Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MSc Medical Ultrasound

The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge. The third allows you to become an authentic leader in the field of medical ultrasound by providing you with an opportunity to design and manage a major research project.

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Part-time

  • 3 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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The course:

  • develops you academically to postgraduate level
  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a range of ultrasound and research practice placing the person at the centre of care
  • enhances your critical skills to enable you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
  • develops your leadership abilities by providing you with the knowledge of research design or service improvement
  • promotes an ethos of caring compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning
  • enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to design and manage research projects relevant to your ultrasound practice

In the first two years of study you have the option of two study routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

After completing both years of study you are awarded the PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study and complete the MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Modules

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine core ultrasound skills (Focused Assessment with Sonar for Trauma, abdominal aortic aneurysm assessment, ultrasound guided vascular access and echocardiography in life support). It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

and one optional module

General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme. You gain clinical competence in general medical ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.You gain clinical competence in obstetric ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound

 

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine core ultrasound skills (Focused Assessment with Sonar for Trauma, abdominal aortic aneurysm assessment, ultrasound guided vascular access and echocardiography in life support). It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

and two optional modules

Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound

You gain clinical competence in the College of Emergency Medicine Vascular Ultrasound competencies. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine Renal and Hepato-Biliary ultrasound competencies. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine Shock ultrasound skills. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

 

and one optional module

General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme. You gain clinical competence in general medical ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.You gain clinical competence in obstetric ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound

Vascular Ultrasound

It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme. You gain clinical competence in vascular ultrasound.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

Year 2 core modules - Point of Care Route

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

 

and two optional modules

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound

You gain clinical competence in the College of Emergency Medicine Vascular Ultrasound competencies. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine Renal and Hepato-Biliary ultrasound competencies. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

You gain clinical competence in College of Emergency Medicine Shock ultrasound skills. It is expected that healthcare professionals, such as radiographers, nurses and doctors, will engage with this module. Qualified ultrasound practitioners can also select this module for study as part of a continuous professional development programme.

You must engage with a clinical placement to develop the comprehensive and critical understanding required to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound, and to also link theory with practice. You must also operate ethically, demonstrating critical understanding of the issues governing good practice. You will have a clinical mentor who guides you throughout your training and is an invaluable source of support.

Learning outcomes are mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (DH, 2002) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of Core Dimensions 1 to 6 and the specific dimensions HWB 6 and 7 and IK 2.

 

Year 3 core module

Dissertation

Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic blocks. The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks. The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported through e-learning. You will also develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous safe ultrasound practitioner. Teaching methods used during your academic blocks include lectures, seminars, group work, and practical workshops. The state-of-the-art Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into the teaching.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by written assignment, examinations and practical triggered assessment.

Career opportunities

After completing your first year of study you can practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

Entry requirements

You must normally hold an appropriate health-related undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification appropriate to your area of study and have access to an acceptable clinical placement.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

Course information

Part-time

  • 3 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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