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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    January

  • Course Duration

    PG Certificate: nine months PT. PG Diploma: 18 months PT. MSc: 27 months PT

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    02 May 2019

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.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here

 Key benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
  • Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the course.
  • 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 own clinical training placement.
  • Substantial student-tutor contact time supplemented by e-learning.

Description

The course, 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 course, we will monitor and 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 also take a negotiated 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 course 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 nine 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.

Required Modules

Year 1 – MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert

You are required to take the following module:

  • Fundamentals of Ultrasound (30 credits)

Optional Modules

MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology (30 credits)
  • General Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Learning in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits) – not available for PG Cert students

If you are a PG Cert student, the modules you take will lead to different awards. The awards are: Medical Ultrasound (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Medical Ultrasound (General Medical) or Medical Ultrasound (Management of the Ultrasound Service).

Career prospects

The majority of our graduates go on to work as a sonographer or ultrasound practitioner in the NHS or the Independent Sector and become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use ultrasound scanning proficiency as part of their clinical examination of patients.

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Visit the Medical Ultrasound MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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