Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 3 to 5 years
£10,500 per year (2018/19)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
- This is a challenging, yet rewarding programme of study offering you the opportunity to develop the high level skills required of an autonomous ultrasound practitioner
- We offer a highly flexible part-time pathway that will appeal to a wide range of health care professionals who wish to develop ultrasound skills as an extension of their scope of practice
- You can choose to study our innovative full-time, fast-track pathway designed for science and health related graduates wishing to explore a career in this exciting and rapidly expanding area of diagnostic imaging. Our fast track students will gain an MSc in just two years
- You’ll receive high quality teaching from friendly, supportive and enthusiastic staff, who are clinically and research active
- You’ll engage in practice based learning in a clinical environment with expert mentor support
Ultrasound is an essential tool in medical diagnosis. In recent years demand has grown beyond all expectations. This has resulted in expansion of the modality both in imaging departments and point of care clinical settings.
To meet this demand we have created our MSc Ultrasound to offer you the opportunity to train in general or very focused ultrasound applications. You’ll be taught in our modern Clinical Skills Suite by some of the area’s leading experts in this field and using state of the art simulation systems.
The course is modular, offering both full-time and part-time enrolment options to help you fit your professional development into your lifestyle. Our part-time pathway is flexible in its design, delivery and assessment to help you meet the demands of work and family commitments. A broad range of negotiated modules allow you to put together a programme of study that meets your individual learning needs, supporting your individual career aspirations.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of graduate backgrounds. It’s the perfect opportunity for graduates with an interest in ultrasound to train in a field which is in high demand.
You must have access to a clinical ultrasound placement for a minimum of two days per week. For full-time students only, placements are provided with partner NHS Trusts (whilst we will always consider your placement preference, please note that a specific placement location cannot be guaranteed). Please note that if you are a part-time student you will need to source a placement independently.
To complete stage one you will study 60 credits. You will complete this 20 credit module:
Principles of Medical Ultrasound
This module introduces the underpinning physics and technology of ultrasound imaging.
And then you will choose two 20 credit option modules. At least one of these must be a clinical ultrasound module.
You will study a further 60 credits. At least 20 must be a clinical ultrasound module and the remaining 40 credits can be from the clinical ultrasound or generic modules.
Complete your MSc with a further 60 credits in stage three. You will study the Independent Scholarship (40/60 credits).
Choose from clinical ultrasound modules such as:
- Obstetric Ultrasound (40 credits)
- Ultrasound in Early Pregnancy Assessment (20 credits)
- Gynaecology Ultrasound (20 credits)
- General Medical Ultrasound (40 credits)
- Vascular Ultrasound (40 credits)
- Negotiated Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 1 (20 credits)
- Negotiated Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 2 (20 credits)
- Focused Specialist Ultrasound Practice 1 (20 credits)
- Focused Specialist Ultrasound Practice 2 (20 credits)
Choose from generic modules such as:
- Advancing Practice (20 credits)
- Advancing Communication Skills (20 credits)
- Advanced Technology (20 credits)
- Research Skills for Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)
- Research Methodologies - Application to Advanced Practice (20 credits)
- Work Based Learning - Negotiated (20 credits).
Study full-time and complete 120 credits over two years of study from the choices above. The 20 credit research module (Research Skills for Evidence Based Practice) and 40 credit Independent Scholarship module will span across the full two year programme with submission of the final dissertation at the end of the summer semester in year two. This will complete your MSc.
You will learn through group activities, lectures, practical work, seminars, self-directed study and simulation activities.
Practical ‘hands-on’ skills development will be supported by access to a state of the art ultrasound simulation suite and a fully equipped ultrasound room in our Clinical Skills Suite.
Have a look at the specialist facilities you’ll use throughout the course.
If you are studying part-time, you must have access to a clinical ultrasound placement for a minimum of two days per week. For full-time students only, placements are provided with partner NHS Trusts. (whilst we will always consider your placement preference, please note that a specific placement location cannot be guaranteed). Please note that if you are a part-time student you will need to source a placement independently.
How you'll be assessed
A range of assessment methods are used to ensure that all intended learning outcomes are met. These include written assignments, unseen examinations, computer based assessments, formative and summative clinical assessment and image viewing examinations. All assessments are linked explicitly with real world tasks that would be expected of an autonomous ultrasound practitioner.
Normally, you must:
- hold a science OR health related degree at 2:1 or above
- have English language skills equivalent to IELTS level 7
However, if you don’t hold a 2:1 degree, but you do possess relevant experience, are highly motivated and possess the attributes and values we look for in a health care professional such as care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, commitment, respect, empathy, honesty, self-awareness, integrity and cultural awareness, please get in touch.
As part of the selection process applicants who wish to study the curse full-time will be asked to complete an online test which assesses numeracy, literacy, and comprehension. You’ll get a maximum of one hour to complete this test which should be completed in one attempt (NB - extra time is available to some candidates). In advance you should prepare a summary of your care experience which can be copied into the online test document. Full details of how to access the test will be sent out to suitable candidates following a review of your initial application.
Progression to a selection day will depend upon your performance in the test, the pass grade for which has been set at 65% in all assessed components.
The selection day process will explore some other aspects of your personality, and it is a combination of results, and performance overall which will determine whether we offer you a conditional place on our programme.
The selection process is likely to include:
- A presentation by academic staff about the course
- A group-work exercise
- Individual interviews (with members of the admissions team/practice partners and/or experts by experience)
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£10,500 per year
£900 per 20 credits*
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
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On successful completion of all core and mandatory elements, you will be able to provide evidence of preparation for practice to the standards required for a first post-qualification sonographer post. We’ve consulted with key service partners who have confirmed that this would allow appointment 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, sonography 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 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 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 your speciality.
† Additional information about your studies
September (MSc Ultrasound), April and January for some CPD modules only
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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.