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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. Read more

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.

Key benefits

  • Expert teaching by leaders in the field of vascular ultrasound with guest lecturers delivering sessions on specialist topics
  • The course provides a thorough grounding in the clinical skills needed to work in vascular ultrasound. 
  • You will receive substantial lecture and tutor contact time, and supported throughout by e-learning.
  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of sonographic Education (CASE).
  • Classroom teaching is supplemented by sessions at the King's Vascular Laboratory and the Clinical Research Facility at St. Thomas' and the Chantler Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre on the Guy’s Campus.

Description

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.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of:

  • Interactive learning activities
  • Coursework assignments
  • Written examinations
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Reflective diaries
  • Assessment of clinical proficiency in practice
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence and Clinical Assessment where appropriate

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.

Career prospects

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.



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

MSc in Medical Ultrasound

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:

Full time course

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.

Part time course

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.

Intake & Application

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.

All information for the MSc is available using the links below:  

Course information

Entry requirements & Applying

English Requirements and all IELTS information

Future prospects

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:

Society of Vascular Technologists

Or

The British Society of Echocardiography



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Postgraduate University Course -VAS Educational Project ( www.vas-int.net). :University of Milan and VAS-Vascular-Independent Research and Education-European Organisation. Read more

European Advanced Postgraduate Course on Angiology-Vascular Medicine

Postgraduate University Course -VAS Educational Project ( http://www.vas-int.net)

Official agreement between

:University of Milan and VAS-Vascular-Independent Research and Education-European Organisation

Lecturers

: VAS-European Teaching Panel,

Formula

: Certified E-Learning, Theoretical Course, Option to continue with the European Master in Angiology Vascular Medicine (University Diploma, Tutorial, 2016),

Final Exam

: MCQ’s on line

Official Language ]]: English
[[Duration

: One year - for a total of 130 hours

Course Begins

: 27 November, 2015, during 12th Edition European Angiology Days (presence encouraged but not mandatory.

Course Closes

: September 2016 to allow the candidates concerned to continue in the European Master in Angiology/Vascular Medicine Diploma and UEMS European Diploma in Angiology/Vascular Medicine.

Certificate Ceremony

Certificates awarded during 13 edition of EADays in November 2016

Course Material

: Videos, Slides, Selected Papers, Chat on selected Ultrasound images, MCQ’s (Interim and Final Evaluation)

Additional Offers

: Enrolled Candidates are entitled to Vas Membership; For students interested to continue for the European Master in Angiology/Vascular Medicine , these hours of theoretical lessons and the cost will be subtracted from the European Master scheduled.

Certificate

: Certificate issued by University of Milan

Topics

:
The Process to the “European Citizen” in Medicine; Biomedical Ethics;
- The concept of Equity and the WHO prospective in Vascular and Cardiovascular Diseases;
- Changing Vascular Mortality in middle age;
- Multimoribility and Health Care; Global Burden of lower extremity artery disease : Update;
- PAD Clinical aspects and prognosis;
- Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease Diagnosis and Therapy; Physical Rehabilitation; Buerger's Disease;
- Amputation in PAD, other Vascular Amputations;
- Diabetes and Vascular Diseases; Cerebro Vascular Disease;
- Epidemiology of Stroke;
- Interventional Therapy in Arterial Diseases;
- Diagnostic Procedures in Microcirculation; Chronic Venous Insufficiency; Thermal ablation of varicose veins; US Guided foam sclerotherapy; Venous Ulcers;
- VTE Clinic, Diagnosis and Therapy;
- Polmonary embolism;
- New anticoagulants;
- Gastrointestinal side effects of anticoagulant treatment;
- Lung and Vasculitis; Vascular disorders of the gastrointestinal tract;
- Periodontitisand vascular diseases;
- Aging and older person’s management and care in Vascular Medicine;
- Arterial and Venous Thrombosis; Atherosclerosis: a systemic disease;
- Statistics and Clinical Trials, Therapeutic Market Arena.

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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. Read more

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

  • 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

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.

Professional recognition

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

Course structure

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.

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)

Further information about all modules is available on our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) website.

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

Employability

The course is designed to support the development of advanced clinical practice for all healthcare practitioners who use ultrasound in diagnosis.



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The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. Read more

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

Course details

The course:

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

What you study

In the first two years of study you have the option of two study routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

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

Course structure

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular ultrasound

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and two optional modules

  • Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route

  • Designing Research Projects

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Point of Care Route

  • Designing Research Projects

and two optional modules

  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 3 core module

  • Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

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.

Employability

Work placement

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.

Career opportunities

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



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The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. Read more

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

Course details

The course:

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

What you study

In both years of study you have the option of two study routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice.

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

Course structure

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and two optional modules

  • Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route

  • Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
  • Designing Research Projects

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules Point of Care Route

  • Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
  • Designing Research Projects

and two modules

  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University during academic study blocks.

The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks.

The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported by e-learning. You will develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous, safe ultrasound practitioner. 

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

How you are assessed

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

Employability

Work placement

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.

Career opportunities

After completing this course you are able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.



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This course provides an opportunity for health care practitioners to achieve a recognised qualification in obstetrics, gynaecological, vascular, general medical ultrasound, breast, musculosketetal and echocardiography, supported by a combination of structured clinical experience and academic study. Read more
This course provides an opportunity for health care practitioners to achieve a recognised qualification in obstetrics, gynaecological, vascular, general medical ultrasound, breast, musculosketetal and echocardiography, supported by a combination of structured clinical experience and academic study.

Key benefits

The course is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Course detail

The course is designed to produce clinically competent advanced practitioners, who will be able to meet the needs of the service in a changing health care environment.

The course was planned in full consultation with a wide range of relevant professionals from the South West region, who are experts in the field of diagnostic ultrasound or associated clinical specialisms. These experts are instrumental in the delivery of the course, along with experienced educationalists from within the University.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate (Year 1)
• Ultrasound Technology (compulsory) (30 Level M credits)
• Plus one 30 credit clinical module or two 15 credit modules

Postgraduate Diploma (Year 2)
In addition to the above:
• Two 30 credit clinical modules or one 30 credit plus two 15 credit modules

MSc Medical Ultrasound (Year 3)
In addition to the above:
• Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodologies (compulsory) (15 level M credits)
• Dissertation (45 or 60 level M credit modules)

CPD

This course can also be studied on a modular basis as professional development, over whatever time period you choose. You may wish to build credits up to one of the awards above, or complete the module(s) as standalone study.

Format

The course aims to provide you with:
• the knowledge and skills to practise in a safe and competent manner
• the educational and research base to critically evaluate and inform ultrasound practice
• the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration and shared learning
• an understanding of the contribution of ultrasound to the overall management of the patient
• a recognised qualification in ultrasound
• the skills to engage in research, evaluation and systematic reviews of practice
• an appreciation of the importance of life-long learning activities

Placements

The obstetric ultrasound, general medical ultrasound and negotiated specialist modules will require an appropriate work placement, and a designated clinical appraiser. The programme team are developing a work-based learning approach for some modules. A wide range of assessments will be utilised, to include the assessment of clinical competence.

Assessment

Assessment will involve a variety of methods including coursework, presentations, seminars, written and practical examinations.

Careers / Further study

Once you have completed this course you will have the knowledge and skills to practice in a safe and competent manner, a recognised qualification in ultrasound, the educational and research base to critically evaluate and inform ultrasound practice, the opportunity for inter-professional collaboration and shared learning, and an understanding of the contribution of ultrasound to the overall management of the patient.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PG Cert will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to develop focused ultrasound skills as an extension of their clinical practice. Read more

The Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care PG Cert will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to develop focused ultrasound skills as an extension of their clinical practice. This course offers a combination of work-based learning and lectures that cover the underlying theoretical concepts of ultrasound scanning and clinical applications of Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST), Assessment of the Abdominal Aorta for Aneurysm (AAA), Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (ELS) and Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access (VA). In addition basic assessment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and emergency assessment of the female pelvis will be covered.

Key Benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education.
  • You will be supported to undertake learning in your own workplace to support the academic learning and to construct a Clinical Portfolio of Evidence
  • Located in the heart of London, across three of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas' and Guy's).
  • Flexible part-time study pathway with the opportunity to extend modules studied and gain either a PG Diploma or MSc in Medical Ultrasound.

Description

The course is an intensive and enjoyable training experience which has been designed to bring together the core elements of RCEM with additional features of other point-of-care areas of ultrasound that provide decision making tools to guide patient triage. 

The course focuses on the theoretical areas required for understanding the principles of ultrasound followed by intense practical sessions. The practical areas will have clear objectives leading to competence assessment and preparation for use within a clinical setting and progression to the Level 2. 

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework
  • Written examination
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence
  • Clinical Assessment

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

Location

The course is primarily taught at the King’s College London St Thomas’, Waterloo and Guy’s campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.



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We have designed our Medical Ultrasound course for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Read more

We have designed our Medical Ultrasound course for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Our lectures are organised in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements so that you can take the course while still working. In accordance with accepted good practice, the course integrates theory with practice, meaning that you will perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations as you learn.

Key benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
  • Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the programme.
  • Located in the heart of London and part of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, the course attracts students from a variety of disciplines.
  • Practice focused: You will develop and apply diagnostic ultrasound imaging skills in your clinical training placement.
  • Substantial student-tutor contact time supplemented by e-learning.

Description

The programme, accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will teach you how to use ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. You will be taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and develop an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the programme, we will assess your clinical practice. This does not just mean technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management – in terms of the patient, your technology and your personal qualities. We will also discuss medico-legal, ethical and professional issues.

Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, you will develop an understanding of current techniques and proficiency in medical ultrasound. You may choose clinical modules in obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. You can take a work-based module to meet your individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. These options allow you to build a personalised, proficiency-based learning programme.

This Medical Ultrasound programme is ideal for healthcare professionals wanting to develop new skills in ultrasound, experienced sonographers extending proficiency in a specialist area, or clinicians who wish to utilise ultrasound imaging in clinical practice.

You can choose to take the 60-credit PG Certificate, which is only 9 months, the 120-credit PG Diploma, which lasts 18 months, or the 180-credit MSc, which lasts 27 months and involves an extended research project in your final year.

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

Teaching

You will have approximately 132 hours of academic teaching on a block release pattern. You will undertake a minimum of 21 hours a week of supervised scanning throughout the course. A member of the programme team will visit you at your workplace to support you and observe your work. We will expect you to undertake around 15 to 20 hours of independent study per week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework
  • Written examination
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence and Clinical Assessment, where appropriate

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.

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.



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

Why choose this course:

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

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

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

About the course:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Diagnostic Imaging MSc is designed to match the professional development needs of the diagnostic imaging practitioner and the changing needs of patients in the modern healthcare system. Read more

The Diagnostic Imaging MSc is designed to match the professional development needs of the diagnostic imaging practitioner and the changing needs of patients in the modern healthcare system. It aims to develop highly competent practitioners who can make a real contribution to healthcare services.

This multi-disciplinary programme will appeal to a range of healthcare professionals including radiographers, clinical physiologists, mammographers, sonographers, medical doctors, nurses, clinical scientists. It offers:

  • specialist clinical expertise underpinned by in-depth theoretical knowledge, including of specialist areas of diagnostic imaging, such as medical ultrasound and breast imaging.
  • an understanding of the evidence and research base of the discipline.

We have a highly successful record of teaching breast imaging and medical ultrasound at postgraduate level. You’ll benefit from being part of the School of Medicine, with its world-leading research and expertise.

More information

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and Certificate (60 or 75 credits) levels. Study for the Postgraduate Diploma normally takes one year full time (specific module combinations only) or two years part time. Study for the Postgraduate Certificate normally takes one year part time.

Accreditation

The MSc Diagnostic Imaging offered by the University of Leeds was approved by the College of Radiographers for a period of five years, from June 2016 to June 2021 inclusive. The programme is also accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Exemptions

Students obtaining an MSc which includes the Mammography Technique module will be eligible to apply for the College of Radiographers’ Postgraduate Award in Mammography.

Course content

The programme content reflects the increasing demand for focused and in-depth training in specialist areas of diagnostic imaging. It is both research-led and evidence based.

On the PGCert programme you study modules worth 60 or 75 credits.  On the PGDip programme you study modules worth 120 credits. If you study part time you will study fewer modules in each year. On the MSc programme you study modules worth 180 credits. All students study a combination of Science and Technology, Professional Issues and Imaging Practice modules. A wide range of optional modules allow you to tailor your studies to your professional interests.

Some modules listed below contain a number of options. The Professional Work Based Learning module enables you to undertake a work-based project. The Negotiated Imaging Practice module offers a range of options, including: Breast Ultrasound, Cardiac Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound or Vascular Ultrasound.

In addition, we may support alternative areas of clinical practice by negotiation. Each module (15 credit equivalent) requires 3 to 5 days attendance at the University (for 30 credits this is 6-10 days), in addition to independent learning and practical skill development in order to achieve success in assessment and be of value to the student and their workplace. Students who already have a Postgraduate Diagnostic Imaging qualification may access certain 30-credit modules on a free-standing basis.

On the MSc programme you study a Research Methods module and submit a dissertation.

For more information on typical modules, read Diagnostic Imaging MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The programme is designed to allow you as much choice as possible in the way that you study. Methods of training are highly participative with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice.

Assessment

Our assessment methods have been carefully chosen to develop the skills that imaging students will use in specialist and advanced clinical practice. The assessment of your competence to practice takes place via an observed clinical session or by portfolio, depending on the module. Other assessments include case reports, essays and Objective Structured Examinations.

Career opportunities

Graduates will use the postgraduate qualification to enable them to be employed as a sonographer in the UK or abroad.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. Read more

About the course

The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. The aim is to advance your skills as a professional and develop your career so that you can practice safely, effectively and legally.

The Diagnostic Ultrasound pathway pathway is for professionals who wish to develop competency in the field of ultrasound.
Clinical modules are offered in the areas of obstetrics, gynaecology, abdominal and vascular ultrasound.

The course is suitable for professionals who want to specialise in this area and are interested in advancing their existing skills or acquiring new ones. It is designed to meet your needs whether you are in full or part-time employment.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-imaging-and-radiation-sciences-ultrasound

Course structure

The MSc Medical imaging and radiation sciences: Diagnostic Ultrasound course is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:
- Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
- Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
- Masters degree - 180 credits

To complete a Masters degree award for this course you need to collect the following credits:
- Research modules - 60 credits
- Diagnostic ultrasound modules - minimum 30 credits
- Optional interprofessional modules - maximum 90 credits

Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Delivery of modules incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you. Please contact the module lead for details.

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods for example essays, presentations, reports, posters and practical examinations.
Assessment methods include objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), clinical portfolios, case study presentations and summative clinical assessment.

Work Placement

A recognized clinical placement which provides access to diagnostic ultrasound scanning is a requirement for the clinical applications modules within the ultrasound pathway. The University cannot offer to provide clinical placements for students.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by the College of Radiographers

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/msc-medical-imaging-and-radiation-sciences-ultrasound#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

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The course involves the detailed study of the physiological consequences of chronic debilitating diseases and highlights the changes that these different diseases cause during exercise testing. Read more
The course involves the detailed study of the physiological consequences of chronic debilitating diseases and highlights the changes that these different diseases cause during exercise testing.

This unique course gives you a solid grounding in theory and application of physiological tests in clinical populations including: graded cardiopulmonary exercise testing; cardiac ultrasound; vascular ultrasound; and muscle function analyses; as well as practical and theoretical elements of Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation.

Throughout the course you will actively participate in practical sessions designed to increase your skills, with supervised practice sessions working alongside University sports teams. Integration of theory and practice ensures you will meet developing statutory professional requirements of practice-specific knowledge, understanding and skills.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/clinical-exercise-physiology3

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/clinical-exercise-physiology

Course detail

• Study on a unique course with a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching, with access to world-leading staff expertise and research
• Explore areas including: research design; exercise testing and diagnosis; exercise testing and prescription; physical activity, nutrition and metabolic health; laboratory skills; research methods; advanced exercise testing and diagnosis
• Develop the high-level professional standards demanded of members of a health care team; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, theoretical knowledge and research skills that will help you access careers in health and fitness or academia
• Gain from the opportunity to practice your skills on work placement, and shadow experienced staff
• Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to become a Health Promotion Specialist; Clinical Exercise Physiologist; Clinical Technician or researcher, and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Modules

• Laboratory Skills
• Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation
• Exercise Testing and Diagnosis
• Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
• Research Methods
• Clinical Exercise Physiology Dissertation
• Psychological Approaches to Public Health*
• Professional Skills for Healthcare Providers*
• Metabolic Health*
• Sport Science Support*
• Placement (short)*
• Placement (long)*
*denotes options

Assessment

A variety of assessment formats are used and are designed to develop your transferable skills such as written and oral communication, the ability to follow logical instructions, problem solving and time management.

Some assessments are designed to mimic the scenarios that you may find in the clinical environment, such as practical exams, assess client care, technical skills, analysis and interpretation of test results.

All of these assessments are considered to be the best method to assess the learning outcomes of the particular unit, as well as developing professional and transferable skills.

• Written assessments – dissertation, projects, reports, lab reports (approx. 85%)
• Exams and tests (5%)
• Presentations and practicals (approx. 10%)

Careers

You will experience hands-on practical experience from the start of the course developing confidence for meeting and assessing patients in the clinical setting.

You will be introduced to a range of specialist equipment that you become competent in, allowing you to transfer your practical skills to clinical environment.

The placement units allow you to experience the clinical setting and different clinical populations.

Clinical practitioners deliver some of the lecture and practical content ensuring that you can receive insight into the setting in which you are likely to work.

Graduates can to apply for positions such as: Health Promotion Specialist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Technician. Previous graduates have gone on to train as cardiologists, including a specialist in congenital and adult heart disease in the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas’.

You could also apply for further study, such as a PhD or the NHS Scientific Training Programme.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) recommends a postgraduate certificate (PgCert)in medical ultrasound to be the minimum qualification required to practise ultrasound in the UK. Read more

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

Course details

The course:

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

What you study

You have the option to study one of two routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice.

Following either pathway, you have an opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage and complete a postgraduate diploma in medical ultrasound. 

Course structure

Core modules - Clinical Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and one optional module

  • General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
  • Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
  • Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound

Core module - Point of Care Route

  • Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

and two optional modules

  • Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
  • Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
  • Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
  • Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

The teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic blocks. 

The clinical route is developed over five two-week blocks. 

The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

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

How you are assessed

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

Employability

Work placement

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.

Career opportunities

After completing this course you are able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.



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The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. Read more
The MSc Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences course and its four specialised pathways is designed to enable you to enhance your current knowledge and understanding in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. The aim is to advance your skills as a professional and develop your career so that you can practice safely, effectively and legally.

The Diagnostic Ultrasound pathway pathway is for professionals who wish to develop competency in the field of ultrasound.
Clinical modules are offered in the areas of obstetrics, gynaecology, abdominal and vascular ultrasound.

The course is suitable for professionals who want to specialise in this area and are interested in advancing their existing skills or acquiring new ones. It is designed to meet your needs whether you are in full or part-time employment.

Course structure

The MSc Medical imaging and radiation sciences: Diagnostic Ultrasound course is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:
-Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
-Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
-Masters degree - 180 credits

Why choose this course?

-It offers opportunity to share ideas with other health professions in order to develop intellectual abilities and assist in the
advancement of health care
-It gives you flexible study options based on a modular structureIt includes interprofessional learning
-Teaching is done by experienced staff and visiting external
specialists
-Accredited by the College of Radiographers

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by the College of Radiographers.

Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Delivery of modules incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you. Please contact the module lead for details.

Work Placement

A recognised clinical placement which provides access to diagnostic ultrasound scanning is a requirement for the clinical applications modules within the ultrasound pathway. The University cannot offer to provide clinical placements for students.

Structure

Year 1
-Research Investigation
-Research Methods
-Research Methods - Distance Learning

Year 2
-Research Investigation
-Research Methods
-Research Methods - Distance Learning

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