MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) (full-time)

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

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Duration Full-time, 2 Years
Start date April 2021
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2020-21 Updates

For 2020-21 academic year module delivery will be changing to an online ‘blended’ learning approach. You would usually have been expected to attend face-to-face lectures on campus, usually for one block release, prior to Covid-19, 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 and adequate internet access/broadband speed to work remotely on-line.

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.

For IT issues, further details on our IT services can be found here: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/student-life/facilities/it-facilities/

Remember instructions for module enrolment can be found on your programme BB site. Provided you have enrolled for your modules for 2020-21 academic year (current can check this via your student ICON account) and only when your module leader makes the module available, you will be able to access the module Blackboard sites, which is our virtual learning environment.

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

https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Learning/Resources/Studying-from-home/Online-Learning/

 

The closing date for applications for April 2021 entry is Friday 18 September 2020.

With a UK-wide shortage of sonographers in an increasingly pressured health care system, there has never been a better time to study MSc Medical Imaging: Ultrasound.

Our intensive full MSc programme - accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) - is the perfect accelerated pathway of study to launch your career as a sonographer, whether you have a science or non-clinical health background.

You will learn all of the academic knowledge required to work in this field and, importantly, have plenty of hands-on training in our skills hub, which is equipped with the latest imaging workstations and houses one of the largest MedaPhor ultrasound simulation labs in the world.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our intensive course is for committed students and gives you exposure to the full-range of sonography in clinical areas, such as; obstetrics, gynaecology, general medical (abdominal and small parts), vascular, breast and musculoskeletal ultrasound training.

  • Approximately 75% of your studies will be practical, so you have the work-based skills required to step into a job after graduation
  • Our course meets the standards of CASE, regional and national stakeholders - including local ultrasound managers- so you can be assured that your learning meets the needs of future employers
  • Eligible to apply for registration with SCoR Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers after graduation
  • Use top-of-the-range ultrasound equipment and test phantoms in our skills hub to prepare you for your clinical placement and to meet the standards required by employers
  • Taught by a team of experienced ultrasound practitioners both in the university and in your clinical setting
  • We have earned a reputation in specialist international research, so your studies will be up-to-date with current best practices
  • We arrange your work-based placements with our partner NHS Trusts*
  • Opportunity to liaise and learn with professionals across medical imaging both during your studies and while on clinical placement
  • Study in a friendly and professional environment

Your studies will take place in Lancaster, a vibrant student city, with great transport links to the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Plus, you’ll only be 30 minutes from the Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, you will never be stuck for something to do outside of your studies.

We do not offer selected pathways, but teach you the full range of medical imaging across the sonography spectrum to fully prepare you professionally for busy clinical environments.

We want to see you become an autonomous practitioner, who undertakes advanced ultrasound practice safely and to the high-standards expected by employers, graduating ready to step into a job as a sonographer. 

*Our tutors arrange your placement and so you must be willing to work in placements across the ultrasound clinical specialisms. Placement capacity is subject to availability, suitability and viability.

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

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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 post. 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.

At present, ultrasound or ‘sonographer’ is not a registerable health care profession. On successful completion of the full MSc in Medical Ultrasound, graduate entrants (who do not hold an existing registerable qualification) will unfortunately not be eligible for HCPC registration. However, in collaboration with CASE and the Society and College of Radiographers, this course has been mapped closely against existing HCPC standards of proficiency for diagnostic imaging.

On completion of the MSc you will be able to apply for registration with the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers. Details of the application process can be found on their website.

UK CASE accredited ultrasound awards are recognised both nationally and internationally. Whilst developing the course we have worked closely with regional and national stakeholders to ensure that when you graduate you will be well prepared to work as an autonomous ultrasound practitioner within their your speciality.