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Applied Physics of Ultrasound for Safe Practice

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This module aims to provide the theoretical underpinning to support and complement the practical training required to produce a competent Sonographer.

Who the module is aimed at 

The module is primarily at Radiographers, Nurses, Midwives and Physiotherapists.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

You will be able to safely manipulate the ultrasound equipment in order to optimise image quality.

What you learn 

You will develop an understanding of the underpinning science of ultrasound that will enable you to become a competent and safe practitioner.  You will be able to critically evaluate your ultrasound equipment.

General areas covered

  • physics of sound, reflection and transmission of sound, absorption and attenuation
  • artifacts and image optimisation
  • equipment controls and advances in ultrasound technology
  • power output, safety, physical aspects of ultrasound in human tissue.

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills and reflective practice skills

  • equipment manipulation
  • critical evaluation
  • image interpretation
  • quality assurance

Professional recognition

The module is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Fees and Funding for 2021/22

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £850

EU / International students: £1,205 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support
    • You must have access to 14 hours per week ultrasound scanning with an appropriately qualified clinical supervisor (this is not provided by the University)

    The above must be evidenced in your application form.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    Blended Learning this module will involve a limited number of face-to-face study days supported by online distance learning activities

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery from September 2021 and includes taught sessions at the University and online distance learning. 

    For distance learning, attendance at the University is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Assignment
    • Phase Test

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 15 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Catriona Hynes - or contact the student experience team:

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