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Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

12 months (PgDip); 18 months (MSc) (full-time) / 12 months (PgCert); 24 months (PgDip); 36 months (MSc) (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims:

The primary aim of this programme is to enable practitioners to formalise and develop their understanding of the relevant ultrasound principles in obstetrics and gynaecology and related subjects, develop their analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills to enable them to apply this knowledge and deliver a high quality service to their patients. In addition, the course stimulates students to undertake research and evidence-based practice, which enhances clinical effectiveness.

The programme is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) and is designed to produce clinically competent sonographers in obstetrics and gynaecology with sound knowledge and comprehension of the academic basis of ultrasound - hence to integrate academic and clinical education. The clinical education component consists of the student undertaking ultrasound scans in a recognised clinical department supervised by experienced named trainer(s) who must be approved by the course faculty. Students will be expected to document the skills acquired in their log books to demonstrate attainment of the learning outcomes.

Special Features

Skills Acquired:

Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. Through the programme, the students will acquire knowledge and develop practical skills, image interpretation proficiency and the communication skills transferable to the clinical setting; a thorough grounding in foundation science encompassing theoretical and safety components of ultrasound technology as well as recognition and understanding of the origins of image artefacts and their implications in medical diagnosis. Students will also be able to evaluate how professional practice issues affect clinical care with the ability to synthesise theoretical perspectives to inform practice. Additionally, workplace skills will be acquired that relate to delivery of high professional standards and good communication skills with colleagues and other professionals, effective communication skills and empathy with patients and relatives and efficient organisational skills.

Course Description:

The programme accepts health professionals who are either already working, or intend to work, in the fields of obstetric and/or gynaecological ultrasound. The academic component includes the study of core modules: current applications of ultrasound and imaging modalities in obstetrics and gynaecology, the underlying scientific principles, safety, and equipment design, as well as a choice from any of the following:

There are two phases leading to the full MSc degree, a taught phase (One year full-time, two years part-time - 120 credits) and an MSc project - dissertation phase (six months full-time and one year part-time - 60 credits). Student must successfully complete the taught phase before progressing to the dissertation phase. Students proceeding to an MSc degree are required to study the research module. The dissertation phase consists of successful completion of a taught diploma and a 20,000 word research project, the subject of which must be relevant to ultrasound in the student’s chosen route.

Course Structure:

This is a modular programme. This course is delivered online with some lectures and assessments taking place on-site. Students can submit work online, and acquire relevant ultrasound skills in their own work environment. All learning material is available on Learning Central. The first block of teaching is in September/October, the second block of teaching in February and end of year exams are in July.

Available Modules:

MET888 – Foundation Science: 
The aim of this module is to give students a background knowledge and understanding of the physics of ultrasound as applied to medicine and the associated machine related skills. (20 M credits)

MET880 – Practice of Level 1 Obstetric Ultrasound: 
The aim of this module is to develop the student’s knowledge of ultrasound examination into both normal and abnormal conditions in obstetrics. Students will be able to recognise normal and abnormal early pregnancy features, normal foetal anatomy, and identify ultrasound features of compromised foetal growth. The skills acquired will be comparable with Level 1 scanning and its successful completion will be a pre-requisite for students who wish to undertake the Advanced Obstetric Ultrasound module. (20 M credits)

MET881 – Practice of Level 1 Gynaecological Ultrasound: 
The aim of this module is to build on the student’s knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology and integrate it with Level 1 gynaecological ultrasound skills. The academic content of this module will assist the student to complete successfully the general gynaecological practical assessments. Students must complete this module successfully to be able to proceed to the Advanced Gynaecological Ultrasound module. (20 M credits)

MET886 – Practice of Level 2 Obstetric Ultrasound: 
The aim of this module is to build on the obstetric ultrasound skills that were achieved in the “Practice of Level 1 Obstetric Ultrasound” module and to further develop them to Level 2 scanning. Students will be able to develop advanced skills in a number of areas, notably abnormal foetal development using 2D scanning, Clinical applications of Doppler, and 3D/4D imaging in obstetrics. (20 M Credits)

MET887 – Practice of Level 2 Gynaecological Ultrasound: 
The aim of this module is to build on the gynaecological ultrasound skills that were achieved in the “Practice of Level 1 Gynaecological Ultrasound” module and to further develop them to Level 2 scanning. Students will be able to develop advanced skills in a number of areas such as assessment of adnexal masses, Gynaecological applications of Doppler and 3D/4D imaging. (20 M credits)

MET885 – Practice of Fetal Echocardiography:
The aim of this module is to develop the student’s knowledge of ultrasound examination of both normal and abnormal cardiac conditions in fetal echocardiography. Students will be enabled to recognise cardiac anatomy and pathology as demonstrable by ultrasound, and interpret correctly ultrasound-produced images.

MET 889 – Team Working and Inter professional Practice: 
This module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to investigate and evaluate team work and inter professional practice within a health care environment, in relation to diagnostic ultrasound. (20 M Credits)

MET890 – Legal Aspects of Care: 
This module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to investigate and evaluate Legal aspects of care within a health care environment, in relation to diagnostic ultrasound. (20 M Credits)

MET 891- Management Issues in Ultrasound Practice: 
This module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to investigate and evaluate management issues within a health care environment, in relation to diagnostic ultrasound.


MET892 – Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Medicine: 
This module aims to provide the students with increased knowledge of the research process, evidence based practice and statistics, to enable them to critically evaluate, synthesise and reflect on research evidence, to practice. (20 M Credits)
Please note: all modules are also available for stand-alone study.

Career Prospects:

On completion of a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, graduates can apply for jobs as an autonomous practitioner working in the NHS or private practice provided they are registered with the HCPC, NMC or GMC.

Alumni Profile

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'The content delivered by highly experienced trainers. There was a great balance between theoretical learning and practical skills training.'

Rudaina Hassan,Speciality Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Read Rudaina's full testimonial

'I found the course well structured and the content delivered by highly experienced trainers. There was a great balance between theoretical learning and practical skills training that led to successfully passing my exams. I feel I have acquired valuable knowledge of ultrasound that I am able to apply to my daily practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to develop the skills required to perform ultrasound to a high standard. A very satisfying and enjoyable course!'

Entry Requirements:

Candidates will normally be health professionals who hold a relevant first degree or Diploma and intend to further their career in Obstetric and/or Gynaecological ultrasound. Examples of the health professionals may include radiographers, sonographers, radiologists, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, gynaecologists and speciality trainees with interest in obstetric and/or gynaecological ultrasound.

Applicants are expected to have worked for at least 2 years full-time in their relevant profession or speciality after their pre-registration qualification.

Applicants should expand on relevant clinical and ultrasound/imaging experience in their Personal Statement.

The University requires postgraduate students whose first language is NOT English to have one attained of the following within the last two years:

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time PgCert: n/a
PgDip: £7,750
MSc: £7,750
PgCert: n/a
PgDip: £18,250
MSc: £18,250
Part-time PgCert: £3,875
PgDip: £3,875
MSc: £3,875
Per 20 credit module: £1,292
PgCert: £9,125
PgDip: £9,125
MSc: £9,125
Per 20 credit module: £3,042
Deposit Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy. Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes Additional dissertation fee (post PgDip): £1,098* Additional dissertation fee (post PgDip): £2,243*

*Dissertation fees listed are the fees payable by students starting their course in this year when they get to the dissertation stage (subject to inflation).

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Gaynor Looker  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 4448 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2074 3372 

Email: LookerGM@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/medicine/courses/postgraduate-taught

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The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

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