MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) (full-time)

Accredited by the Consortium for the Accrediation of Sonographic Education (CASE)

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Location Lancaster
Duration Full-time, 2 Years
Start date January 2018
Entry Requirements

Closing date for January 2018 start is 14th July 2017. Late applicants may be considered based on placement availability.

MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) is an intensive, accelerated pathway of study which requires highly motivated and committed people. There will be a mixture of practical sessions and traditional classroom learning, including lectures, group work and eLearning activities. Much of your studies will be self-directed allowing you to take responsibility for your own learning needs in meeting the demands of the accelerated pathway.

The course is taught by a team of experienced ultrasound practitioners both in the university and clinical setting. Top of the range ultrasound equipment and test phantoms, as well as simulated practice facilities (MedaPhor Scan Trainer), are available at the university to prepare you for your time on clinical placement. We currently have one of the largest MedaPhor ultrasound simulation lab in the world, which is an excellent advantage for our students.

Some of the formative clinical assessments will be performed using the Scan Trainer technology, ensuring you are confident in a range of basic ultrasound skills before even attempting to scan a real patient. The ultrasound machines and practice simulators are housed in a purpose built skills lab, where you will be able to consolidate your theoretical knowledge and practical skills during the academic blocks at university, ensuring you are adequately prepared with the appropriate skills, prior to each placement block.

You will be supported in developing your skills to become an autonomous practitioner, who is able to undertake advanced ultrasound practice safely, by ensuring clinical competencies achieved meet national standards. You will have the opportunity for inter-professional learning during the academic blocks (which are shared with our part-time ultrasound students) and during clinical placement. The development of critical, analytical and evaluative skills and incorporating these into the clinical environment, encouraging evidence based practice will be a fundamental part of the course.

This course is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). Students are required to be student members of the Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR) whilst in training, and on completion, registration with the SCoR's voluntary register of Sonographers will be expected by employers.

*Please note that ‘sonographer’ is not currently a protected title in the UK and, at this present time, graduates will NOT be eligible to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, although it is hoped that this will become a possibility in the future. For this reason, employment may not be possible in certain NHS trusts and some private sector organisations, although many organisations already employ sonographers from non-traditional backgrounds