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Simple timetable info. Day release; afternoons and early evenings (Science unit one week block attendance required), 14 hours per week of supervised clinical training in a suitable ultrasound department (in the UK). Read more
Simple timetable info:
Day release; afternoons and early evenings (Science unit one week block attendance required), 14 hours per week of supervised clinical training in a suitable ultrasound department (in the UK). The University is not responsible for the organisation of the clinical placement.

Non-standard entry requirements:
Applicants must organise and show evidence of a confirmed supervised clinical training placement
of at least 14 hours per week at a suitable ultrasound department (in the UK).

Course units:
1 Compulsory unit: Principles and Instrumentation of Clinical Ultrasound
4 core units – optional combination of these units dependent on the student’s proposed professional pathway:
– Gynaecological Ultrasound
– 1st Trimester Obstetric Ultrasound
– 2nd and 3rd Trimester Obstetric Ultrasound
– General Medical Ultrasound of the Adult and Child

Optional units:
– Professional Development through Contract Learning (PDCL)
– Understanding Research and Evidence-based Practice
– Work Based Learning (WBL)
– Dissertation
or other units within the post-registration scheme that may be undertaken within the ultrasound pathway to complete an award.

Course description:
Our course allows you to take a flexible approach towards a recognised medical ultrasound
qualification, appropriate to your professional pathway e.g. obstetrics and gynaecology, general medical or a combination of both. The prime focus of the course is to produce a clinically competent ultrasound practitioner. The flexible nature means that the complete range of options and routes available are too wide to be listed here.

Each unit of the course aims to:
– Ensure you develop a sound understanding of the relevant theoretical knowledge
– Increase your problem solving and critical evaluation skills
– Develop your ability to apply this knowledge and skills
– Encourage you to take an individual and evidence-based approach to your continued professional development.

The Principles and Instrumentation of Clinical Ultrasound unit is compulsory. Your clinical placement will provide practical training, where a clinical mentor will assess your consistent, practical competency using the clinical portfolio set by the University. If you wish to specialise, you will normally study towards a PgCert. However, you can progress to a PgDip, encompassing obs, gynae and general medical ultrasound, or MSc by taking additional stand-alone units from the post-registration scheme.

Career opportunities:
The course will help you to become a competent and critically thinking ultrasound practitioner with a wide range of exciting career options. Many of our students have continued into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas. The course offers a flexible
and responsive education and training provision which follows the requirements in respect of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), linked to professional regulation and the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).

Professional contacts/industry links:
The Clinical Ultrasound course is approved by the College of Radiographers.

Recent guest lecturers include:
– Dr Gail ter Haar, Ultrasound Safety Specialist, Royal Marsden Hospital
– Dr Rose de Bruyn, Consultant Radiologist, Great Ormond Street
– Dr Lesley Macdonald, Consultant Radiologist, St Thomas’ Hospital
– Fiona Pocock, Infertility specialist
– Dr Trish Chudleigh, Rosie Hospital Addenbrookes

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This MSc is specifically aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroimaging, either in clinical practice or in neuroscience research. Read more
This MSc is specifically aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroimaging, either in clinical practice or in neuroscience research. This multidisciplinary programme provides training in both the basic scientific and technological principles of modern neuroimaging methods, and in their application to understand neurological function and neurological disorders. Study by distance learning is also available.

Degree information

Students will develop a foundational knowledge of neuroanatomy, understand the principles and main technical aspects of neuroimaging instrumentation and data acquisition, basic image processing and image analysis techniques, and gain a good working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system using neuroimaging.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma is offered for Full Time, Part Time and Distance Learning modes. This consists of six core modules (90 credits) and a Library Project (30 credits). All of the Advanced Neuroimaging modules are considered core modules. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Introductory Science and Methods
-Imaging Modalities
-Advanced Imaging
-Foundational Neuroanatomy, Systems and Disease
-Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging I
-Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging II

Please note: every face-to-face module has a distance learning equivalent with alternative learning activities.

All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word project, and a laboratory research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is taught by lectures and workshops delivered by experts in various clinical and technical fields of neuroimaging. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentations, research project, dissertation and viva voce. Distance learning students may spend up to three months in London carrying out the research project and receiving relevant training and mentoring. Alternatively they may carry out an extended systematic review of the literature related to a chosen field within neuroimaging. In exceptional circumstances students may carry out the research project remotely if they are based at a hospital with established research links with Principal Investigators at the UCL Institute of Neurology.


Graduates of the programme will have developed the necessary knowledge and skills essential for a future research career in the areas of neuroradiology, imaging neuroscience or neuroimaging technology.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Doctor, Addenbrooke's Hospital (NHS) and studying Radiology, University of Cambridge
-Research Assistant, National Tsing Hua University
-Hospital Consultant, Epsom Hospital (NHS)
-Radiographer, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
-Trainee Radiologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Students on this programme are immersed in a world-class clinical and scientific environment, taught by leading experts in the field. For clinicians, and professions allied to healthcare, the programme will equip them with a sound understanding of neuroimaging techniques. For medical physicists it will enable them to develop their theoretical understanding in an internationally renowned centre. A number of high-achieving students on the programme will be offered the opportunity to undertake a paid internship at a London-based company which runs neuroimaging clinical trials.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The focus of this degree is neuroimaging of neurological disease. Together with our associated hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UCL Institute of Neurology promotes research that is of direct clinical relevance to improved patient care and treatment.

With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the institute is a unique national resource for postgraduate training in neurology, its associated disciplines and the basic neurosciences. During their time at Queen Square students will have the opportunity to contribute to world-leading research and have access to cutting-edge neuroimaging facilities.

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This course is designed for practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the interpretation of medical images, and is jointly validated by the College of Radiographers. Read more
This course is designed for practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the interpretation of medical images, and is jointly validated by the College of Radiographers. It provides support for developing service requirements for reporting radiographers at consultant and advanced practitioner levels.

The teaching team, which includes consultant radiologists and reporting radiographers (advanced practitioners/consultant radiographers), has specialist knowledge and research interests in the range of subject areas offered.

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

Postgraduate Certificate

Module 1 – Foundations of Clinical Reporting.

This module is compulsory for all students, and provides the core elements that underpin and complement the rest of the course. You must then complete pairs of modules (one being practice¬-based).

In addition to the Foundations Module, to be eligible for an award. The Foundations Module plus two other modules e.g. Appendicular Skeleton I and Appendicular Skeleton II would enable a you to exit with a PgC.

Postgraduate Diploma

If you wish to continue your studies to gain a PgD you must study Module 10, which focuses on Quality and Audit of Reporting in Practice. As this is a work¬ based course, it is not subject to the norms of the academic year.

You'll be expected to complete a Postgraduate Diploma (six modules) in 18 months or a Postgraduate Certificate (three modules) in twelve months. Approximately 10 hours per week is spent on independent study, giving you considerable flexibility in managing your learning time.

MSc Clinical Reporting

Having completed six modules (Postgraduate Diploma) you can achieve the MSc Clinical Reporting by completing:

• Research Approaches and Methods module
• Research Dissertation (counts as 2 modules)


In keeping with the University’s Learning and Teaching strategy, the programme is learner centred and is orientated significantly towards workplace partnerships; using work based materials and the normal work environment as a source and site of learning.

Regular briefing sessions are held at the University throughout the programme to direct learning activities, and provide tutorial support. Teaching for the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma is delivered by senior lecturers, experienced reporting radiographers and Consultant Radiologists. At each briefing block students complete test banks and regular vivas are undertaken to test knowledge and progression.

You should expect to commit around ten hours per week in independent study.


Your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed on an on­going basis throughout the pathway through a range of methods and processes. You will have opportunity to receive formative feedback on your work at various points during the course through a variety of learning activities.

Formal or summative assessment will take place throughout the pathway and are scheduled to meet University guidance and to enable appropriate feedback to be returned to students in between assessments.

Assessment of knowledge and skills may include written essays/reports, reflective writing, case studies, oral/poster presentations or Objective Structured Examinations (OSE). All assessments focus on your ability to progress and integrate theory and practice.

What can I do next?

Successful completion of this course provides you with the skills and knowledge to enter or continue your career as an advanced practitioner or consultant within the radiography profession. Those who would like to continue to further pursue their academic potential will be able to apply for a place on the doctoral programme (MPhil/PhD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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


-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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