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Vascular Ultrasound MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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Overview

The Vascular Ultrasound programme is a part-time course for clinical scientists, radiographers, doctors and other health professionals who want to practice vascular ultrasound within their professional role. The programme integrates the underlying theoretical concepts with the professional practice of performing vascular examinations.

 


Key benefits

  • Expert teaching by leaders in the field of vascular ultrasound with guest lecturers delivering sessions on specialist topics
  • The programme provides a thorough grounding in the clinical skills needed to work in vascular ultrasound. 
  • You will receive substantial lecture and tutor contact time, and supported throughout by e-learning.
  • Classroom teaching is supplemented by sessions at the King's Vascular Laboratory and the Clinical Research Facility at St. Thomas'.

Key information

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 10 students PT.

Course leaders Ms Susan Halson-Brown; Dr Colin Deane; Ben Freedman; Adele Barnes.

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

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Course detail

Description

The Vascular Ultrasound programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles and practices of vascular ultrasound. This course addresses the practical applications of ultrasound through an understanding of the principles of scientific clinical investigation, and facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for clinical practice. Developing your clinical proficiency is, therefore, an integral part of the course.

The programme offers you flexibility over the choice of modules and whether to study for a full master’s qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. The MSc pathway is a 27-month course that requires modules totalling 180 credits including a research project worth 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway can be studied over a period of 18 months and requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate route is a nine-month pathway that requires modules with a minimum total of 60 credits to achieve the award.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Academic Contact Hours

Work Based Learning

Study Time

132 hours in total on a block release pattern

Minimum 14 hours per week of supervised scanning for all clinical pathways throughout the programme

15-20 hours per week

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of:

  • Interactive learning activities
  • Coursework assignments
  • Written examinations
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Reflective diaries
  • Assessment of clinical proficiency in practice
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence and Clinical Assessment where appropriate

Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the programme team.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Vascular Ultrasound MSc Study Pathway / Vascular Ultrasound PGDip Study Pathway / Vascular Ultrasound PGCert Study Pathway

Year one

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

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Year 2

Vascular Ultrasound MSc Study Pathway / Vascular Ultrasound PGDip Study Pathway

Required Modules

 

Vascular Ultrasound MSc Study Pathway / Vascular Ultrasound PGDip Study Pathway

Additionally, you will take 30 credits from one of the following modules:

Year 3

Vascular Ultrasound MSc Study Pathway

Research Project (60 credits)

Vascular Ultrasound MSc Study Pathway

There are no optional modules in year three.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor’s degree with 2:2 honours (or overseas equivalent) or a professional qualification in radiography, nursing, midwifery or medicine. Applicants must have a suitable clinical training placement for the duration of the programme. Entry is subject to satisfactory references and interview.

Interviews will be held in three blocks throughout the year. You must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews will be held in the following periods:

- The last week of March 2016

- The last week of June 2016

- The second week of October 2016

Note: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 Tier 4 (student) visa sponsorship due to UKBA restrictions on overseas applicants studying part-time course in the UK.

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by two academics. All applicants who fulfil the entry requirements are interviewed. Telephone interviews are possible for international students by prior arrangement. We aim to process 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.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

Please include details of your clinical training placement and supervision arrangements. If you wish to study a specialist vascular topic in the PG Certificate Ultrasound in Specialist Practice pathway please indicate your area of interest.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016 for 2017 entry. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Part time UK fees: £3,650 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £3,650 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*; £3,650 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,600 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £7,600 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*; £7,600 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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 £500 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2017/18)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

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