Taught course

Medical Ultrasound

Institution
Cardiff University · School of Medicine
Qualifications
PGDipPGCertMSc

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be health professionals who hold a relevant primary degree or Diploma and intend to further their career in medical ultrasound. Examples of the health professionals may include radiographers, sonographers, radiologists and specialty trainees with interest in medical ultrasound. Applicants would normally be expected to have worked for at least 2 years full-time in their relevant profession or specialty after their pre-registration qualification. Applicants should expand on relevant clinical and ultrasound/imaging experience in their Personal Statement.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Course Aims

The primary aim of this programme is to enable practitioners to formalise and develop their understanding of the relevant ultrasound principles in their respective medical fields and related subjects, develop their analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to enable them to apply this knowledge and deliver a high quality service to their patients. In addition, the course stimulates students to undertake research and evidence-based practice, which enhances clinical effectiveness.

The programme is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) and is designed to produce clinically competent sonographers in the relevant fields with sound knowledge and comprehension of the academic basis of ultrasound - hence to integrate academic and clinical education. The clinical education component consists of the student undertaking ultrasound scans in a recognised clinical department supervised by experienced named trainer(s) who must be approved by the course faculty. Students will be expected to document the skills acquired in their log books to demonstrate attainment of the learning outcomes.

Special Features

  • The programme is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) and is designed to produce clinically competent sonographers in general abdominal ultrasound with sound knowledge and comprehension of the academic basis of ultrasound
  • This course can be tailored to suit your clinical interests, including choice of MSc project.
  • Studying whilst training in an accredited centre under the supervision of an approved trainer. Clinical placement is a compulsory component of the course and students whether home or international will need to secure them beforehand.
  • UK/EU students should discuss the suitability of their proposed training centre, usually a clinical department in their local hospital, with the course director ahead of application and confirm before commencing the course. International students studying in the UK will need to identify a training centre where module-specific ultrasound skills and competencies are attained.
  • Clinical placements for international students attract training fees between October and June of the academic year (9 months) which are separate from the University tuition fees. Fees are shown below. Students will also need to fulfil certain requirements in the local hospital before commencing the practical training. The course staff or director can recommend to international students a trainer in a recognised training centre if necessary. Training centres overseas are discussed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Attendance at two blocks of 5 days each for lectures, tutorials and practical tuition and one day for formative assessment.
  • Additional distance learning support is made available to our students in the form of web-based interactive lectures and formative assessments on Cardiff University “Learning Central” or MedaPhor Ltd. website. Students will also be able to receive feedback by course tutors on ultrasound images sent from own location digitally on the course’s appropriate forms.

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Information for international students

The University requires postgraduate students whose first language is NOT English to have attained an overall score of 6.5 in the British Council IELTS test, with a minimum score of 5.5 in the written module

Qualification and course duration

PGDip

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGCert

part time
12 months

MSc

part time
36 months
full time
18 months

Course contact details

Name
Mrs Gaynor Looker
Email
LookerGM@cardiff.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)29 2074 4448
Fax
+44 (0)29 2074 3722