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Specialist Ultrasound Practice PG Cert

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The Specialist Ultrasound Practice PG Cert will appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals who wish to develop focused ultrasound skills as an extension of their clinical practice. This course offers a personalised combination of work-based learning and lectures that cover the underlying theoretical concepts of ultrasound scanning including gynaecology and early pregnancy ultrasound and carotid artery ultrasound.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


Key benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education.
  • You will undertake work-based learning of an individually negotiated specialist area of ultrasound practice.
  • Located in the heart of London, across three of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas’ and Guy’s).
  • Flexible part-time study pathway with the opportunity to extend modules studied and gain either a PG Diploma or MSc in Medical Ultrasound.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Nine months PT, January to September.

Study mode Part-time

Credit value 60 credits

Programme accreditations Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Course leaders

Ms Susan Halson-Brown, Programme Director

msc-ultrasound@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 

 

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

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Course detail

Description

The Specialist Ultrasound Practice PG Cert is a part-time study course that consists of two required modules. You will complete the course within nine months, studying January to September.  You will study Fundamentals of Ultrasound as well as Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound modules.

It is possible to study The Negotiated Learning module as a standalone module if you are a qualified sonographer and wish to gain academic credits in a proficiency-based topic that will advance your practice. Alternatively, you may study the Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency and Fundamentals of Ultrasound modules to gain a CASE accredited PG Certificate and subsequently, add further modules to achieve the PG Diploma or MSc in Medical Ultrasound.

Location

The course is primarily taught at the King’s College London St Thomas’, Waterloo and Guy’s Campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Teaching

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Academic Contact Hours

Work Based Learning

Study Time

132 hours in total on a block release pattern

Minimum 21 hours per week of supervised scanning for all clinical pathways throughout the course.

15-20 hours per week

 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of:

  • coursework
  • written examination
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • clinical portfolio of evidence
  • clinical assessment.

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

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 60 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Fundamentals of Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Ultrasound entry requirements
Minimum requirements  2:2 Bachelor’s degree with 2:2 honours or a professional qualification in Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery or Medicine. Applicants must have a suitable clinical training placement for the duration of the programme. 
International requirements  

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.

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 this programme due to UKBA restrictions on overseas applicants studying part-time course in the UK.

English Language requirements  Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Other Requirements   Entry is subject to satisfactory references and interview.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. The personal statement should include the area of proficiency the student wishes to study and give details of scanning time and mentorship offered at their place of work.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

 

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for January 2019 entry is 26th October 2018 for non-EU (Overseas) nationals and 3rd December 2018 for UK/EU nationals.

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,100 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,500 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

This course has been taken by healthcare graduates in various fields, e.g. stroke, early pregnancy and emergency medicine, to develop the use of ultrasound in their professional roles.

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