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This fully accredited PG Certificate course allows established healthcare clinicians working in the field of musculoskeletal and sports medicine to combine learning in the workplace with a recognised postgraduate qualification. Read more

This fully accredited PG Certificate course allows established healthcare clinicians working in the field of musculoskeletal and sports medicine to combine learning in the workplace with a recognised postgraduate qualification.

Our first intake included consultants from A&E departments and a range of clinicians from fields such as physiotherapy, sonography and podiatry.

The course is also aimed at healthcare professionals within the fields of orthopaedics, osteopathy, rheumatology, and sports medicine.

In the UK, there is a national shortage of sonographers, hence the need to involve other health professionals in this area of musculoskeletal ultrasound training. 

The use of ultrasound is becoming an increasingly popular and cost effective adjunct to MRI scans.

The course is sponsored by BK Medical, who provide the relevant diagnostic equipment. 



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Programme Aims

This award is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology, which aims to provide professionals in Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science, Health Technology, as well as others interested in health technology, with an opportunity to develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills.

The award in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (MIRS) is specially designed for professionals in medical imaging and radiotherapy and has the following aims.

A. Advancement in Knowledge and Skill

  • ​To provide professionals in Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy, as well as others interested in health technology, with the opportunity to develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills;
  • To develop specialists in their respective professional disciplines and enhance their career paths;
  • To broaden students' exposure to a wider field of health science and technology to enable them to cope with the ever-changing demands of work;
  • To provide a laboratory environment for testing problems encountered at work;
  • To equip students with an advanced knowledge base in a chosen area of specialisation in medical imaging or radiotherapy to enable them to meet the changing needs of their disciplines and contribute to the development of medical imaging or radiation oncology practice in Hong Kong; and
  • To develop critical and analytical abilities and skills in the areas of specialisation that are relevant to the professional discipline to improve professional competence.

B. Professional Development

  • ​To develop students' ability in critical analysis and evaluation in their professional practices;
  • To cultivate within healthcare professionals the qualities and attributes that are expected of them;
  • To acquire a higher level of awareness and reflection within the profession and the healthcare industry to improve the quality of healthcare services; and
  • To develop students' ability to assume a managerial level of practice.

C. Evidence-based Practice

  • ​To equip students with the necessary skill in research to enable them to perform evidence-based practice in the delivery of healthcare service and industry.

D. Personal Development

  • ​To provide channels through which practising professionals can continuously develop themselves while at work; and
  • To allow graduates to develop themselves further after graduation.

Characteristics

The Medical Imaging and Radiation Science award offers channels for specialisation and the broadening of knowledge for professionals in medical imaging and radiotherapy. It will appeal to students who are eager to become specialists or managers in their areas of practice. Clinical experience and practice in medical imaging and radiotherapy are integrated into the curriculum to encourage more reflective observation and active experimentation.

Programme Structure

To be eligible for the MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (MScMIRS), students are required to complete 30 credits:

  • 2 Compulsory Subjects (6 credits)
  • 3 Core Subjects (9 credits)
  • 5 Elective Subjects (15 credits)

Apart from the award of MScMIRS, students can choose to graduate with one of the following specialisms:

  • MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (Computed Tomography)
  • MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (Ultrasonography)

To be eligible for the specialism concerned, students should complete 2 Compulsory Subjects (6 credits), a Dissertation (9 credits) related to that specialism, a specialism-related Specialty Subject (3 credits), a Clinical Practicum (3 credits) and 3 Elective Subjects (9 credits).

 Compulsory Subjects

  • Research Methods & Biostatistics
  • ​Multiplanar Anatomy

Core Subjects

  • Advanced Radiotherapy Planning & Dosimetry
  • Advanced Radiation Protection
  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Computed Tomography *
  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Magnetic Resonance Imaging *
  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Nuclear Medicine Imaging
  • Advanced Topics in Health Technology
  • Advanced Ultrasonography *
  • Clinical Practicum (CT/MRI/US)
  • Dissertation
  • Digital Imaging & PACS
  • Imaging Pathology

 * Specialty Subject

Elective Subjects

  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences
  • Professional Development in Infection Control Practice


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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 and various other tutors such as consultant rheumatologists, radiologists, consultant neurophysiologists 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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With practical experience opportunities built into the curriculum, this programme is aimed at those who wish to build careers as exercise physiologists or exercise specialists within private or public healthcare, health promotion, or the health and fitness industry. Read more
With practical experience opportunities built into the curriculum, this programme is aimed at those who wish to build careers as exercise physiologists or exercise specialists within private or public healthcare, health promotion, or the health and fitness industry.

About the programme

Physical inactivity is a major factor in the national and international epidemic of preventable diseases. The programme examines the
effectiveness of exercise health interventions and investigates the use of exercise as a tool to assess future health risks. It will equip you with the high-level skills required to implement and interpret exercisebased data. With a strong emphasis on research, practical experience is also a key part of this programme.

Modules will look at analysis of individual’s behaviour towards their exercise and health choices, utilising network analyses as a novel method of investigation. Strong emphasis is placed on health screening and the understanding of medical data, covering the theory and interpretation of the tests that patients with chronic lifestyle diseases undergo.

There is also a strong focus on research informed practice. Modules include the design and implementation of exercise and health research, and in the data analyses of such research. These units are key not only in enhancing your ability to find, interpret and critically appraise literature from an expert standpoint, but also prepare you for your MSc project.

Practical experience

Opportunities exist to gain practical experience within specific modules and, if appropriate, within your MSc project.

Your learning

Postgraduate Diploma
• Research Methods for Exercise and Health Science
• Health Behaviour and Network Analyses
• Epidemiology and Health Screening
• Data Analyses for Exercise Science
• Applied Strength and Conditioning
• Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

MSc

Upon successful completion of the taught modules, students will undertake a project which leads to the MSc award.

Further study

Graduates from the programme may wish to pursue further studies i.e. a PhD within the area of exercise and health.

Our Careers Adviser says

Careers for graduates include exercise physiologist or exercise specialist with the NHS, in community health provision, and the private sector.

Note: To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.

Industry expertise

UWS School of Science and Sport academics are experts in their field, many with international profiles in science, health and sport and experience with organisations such as the Olympic and Commonwealth bodies, the Scottish Football Association and the Welsh Rugby Union. We also work with a range of partners including Glasgow School of Sport, the Scottish Football Association and we have links with organisations such as Sport Scotland, BASES, UK Sport and many more.

First-class facilities

Our Institute for Clinical Exercise and Health Science provides the underpinning science for our sport programmes. Newly developed
facilities, spanning four floors of the Almada Building at Lanarkshire Campus, are equipped to carry out cutting-edge research and deliver state-of-the-art instruction.

Labs and learning areas include an exercise physiology laboratory, strength and conditioning laboratory, exercise biochemistry laboratory, blood analysis laboratory, EMG-ECGUltrasound laboratory, biomechanics laboratory, social psychology laboratory, a computer laboratory equipped with the latest in student research and learning software,
along with a traditional sports hall.

Students can have supervised access and experience with:
• health assessment
• ergometric fitness assessment
• protein analysis in blood and tissues
• RNA and DNA analysis
• electromyography, electrocardiography, and ultrasonography
• sports event management
• commercial fitness practice
• community fitness intervention
• sport performance analysis
• social and psychological analysis
• coaching practice

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Delivered by experts with extensive experience in sports research, this programme prepares you for a career as a coach, strength and. Read more
Delivered by experts with extensive experience in sports research, this programme prepares you for a career as a coach, strength and
conditioner, and for a career in sport science support.

About the programme

You will develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of sports coaching and learn practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines to enhance the coaching process. You will critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in sports coaching with an emphasis on students becoming effective and reflective practitioners. A significant proportion of the programme is vocationally focused and student driven.

Lectures normally account for 50% of class contact time with the remainder consisting of seminars, practical sessions, laboratory sessions, oral presentations, case studies and poster presentations. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience observing and participating in the service delivery of high performance sport with organisations including St. Mirren FC and The Scottish Institute of Sport.

Practical experience

Practical sessions are supervised and take place in our exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and sports analysis laboratories. Classes involve observation, demonstration, participation, problem-solving and reporting while others are field-based,
providing necessary practical skills to successfully intervene in an athlete’s physical development. All programme units are explicitly devised to address the optimisation of performance.

Your learning

Modules include:
• Coaching Process
• Peak Performance
• Research Process in Sport
• Data Analysis in Exercise Science
• Applied Strength and Conditioning
• Instructional Issues for Coaches

MSc

Upon successful completion of the taught modules, students will undertake a project which leads to the MSc award.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are equipped to collaborate with performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or in sport science support. The MSc can prepare elite performers to study their own performance and to develop the necessary skills to help their future performance, or prepare them for work opportunities after retirement from sport.

Professional accreditation

The programme provides the necessary foundation knowledge and skills for professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3 or above).

Note: To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.

Industry expertise

UWS School of Science and Sport academics are experts in their field, many with international profiles in science, health and sport and experience with organisations such as the Olympic and Commonwealth bodies, the Scottish Football Association and the Welsh Rugby Union. We also work with a range of partners including Glasgow School of Sport, the Scottish Football Association and we have links with organisations such as Sport Scotland, BASES, UK Sport and many more.

First-class facilities

Our Institute for Clinical Exercise and Health Science provides the underpinning science for our sport programmes. Newly developed
facilities, spanning four floors of the Almada Building at Lanarkshire Campus, are equipped to carry out cutting-edge research and deliver state-of-the-art instruction.

Labs and learning areas include an exercise physiology laboratory, strength and conditioning laboratory, exercise biochemistry laboratory, blood analysis laboratory, EMG-ECGUltrasound laboratory, biomechanics laboratory, social psychology laboratory, a computer laboratory equipped with the latest in student research and learning software,
along with a traditional sports hall.

Students can have supervised access and experience with:
• health assessment
• ergometric fitness assessment
• protein analysis in blood and tissues
• RNA and DNA analysis
• electromyography, electrocardiography, and ultrasonography
• sports event management
• commercial fitness practice
• community fitness intervention
• sport performance analysis
• social and psychological analysis
• coaching practice

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The Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science prepares students to work in government, business, the sports industry and in education as practitioners on professional interdisciplinary teams. Read more
The Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science prepares students to work in government, business, the sports industry and in education as practitioners on professional interdisciplinary teams. The program is for students seeking a terminal degree as well as for those seeking a strong foundation for further study and research. The program offers three entry points throughout the academic year, and courses are scheduled to allow an efficient timeline to degree completion for full-time students. Students are provided experiential learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, and are prepared for both the Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examinations, the premier certifications in strength and conditioning and sports nutrition, upon graduation if they choose to pursue certification.

Visit the website http://www.ut.edu/msexercisenutrition/

High-Tech Facilities

Having published more than 100 papers and abstracts, and secured several hundred thousand dollars in funding over the last three years, the students and staff working in the UT Human Performance Research Lab have become nationally and internationally recognized. The lab is one of the most sophisticated and advanced human performance and sport nutrition laboratories in the world, allowing students the opportunity to advance their skills in human performance testing. Equipment contained in the lab includes:

- AMTI force plate for power and velocity

- Dynavision for vision training, reaction time and cognitive function

- Tendo units for movement, specifically power and velocity

- Ultrasonography to measure skeletal muscle size, locate soft tissue injuries and quantify blood flow and blood vessel diameter

- Wingate peak power bikes for anaerobic power testing

- Electromyography for neural function and skeletal muscle activation

- Metabolic carts for VO2 max and resting metabolism measures

- Dual X-ray absorbtiometry for bone mineral density, lean mass and fat mass

- Minus 80°C freezer to maintain the integrity of biological samples

- High tech motion analysis and heavy duty motorized treadmills with 40-degree incline ability

- BTR Primus isokinetic, isotonic and isometric dynomometers for measurement of force, power and velocity in virtually any plane

- Blood lactate analyzers to examine metabolic stress and lactate threshold

- A fully equiped strength and conditioning laboratory

Converging Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Like Never Before

Most university programs segregate the study of exercise and nutrition sciences. The goal of UT’s M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science is to examine the relationship between the two fields in regard to optimizing athletic performance. The program combines advanced concepts from exercise physiology and strength and conditioning to teach students how nutrition can impact each area. Through numerous hands-on experiences and rigorous classroom study, students gain an unparalleled awareness of the intersection of these sciences.

Learning by Doing

M.S.-ENS students “learn by doing” through performance-based programming, which prepares practitioners to work with a wide variety of athletes. The department’s advanced labs and technology help students prepare for the real world. UT’s relationships with numerous local athletic teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lightning allow students put their theories to test. UT faculty and students have also conducted extensive research with more than a dozen high-impact companies that are involved in exercise and nutrition/supplementation. These collaborations give students an insider’s view of the industry and provide a strong network for post-graduation jobs.

Internationally Recognized

Based on the rigor and innovation of the M.S.-ENS program, the International Society of Sports Nutrition recognized it as the first graduate program in Florida to offer approved coursework for preparation for the CISSN examination.

Outstanding Faculty

The program’s highly respected faculty has achieved national and international reputations for academic and applied success in their respective fields.

- J.C. Andersen, Ph.D. – pain and sports medicine

- Mary Martinasek, Ph.D. – mixed-method research inquiry and health program evaluation

- Jay O’Sullivan, Ph.D. – internships in exercise and nutrition science

- Ronda Sturgill, Ph.D. – kinesiology and program evaluation

- Eric Vlahov, Ph.D. – exercise physiology, nutrition and sports psychology

Flexible Program

Our highly flexible program allows students to complete the program within one year. With three entry points into the program, students are able to take classes throughout the year and take time off as needed.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.ut.edu/apply

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