of Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Radiation from charged particles. X-ray production and quality. Attenuation of Photon Beams in Matter. Interaction of Photons with Matter. Interaction of Charged Particles with matter. Introduction to Monte Carlo techniques. Concept to Dosimetry. Cavity Theory. Radiation Detectors. Practical aspects of Ionization chambers

The Physics of Radiation Therapy (10 ECTS)
The interaction of single beams of X and gamma rays with a scattering medium. Treatment planning with single photon beams. Treatment planning for combinations of photon beams. Radiotherapy with particle beams: electrons, pions, neutrons, heavy charged particles. Special Techniques in Radiotherapy. Equipment for external Radiotherapy. Relative dosimetry techniques. Dosimetry using sealed sources. Brachytherapy. Dosimetry of radio-isotopes.

Workshops / Practicals
Hospital & Radiation Safety [11 ECTS]
Workshop in Risk and Safety.
Concepts of Risk and Safety. Legal Aspects. Fundamental concepts in Risk Assessment and Human Factor Engineering. Risk and Safety management of complex systems with examples from ICU and Radiotherapy. Accidents in Radiotherapy and how to avoid them. Principles of Electrical Safety, Electrical Safety Testing, Non-ionizing Radiation Safety, including UV and laser safety.
- NUIG Radiation Safety Course.
Course for Radiation Safety Officer.
- Advanced Radiation Safety
Concepts of Radiation Protection in Medical Practice, Regulations. Patient Dosimetry. Shielding design in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy.
- Medical Imaging Workshop
Operation of imaging systems. Calibration and Quality Assurance of General
radiography, fluoroscopy systems, ultrasound scanners, CT-scanners and MR scanners. Radiopharmacy and Gamma Cameras Quality Control.

Research Project [28 ECTS]
A limited research project will be undertaken in a medical physics area. Duration of this will be 4 months full time

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The Medical Imaging MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate offer ideal opportunities for qualified practitioners (eg in Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy and Midwifery) wishing to advance their skills and career prospects within their area of specialism. Read more
The Medical Imaging MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate offer ideal opportunities for qualified practitioners (eg in Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy and Midwifery) wishing to advance their skills and career prospects within their area of specialism.

The MSc Medical Imaging course offers the following pathways:

• Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc
o Magnetic Resonance Imaging
o Medical Ultrasound
o Nuclear Medicine
o Medical Imaging

• Postgraduate Certificate only
o Radiopharmacy Practice
o Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/medical-imaging.aspx

Course detail

The course aims to:
• ensure you are a skilled, competent and confident practitioner in either Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine or Medical Imaging
• enable you to be proactive in initiating and leading role developments in your specific field
• integrate academic learning with the development of higher levels of professional practice.

Content

The course is modular in structure and flexible. Each module attracts 20 credits at Master’s level (HE4). For the award of an MSc, you'll be required to successfully complete nine modules (180 credits). All pathways have a Postgraduate Certificate award comprising three modules (60 credits) and a Postgraduate Diploma award comprising six modules (120 credits).

The modules are a mixture of workplace-based (clinical applications or open), taught and research modules. The acquisition of specific competences takes place in the work setting under the supervision of an expert practitioner, underpinned by a learning agreement.

It is expected that all assignments will be relevant and specific to your own practice within the theoretical context and learning outcomes of the module. All assessments must be passed in order to gain the degree. Individual marks are not awarded. Students’ work is graded as fail, pass, merit or distinction and comprehensive written feedback is given.

Assessment

Assessment includes long essays, seminar presentations, unseen written exams, written reports, projects and case studies and the research dissertation.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Medical imaging is a rapidly-growing discipline within the healthcare sector, involving clinicians, physicists, computer scientists and those in IT industries. Read more

Medical imaging is a rapidly-growing discipline within the healthcare sector, involving clinicians, physicists, computer scientists and those in IT industries.

This programme delivers the expertise you'll need to forge a career in medical imaging, including radiation physics, image processing, biology, computer vision, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over 12 months and part-time over 48 months. It consists of eight taught modules and an extended project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Facilities, equipment and support

To support your learning, we hold regular MSc group meetings where any aspect of the programme, technical or non-technical, can be discussed in an informal atmosphere. This allows you to raise any problems that you would like to have addressed and encourages peer-based learning and general group discussion.

We provide computing support with any specialised software required during the programme, for example, Matlab.

The Department’s student common room is also covered by the university’s open-access wireless network, which makes it a very popular location for individual and group work using laptops and mobile devices. There is also a Faculty quiet room for individual study.

We pride ourselves on the many opportunities that we provide to visit collaborating hospitals. These enable you to see first-hand demonstrations of medical imaging facilities and to benefit from lectures by professional practitioners.

To support material presented during the programme, you will also undertake a selection of ultrasound and radiation detection experiments, hosted by our sister MSc programme in Medical Physics.

Educational aims of the programme

The taught postgraduate Degree Programmes of the Department are intended both to assist with professional career development within the relevant industry and, for a small number of students, to serve as a precursor to academic research.

Our philosophy is to integrate the acquisition of core engineering and scientific knowledge with the development of key practical skills (where relevant).

To fulfil these objectives, the programme aims to:

  • Attract well-qualified entrants, with a background in Electronic Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computing & Communications, from the UK, Europe and overseas
  • Provide participants with advanced knowledge, practical skills and understanding applicable to the MSc degree
  • Develop participants' understanding of the underlying science, engineering, and technology, and enhance their ability to relate this to industrial practice
  • Develop participants' critical and analytical powers so that they can effectively plan and execute individual research/design/development projects
  • Provide a high level of flexibility in programme pattern and exit point
  • Provide students with an extensive choice of taught modules, in subjects for which the Department has an international and UK research reputation

Technical characteristics of the pathway

Medical Imaging is a rapidly growing discipline within the healthcare sector, incorporating engineers, physicists, computer scientists and clinicians. It is driven by the recent rapid development of 3-D Medical Imaging Systems, fuelled by an exponential rise in computing power.

New methods have been developed for the acquisition, reconstruction, processing and display of digital medical-image data with unprecedented speed, resolution and contrast.

This programme in Medical Imaging is aimed at training graduates for careers in this exciting multi-disciplinary area, and our graduates can expect to find employment in the medical imaging industry or the public health care sector.

It represents a blend of fundamental medical physics topics concerned with image acquisition and reconstruction coupled with imaging science and image engineering topics such that graduates understand how images are formed and how advanced machine-based methods can be bought to bare to provide new diagnostic information.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Your programme of study. If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Read more

Your programme of study

If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Did you know the first MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner was invented at Aberdeen over 30 years ago? Major innovations to this technology are still being researched at Aberdeen today. You learn everything you need to know as an advanced grounding in medical physics such as understanding anatomy and how cells are altered by disease. You look at the engineering behind MRI and other visual scanning techniques to understand how applications are made in areas such as nuclear, Positron, Tomography, Radio diagnosis (X-ray), MRI and Ultrasound. You understand radiation and you apply electronics and computing to medical physics. The degree ensures plenty of practical understanding and application and you learn MRI within the department that built it.

If you want to work within imaging and medical physics to pursue a medical career in hospitals, industry and healthcare and diagnose disease by different methods of imaging the degree in Medical Physics will help you towards this goal. You can also develop your own research portfolio and PhD from this MSc and work within academia to pursue innovation in the discipline.

You receive a thorough academic grounding in Medical Physics, are exposed to its practice in a hospital environment, and complete a short research project. Many graduates take up careers in health service medical physics, either in the UK or their home country. The MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling part of the training requirements for those wishing to work in the NHS. You can also work as a researcher, risk manager, radiation physics specialist and within the medical device industry in product development and innovation.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science

Imaging in Medicine

Radiation in Medicine

Computing and Electronics in Medicine

Generic Skills

Semester 2

Radiation and Radiation Physics

Nuclear Medicine and Post Emission Tomography

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Medical Electronics and Instrumentation

Medical Image Processing and Analysis

Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection

Semester 3

Project Programmes in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/180/medical-physics/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by renowned researchers with opportunity to contribute to the expanding research portfolio
  • You learn in a cutting edge medical facility adjacent to the teaching hospital including a PET-CT scanner, radiotherapy centre and linac treatment machines, plus MRI scanners
  • The MRI scanner was invented and developed at University of Aberdeen

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 months or 24 months
  • Full time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php



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