Module Negotiated Ultrasound

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Duration Part-time, 1 Year
Start date Negotiated* (usually January or September)
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Programme delivery update

We have adopted an online ‘blended’ learning approach to teaching on the ultrasound programme and our modules are taught in block release. Our suggestion is therefore that you are given this time by your placement to access the learning materials and tutorials on the scheduled module dates/times in a location that is best suited for you to learn, e.g. in a suitable quiet location at your placement site, or at home.

Most modules will have an element of live virtual tutorial type sessions using Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams, which you will be expected to engage with. You will need a suitable laptop or PC with speakers and a webcam and adequate internet access/broadband speed to work remotely on-line. Some modules may also have a campus based clinical skills element to the teaching.

The delivery of your modules may vary from tutor to tutor, module to module, so please always follow the guidance of your module leader and module Blackboard site. Please understand this approach to module delivery is new to us as well, so please try to be patient and understanding, we are doing our very best to ensure you remain supported throughout your learning.

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There is also some further information related to on-line study here on our website which you may find helpful:


*Start date to be confirmed and subject to a viable cohort

This module will allow you to focus on an aspect of your contribution to the development of the service in your particular area of practice and, as such, the indicative content will be negotiated on an individual basis through the use of a learning contract. For those already in possession of a CASE accredited ultrasound qualification (PGCert or above) who wish to expand their scope of practice this module can be taken as a single module for continuing professional development.

This module covers the following:

This module focuses on the student’s contribution to the development of the service in their particular area of practice and as such the indicative content will be negotiated on an individual basis through the use of a learning contract. 

Working closely with a work place mentor and academic supervisor you will be encouraged to define your own learning needs.

The module content will be agreed by formation of a negotiated learning contract between you, your work place Mentor and academic supervisor.

This may include:

  • Rationale for the provision of a specialist ultrasound service.
  • Review of current relevant international, national and local legislation, healthcare policy and professional guidelines.
  • Review of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Physical and psychological care of service users; communication issues.
  • Patient presentation, preparation and consent, use of chaperones.
  • Clinical history and clinical examination skills, clinical investigations and implications for the ultrasound examination.
  • Selection, evaluation and safe use of ultrasound equipment.
  • Ultrasound image optimisation, interpretation and report writing.
  • Safe scanning practice; prevention of risk to the patient, self and others
  • The relevance of ultrasound findings in patient management and decision making.
  • Comparison of ultrasound with other imaging modalities and diagnostic tests.
  • Clinical Governance and Medico-legal issues.
  • Professional conduct and accountability
  • CPD and skills maintenance.

The module is part of the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) programme, which 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. The module itself is not CASE accredited as a stand-alone module.

Course options

This course can also be taken as part of a postgraduate degree.

PgC Medical Imaging: Ultrasound

PgD Medical Imaging: Ultrasound

MSc Medical Imaging: Ultrasound

Graduate destinations

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to provide evidence of preparation for practice to the standards required for a first post-qualification sonographer role. We have consulted with local ultrasound service partners who have confirmed that this would allow employment of graduates in most regional NHS contexts. However, applicants from a non-health care background should note that, at present, employment in some NHS Trusts would not be possible due to the requirement for professional registration. These potential restrictions on employment will be discussed with you during the application process and you will be asked to sign a memorandum of agreement confirming your understanding and acceptance.

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