Medical Ultrasound - Module / MSc / PgCert / PgDip

Attendance:
Module - Part Time
MSc - Part Time
PgCert - Part Time
PgDip - Part Time
Starting:
September 2017, September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£767 per 20 credit module for UK/EU Part Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

The course is aimed at qualified healthcare professionals – such as radiographers, midwives, nurses and doctors – who want to extend their field of expertise into ultrasound scanning, imaging and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound images.  The course is also open to anyone with a health based or science degree and an agreed clinical placement.

Ultrasound is used as a first-line investigation, in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease and pathology having a great input into patient care and management.   Sonographers work mainly in Radiology and ante-natal departments but also in community settings. Sonographers scan patients/clients with a variety of diseases and conditions and, under departmental protocols, produce a written report on the scan which they have performed.

As a student on this course you will develop the core skills of a sonographer including, patient care and communication; technical skills, including scanning and use of equipment; clinical knowledge to make an accurate diagnosis and reporting skills. You will be taught by practising sonographers to further enhance your skills professionally, personally and practically.

A variety of learning and teaching methods will be used for your development into a technically competent, caring and knowledgeable sonographer. These skills will be developed in the classroom, by self-study, e-learning, on ultrasound simulators and on real patients in the clinical setting. Embedded into our teaching is to respect diversity, ensure equality and to apply a sound understanding of legal, ethical and professional issues to positively impact on care scenarios and delivery.

What's covered in the course?

Where will I learn?

You will learn in our state-of-the-art £41 million City South Campus, in Edgbaston. Our brand new campus has been designed to access to a range of innovative facilities to support you during your time here. There are three ultrasound rooms equipped with brand new ultrasound machines, a range of phantoms and 2 ultrasound simulators.

Why Choose Us?

Why choose us?

  • The aim of the course is to provide qualified practitioners with a high level of specialist ultrasound knowledge and practical clinical experience. The course also develops your investigative and analytical skills in order to help you to become a highly competent sonographer.
  • You will learn from practicing sonographers in clinical placement and our programme lecturers also work clinically, ensuring course content is current and relevant. 
  • Innovative methods of teaching and learning are embedded in the academic programme. These include: audio and video lectures, online learning and the use of an ultrasound simulation for learning scanning techniques and recognising pathology.
  • We offer a wide range of clinical modules including, obstetric, early pregnancy, gynaecological, abdominal and vascular ultrasound.  We are also able to offer a negotiated specialist module which is designed to meet the niche clinical requirements of each department/student.
  • The course combines core modules and clinical modules for the Pg Cert this is Fundamentals of ultrasound which covers ultrasound physics and professional issues, the core module for the Pg Dip is Research practice and theory.
  • Another important feature of the programme is the high level of support that the course team make available to you. Lectures are delivered to small groups, we have an open door policy and always answer emails and return phone calls. Expect to experience a spectrum of academic studies that you can use to support your clinical and professional development.
  • If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, a Disability Tutor will be available to support and help you throughout your time studying this course
  • The programme is accredited by The Consortium of Accreditation for Sonographic Education ensuring highs standards teaching and learning. Re-accreditation occurs every 5 years, the programme has recently been reaccredited.
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This course is not open to International students

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

You will normally be expected to hold either a first degree lower second class (2.2) or above, or an equivalent professional qualification and have had a minimum of two years experience as a qualified practitioner.

The majority of applicants will be radiographers, midwives, doctors and nurses. However we will consider applicants with health based or science degrees providing that they are able to obtain a clinical placement.

You must ensure that you have a satisfactory clinical placement where you can obtain a minimum of 320 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience - this is equivalent to 2 days per week over a nine month period.

You must complete the ultrasound clinical placement form when you apply, unforutnately we cannot consider your application without your proof of placement. 

Why should I study this course?

Our postgraduate awards have received professional accreditation from CASE – the Consortium for Accreditation of Sonographic Education and are taught within the region’s foremost centre for radiography education, with a well-established and successful history.

The course will further enhance your skills professionally, personally and practically.

UK or EU students (Self Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Self Funded Module Sep 2017 PT TBC £767 per 20 credit module
MSc Sep 2017 PT 3 years £767 per 20 credit module
PgCert Sep 2017 PT 33 weeks £767 per 20 credit module
PgDip Sep 2017 PT 2 years £767 per 20 credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

UK or EU students (Employer Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Employer Funded Module Sep 2017 PT TBC £767 per 20 credit module
MSc Sep 2017 PT 3 years £767 per 20 credit module
PgCert Sep 2017 PT 33 weeks £767 per 20 credit module
PgDip Sep 2017 PT 2 years £767 per 20 credit module

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

This course is not available to International Students

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.
  5. Please download and complete the ultrasound clinical placement form and attach this to your application, unfortunately we cannot consider your application until this form has been completed.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form (below), and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Sponsorship Agreement Form and Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements

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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

PgCert

The PgCert will require a minimum of 320 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience - equivalent to two days per week over a nine-month period.

Course fees for double modules is the cost of two single modules.

Fundamentals of Ultrasound (core module)
Single module - 20 credits

This module introduces the principles of ultrasound physics and imaging technology so that you are able to operate ultrasound equipment safely and effectively.

It also enables qualified health care professionals to develop a critical understanding of the patient care, management, medico- legal and ethical issues which contribute to the patient experience in the delivery of a safe and effective ultrasound service.

Obstetric Ultrasound
Double module - 40 credits

This module will enable you to develop the skills required to: perform a complete and competent obstetric ultrasound scan, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical fetal variants, recognising fetal abnormalities and adnexal pathology.  You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to produce an accurate scan report, recognising any potential differential diagnoses, making recommendations on patient management where appropriate and communicating bad news to your patient.

Gynaecological Ultrasound
Single module - 20 credits

This module will enable you to develop the skills required to perform a complete and competent gynaecological ultrasound examination using both transabdominal and transvaginal methods, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical variants, and recognise abnormal pathologies and disease processes. You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to produce an accurate scan report, recognising any potential differential diagnoses, and making recommendations on patient management where appropriate.

Ultrasound in Early Pregnancy
Single module - 20 credits

This module will enable you to develop the skills required to perform a complete and competent early pregnancy ultrasound examination using both transabdominal and transvaginal methods, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical variants, and recognise abnormal pathologies and disease processes. You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to produce an accurate scan report, recognising any potential differential diagnoses, and making recommendations on patient management where appropriate.

Abdominal and General Ultrasound
Double module - 40 credits

This will enable you to develop the skills required to perform a complete, accurate and competent abdominal ultrasound scan, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical variants, and recognise abnormal pathologies and disease processes. You will be supported in making recommendations on patient management where appropriate.

Vascular Ultrasound
Double module - 20 credits

This module will enable you to develop the skills required to perform a complete, accurate and competent vascular ultrasound scan, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical variants, and recognise abnormal pathologies and disease processes. You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to produce an accurate scan report, recognising any potential differential diagnoses, and making recommendations on patient management where appropriate.

Negotiated Specialist Subject
Single module - 20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to study a self-identified specialised area of ultrasound pertinent to your department’s service delivery requirements. It is a useful module where a specific specialist area of ultrasound practice end education is required for service needs. Through negotiation with academic and clinical staff a framework for the theoretical and clinical skills required is identified in order for you to develop competence in the selected specialist area of ultrasound within the framework of the MSc Medical Ultrasound programme.

Open Module
Single module - 20 credits

This module is designed to broaden the horizons of your specialist knowledge by encouraging the deep exploration of a particular aspect of practice related to your award. The content of this module may be tailored to the specific needs of you and your department. Ultimate flexibility is afforded, as the subject matter is selected by you in liaison with the module leader and no university attendance is required.

PgDip

The PgDip will require a minimum of 640 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience - equivalent to two days per week over a 21-month period.

Course fees for double modules is the cost of two single modules.

Fundamentals of Ultrasound (core module)
Single module - 20 credits

This module introduces the principles of ultrasound physics and imaging technology so that you are able to operate ultrasound equipment safely and effectively.

It also enables qualified health care professionals to develop a critical understanding of the patient care, management, medico- legal and ethical issues which contribute to the patient experience in the delivery of a safe and effective ultrasound service.

Ultrasound in Early Pregnancy
Single module - 20 credits

This module will enable you to develop the skills required to perform a complete and competent early pregnancy ultrasound examination using both transabdominal and transvaginal methods, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical variants, and recognise abnormal pathologies and disease processes. You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to produce an accurate scan report, recognising any potential differential diagnoses, and making recommendations on patient management where appropriate.

Obstetric Ultrasound
Double module - 40 credits

This module will enable you to develop the skills required to: perform a complete and competent obstetric ultrasound scan, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical fetal variants, recognising fetal abnormalities and adnexal pathology.  You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to produce an accurate scan report, recognising any potential differential diagnoses, making recommendations on patient management where appropriate and communicating bad news to your patient.

Gynaecological Ultrasound
Single module - 20 credits

This module will enable you to develop the skills required to perform a complete and competent gynaecological ultrasound examination using both transabdominal and transvaginal methods, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical variants, and recognise abnormal pathologies and disease processes. You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to produce an accurate scan report, recognising any potential differential diagnoses, and making recommendations on patient management where appropriate.

Abdominal and General Ultrasound
Double module - 40 credits

This will enable you to develop the skills required to perform a complete, accurate and competent abdominal ultrasound scan, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical variants, and recognise abnormal pathologies and disease processes. You will be supported in making recommendations on patient management where appropriate.

Vascular Ultrasound
Double module - 40 credits

This module will enable you to develop the skills required to perform a complete, accurate and competent vascular ultrasound scan, recognise normal ultrasound appearances including anatomical variants, and recognise abnormal pathologies and disease processes. You will be supported in developing the skills necessary to produce an accurate scan report, recognising any potential differential diagnoses, and making recommendations on patient management where appropriate

Negotiated Specialist Subject
Single module - 20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to study a self-identified specialised area of ultrasound pertinent to your department’s service delivery requirements. It is a useful module where a specific specialist area of ultrasound practice end education is required for service needs. Through negotiation with academic and clinical staff a framework for the theoretical and clinical skills required is identified in order for you to develop competence in the selected specialist area of ultrasound within the framework of the MSc Medical Ultrasound programme.

Open Module
Single module - 20 credits

This module is designed to broaden the horizons of your specialist knowledge by encouraging the deep exploration of a particular aspect of practice related to your award. The content of this module may be tailored to the specific needs of you and your department. Ultimate flexibility is afforded, as the subject matter is selected by you in liaison with the module leader and no university attendance is required.

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare
Single module - 20 credits

This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health andhealthcareenvironment. Through a flexible provision, students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

Research: Methods of Enquiry
Single module - 20 credits

This module will contribute towards students’ personal and professional development fostering independent study. This will be done by encouraging students to further develop their critical thinking and research skills in order to:

  • challenge and critically appraise the existing evidence base in their area of study;
  • identify the gaps in knowledge; and
  • propose primary or secondary research to inform their area of study.

MSc

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare
Single module - 20 credits

This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health andhealthcareenvironment. Through a flexible provision, students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

Dissertation
Double module - 40 credits

This double module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 400 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice.  It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

Dissertation
Triple module - 60 credits

This triple module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 400 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice.  It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

Course structure

This is a part-time day and evening course which has academic and clinical placement components. The academic components are delivered at the University on a Wednesday afternoon and evening. The clinical component takes place in practice and should cover a minimum of one day per week.

How will I be taught?

We place a real emphasis on student-centred learning, so the majority of study is by seminar and discussion groups where you and your fellow students will learn a great deal by sharing experiences. There will be a substantial amount of material that will be taught online or through video lectures.

You will be assessed via:

  • Seen and unseen written examinations
  • Extended essays
  • Patchwork assignments
  • Invigilated assessments
  • Clinical assessments
  • Practice-based assignments
  • 15,000 word dissertation.

Academic modules are assessed by either a 3,000 word assignment or a 2,000 word assignment and a one hour unseen written examination.

Clinical modules are assessed by clinical assessment (observed performance of ultrasound scans) in their own departments and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) undertaken at the University.

You also have to keep a log book and diary of clinical practice.

Further study

These courses provide the opportunity for lifelong learning and the awards given on graduation form the basis for progression into further study. Following completion of the MSc you can progress your studies to doctoral level by PhD or Professional Doctorate.

Employment opportunities

Health care professionals with a Medical Ultrasound degree are in great demand to work as sonographers and you will also be able to extend the scope of your current practice by incorporating expertise in sonography.

There is a severe shortage of sonographers. Sonography is an expanding field, with a steady increase in examinations requested year by year therefore you should have no difficulty in finding work as a qualified sonographer.

You would be able to work as a sonographer in a range of clinical specialities such as general abdominal, obstetrics, gynaecology and vascular studies, plus other clinical settings such as hospitals, health clinics and GP surgeries.

Placements

You are expected to organise your own clinical placement where you can obtain a minimum of 320 hours of supervised ‘hands on’ clinical ultrasound experience. This is equivalent to 1 and a half days per week over a nine month period.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Meet our staff

You’ll be taught by lecturers with high levels of academic and clinical ultrasound expertise, including Helen Brown, Anushka Sumra and Rachel Barker.

Helen teaches abdominal and vascular ultrasound alongside working part-time as a clinical sonographer at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Anushka teaches Obstetric Ultrasound as well as being a part-time clinical sonographer at West Birmingham NHS Trust. Rachel teaches Gynaecological Ultrasound and abdominal ultrasound and also works part time at Warwick Hospital.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295