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Medical Ultrasound (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

The primary aim of this programme is to enable practitioners to formalise and develop their understanding of the relevant ultrasound principles in their respective medical fields and related subjects, develop their evaluative, problem solving and critical thinking skills to enable them to apply this knowledge and deliver a high quality service to their patients. In addition, the course stimulates students to undertake research and evidence-based practice, which enhances clinical effectiveness.

The programme is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) and is designed to produce clinically competent sonographers in the relevant fields with sound knowledge and comprehension of the academic basis of ultrasound - hence to integrate academic and clinical education. The clinical education component consists of the student undertaking ultrasound scans in a recognised clinical department supervised by experienced named trainer(s) who must be approved by the course faculty. Students will be expected to document the skills acquired in their log books to demonstrate attainment of the learning outcomes.

The programme accepts health professionals who are either already working, or intend to work, in the fields of obstetric and/or gynaecological or general medical ultrasound. The academic component includes the study of core modules; (1) current applications of ultrasound and imaging modalities in obstetrics and gynaecology, (2) the underlying scientific principles, safety, and equipment design, as well as a choice from any of the following; (3) research methodology, statistics and evidence-based medicine, (4) team working and inter professional practice, (5) legal aspects of care, and (6) management issues in ultrasound practice.

There are two phases leading to the full MSc degree, a taught phase (One year full-time, two years part-time - 120 credits) and an MSc project - dissertation phase (Six months full-time and one year part-time - 60 credits). Student must successfully complete the taught phase before progressing to the dissertation phase. Students proceeding to an MSc degree are required to study the research methodology module. The dissertation phase consists of successful completion of a taught diploma and a 20,000 word research project, the subject of which must be relevant to ultrasound in the student’s chosen route.

Visit the Medical Ultrasound (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally be health professionals who hold a relevant primary degree or Diploma and intend to further their career in medical ultrasound. Examples of the health professionals may include radiographers, sonographers, radiologists and specialty trainees with interest in medical ultrasound.Applicants would normally be expected to have worked for at least 2 years full-time in their relevant profession or specialty after their pre-registration qualification.

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