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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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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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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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We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. Read more
We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

We offer two musculoskeletal pathways which enable you, as a clinician, to assess and manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond your normal scope of practice. Optional modules allow you to expand your musculoskeletal practice with a focus on imaging, including ultrasonography, or a focus on patient management including injection therapy.

We:
-Provide you with a critical understanding of the key concepts underlying advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills beyond your normal professional scope of practice
-Provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills beyond your normal professional scope of practice
-Provide you with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop your own evidence-based practice
-Enhance your understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up
-Ensure you acquire a range of transferable employment-related skills

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard, and as such we expect that anyone who cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Our expert staff

We have a range of guest specialists who work with us, including Billy Fashanu, consultant physiotherapist; Mark Maybury, extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer; Dr S. Perera, Consultant Radiologist, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and various other tutors such as consultant rheumatologists, consultant neurophysiologist and other injecting practitioners.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Human Sciences is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building on the Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building on the Southend campus.

As one of our CPD students, you may be taking modules at either campus or online to suit your needs, which means that you can access facilities across both campuses as required.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

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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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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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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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Designed for health professionals, to award academic credit for a student-negotiated area of ultrasound practice that address individual professional needs. Read more
Designed for health professionals, to award academic credit for a student-negotiated area of ultrasound practice that address individual professional needs. Examples of topics include Gynaecology & Early Pregnancy Ultrasound and Carotid Artery Ultrasound. Personalised work-based learning and lectures in underlying theoretical concepts will enable proficient performance of specified ultrasound examinations.

Key Benefits

- The programme has been accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education

- Students can undertake work-based learning of an individually negotiated topic demonstrating proficiency in a specialist area of ultrasound practice

- Located in the heart of London.

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

Course detail

- Description -

Students attend lectures in Fundamentals of Ultrasound (science, instrumentation and professional issues related to ultrasound) and undertake work-based negotiated learning in their specialist field. Clinicians, midwives or others who wish to attain specialist scanning knowledge focus on the ultrasound proficiency required to develop their professional role.

- Course Purpose -

For health professionals, this programme is designed to award academic credit for a specialist student-negotiated area of ultrasound practice to meet individual professional needs.

- Course Format and Assessment -

This course involves a mix of classroom and work-based learning. The Negotiated Learning topic requires the demonstration of ultrasound scanning proficiency and this is assessed.

Required Modules:

- Fundamentals of Ultrasound Practice (unless a qualified sonographer).
- Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency.

-Optional Modules:

The Negotiated Learning module can be taken as a stand-alone module for sonographers who are already qualified, to gain academic credits in a proficiency based topic that will advance their practice. Alternatively other professionals may study the Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency and Fundamentals of Ultrasound modules to gain a CASE accredited PG Certificate. They may subsequently add further modules to achieve the PG Diploma or MSc in Medical Ultrasound.

Career Prospects

This programme has been taken by healthcare graduates in various fields, e.g. stroke, early pregnancy and emergency medicine, to develop the use of ultrasound in their professional roles.

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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