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.
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.
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
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:
Interactive learning activities
Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
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.
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.