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Obstetric and/or Gynaecological 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 obstetrics and gynaecology 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 obstetrics and gynaecology 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.

Special Features:
• The programme is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) and is designed to produce clinically competent sonographers in obstetrics and gynaecology with sound knowledge and comprehension of the academic basis of ultrasound
• This course can be tailored to suit your clinical interests, including choice of MSc project.
• Studying while training in an accredited centre under the supervision of an approved trainer. Clinical placement is a compulsory component of the course and students whether home or international will need to secure them beforehand. UK/EU students should discuss the suitability of their proposed training centre, usually a clinical department in their local hospital with course director ahead of application. International students studying in the UK will need to identify a training centre where module-specific ultrasound skills and competencies are attained. The suitability and location of the training centre should be discussed with course director before commencing the course. Clinical placements for international students attract training fees which are separate from the University tuition fees between October and June of the academic year (9 months) and fees are in the order of one thousand pounds per month. Students will also need to fulfil certain requirements in the local hospital before commencing the practical training. The course staff or director can recommend to international students a trainer in a recognised training centre if necessary. Training centres overseas are discussed on a case by case basis.
• Trainees completing the RCOG ultrasound modules would benefit from joining the course and formalising their training with a university degree.
• Attendance at two blocks of 5 days each for lectures, tutorials and practical tuition.
• Additional distance learning support is made available to our students in the form of web-based interactive lectures and formative assessments on Cardiff University “Blackboard” or MedaPhor Ltd. Website. Students will also be able to receive feedback by course tutors on ultrasound images sent from own location digitally on the course’s appropriate forms.

The programme accepts health professionals who are either already working, or intend to work, in the fields of obstetric and/or gynaecological 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 Obstetric and/or Gynaecological Ultrasound (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Phillip Leonard (MSc Genetic Counselling)

The MSc in Genetic Counselling allowed me to combine my scientific interests in genetics and medicine with professional training in counselling skills. The course is vital preparation for a career in genetic counselling. Cardiff is a lively, friendly and diverse student city, and the University provides superb resources to support postgraduates both academically and socially, not least the excellent Graduate Centre.

(Student Profile)

Shalini Sri Ranganatham (Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology)

"The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) offered me a PhD scholarship to study at Cardiff University. Having a PhD is a requirement in my academic field, and I am interested in learning more about my subject. I want to re-join my department in Sri Lanka and get involved with academic and clinical work, and to set up a paediatric clinical pharmacology unit based on what I learned here. Studying in Cardiff will give me all the possible opportunities to reach my goal to become an independent and self-directed academic. I feel like a 'knowledge bridge' between the university here and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka."


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 first degree or Diploma and intend to further their career in Obstetric and/or Gynaecological ultrasound. Examples of the health professionals may include radiographers, sonographers, radiologists, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, gynaecologists and speciality trainees with interest in obstetric and/or gynaecological ultrasound.Applicants would normally be expected to have worked for at least 2 years full-time in their relevant profession or speciality after their pre-registration qualification.

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