PGDip: Full-time; 18 months; Part-time; 36 months. PGCert: Full-time; 9 months; Part-time; 18 months
Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time
Preston and Online
Subject to approval
Many of our courses will start in January and September and online/virtual delivery may be available. Please speak to our team to find out more on PGMed@uclan.ac.uk
The medical ultrasound programme is designed to be flexible to suit variety of healthcare professionals and students aiming to start a career in ultrasound. The traditional route allows students to get an ultrasound qualification (PG-Cert, PG Dip, or MSc Medical ultrasound) by selecting abdominal and ObGy modules.
The multiple optional modules provide professional development opportunity to those already working in the healthcare. The students can choose a module according to their professional needs to study in their own time and at their own pace. For example, those working in physiotherapy, rheumatology, orthopaedics, pain therapists and rehabilitation medicine might wish to focus on musculoskeletal modules while GPs, acute physicians and emergency medicine trainees might select PoCUS modules. (NOTE: SOME OF THE MODULES MIGHT NOT BE OFFERED IN EACH SEMESTER).
The course is taught by highly experienced clinicians in the UCLan School of Medicine’s state-of-the-art facilities, using the latest equipment and phantoms, as well as online. There is great emphasis on students acquiring sound understanding of the physics underpinning ultrasound and on gaining excellent clinical skills.
Please note that:
Intercalating medical students after 3rd year MBBS
Non-standard applicants are welcomed. Recognition of Prior and Work-Based Learning in accordance with University regulations may be available.
International candidates must have enough competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent).
All eligible applicants will be interviewed and assessed for the above, the international applicant can be interviewed via SKYPE.
This programme is subject to re-validation.
MSc Medical Ultrasound Traditional Route for a career as sonographer / ultrasound practitioner:
CPD Route optional modules
It is the responsibility of all home and international applicants to arrange for a minimum of two days a week of clinical placement within radiology / ultrasound / ObGy department and a mentor responsible for clinical supervision for the duration of course / module. The details of the placement and supervisor should be submitted with the application. The international students can arrange for placement in their own country in consultation with course lead.
The course will be taught at UCLan’s Preston campus and will consist of lectures, tutorials, group discussions, case presentations and practical hands-on sessions on ultrasound phantoms and volunteer patients. There will also be keynote lectures from guest speaker experts in the field including Radiologists, Cardiologists, Emergency Medicine Consultants and Anatomists.
Hands-on sessions will take place in the state-of-the-art clinical skills suites with the latest ultrasound equipment including:
In addition, WiFi ultrasound transducers are available to connect to personal smart phones or iPads for scanning, storing and sharing ultrasound images from phantoms.
There will be emphases on continuous formative assessment throughout the module and specially at the end of each block of learning. The summative assessment will include a variety of methods suitable for the needs of diverse learners and is designed to assess learning in multiple ways and at different levels. The summative assessment will include both written and practical components to assess knowledge of ultrasound in the speciality. The theoretical knowledge assessment will include but is not limited to: case discussions, diagnosis and report writing from video clips, short essays and MCQs. The practical assessment will include assessment of professionalism, assessment of hands-on skills and knobology, communication skills, safety issues about ultrasound, and performing the scan in accordance with National occupational standards.
Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.
If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.
It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.
Centre accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons
Students have the opportunity to select an optional professional placement module to gain real patient experience in a busy healthcare environment.
There is a national shortage of sonographers both in the NHS and privately. This is a very rewarding career with a generous starting salary of over £30k.