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We have designed our Medical Ultrasound programme for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Our lectures are organised in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements so that you can take the course while still working. In accordance with accepted good practice, the programme integrates theory with practice, meaning that you will perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations as you learn.
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 form Postgraduate admissions 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 programme, accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will teach you how to use ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. You will be taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and develop an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the programme, we will assess your clinical practice. This does not just mean technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management – in terms of the patient, your technology and your personal qualities. We will also discuss medico-legal, ethical and professional issues.
Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, you will develop an understanding of current techniques and proficiency in medical ultrasound. You may choose clinical modules in obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. You can take a work-based module to meet your individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. These options allow you to build a personalised, proficiency-based learning programme.
This Medical Ultrasound programme is ideal if you are an experienced sonographer extending proficiency in a specialist area, or if you are a clinician who wishes to utilise ultrasound imaging in your clinical practice.
You can choose to take the 60-credit PG Certificate, which is only 9 months, the 120-credit PG Diploma, which lasts 18 months, or the 180-credit MSc, which lasts 27 months and involves an extended research project in your final year.
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.
You will have approximately 132 hours of academic teaching on a block release pattern. You will undertake a minimum of 14 hours a week of supervised scanning throughout the programme. A member of the programme team will visit you at your workplace to support you and observe your work. We will expect you to undertake around 15 to 20 hours of independent study per week.
You will be assessed through a combination of:
Year 1 – MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert
Choose one module from a range which typically includes:
Year 2 – MSc and PG Dip only
Year 3 – MSc only
If you are a PG Cert student, the modules you take will lead to different awards. The award are Medical Ultrasound (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Medical Ultrasound (General Medical) or Medical Ultrasound (Management of the Ultrasound Service).
We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx
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.
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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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£3,650 (p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £3,650 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £3,650 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*;
£7,600 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £7,600 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £7,600 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*;
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
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 UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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