This is a part-time course for clinical scientists, radiographers, doctors and other health professionals who want to practice vascular ultrasound within their professional role. The programme integrates the underlying theoretical concepts with the professional practice of performing vascular examinations.
The Vascular Ultrasound course aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles and practices of vascular ultrasound. This course addresses the practical applications of ultrasound through an understanding of the principles of scientific clinical investigation, and facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for clinical practice. Developing your clinical proficiency is, therefore, an integral part of the course.
The course offers you flexibility over the choice of modules and whether to study for a full master’s qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. The MSc pathway is a 27-month course that requires modules totalling 180 credits including a research project worth 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway can be studied over a period of 18 months and requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate route is a nine-month pathway that requires modules with a minimum total of 60 credits to achieve the award.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
You are assessed through a combination of:
Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the programme team.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.
The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use their vascular ultrasound proficiency within their patient examination.
This new two year part-time Masters programme in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM).
Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, the programme provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and approaching independent surgical practice.
The ChM provides advanced training for surgeons preparing for the intercollegiate fellowship examination and approaching consultancy.
On completion of this programme students will be able to:
The programme is taught entirely online. Students are supported by asynchronous discussion with e-tutors (all leading clinicians in their field) and have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals.
Our award-winning interactive online learning technology enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
The programme runs on a semester basis over 2-4 years and involves approximately 10-15 hours of study each week, in a flexible modular manner.
The programme is delivered using a purpose-built learning environment that supports a variety of learning styles, and allows students flexibility in their study patterns.
Courses within the programme are also offered as Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Core modules in each area of vascular and endovascular surgery are aligned to the ISPC Curriculum. These are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material, which should mirror ‘in-the-workplace’ activities.
Component courses include Principles of Vascular Practice, Aneurysms, Venous & Lymphatic Disorders, Vascular Trauma and Principles of Endovascular Practice. Each semester, courses are taught concurrently such that a student may be engaged in 5-6 asynchronous discussions at any one time (one per course). Students will spent 10-15 hours on programme-related study each week (activities include reading the discussion thread, reading around the topic, contributing to the discussion).
Knowledge and understanding will be assessed in the second year, following completion of core modules, with a formal written examination (MCQs and EMIs) that will replicate the trainees upcoming exit exams.
Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, whilst enabling students to develop the ability to analyse published evidence and enhance their interactive and written clinical communication skills.
Students are required to complete a dissertation based on original research or a systematic review in a relevant area of work. Alternatively, an individual with a number of peer-reviewed journal publications may undertake an academic critique of their work.
The programme will offer an alternative to clinical / laboratory research training for those students who do not wish to take time out of surgical training. It will develop the trainee's academic portfolio and facilitate surgical research projects essential to a research active career.
The ChM programme is designed to follow the ISCP curriculum and prepare the advanced surgical trainee for their exit professional examinations allowing appointment as an independently practising surgeon.
The award of ChM will highlight the trainee's commitment to continual professional development and will ensure a competitive edge when applying for consultant positions.
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:
MSc in Medical Ultrasound – Vascular (Course Code: A3A1)
MSc in Medical Ultrasound – Echocardiography (Course Code: A3A2)
You will be placed in a clinical attachment at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Attending 5 days per week for the duration of the course. (this is included in the fee)
Students should not expect to be scanning every day and hardly at all in the 1st term.
MSc in Medical Ultrasound – Vascular (Course Code: A3A124)
You must already be working in a suitable vascular dept elsewhere. You will have to attend lectures and tutorials one day per week from October – March and any exam dates.
There is only one intake per year, in October. Registration usually opens in November/December the year before and will continue until all places are full.
Places on the course are very limited (25) and we receive 100’s of applications so early application is strongly advised.
Your application will only be reviewed if submitted with all College requirements and has two recent academic references. It will not proceed any further without these.
Applicants should note that this is an academic course and does not entitle you to become a sonographer. This course is not CASE registered.
Further exams would have to be taken by either the:
We invite postgraduate research proposals in a number of disease areas that impact significantly on patient care. We focus on exploring the mechanisms of disease, understanding the ways disease impacts patients’ lives, utilising new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and developing new treatments.
As a student you will be registered with a University research institute, for many this is the Institute for Cellular Medicine (ICM). You will be supported in your studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.
We undertake the following areas of research and offer MPhil, PhD and MD supervision in:
Newcastle hosts one of the most comprehensive organ transplant programmes in the world. This clinical expertise has developed in parallel with the applied immunobiology and transplantation research group. We are investigating aspects of the immunology of autoimmune diseases and cancer therapy, in addition to transplant rejection. We have themes to understand the interplay of the inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses by a variety of pathways, and how these can be manipulated for therapeutic purposes. Further research theme focusses on primary immunodeficiency diseases.
There is strong emphasis on the integration of clinical investigation with basic science. Our research include:
We also research the effects of UVR on the skin including mitochondrial DNA damage as a UV biomarker.
This area emphasises on translational research, linking clinical- and laboratory-based science. Key research include:
Focus is on applied research and aims to underpin future clinical applications. Technology-oriented and demand-driven research is conducted which relates directly to health priority areas such as:
This research is sustained through extensive internal and external collaborations with leading UK and European academic and industrial groups, and has the ultimate goal of deploying next-generation diagnostic and therapeutic systems in the hospital and health-care environment.
There is a number of research programmes into the genetics, immunology and physiology of kidney disease and kidney transplantation. We maintain close links between basic scientists and clinicians with many translational programmes of work, from the laboratory to first-in-man and phase III clinical trials. Specific areas:
We have particular interests in:
Novel non-invasive methodologies using magnetic resonance are developed and applied to clinical research. Our research falls into two categories:
Our studies cover a broad range of topics (including diabetes, dementia, neuroscience, hepatology, cardiovascular, neuromuscular disease, metabolism, and respiratory research projects), but have a common theme of MR technical development and its application to clinical research.
We focus on connective tissue diseases in three, overlapping research programmes. These programmes aim to understand:
This research theme links with other local, national and international centres of excellence and has close integration of basic and clinical researchers and hosts the only immunotherapy centre in the UK.
Genetic approaches to the individualisation of drug therapy, including anticoagulants and anti-cancer drugs, and in the genetics of diverse non-Mendelian diseases, from diabetes to periodontal disease, are a focus. A wide range of knowledge and experience in both genetics and clinical sciences is utilised, with access to high-throughput genotyping platforms.
Our scientists and clinicians use in situ cellular technologies and large-scale gene expression profiling to study the normal and pathophysiological remodelling of vascular and uteroplacental tissues. Novel approaches to cellular interactions have been developed using a unique human tissue resource. Our research themes include:
We also have preclinical molecular biology projects in breast cancer research.
We conduct a broad range of research activities into acute and chronic lung diseases. As well as scientific studies into disease mechanisms, there is particular interest in translational medicine approaches to lung disease, studying human lung tissue and cells to explore potential for new treatments. Our current areas of research include:
Our research projects are concerned with the harmful effects of chemicals, including prescribed drugs, and finding ways to prevent and minimise these effects. We are attempting to measure the effects of fairly small amounts of chemicals, to provide ways of giving early warning of the start of harmful effects. We also study the adverse side-effects of medicines, including how conditions such as liver disease and heart disease can develop in people taking medicines for completely different medical conditions. Our current interests include: environmental chemicals and organophosphate pesticides, warfarin, psychiatric drugs and anti-cancer drugs.
Our new School of Pharmacy has scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy.
This course aims to provide a balance between theoretical and clinical skills and develop participants’ levels of critical enquiry so you can deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes.
It will also encourage critical thinking through participation in the simulation laboratory, group discussion and presentation.
It will, through an understanding of research methods, encourage the analysis of cutting-edge diabetes research data to develop standards and guidelines for best practice.
The course will develop an enhanced understanding of contemporary approach to diabetes care.
In the UK as elsewhere in the world, the prevalence of diabetes has, according to the WHO and the IDF, reached epidemic proportion and projected to peak to 552 million by the year 2030. A person with diabetes potentially faces a reduced life expectancy of between 6-20 years. The irreversible micro-vascular complications resulting in damage to the eyes (retinopathy), the kidneys (nephropathy), the nerves (neuropathy) and macro-vascular complications namely cardio-vascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke) and insufficiency in blood flow to the legs lead are associated with considerable human, social, and economic costs, and accounts for 10% of the total health care resource expenditure in the UK.
This relentless diabetic epidemic means that its management is becoming a significant healthcare challenge in the UK and as it is worldwide. It is therefore imperative that health care professionals are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care and to empower people with diabetes to self-management.
The MSc in Diabetes Care will enable you to:
This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of four 16-week semesters which you can take within one or three years, allowing you to exit with one of the following awards:
Postgraduate Certificate: two modules
Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year
Postgraduate Certificate: two modules
Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over 3 years
Teaching will take a blended format comprising of lectures, tutorials, group discussion, presentation and peer group critiques. Evaluation and debate will be ongoing during the process of information gathering, the testing of theoretical and practical ideas and the honing of all elements towards the end product.
You will be assessed through:
Health care practitioners who graduate from this course would be employed in practice, management, education and research arenas in the UK and overseas.
Evidence suggests that there is an urgent need to match the ratio of Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSN) to the number of people with diabetes they care for. DSN can be employed in various sectors of the health service both in the UK and overseas while others can potentially progress into research. Others may choose to go into academia working as lecturers or lecturer-practitioners or diabetes nurse consultants.
This course will suit you if you want to acquire a systematic understanding of the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes, or if you wish to update your skill for a different but diabetes-related career pathway.
Graduates from this course can potentially apply for such promotional posts as Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Nurse Consultant in Diabetes or Divisional Nurse for Long Term Conditions.
Guest speakers from the clinical areas will provide input in to specific modules. The practical experience to be gained from the simulation laboratory will make a valuable contribution to the course content and will bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These guest lectures will allow course participants to mix with professionals from the diabetes clinical settings and to make connections with them particularly when undertaking research project.
Research in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences is coordinated by Professor Nick Hardiker, Associate Head for Research. There is a pool of fully research-active academic staff and a number of embryonic and early career researchers engaged in a range of innovative and creative projects and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation. Graduates from this course can consider pursuing a Doctorate course of study such as Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Work or the traditional doctoral course.
Find more information about research within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences.
Diabetes is on the rise worldwide. Healthcare professionals with expertise in diabetes care are in high demand. The work is challenging but rewarding, and the field needs talented professionals with a real commitment to the common good.
GCU’s MSc Diabetes Care and Management will prepare you to advance your career with confidence – and help people in your community enjoy healthier, more fulfilling lives.
The MSc Diabetes Care and Management is multidisciplinary, bringing together key insights from multiple fields. You'll learn about best practices in diabetes care and management from a broad range of perspectives.
Hands-on research is an essential part of the programme. You’ll join a team of hard-working healthcare professionals exploring important questions in diabetes research.
What kind of research?
Keeping the programme career-focused, our top six students undertake a short clinical attachment at a local hospital. This opportunity helps them solidify their skills and make a positive impact on patients in a real-world setting.
Diabetes Care: A Multi Professional Approach; Pathophysiology and Therapeutics of Diabetes; The Lower Limb and Foot in Diabetes – Evaluation of Risk; Skills for Professional Practice for Health Sciences; Chronic Complications of Diabetes; Nutrition and Lifestyle Management of Diabetes; Supporting Anticipatory Care for Long Term Conditions Management (Diabetes); Reflective Work-based Practice; and Project/Dissertation.
It is possible to undertake Diabetes Care: A Multi Professional Approach, as a stand alone CPD certificate and gain credits towards a future Masters level degree.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.
Our graduates go on to do good work in general practice, hospitals and industry. Some choose to study for the UK General Medical Council exams (PLAB 1 and 2) and go on to work in the NHS.
Lead Academic: Dr Victoria Ridger
Do you want to develop your knowledge and research skills in molecular and clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease?
This course offers you a unique, research-focussed environment in which to pursue your postgraduate studies. An MRes, whilst still containing some taught elements, focusses on research. The unique features of the course are:
All of the above will increase employability in both industry and academia and also provide valuable transferable skills they can use in whatever career path they wish to choose.
The course is made up of 4 taught modules of 15 credits each that lay the foundation for your 8 month Research Project (120 credits).
The taught modules are:
This module will develop your skills in information literacy, oral presentation, scientific writing, critical analysis, data analysis, statistics and basic laboratory techniques.
Vascular Cell Biology
This module explores the molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease and introduces the students to basic knowledge on which the remaining pathway modules are based. The module builds upon the research in the Department of Cardiovascular Science, exploring the cellular mechanisms, molecules and signalling pathways involved in the pathology of vascular diseases.
Vascular Disease - Models and Clinical Practice
The module examines the value of in vivo model systems in testing hypotheses and the development of classical and emerging therapies is explored. It also examines how basic science is translated into clinical practise and therapy. It covers global epidemiology, drug treatment and clinical intervention and considers relevant ethical issues. Students will have the opportunity to visit the cardiovascular and cardiology clinical departments, clinical research facility and to observe a current clinical interventional technique.
This module aims to develop your ability to retrieve information from appropriate sources, and synthesise and critically analyse published literature. It follows on from the information literacy training you will receive in the Research Skills module. The subject of your critical review is linked to your research project, which you will have chosen immediately prior to the start of this module. You will write a review of the recent literature on the background to your future laboratory research project, as if it were intended for publication as a short review article or as the background section of a grant application.
The research project provides the opportunity to learn and apply research methods to test a specific scientific hypothesis using the knowledge gained in the previous taught modules of the course. A list of projects will be made available at the start of the course, where students are offered the opportunity to discuss and select their projects. The project takes place over 30 weeks, culminating in an oral presentation and dissertation detailing the research findings and placing the work within a greater scientific context. Students will be expected to join in with the departmental seminars, research group meetings, journal clubs and supervisor meetings, to learn and experience the role of a scientific researcher, by undertaking laboratory based research. Examples of projects are on our website.
The course aims to encourage students to work individually, in groups and as part of the Department. It integrates a wide range of teaching styles to provide theoretical information, including lectures, seminars, class discussions/workshops, practical demonstration classes, simulations and interactive tutorials.
Basic practical laboratory skills, data analysis and presentation will be acquired during the Research Skills module and expanded during the research project, which is carried out in a research laboratory under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. The student will write a thesis on the research project with guidance from the supervisor. Tutorials, seminars and individual meetings with staff provide opportunities for discussion and feedback.
Lecture slides are provided for download prior to lectures for students to prepare in advance. Students may also be directed to useful databases, clinical trial literature, or YouTube videos that help explain concepts. Private study, to ensure the understanding and assimilation of the material delivered by lectures, is recommended.
For information on course fees please go to the fees calculator webpage. The course code is CDLT01.
For information on funding please got the the funding calculator webpage.
"The MRes in Cardiovascular Medicine allows development of research skills alongside scientific knowledge of cardiovascular medicine, all taught by leading experts in the field. The opportunity to work alongside established academics in contributing to world-class research produced by the university, is both enjoyable and invaluable." Roshni Solanki, current intercalating student.
Lead academic: Dr Martin Nicklin
This flexible course focuses on the molecular and genetic factors of human diseases. Understanding those factors is crucial to the development of therapies.
Core modules cover the fundamentals. You choose specialist modules from the pathway that interests you most.
We also give you practical lab training to prepare you for your research project. The project is five months of invaluable laboratory experience: planning, carrying out, recording and reporting your own research.
Recent graduates work in academic research science, pharmaceuticals and the biotech industry.
You’ll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University’s other health-related departments.
Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.
You’ll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
Classes are kept small (15–20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.
We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.
At our Clinical Research Facility, you’ll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.
If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.
Genetic Mechanisms pathway
Microbes and Infection pathway
Experimental Medicine pathway
Clinical Applications pathway
Apply directly to this pathway. Available only to medical graduates. Students are recruited to a specialist clinical team and pursue the taught programme (1-5) related to the attachment. They are then attached to a clinical team for 20 weeks, either for a clinical research project or for clinical observations. See website for more detail and current attachments.
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, computer practicals and student presentations.
Assessment is continuous. Most modules are assessed by written assignments and coursework, although there are some written exams.
Two modules are assessed by verbal presentations.
Your research project is assessed by a thesis, possibly with a viva.
Please note: this course is open to part-time entry only in 2017/18
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
The course leads to one of the following awards
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.
Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.
The ultrasound route is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
Please note: this course is open to part-time entry only in 2017/18
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
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.
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.
Plus a further 30 credits from the optional module list below.
60 credits from the optional module list below
Further information about all modules is available on our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) website.
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.
The course is designed to support the development of advanced clinical practice for all healthcare practitioners who use ultrasound in diagnosis.
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.
In the first two years of study you have the option of two study routes:
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
and one optional module
Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route
and two optional modules
Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route
and one optional module
Year 2 core modules - Point of Care Route
and two optional modules
Year 3 core module
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
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.
How you are assessed
You are assessed by written assignment, examinations and practical triggered assessment.
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.