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