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Medical Ultrasound

MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate |
Our flexible Medical Ultrasound course is designed for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Part-time: based on a three day per week clinical placement.

PgCert: 12 months
PgDip: 18 – 24 months
MSc: 30 months to a maximum of 5 years

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UK/EU

Part-time: £3,750

Non-EU

Part-time: £7,500

Application period

Until 31st May (April for non-standard entrants). Late applications may be accepted, subject to places being available, until 31st July. Any application after this date will still be assessed and where possible, spaces for September 2016 will be allocated.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for a range of health care professionals who have experience in radiography, nursing, midwifery or other related professions.

The course enables students to achieve the academic qualifications and clinical skills needed to pursue a career in ultrasound or to develop current skills further.

Students need a clinical placement in a recognised department, to engage in a wide range of ultrasound examinations for the duration of the course.

Objectives

City’s Medical Ultrasound course offers flexible study options for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training and for those wishing to develop their skills further using work based learning options.

Our expert staff provide a supportive environment, encouraging students to develop their academic abilities and clinical skills in preparation for working as a sonographer. Students learn a range of subjects to enable them to explore the underpinning knowledge of safe, effective and evidence-based ultrasound practice, with which to help them develop clinical skills in their own department. Teaching is also supported by specialist guest speakers who provide current, relevant course material.

Students can achieve competency to practice if they successfully complete both academic and clinical components of the programme to PgC level or above.

Accreditation

Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) logo

The course is accredited by CASE (Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education), allowing you to practice ultrasound in the UK and some overseas countries, on successful completion of the programme. www.case-uk.org

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of a second class honours degree, or the equivalent from an international institution, in radiography, nursing, midwifery, or another relevant subject.

An appropriate professional qualification, such as a Diploma from the College of Radiographers, a Diploma in Nursing, or a Diploma in Midwifery may be accepted, subject to successfully demonstrating the required academic level by completing a pre-course assignment (early application is recommended).

Applicants should also have a clinical placement in a recognised ultrasound department for an average of three days per week. This placement must be arranged prior to applying for the course, as the University is unable to assist with arranging placements.

Closing date for the programme is mid-July although earlier closing dates may apply if all places have been filled before this date. Early applications are encouraged.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 7.0 is required in all categories.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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Clinical skills suite
is equipped with a real-time ultrasound machine and simulators.
100%
of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing the course (DLHE survey 2014-15).

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Course fees

Degree Home/EU full-time 2016/17 Home/EU part-time 2016/17 Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17 Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17
MSc (180 credits) N/A £3,750 N/A £7,500
PG Diploma (120 credits) N/A £3,500 N/A £7,000
PG Certificate (60 credits, one year course) N/A £3,500 N/A £7,000

PG Certificate (60 credits) + 1 module (2 clinical areas e.g. Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Abdominal and Gynaecology).

N/A £4,500 N/A £9,000

Scholarships

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.

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Placements

The course requires you to obtain an average of three days a week within an ultrasound department for the duration of the course. This must be arranged before applying for a place on the course. You need to have an agreed clinical placement to ensure you gain a wide range of clinical experience throughout the course. Your application can not be processed without a placement. The university is unable to help you arrange the placement.

Academic facilities

Clinical skills computers

The ultrasound clinical skills suite is equipped with a real-time ultrasound machine and simulators. The facilities are used for tutorials, self-directed study and formative monitoring of clinical skills.

Students have access to the MedaPhor simulator during the working week and remote cloud based access to tutorials and resources.

Using a flipped classroom approach to teaching and learning ensure that a range of online lectures are available for learning and revision.

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Teaching and learning

A blended learning approach is used: linking academic theory to clinical practice via work based learning; formal key note lectures; seminars; film viewing tutorials; demonstrations/workshops; e-learning; shared learning; self-directed study and on-line case discussions. Participation in the learning is an essential component of the course.

A variety of assessment methods are used to cater for a range of learning styles and provide a link between theory and practice. Assessment methods include objective structured examinations, on-line case discussions, oral and/or poster presentations, written assignments, clinical portfolio and clinical competency assessments.

Modules

As a student on the Medical Ultrasound course you will learn the underpinning theory of ultrasound production, safe and effective practice, normal and abnormal ultrasound appearances and associated imaging pathways.

You will be able to select from a number of clinical options including obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound. Additional clinical areas can be studied via work-based learning modules, if appropriate clinical support is available within the students' clinical department. The course is also designed to develop transferable skills to support clinical practice development.

Modules will take place over one or two days per week, depending on the selected module options. The time in lectures varies, dependent on the nature of the module.

Core modules

Core modules and specific named clinical modules have a blended learning approach, with online lectures, online quizzes and discussions supported by lectures, tutorials and workshops. The average contact time per module is approximately 30 to 35 hours.

  • Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Practice (15 credits)
  • Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits)

Students progressing to MSc must undertake:

  • Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module (15 credits)
  • Dissertation module (60 credits)

Elective modules

Students can then select a range of clinical modules such as:

  • Obstetric Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Gynaecology Ultrasound (15 credits)
  • Abdominal Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Work Based Learning in Practice (includes clinical areas such as early pregnancy, small parts, DVT scanning) (15 credits)

You must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Students progressing to MSc must undertake:

  • Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module (15 credits)
  • Dissertation module (60 credits)

The most common route is for students to take the two core modules and 45 credits of clinical modules in year 1. For example:

  • Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Practice (15 credits)
  • Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits)
  • Obstetric Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Gynaecology Ultrasound (15 credits)

Modules are spread throughout one to three terms in year 1.

In year two many students undertake the remaining 45 credits in term 1 (September to December), with a view to completing the PgDip in 18 months. Modules are often:

  • Abdominal Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Work Based Learning in Practice 2 (includes clinical areas such as early pregnancy, small parts, DVT scanning

Or

  • Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module

Students progressing to MSc the begin the

  • Dissertation module

Some students take a short break of 6 months between completing the PgDip and starting the MSc.

The maximum registration period is 5 years.

  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer in Ultrasound Programme Director for the Medical Ultrasound programmes working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

On completion of a postgraduate certificate or diploma you can apply for jobs as an autonomous practitioner, working in the NHS or private practice. Many of our graduates have become advanced practitioners, further developing their skills during their career, whilst others have travelled to Australia or New Zealand to enhance their careers.

Graduates from City University London have become managers of ultrasound departments, leading service changes and developing services to improve patient care. A number of graduates have developed their role in specialist areas, where they undertake research and training and engage in dissemination of their work at national and international conferences and in publications. Some of our graduates return to provide keynote lectures to future generations of ultrasound students or even take on the role of Programme Director running ultrasound programmes.

With a qualification from City University you can become an independent practitioner and set up your own company, providing services to local populations or travel the world and experience different ways of working.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Application Deadline

31st May (April for non-standard entrants). Late applications may be accepted, subject to places being available, until 31st July. Any application after this date will still be assessed and where possible, spaces for September 2016 will be allocated.


The closing date for the programme is July 15th although applications may close earlier if all places have been filled before this date.

For further information, please contact pghealth@city.ac.uk.

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