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For radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others wishing to practice clinical ultrasound within their professional roles. Lectures are in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Underlying theory is integrated with practice ensuring performance of diagnostic ultrasound examinations (O&G; General Medical; Vascular; a student Negotiated topic) in accordance with accepted good practice.
Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the programme.
Located in the heart of London in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, though the student groups are multi-disciplinary.
Service focused: Students are required to develop and apply ultrasound imaging skills in their clinical training placement. A member of the Programme Team will visit the student in their workplace to support them and observe their work, and at the end of each stage competence must be demonstrated by clinical assessment. Student-tutor contact time is substantial and is supplemented by e-learning.
Application status Open
Duration PG Certificate: nine months PT, January to September. PG Diploma: 18 months PT, January to June of the following year. MSc: 27 months PT, January to March two years hence.
Study mode Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Programme accreditations Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
Course intake Approximately 25 PT.
Course leaders Ms Susan Halson-Brown, Programme Director
Ms Susan Halson-Brown, Programme Director
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Bachelor's degree with 2:2 honours or equivalent in a life science, radiography, nursing or medicine. All applicants must have written confirmation of a suitable clinical training placement. Those with full SVT accreditation may be exempt from the first year. Qualified sonographers may take the Vascular Ultrasound module as a stand-alone module. Entry is subject to satisfactory references and interview.
This programme is only available to overseas applicants who already have a suitable UK/EU clinical placement and are holding a valid work visa that covers them for the entire duration of the programme. Overseas applicants who do not meet the above criteria are not eligible for this programme due to UKBA restrictions on overseas applicants studying part-time course in the UK
Your application will be assessed by two academics. All applicants who fulfil the entry requirements are interviewed. We aim to respond to all applications within six weeks. However, during the months prior to the closing date, and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process due to the volume received at this time.
Please include details of the modules you wish to take, your clinical training placement and supervision. If you intend to take the negotiated module please indicate your area of interest.
The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
The CASE accredited programme facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for the use of ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. The development of clinical proficiency is therefore an integral part of the course.
Health professionals are taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the course clinical practice is assessed; this does not simply cover technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management - in terms of the patient, the technology and the personal qualities of the practitioner. Medico-legal, ethical and professional issues are also discussed.
Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, students have the opportunity to understand current techniques and acquire proficiency in medical ultrasound. The clinical modules chosen may be obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. An individually negotiated work-based module can be taken to meet a student’s individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. This option allows students to put together a personalised, proficiency based learning programme. This may be suitable for an experienced sonographer extending proficiency in a specialist area. Alternatively this may be suitable for a clinician who wishes to utilise ultrasound imaging in their clinical practice.
In addition, to progress to the PG Diploma or MSc, study of research methodologies is required.
This Ultrasound programme is for radiographers, doctors, midwives, clinical scientists and other professionals wishing to practice clinical ultrasound. The programme provides knowledge to enable integration of theoretical concepts with ultrasound proficiency. Students may exit with the 60 credit PG Certificate, the 120 credit PG Diploma or progress to the MSc.
The programme is offered on a part-time basis in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Lectures are delivered in a block format of three to four days per month. Coursework, practical assessment and written examinations assess the modules. Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the Programme Team.
Please see the modules list for further information.
Optional modules (all modules are 30 credits):
The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS or the Independent Sector and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use ultrasound scanning proficiency as part of their clinical examination of patients.
Dr Srividya Seshadri
Ultrasound scanning has become an integral part of Obstetric and Gynaecology training. This PG Cert programme enabled me to focus and improve my scanning skills. This has helped me progress in my career and scan with confidence. I was able to understand the physics behind operating an ultrasound machine due to the fantastic lectures. We had eminent lecturers like Trish Chudleigh and Jackie Ross talking to us about the different areas of ultrasound scanning.
The Programme Director was extremely supportive and motivated us throughout the period of the course. I would encourage any healthcare professional to enrol on this course as this is one of the best learning experiences I have had!
I am currently a Consultant Clinical Scientist in the Vascular Laboratory in the Department of Medical Engineering & Physics. My teaching and research is founded on clinical work where we use ultrasound techniques for non-invasive diagnostic ultrasound of the circulation.
I am currently President Elect of the British Medical Ultrasound Society. This multi-disciplinary society is committed to promoting the science of medical ultrasound and its safe and effective implementation. Central to this is teaching and training of the many staff who now use ultrasound in the routine clinical practice. The increased availability of low-cost highly capable ultrasound scanners offers opportunities and challenges to ensure that ultrasound is used competently in many healthcare settings.
King’s College ultrasound courses offer the opportunity to work with students to develop their knowledge and skills and to advance the science and good practice of medical ultrasound. A central part of this is to make the science of ultrasound understandable to those without a strong technical background by showing how the science affects image quality and diagnostic accuracy.
Reproductive Science and Endocrinology offer some of the most important challenges for biomedical research in the 21st century. We now know that through recognition of interactions between the genome and environment from the earliest stages of life, we shall be able to improve our understanding of some of the most common adult diseases including diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
Our research into diabetes interrogates the influence of the in utero environment on later development of diabetes, particularly the adverse effects of maternal obesity as well as cutting edge basic science into novel treatment strategies. These include the use of stem cells to make insulin secreting cells. We aim to improve the health of the next generation by understanding better the causes of low birth weight arising from poor foetal nutrition or from pre-term birth, and we know that low birth weight increase the risk of diabetes in later life.
Our MSc students learn the latest ways we can use ultrasound to image the developing foetus and detect early problems, including poor foetal growth. We are always pleased to speak to students who have a keen interest in reproduction and endocrinology.
Susan (Sue) Halson-Brown
Senior Teaching Fellow/Programme Director Medical Ultrasound
Appointed Programme Director Medical Ultrasound at King’s College, London in 2014. My current research interests include the evaluation of the effectiveness of supplementing didactic anatomy teaching with examination of the living combined with ultrasound imaging.
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£3,500 (p.a (MSc, 2016/17)*; £3,500 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £3,500 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*;
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When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)
If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.
If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.
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