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Year of Entry 2021/22
MSc

Medical Ultrasound Practice

Meet the education and training requirements you need to undertake medical ultrasound examinations.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £10,190 for the course
How long will I study? 31 Months
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Become a competent ultrasound practitioner working towards advanced clinical practice.
  • Study a course accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education.
  • Graduate with eligibility to apply to the SCoR Voluntary Register of Sonographers.
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience and robust theoretical knowledge.

On this course, you'll gain the skills, knowledge and professional accreditation you need to become an effective sonographer. You'll work in state-of-the-art simulated clinical environments, and apply your skills to your own practice with a Clinical Supervisor. You'll graduate ready for a rewarding career as an ultrasound practitioner.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Pauline Mitchell talk about this course.

The course is based around academic taught modules, as well as research and dissertation— underpinned by a minimum of 14 hours of supervised clinical practice each week. You'll also make extensive use of simulated clinical environments on clinical modules.

The structure of the course and modules aims to ensure that you develop into an effective sonographer in areas most useful to your own personal development and employer's service requirements. 

You learn through

  • group discussion,
  • student led seminars,
  • e-learning activities
  • workshops and demonstrations.
  • key note lectures
  • simulation

Course leaders and tutors

Catriona Hynes
Catriona Hynes
Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging

I am a Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography here at Sheffield Hallam University.

Applied learning

Clinical placements

Alongside your academic learning through the University, you will also be supported in practice by your Clinical Supervisor to help develop your role as a sonographer.  You will be expected to complete a minimum of 14 hours supervised ultrasound scanning each week.  For each clinical area you undertake, you will be required to complete a clinical workbook that includes an appraisal of your clinical competence in that particular area of ultrasound practice.

 During your training you will have two formative appraisals throughout the year and two visits from a member of the academic delivery team.  About March/April time you will be expected to visit a different department for a week, this will be organised by the university.  Your second formative clinical appraisal will be undertaken at the exchange placement.


Future careers

The course is designed specifically to enhance the employability of health professionals who wish to pursue or further their career in medical ultrasound. 

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you'll work with

  • dedicated ultrasound machines
  • transvaginal phantoms
  • an abdominal phantom
  • online handbooks, learning materials and other resources

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualification

Normally, applicants will hold a first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) which is recognised in the UK by a professional standards regulating body such as HCPC, NMC or GMC, for example BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography or Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR), BSc (Hons) Midwifery.

Other formally certified qualifications

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants are usually required to provide at least one reference evidencing their capability for postgraduate study. This programme of learning is essentially a work based learning programme so applicants joining the programme must be employed in, or have written agreement for, an appropriately supervised clinical placement. The University is not responsible for finding clinical placements for applicants. Entry into the programme will be determined by the suitability of the clinical placement and access to appropriate workload to support student learning.

Level of English language capability

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

Relevant work or work-related experience

All applicants are advised to organise, with their clinical sponsor, some observational experience within the ultrasound department prior to the start of the programme. Prior to commencement of the programme you need to ensure you have access to the ultrasound department for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 14 hours per week undertaking 'hands on' supervised scanning. You and your sponsors are expected to enter into a written agreement to meet the clinical and practical demands of the programme by completing a clinical experience form. It is important that both you and sponsor commit fully to the programme. Students must also commit to one day per week during each semester for academic attendance. You are also expected to undertake private study as specified in each module.

As soon as your application has been accepted, the programme team encourage you to spend as much time as possible in the ultrasound department. The programme team do not stipulate a specific induction programme for clinical departments but do stress the importance of you having hands-on prior to the start of the programme, and recommend that you spend 1 month (minimum 14 hours per week) in the ultrasound dept. The module leaders send out introductory tasks to new students prior to their first attendance and these include specific tasks about the Ultrasound and associated departments and protocols that they can only find out by spending time in the clinical department.

Applicants will need to be motivated and prepared to study independently and autonomously. They must be prepared to embrace the challenges of Masters level study including online distance learning, have access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement and have sound basic IT skills.

The programme is intellectually challenging and applicants should be prepared to actively contribute to discussion and debate, critically reflect upon own and others’ practice and; explore and evaluate the evidence base underpinning their ultrasound practice.

Use of Prior Credit (RPL): prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the course in the following ways:

Through the University's recognition of prior learning (RPL) process it may be possible for applicants to be exempt from some modules of the course.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) (previously known as accreditation for prior learning or APL)

Recognition of prior learning (previously known as accreditation for prior learning or APL) is a term used to make explicit the link between assessment used as the basis for recognising learning gained outside of a formal course and that used for learning within a course; the key features of sound practice are common to both forms.

The term 'recognition' is used to describe accurately the process in relation to two widely recognised forms of prior learning: prior certificated learning and prior informal (or experiential) learning. The recognition of prior certificated learning involves the transfer of credit, or exemption from part of a programme, for learning that has previously been formally assessed. The essential characteristic of such learning is that the student has a certificate to evidence that the learning has been assessed. Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) determines the status of that certification (including consideration of its volume and level) as it relates to this specific course. All applicants who wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning must have been offered a place on the course and then are supported to complete the University online RPL process.

Through RPL procedures, applicants to SHU, or students already enrolled on SHU courses, may be able to use credit gained from formal study and assessment elsewhere, or from within the University, to count towards this award or to transfer to a different University award. The recognition of prior informal learning involves an assessment process on the part of SHU academic staff that leads to recognition, normally through the award of credit. The essential feature of this process is that it is the learning (gained through experience) which is being assessed not the experience itself.

In both cases recognition takes place within SHU's assessment and regulatory framework, which is designed to ensure that assessment decisions are conducted transparently, fairly and consistently for all programmes or subjects. The QAA indicators of sound practice are fully adhered to, and SHU publishes comprehensive guidance on RPL which is available to read publicly on SHU space under 'Rules and Regulations'. Students can apply for exemption from specific modules if they can provide evidence of previous certificated learning.

The process will commence with confirmation of a student being offered a place on the course. Claims under the RPL regulations will be considered by the course leader and other relevant colleagues. Students must provide evidence in the form of certification, the successful completion of the assessment activity, its academic level and credit rating. Outcomes of successful RPL claims will be ratified by the Board of Examiners and details recorded on individual student records.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Ultrasound Physics For Safe Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Abdominal And General Medical Ultrasound Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Issues In Advancing Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Practical
Module: Gynaecological Ultrasound Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Leadership In Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Learning And Teaching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Negotiated Learning Ultrasound Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Obstetric Ultrasound Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Abdominal And General Medical Ultrasound Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Issues In Advancing Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Practical
Module: Gynaecological Ultrasound Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Leadership In Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Learning And Teaching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Negotiated Learning Ultrasound Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Obstetric Ultrasound Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation 60 Credits Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £10,190 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Diagnostic radiography courses (PDF)

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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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