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MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate Medical Ultrasound

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

Key Information

Start date

September 2019

Academic year dates

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

See more about duration

UK/EU

Part-time: £4,625 per year*

Non-EU

Part-time: £8,250 per year*

Application period

Until 30th June (April for non-standard entrants). Late applications may be accepted, subject to places being available, until 31st July.

Campus

Northampton Square

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)

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 will normally hold a BSc (hons) degree (2:1 or above) from a recognised higher education institution e.g. Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery.
  • Non-standard entrants will be considered on a case by case basis, subject to availability of places on the programme. An appropriate professional qualification such as a Diploma of the College of Radiographers; Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Midwifery may be considered; subject to successfully demonstrating the required academic level by completing a pre-course assignment and successful interview (early application is recommended).
  • A clinical placement for an average of 3 days per week in a clinical department is required. The department will need to provide a range of clinical examinations, appropriate clinical support and a named mentor who can attend mentor and assessor training at the university. A clinical experience (CE1) form will need to be signed by the ultrasound department manager, before your application can be considered.

English requirements

For students’ whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a post graduate course of study:

  • A first degree from a UK university
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 (minimum of 7 in all categories).

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

September 2019

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office.

  1. Ensure you have a clinical placement and meet the entry criteria
  2. Submit an application online - links below
  3. Applications will be reviewed in June. (Non-standard entrants need to submit applications by April to allow time for review)
  4. Interviews may be arranged in June or July.
  5. Decisions will be made when applications are reviewed.
  6. Pre-course information will be sent to successful applicants in August.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or RP(E)L.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from study at this or another institution which has previously been assessed and/or awarded credit”.

Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RP(E)L): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from the candidate’s life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.”

For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have any queries about the process, please contact the Postgraduate team: .

+44 (0)20 7040 5000
pghealth@city.ac.uk

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More about fees

MSc (180 credits, two year course plus dissertation)

Home/EU part-time 2019/20: £4,625 per year
Non EU (overseas) part-time 2019/20: £8,250 per year

PG Diploma (120 credits, two year course)

Home/EU part-time 2019/20: £4,000 per year
Non EU (overseas) part-time 2019/20: £8,000 per year

PG Certificate (60 credits, one year course)

Home/EU part-time 2019/20: £4,000 per year
Non EU (overseas) part-time 2019/20: £8,000 per year

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

Home/EU part-time 2019/20: £4,400 per year, TBC
Non EU (overseas) part-time 2019/20: £9,000 per year, TBC.

*Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

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.

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Placements

A clinical placement is required in a recognised ultrasound department, to provide a wide range of clinical experience and supervision. Students should have their own clinical placement arranged prior to application, with supervised training arranged for an average of three days per week.

The placement needs to provide support for a wide range of clinical examinations. In addition to hands-on clinical experience you need a named clinical supervisor/assessor to provide support during the course. The supervisor must attend supervisor training and provide regular updates on your clinical progress to the clinical co-ordinator.

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 ensures that a range of online lectures are available for learning and revision.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

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 online case discussions. Participation in the learning is an essential component of the course.

The programme team consists of academic staff, many of whom are still practicing clinically. Guest lecturers are invited to share expert knowledge on a range of topics, such as fetal cardiology, fetal medicine and contrast ultrasound.

The department’s academic staff are highly regarded across the institution, with our current programme director, Gill Harrison, winning the institution's prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Activities include online lectures and quizzes, lectures, tutorials, workshops and skills suite activities, group activities and group work, games and online case discussions.

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
  • online case discussions
  • oral and/or poster presentations
  • written assignments
  • clinical portfolio
  • 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.

  • Developing Professional Skills in Ultrasound (15 credits)
  • Ultrasound Physics (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:

  • Developing Professional Skills in Ultrasound (15 credits)
  • Ultrasound Physics (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.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

  • Academic profile
    Senior Lecturer in Ultrasound Programme Director for the Medical Ultrasound programmes
  • Academic profile
    AllisonHarris
    Lecturer
After you graduate

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, developing additional skills during their career, whilst others have travelled to overseas to enhance their careers.

MSc graduates have also become managers of ultrasound departments, leading service change 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 peer review 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.

You can also become an independent practitioner, setting up your own company, providing services to local populations or travel the world and experience different ways of working. Most sonographers are employed at band seven in the NHS.

86.7% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Application Deadline

30th June (April for non-standard entrants). Late applications may be accepted, subject to places being available, until 31st July.


September 2019

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office.

  1. Ensure you have a clinical placement and meet the entry criteria
  2. Submit an application online - links below
  3. Applications will be reviewed in June. (Non-standard entrants need to submit applications by April to allow time for review)
  4. Interviews may be arranged in June or July.
  5. Decisions will be made when applications are reviewed.
  6. Pre-course information will be sent to successful applicants in August.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or RP(E)L.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from study at this or another institution which has previously been assessed and/or awarded credit”.

Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RP(E)L): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from the candidate’s life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.”

For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have any queries about the process, please contact the Postgraduate team: .

+44 (0)20 7040 5000
pghealth@city.ac.uk

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