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Medical Imaging: Ultrasound PgD

Course Description

If your work involves ultrasound scanning, then make sure your skills are of the highest calibre by completing our Masters level programme! We use the latest equipment to help you evaluate, research, analyse and synthesise data effectively. No matter what your specialist area, you'll benefit from our expertise and facilities to increase your competence within your field.

Applications are welcomed from students who hold the Diploma in Medical Ultrasound awarded by the College of Radiographers. This course is fully accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), and our medical imaging training has gained an international reputation for excellence. We are perfect for those involved with ultrasound imaging for Vascular, General Medicine, Musculoskeletal, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Course outline

We aim to develop health professionals with roles in ultrasound as a specialist imaging modality. You are required to complete 120 credits through three compulsory 20 credit modules and a further 60 credits from a range of specialist and independent study modules. There is no fixed entry date and students can start with any module from their chosen award (subject to approval by the Course Team).

Graduate destinations

Students who successfully complete the PgD may progress to the MSc Medical Imaging - Ultrasound.

Other admission requirements

You will need to have at least 12 months equivalent full-time post registration clinical experience, and you will need support from a clinical ultrasound department and access to a clinical placement in such a department for the duration of the course. It is the student's responsibility to ensure a suitable clinical placement is in place, for the duration of their chosen award, and the university regretfully cannot assist students in finding or securing a clinical placement for this award at any time during their time on the course. Applicants should be eligible for registration by their respective UK regulatory body e.g. HCPC, GMC, UKCC, SVT. You will also need to provide one reference in support of your application.

You will be required to pass an element of pre-course assessment. This will be carried out to ensure that you show an aptitude for Ultrasonography. You will need to undertake a preliminary practical assessment to demonstrate the relevant psychomotor skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, pattern recognition and spatial awareness. The assessment will be of an informal nature, carried out by experienced practitioners in your clinical placement, who will then provide a written reference of your suitability.

Before being accepted onto the course, all applicants will be interviewed, usually by telephone. Interviewers from the course team will, amongst other attributes, be looking for a commitment to further study, an understanding of content and standard of the course and interpersonal skills.

Students must undertake a minimum of 18.5 hours per week in an appropriate clinical placement.

Overseas students are required to organise their own clinical placement in their own country for the duration of the course.

Visit the Medical Imaging: Ultrasound PgD page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. See course description for further admission details.

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