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Medical Ultrasound  MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate

Overview

This 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 to encourage students to develop their academic abilities and clinical skills  to prepare them for working at an advanced practice level in the future.

A clinical placement is required in a recognised ultrasound department, to provide a wide range of clinical experience and supervision during the programme. The clinical skills suite at City University London is equipped with a real-time ultrasound machine and a simulator, which are used for demonstrations, teaching and monitoring clinical progress.

A range of innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods are used to provide a varied learning environment and help students to develop skills and link theory to practice. The experienced academic staff are supported by expert guest speakers to provide current, relevant course material.

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

Who is the course 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.

Why study Medical Ultrasound at City?

  • Study on a flexible and modular course
  • Access to a specialist clinical skills suite
  • Widen your employment opportunities in the UK and overseas
  • Learn from expert staff and guest speakers
  • Benefit from a CASE accredited course

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.

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.

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Course Fees:

  • Part-time EU: £3,750 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 (MSc)
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Start Date:

The course starts in September each academic year.

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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September each academic year.
Duration:
Part-time: based on a three day per week clinical placement..

Course Content

Students will learn the underpinning theory of ultrasound production, safe and effective practice, normal and abnormal ultrasound appearances and associated imaging pathways. Students can select from a number of clinical options including obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound. Additional clinical areas can be studies via work based learning modules, if the 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.

Course Structure

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a part-time Masters degree in medical ultrasound is three years.

The normal period of registration for a part-time Postgraduate Diploma in medical ultrasound is eighteen months to two years.

The normal period of registration for a part-time Postgraduate Certificate in medical ultrasound is one year.

Programme students will undertake modules to provide them with the knowledge and skills to perform safe, effective ultrasound examinations to a high standard. Students who already hold an ultrasound qualification can take individual clinical modules for CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development).

Core modules:

Elective modules:

Students can select from clinical options, including obstetrics, gynaecology, abdominal ultrasound and work-based learning (clinical options to suit local needs).

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

The addition of a module in research methods and applied data analysis and a dissertation leads to an MSc.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Fees

  • Part-time EU: £3,750 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 (MSc)

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a taught Masters degree or a Postgraduate Diploma is 18 months to two years for part-time students, plus up to one year for the dissertation (Masters only).

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is one year's taught programme for part-time students. Postgraduate Certificates are not offered on a full-time basis. The maximum period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is two years.

If you want to undertake two areas of clinical practice, (e.g. Obstetrics and Gynaecology) there is an additional 15 module credit fee (see table below).

DegreeHome/EU full-time 2016/17Home/EU part-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17
MSc (180 credits, 2 year course)N/A£3,750 (per year)N/A£7,500 (per year)
PG Diploma (120 credits, 2 year course)N/A£3,500 (per year)N/A£7,000 (per year)
PG Certificate (60 credits, one year course)N/A£3,500 (total cost)N/A£7,000 (total cost)

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

N/A£4,500 (total cost)N/A£9,000 (total cost)


Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.

Fees include the academic programme fees, registration fees and examination fees. They are subject to annual review and are available on request. All international students and those home students who are not working in the clinical speciality associated with their chosen programme are required to arrange and pay for the placement in addition to the programme fee. The University is unable to arrange clinical placements for any of the postgraduate programmes.

Please note, if you register on a PG Certificate (or PG Diploma) and then wish to proceed to study for a PG Diploma (or MSc) you will be moved onto a modular route and charged per module.

 Module fee Home/EU 2015/16Module fee Non EU (overseas) 2015/16
15 credit module fee£1,000£2,000
30 credit module fee£2,000£4,000
Dissertation (60 credits, one year course)£2,000£4,000

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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