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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Medical Ultrasound Programme

Course Description

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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-medical-ultrasound-programme

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.

Professional recognition

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

Course structure

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. Full time – typically 9 months for each award stage. 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.

Full awards start in September and the stand alone modules start in September and January.

Course structure
-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.

-Professional portfolio (15 credits)
-Science and technology of medical ultrasound (15 credits)
-Plus a further 30 credits from the optional module list below.

-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)

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.

Other admission requirements

We consider each candidate individually according to their ability to meet the demands of the programme. Normal entry requirements for the part-time course are one of the following:
-A pass degree in radiography or equivalent professional qualification.
-Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR) or equivalent professional qualification and proven ability to cope with the academic demands of postgraduate study.

Full time students are required to have a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant health profession degree. We normally expect you to be state registered or have evidence of relevant academic and clinical expertise. This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Medical Ultrasound Programme page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

This course is open to health professionals using ultrasound in diagnosis. It is an in-service course and you must be employed in a clinical setting or have written agreement for appropriately supervised clinical placement. We are not responsible for finding clinical placements for students. Students accepted onto the full-time course will be commissioned places and therefore not in full-time employment. Students studying the full-time PgCert will be allocated a clinical placement. There are a limited number of places for the full-time course and competition is high. See course description for further admission details.

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