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MSc - Medical Imaging (Ultrasound)

With a UK-wide shortage of sonographers, there has never been a better time to study a masters in Medical Imaging: Ultrasound.

Our intensive two-year 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.

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Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)

Course Overview

On this 2-year programme, 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. The skills hub is equipped with the latest imaging workstations and houses one of the largest MedaPhor ultrasound simulation labs in the world.

This programme 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 will develop the work-based skills required to step into a job after graduation. The module delivery will be an online ‘blended’ learning approach and most modules will have an element of live virtual tutorial type sessions.

On this course you will...

  • Learn the academic knowledge and the clinical skills required to work in the field of medical ultrasound. This will ensure you become a confident and competent ultrasound practitioner.
  • Working with a placement hospital, you will gain exposure to the full range of sonography specialisms, such as obstetrics, gynaecology, general medical (abdominal and small parts) and vascular.
  • Be welcomed from a range of healthcare and non-healthcare backgrounds. A healthcare background or degree is not required.
  • Engage in practical training to gain work-based skills. You will have access to our state of the art ultrasound training hub, equipped with the latest ultrasound machines and an extensive ultrasound simulation facility.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

At the beginning of the course, you will be introduced to the expectations of the whole pathway, including the two core modules and one clinical option, usually HMSU7066 (General Medical Ultrasound). Further in the course, two more clinical option modules are usually introduced: HMSU7064 (Obstetric Ultrasound) and HMSU7065 (Gynaecological Ultrasound). The Research Methods and Dissertation modules are usually completed in the second calendar year (of the 2-year full-time degree).

Each module is credit rated. You may be assessed in various ways including coursework, presentations, reflective writing, verbal assessments, exams and reports. Assessment of clinical placements is a requirement of the qualification and students will be assessed to ensure they are clinically competent before they can receive the award.

Placements are provided with partner NHS Trusts in our region (whilst we will always consider your placement preference, please note that a specific placement location cannot be guaranteed). The clinical placement sites have been working with the university for many years, supporting students through the traditional part-time route for sonographers, and have friendly, supportive and experienced staff to help them develop their clinical skills whilst maintaining strong links with the university.

In certain circumstances, depending on placement capacity and your prior academic achievements/experiences, the clinical options may be subject to change and a further clinical option may be taken alongside a smaller dissertation.

Compulsory modules
  • Physical Principles & Technology in Ultrasound
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex scientific and safety principles required for safe clinical practice in medical ultrasound.
  • Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Ultrasound
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the professional, legal, ethical and communication issues required for safe clinical practice in medical ultrasound.
Optional modules

The optional modules on this pathway are chosen by the university and allocated placement provider and not the student. This may vary from placement to placement and year to year depending on the needs of the local service and availability of suitable patient caseload and mentor.

  • Breast Ultrasound
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology relating to breast ultrasound and the theoretical principles and applications of the more complex imaging techniques and associated pathology applied to this area.
  • Breast Ultrasound (Clinical Practice)
    Demonstrate and apply the relevant knowledge, skills and professional abilities to effectively perform and interpret musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations, relating to the students agreed scope of practice.
  • General Medical Ultrasound (Theory)
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology relating to general medical ultrasound and the theoretical principles and applications of the more complex imaging techniques and associated pathology applied to this area.
  • General Medical Ultrasound (Clinical Practice)
    Demonstrate and apply the relevant knowledge, skills and professional abilities to effectively perform and interpret general medical ultrasound examinations, relating to the students agreed scope of practice.
  • Gynaecological Ultrasound (Theory)
    Develop an understanding of the fundamental anatomy and physiology of the pregnant and non-pregnant female reproductive system and the theoretical principles and applications of the routine imaging techniques applied to this area.
  • Gynaecological Ultrasound (Clinical Practice)
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental anatomy and physiology of the pregnant female pelvis and the theoretical principles and applications of the routine imaging techniques applied to this area.
  • Negotiated Ultrasound Practice 1
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology relating to a negotiated area of ultrasound and the theoretical principles and applications of the more complex imaging techniques and associated pathology applied to this area.
  • Negotiated Ultrasound Practice 1 (Clinical Practice)
    Demonstrate and apply the relevant knowledge, skills and professional abilities to effectively perform and interpret a negotiated area of ultrasound practice, relating to the students agreed scope of practice outlined in an approved learning agreement.
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (Theory)
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system and the theoretical principles and applications of the routine imaging techniques applied to this area.
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (Clinical Practice)
    Demonstrate and apply the relevant knowledge, skills and professional abilities to effectively perform and interpret musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations, relating to the students agreed scope of practice.
  • Independent Study in Ultrasound (non-Clinical Practice)
    Focus on an aspect of your 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.
  • Negotiated Ultrasound Practice 2
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology relating to a negotiated area of ultrasound and the theoretical principles and applications of the more complex imaging techniques and associated pathology applied to this area.
  • Negotiated Ultrasound Practice 2 (Clinical Practice)
    Demonstrate and apply the relevant knowledge, skills and professional abilities to effectively perform and interpret a negotiated area of ultrasound practice, relating to the students agreed scope of practice outlined in an approved learning agreement.
  • Negotiated Ultrasound Practice 3
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology relating to a negotiated area of ultrasound and the theoretical principles and applications of the more complex imaging techniques and associated pathology applied to this area.
  • Negotiated Ultrasound Practice 3 (Clinical Practice)
    Demonstrate and apply the relevant knowledge, skills and professional abilities to effectively perform and interpret a negotiated area of ultrasound practice, relating to the students agreed scope of practice outlined in an approved learning agreement.
  • Obstetric Ultrasound (Theory)
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental theoretical principles related to obstetric ultrasound applications.
  • Obstetric Ultrasound (Clinical Practice)
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental anatomy and physiology of the pregnant female pelvis and the theoretical principles and applications of the routine imaging techniques applied to this area.
  • Vascular Ultrasound (Theory)
    Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology relating to vascular ultrasound and the theoretical principles and applications of the more complex imaging techniques and associated pathology applied to this area.
  • Vascular Ultrasound (Clinical Practice)
    To enable students demonstrate and apply the relevant knowledge, skills and professional abilities to effectively perform and interpret vascular ultrasound examinations, relating to the students agreed scope of practice.
  • Research methods
    Select, devise, analyse and synthesise research and evidence-based practice findings.
  • Dissertation (40 credit)
    Carry out either a critical review of the current literature, or a piece of empirical research, on an issue related to medical imaging/practice.
  • Dissertation (60 credit)
    Carry out either a critical review of the current literature or a piece of empirical research, on an issue related to medical imaging/practice.

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