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The MSc in Medical Ultrasound programme is both academic and vocational in nature and is the only MSc of this type to offer a clinical attachment as part of the course. Read more
The MSc in Medical Ultrasound programme is both academic and vocational in nature and is the only MSc of this type to offer a clinical attachment as part of the course.

The MSc aims to train students to use research and development skills to develop the field of medical ultrasound. Students can choose one of two sub specialities:

Echocardiography
Vascular ultrasound

Each is run independently in its respective department. Students have ample exposure to patients and get a lot of hands-on experience.

The research project forms a major part of the programme and students will be expected to plan and carry out a major piece of independent research under the guidance of their supervisor.

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The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. Read more
The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge. The third allows you to become an authentic leader in the field of medical ultrasound by providing you with an opportunity to design and manage a major research project.

Course details

The course:
-Develops you academically to postgraduate level
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a range of ultrasound and research practice placing the person at the centre of care
-Enhances your critical skills to enable you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
-Develops your leadership abilities by providing you with the knowledge of research design or service improvement
-Promotes an ethos of caring compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning
-Enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to design and manage research projects relevant to your ultrasound practice

What you study

In the first two years of study you have the option of two study routes:
-Clinical
-Point of care

After completing both years of study you are awarded the PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study and complete the MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular ultrasound

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And two optional modules
-Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route
-Designing Research Projects
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Point of Care Route
-Designing Research Projects
And two optional modules
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 3 core module
-Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic blocks. The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks. The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported through e-learning. You will also develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous safe ultrasound practitioner. Teaching methods used during your academic blocks include lectures, seminars, group work, and practical workshops. The state-of-the-art Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into the teaching.

You are assessed by written assignment, examinations and practical triggered assessment.

[Employability]]
Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement, where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement, the University cannot help with this.

After completing your first year of study you can practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

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Our CASE accredited Medical Ultrasound programme aims to deliver a high quality, educational programme to support healthcare practitioners in safe and effective medical ultrasound practice. Read more
Our CASE accredited Medical Ultrasound programme aims to deliver a high quality, educational programme to support healthcare practitioners in safe and effective medical ultrasound practice.

Programme Description

The programme blends theoretical underpinning with practical experience to ensure that, on completion of learning, graduates are equipped with the theoretical underpinning and applied skills to competently undertake medical ultrasound examinations in clinical practice.

Ultrasound is now performed by a variety of professionals facilitating improved health care and advanced practice. Our study options are therefore flexible to allow learning and assessment to be tailored to specific areas of practice. Our multi-disciplinary 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 trainer) and sonographic equipment (GES8) also allow opportunities to develop and rehearse practical scanning skills and gain feedback on ability.

Programme Structure

The programme has a modular framework delivered over 3 trimesters.

Study pathways
-PgC (60 credits): Principles of Practice in Medical Ultrasound: General Medical Ultrasound OR Obstetric Ultrasound OR Defined Area of Practice 1.
-PgD (120 credits): Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice. Defined Area of Practice 2.
-MSc: Dissertation

The programme contains a practice placement and practical assessment and requires you to have access to practice in your own workplace and the support of a suitable mentor.

Accreditation

The MSc Medical Ultrasound is accredited by the Consortium for Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

CASE aims to promote best ultrasound practise through the accreditation of UK training programmes that develop safe and competent ultrasound practitioners.

CASE accredited training courses are recognised nationally and internationally for rigorous and robust quality standards which ensure that the education and training of sonographers is delivered at the highest level.

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. Planned care competency and final clinical assessments are used to assess ability in practice.

Teaching Methods

A variety of teaching methods are used including key note lectures, tutorials, workshops, clinical simulation, case-studies, student led seminars, e-learning, and self-directed study. We have invested in high quality ultrasound scanners and state-of-the-art simulation equipment (Medaphor Scantrainer), for safe practical learning with instant feedback. Our aim is to enable you to combine the attainment of higher academic credit with a busy professional lifestyle.

Our clinical education scheme is a partnership between the employers and GCU to ensure that experience is pertinent and applicable. Skill-based learning is supported by mentors and the clinical team to ensure fit-for-practice ultrasound practitioners. 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, and reflective portfolio, oral and / or poster presentations. Planned care competency and final clinical assessments are used to assess ability in practice.

Employment Opportunities

The programme is designed to develop autonomous ultrasound practitioners who can critically evaluate evidence and demonstrate research awareness, in order to ensure best practice and influence change.

Many of our graduates have gone on to secure promoted positions in management, research and advanced practioner-led ultrasound services.

Employment Details

Our graduates are highly sought after, finding employment opportunities within a wide range of health and social care environments - both in the UK and internationally.

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The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. Read more
The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge.

Course details

The course:
-Develops you academically to postgraduate level
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examinations competently and safely in a range of ultrasound practice, placing the person at the centre of care
-Enhances your critical skills enabling you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
-Develops your leadership abilities by providing you with a knowledge of research design or service improvement
-Promotes an ethos of caring, compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning development
-Enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team

What you study

In both years of study you have the option of two study routes:
-Clinical
-Point of care

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice. After completing both years of study you are awarded your PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage and complete your MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular Ultrasound

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And two optional modules
-Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route
-Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
-Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
-Designing Research Projects
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules Point of Care Route
-Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
-Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
-Designing Research Projects
And two modules
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University during academic study blocks. The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks.
The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads. Both routes are supported by e-learning. You will develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous, safe ultrasound practitioner.

Teaching methods used during your academic study blocks include lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The Regional Ultrasound Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into teaching.


You are assessed by a written assignment, examinations and a practical triggered assessment.

Employability

Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement, the University cannot help with this. After completing this course you are able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

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You'll be taught in our modern Clinical Skills Suite by some of the area's leading experts in medical ultrasound. You'll develop skills relevant to your own area of clinical practice, which will help you to move forward with your career. Read more

Why choose this course:

• You'll be taught in our modern Clinical Skills Suite by some of the area's leading experts in medical ultrasound.

• You'll develop skills relevant to your own area of clinical practice, which will help you to move forward with your career.

• This course is a nationally recognised qualification and is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) for its flexible and innovative approach.

About the course:

If you are a qualified healthcare professional, such as a radiographer, nurse or midwife, this course will help you to develop your ultrasound skills enabling you to practise independently.

Recently there has been a sharp rise in the use of ultrasound within the NHS, which is reflected through the number of non-imaging medical and health professionals seeking specialist ultrasound training.

This course, which is nationally recognised and accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will provide you with the high quality training you need to become a practising sonographer within your workplace.

You can tailor the course to your own interests, with the option to specialise in these areas:

• Focused Specialist Ultrasound Practice
• General Medical Ultrasound
• Obstetric Ultrasound
• Early Pregnancy Assessment
• Gynaecology Ultrasound
• Cardiac Ultrasound
• Vascular Ultrasound.

Alternatively you can study a selection of modules from all areas to give you a wide range of training. We also offer some modules that will develop your management and leadership skills, which you can take alongside your chosen specialist modules.

You'll be supported throughout your studies and practical training by a tutor and a mentor. This ensures that you'll develop all the skills you need to practise in your chosen area of medical ultrasound.

You must have already organised a clinical placement in medical ultrasound with management support before you apply for this course. You'll also need to be able to complete a minimum of 200 hours practical scanning time, so that you can successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate stage.

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The Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) recommends a postgraduate certificate (PgCert)in medical ultrasound to be the minimum qualification required to practise ultrasound in the UK. Read more
The Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) recommends a postgraduate certificate (PgCert)in medical ultrasound to be the minimum qualification required to practise ultrasound in the UK. This CASE-accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners.

Course details

The course:
-Develops you academically to postgraduate level
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a defined area of ultrasound practice, placing the person at the centre of care
-Enhances your critical skills to enable you to promote high quality evidence and care
-Promotes an ethos of caring, compassion, professionalism, excellence and lifelong learning
-Enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team

What you study

You have the option to study one of two routes:
-Clinical
-Point of care

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice. Following either pathway, you have an opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage and complete a postgraduate diploma in medical ultrasound.

Core modules - Clinical Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular Ultrasound

Core module - Point of Care Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And two optional modules
-Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

The teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic blocks. The clinical route is developed over five two-week blocks. The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported through e-learning. You will also develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous safe ultrasound practitioner. Teaching methods used during your academic blocks include lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The state-of-the-art Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre here on campus is full incorporated into the teaching.
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You are assessed by a written assignment, examinations and a practical triggered assessment.

Employability

Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement, where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement; the University cannot help with this. After completing this course you are able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

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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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Our flexible Medical Ultrasound course is designed for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training. Read more
Our flexible Medical Ultrasound course is designed for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for a range of health care professionals who have experience in radiography, nursing, midwifery or other related professions. The course enables students to achieve the academic qualifications and clinical skills needed to pursue a career in ultrasound or to develop current skills further.

Students need a clinical placement in a recognised department, to engage in a wide range of ultrasound examinations for the duration of the course.

Objectives

City’s Medical Ultrasound course offers flexible study options for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training and for those wishing to develop their skills further using work based learning options.

Our expert staff provide a supportive environment, encouraging students to develop their academic abilities and clinical skills in preparation for working as a sonographer. Students learn a range of subjects to enable them to explore the underpinning knowledge of safe, effective and evidence-based ultrasound practice, with which to help them develop clinical skills in their own department. Teaching is also supported by specialist guest speakers who provide current, relevant course material.

Students can achieve competency to practice if they successfully complete both academic and clinical components of the programme to PgC level or above.

Placements

A clinical placement is required in a recognised ultrasound department, to provide a wide range of clinical experience and supervision. Students should have their own clinical placement arranged prior to application, with supervised training arranged for an average of three days per week.

The placement needs to provide support for a wide range of clinical examinations. In addition to hands-on clinical experience you need a named clinical supervisor/assessor to provide support during the course. The supervisor must attend supervisor training and provide regular updates on your clinical progress to the clinical co-ordinator.

Academic facilities

The ultrasound clinical skills suite is equipped with a real-time ultrasound machine and simulators. The facilities are used for tutorials, self-directed study and formative monitoring of clinical skills.

Students have access to the MedaPhor simulator during the working week and remote cloud based access to tutorials and resources.

Using a flipped classroom approach to teaching and learning ensure that a range of online lectures are available for learning and revision.

Teaching and learning

A blended learning approach is used: linking academic theory to clinical practice via work-based learning; formal key note lectures; seminars; film viewing tutorials; demonstrations/workshops; e-learning; shared learning; self-directed study and online case discussions. Participation in the learning is an essential component of the course.

The programme team consists of academic staff, many of whom are still practicing clinically. Guest lecturers are invited to share expert knowledge on a range of topics, such as fetal cardiology, fetal medicine and contrast ultrasound.

The department’s academic staff are highly regarded across the institution, with our current programme director, Gill Harrison, winning the institution's prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Activities include online lectures and quizzes, lectures, tutorials, workshops and skills suite activities, group activities and group work, games and online case discussions.

A variety of assessment methods are used to cater for a range of learning styles and provide a link between theory and practice. Assessment methods include objective structured examinations, online case discussions, oral and/or poster presentations, written assignments, clinical portfolio and clinical competency assessments.

Modules

As a student on the Medical Ultrasound course you will learn the underpinning theory of ultrasound production, safe and effective practice, normal and abnormal ultrasound appearances and associated imaging pathways.

You will be able to select from a number of clinical options including obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound. Additional clinical areas can be studied via work-based learning modules, if appropriate clinical support is available within the students' clinical department. The course is also designed to develop transferable skills to support clinical practice development.

Modules will take place over one or two days per week, depending on the selected module options. The time in lectures varies, dependent on the nature of the module.

Core modules - core modules and specific named clinical modules have a blended learning approach, with online lectures, online quizzes and discussions supported by lectures, tutorials and workshops. The average contact time per module is approximately 30 to 35 hours.
-Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Practice (15 credits)
-Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits)

Students progressing to MSc must undertake:
-Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module (15 credits)
-Dissertation module (60 credits)

Elective modules - students can then select a range of clinical modules such as:
-Obstetric Ultrasound (30 credits)
-Gynaecology Ultrasound (15 credits)
-Abdominal Ultrasound (30 credits)
-Work Based Learning in Practice (includes clinical areas such as early pregnancy, small parts, DVT scanning) (15 credits)

You must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The most common route is for students to take the two core modules and 45 credits of clinical modules in year 1. For example:
-Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Practice (15 credits)
-Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits)
-Obstetric Ultrasound (30 credits)
-Gynaecology Ultrasound (15 credits)

Modules are spread throughout one to three terms in year 1.

In year two many students undertake the remaining 45 credits in term 1 (September to December), with a view to completing the PgDip in 18 months. Modules are often:
-Abdominal Ultrasound (30 credits)
-Work Based Learning in Practice 2 (includes clinical areas such as early pregnancy, small parts, DVT scanning
OR
-Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module

Students progressing to MSc the begin the dissertation module.

Some students take a short break of 6 months between completing the PgDip and starting the MSc. The maximum registration period is 5 years.

Career prospects

On completion of a postgraduate certificate or diploma you can apply for jobs as an autonomous practitioner, working in the NHS or private practice. Many of our graduates have become advanced practitioners, developing additional skills during their career, whilst others have travelled to overseas to enhance their careers.

MSc graduates have also become managers of ultrasound departments, leading service change and developing services to improve patient care. A number of graduates have developed their role in specialist areas, where they undertake research and training and engage in dissemination of their work at national and international conferences and in peer review publications. Some of our graduates return to provide keynote lectures to future generations of ultrasound students or even take on the role of Programme Director running ultrasound programmes.

You can also become an independent practitioner, setting up your own company, providing services to local populations or travel the world and experience different ways of working. Most sonographers are employed at band seven in the NHS.

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Develop your knowledge and skills as sonographer on a course that is validated by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). Read more
Develop your knowledge and skills as sonographer on a course that is validated by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

The course is designed to meet the continuous professional development needs for people that complete medical ultrasound examinations. It develops the ultrasound scanning skills for a range of professionals including allied health professionals, midwives, nurses, GPs and medics, and can be tailored to meet your individual training needs.

On this course, you:
-Develop your skills to become an autonomous practitioner able to undertake advanced practice safely and ensuring clinical competencies achieved meet National standards.
-Have the opportunity for inter-professional learning and sharing of best clinical practice.
-Develop critical, analytical and evaluative skills and incorporate them into the clinical environment thus encouraging evidence based practice.
-Undergo a rigorous academic experience, challenging you to explore, reflect on and conceptually analyse your professional experience.

The course leads to one of the following awards:
-MSc/PgDip Medical Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Obstetric Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Abdominal Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Gynaecological Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Vascular Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.
-PgCert in Focused Scope of Ultrasound.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-medical-ultrasound-programme

Studying individual modules

You can study the ultrasound scanning short course which provides the theoretical underpinning and clinical competencies in a narrow area of ultrasound. This module can be tailored to a range of ultrasound practice and is suitable for a range of practitioners. Examples include first trimester ultrasound scanning, deep vein thrombosis scanning, head and neck ultrasound and musculoskeletal ultrasound. You are assessed by the course team.

Professional recognition

The ultrasound route is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)

Course structure

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students. Part time – typically 12-24 months for each award stage, plus a dissertation for masters. Full time – typically 9 months for each award stage. For the part time Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma routes, you attend on a day release basis, normally a Tuesday. The stand alone modules have a mixture of taught sessions and distance learning.

Full awards start in September and the stand alone modules start in September and January.

Course structure
-The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
-The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
-The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

PgCert
-Professional portfolio (15 credits)
-Science and technology of medical ultrasound (15 credits)
-Plus a further 30 credits from the optional module list below.

PgDip
-60 credits from the optional module list below

Optional modules
-Obstetric ultrasound (30 credits)
-Abdominal ultrasound (30 credits)
-Gynaecological ultrasound (15 credits)
-First trimester ultrasound scanning (15 credits)
-Musculoskeletal ultrasound (upper limb) ultrasound (15 credits)
-Musculoskeletal ultrasound (lower limb) ultrasound (15 credits)
-Vascular ultrasound (30 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)

Masters dissertation
-This module provides an opportunity to conduct a project that is of importance to your professional practice and of relevance to your own workplace or organisation, with the ultimate aim of influencing and impacting on the care provided to those using this service.

Assessment: assignments; oral presentations; professional portfolio; short examinations; scientific poster project.

Other admission requirements

We consider each candidate individually according to their ability to meet the demands of the programme. Normal entry requirements for the part-time course are one of the following:
-A pass degree in radiography or equivalent professional qualification.
-Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR) or equivalent professional qualification and proven ability to cope with the academic demands of postgraduate study.

Full time students are required to have a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant health profession degree. We normally expect you to be state registered or have evidence of relevant academic and clinical expertise. This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

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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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For radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others wishing to practice clinical ultrasound within their professional roles. Read more
For radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others wishing to practice clinical ultrasound within their professional roles. Lectures are in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Underlying theory is integrated with practice ensuring performance of diagnostic ultrasound examinations (O&G; General Medical; Vascular; a student Negotiated topic) in accordance with accepted good practice.

Key benefits

- Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the programme.

- Located in the heart of London in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, though the student groups are multi-disciplinary.

- Service focused: Students are required to develop and apply ultrasound imaging skills in their clinical training placement. A member of the Programme Team will visit the student in their workplace to support them and observe their work, and at the end of each stage competence must be demonstrated by clinical assessment. Student-tutor contact time is substantial and is supplemented by e-learning.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/medical-ultrasound-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The CASE accredited programme facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for the use of ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. The development of clinical proficiency is therefore an integral part of the course.

Health professionals are taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the course clinical practice is assessed; this does not simply cover technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management - in terms of the patient, the technology and the personal qualities of the practitioner. Medico-legal, ethical and professional issues are also discussed.

Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, students have the opportunity to understand current techniques and acquire proficiency in medical ultrasound. The clinical modules chosen may be obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. An individually negotiated work-based module can be taken to meet a student’s individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. This option allows students to put together a personalised, proficiency based learning programme. This may be suitable for an experienced sonographer extending proficiency in a specialist area. Alternatively this may be suitable for a clinician who wishes to utilise ultrasound imaging in their clinical practice.

In addition, to progress to the PG Diploma or MSc, study of research methodologies is required.

- 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 -

The programme is offered on a part-time basis in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Lectures are delivered in a block format of three to four days per month. Coursework, practical assessment and written examinations assess the modules. Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the Programme Team.

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.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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The MSc degree in Medical Ultrasound, a CASE accredited programme currently validated by Bournemouth University (but please see below), has been developed… Read more

MSc Medical Ultrasound - CASE accredited course

The MSc degree in Medical Ultrasound, a CASE accredited programme currently validated by Bournemouth University (but please see below), has been developed by the Centre for Ultrasound Studies (CUS) and the (AECC), to support professional development for healthcare professions including radiographers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurses, midwives and doctors to attain the generic skills and attitudes of continuing professional development, experiential learning and reflective practice, and to develop advanced clinical and practical skills in ultrasound practice.

Course Overview

• MSK Upper Limb Ultrasound
• MSK Lower Limb Ultrasound
• MSK Hip/Groin Ultrasound
• Gynaecology Ultrasound
• Obstetrics Ultrasound
• General Ultrasound
• Negotiated Ultrasound Skills (for example: Soft Tissue, Contrast Studies, Guided Injections)

Find out more over at the AECC website.

The units will be taught using a range of teaching and learning methods including:

• Workshops
• Practical skills classes
• Seminars
• Small group work
• Lectures

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Closing date for January 2017 start is 31st August 2016. Take part in an exciting new course designed specifically for those wishing to be ultrasound practitioners. Read more
Closing date for January 2017 start is 31st August 2016

Take part in an exciting new course designed specifically for those wishing to be ultrasound practitioners. You'll learn all the professional knowledge and skills to work as a Sonographer* in the healthcare sector. A first in the UK, this programme is open to graduates from all backgrounds with clinical placements provided by NHS partners across the region, providing practical applications of the knowledge you learn from studying.

We have modules covering a range of ultrasound specialisms, from general medical purposes to obstetrics, gynaecology and basic vascular assessment. Our accelerated programme is perfect for highly motivated individuals willing to self-direct their studies, taking on the responsibility to continue learning outside timetabled hours. With a current skills shortage in medical ultrasound, it's highly important to create trained professionals to meet the demand, so get started on a rewarding career through our direct entry course!

Enrolling students will be expected to complete the full award, it is not suitable for those wishing to only undertake a focused area of ultrasound. Unfortunately it is unavailbale for international students.

*'Sonographer' is not currently a protected title in the UK and at this present time graduates will NOT be eligible to be registered with the HCPC, although it is hoped that this will become a possibility in the future. For this reason, employment may not be possible in certain NHS trusts and some private sector organisations, although many organisations already employ sonographers from non-traditional backgrounds.

Course outline

This is an intensive, accelerated programme of study which requires highly motivated and committed people. There will be a mixture of practical sessions and traditional classroom learning, including lectures, group work and eLearning activities. Much of your studies will be self-directed and outside timetabled hours, allowing you to take responsibility for your own learning needs in meeting the demands of the accelerated programme.

Each module is credit rated. You may be assessed in various ways including coursework, presentations, reflective writing, verbal assessments, exams and reports. Assessment of clinical placements do not form part of the masters level assessed credits but is a requirement of the qualification and students will be assessed to ensure they are clinically competent in all areas before they can receive the award.

This course is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). Students are required to be student members of the Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR) whilst in training, and on completion, registration with the SCoR's voluntary register of Sonographers will be expected by employers.

Graduate destinations

Sonographers may work in the NHS, in the private and voluntary sectors, and overseas. This is an exciting time for the ultrasound specialism, with expansion of its role leading to increased job opportunities in new developments.

Other admission requirements

Please note we require a 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree, however those with a 2:2 will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Minimum of 5 GCSE passes to include Maths, English and Science (grade B or above for Science). At least one science subject at A-level (or equivalent) at grade C or above. Applicants must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject area and clinical specialism. All applicants, who meet the entry requirements, will be asked to submit a 1500 word assignment. Only those who achieve a grade equivalent to 2:2 or above 50% (marked to level 6 undergraduate) will be invited to interview.

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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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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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