Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Medical Ultrasound

The course is aimed qualified healthcare professionals such as radiographers, midwives, nurses and doctors who want to extend their field of expertise into the production and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound images. Ultrasound is regarded as a complementary imaging procedure undertaken in the majority of modern diagnostic imaging or X-ray departments. Sonographers scan patients/clients with a variety of diseases and conditions and, under written protocols, report on the images produced.

Entry requirements

A 1st degree or an equivalent professional qualification and have had a minimum of 2 years experience as a qualified practitioner. The majority of applicants will be radiographers, midwives, doctors and nurses. However applicants with health based or science degrees are encouraged to apply providing that they are able to obtain a clinical placement. Students must ensure that they have a satisfactory clinical placement where they can obtain a minimum of 250 hours of supervised 'hands on' clinical ultrasound experience: this is equivalent to 1 ½ days per week over a 9 month period.

Course modules

Modules: PgCert physics and technology of ultrasound (15 credits); professional issues in ultrasound (15 credits). Optional modules include: obstetric ultrasound (30 credits); gynaecological ultrasound (30 credits); abdominal and general ultrasound (30 credits); vascular ultrasound (30 credits); negotiated specialist subject (15 credits); independent study and professional development (15 credits). PgDip physics and technology of ultrasound (15 credits); professional issues in medical ultrasound (15 credits); research theory and practice (15 credits). Optional clinical modules include: obstetric ultrasound (30 credits); gynaecological ultrasound (30 credits); abdominal and general ultrasound (30 credits); vascular ultrasound (30 credits); negotiated specialist subject (15 credits); independent study and professional development (15 credits). MSc research project.

Assessment methods

Academic modules are assessed by either a 3,000 word assignment or a 2,000 word assignment and a 1 hour unseen written examination. Clinical modules are assessed by clinical assessment (observed performance of ultrasound scans) in their own departments and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) undertaken at the university. Students also have to keep a log book and diary of clinical practice.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (England) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Wales) 3 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (England) 33 weeks
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 33 weeks
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Scotland) 33 weeks
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Wales) 33 weeks
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 600 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Westbourne City South Campus Birmingham B15 3TN West Midlands

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Key information

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