Postgraduate Course

MSc Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

MSc Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Overview

The details
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
October 2020
Part-time
6 years
Colchester Campus

We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD learning pathway allows you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

This pathway supports clinicians from a range of professional backgrounds to access musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging. Students engage with the technical considerations that underpin this imaging modality prior to musculoskeletal scanning protocols. This face to face teaching occurs at weekends at the Colchester campus. Students need a mentor to complete the clinical learning components of the PGCert. The pathway includes optional modules covering ultrasound guided injections or service evaluation.

We will:

  • Provide you with critical understanding of the key concepts underlying musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
  • Provide you with the opportunity to acquire practical musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging skills.
  • Ensure that you acquire a range of transferable employment related skills.
  • Enable you to evaluate and respond to professional considerations related to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.
  • Provide you with skills to access, and critically appraise, research findings to develop your own evidence-based practice.
  • Enhance your understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up.

This course sits within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. This allows us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

Professional accreditation

This pathway is fully accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education.

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard, and as such we expect that anyone who cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Why we're great.
  • Study flexibly with a part-time CPD pathway.
  • Expand your musculoskeletal knowledge with a focus on imaging, including ultrasonography, or patient management including injection therapy.
  • Work with leading experts from a range of fields, including consultant physiotherapists and sonographers.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

We have a range of university staff and external expert specialists who work with us, including Mark Maybury, extended scope practitioner, physiotherapist and sonographer; Professor B Dasgupta, Consultant Rheumatologist and Dr S. Perera, Consultant Radiologist, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7.
  • A minimum of 1 year post-registration experience and relevant musculoskeletal experience.
  • Current Registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.
  • HCPC or equivalent registration e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC), non-radiographer sonographers must evidence their qualification.
  • Access to support in the work place, (or mentor’s workplace) to enable completion clinical learning requirements. To register on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice, (SE709) students must provide a completed Practice Mentorship Agreement, (see module guide for SE709).

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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Structure

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

This module is recommended for you as an experienced physiotherapist, rheumatologist, specialist nurse, or general practitioner working in the area of musculoskeletal medicine, if you are keen to expand your knowledge and skills in order to manage patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions beyond your current scope of practice.

View Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound on our Module Directory

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Clinical Skills Experience - Scanning Record
Dissertation

Your dissertation is the pinnacle of your masters degree. We offer dissertation workshops held throughout the academic year which help you select a topic and provide guidance on writing up your research. You are allocated a dissertation supervisor appropriate for your topic and/or selected methods.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Injections (optional)
Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy (optional)

This module aims to enable you, as an experienced practitioner in the field of musculoskeletal practice (general practitioner, physiotherapist and nurse), to extend your scope of practice to include the use of injection therapy. This module is designed to enable you to use injection therapy as part of your expanded musculoskeletal practice.

View Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy (optional) on our Module Directory

Statistical Analysis (optional)

This module is ideal if you have no previous experience of quantitative methods. It introduces you to basic and intermediate statistical concepts and procedures, emphasising practical applications rather than mathematics; although a small amount of elementary mathematics is inevitably required.

View Statistical Analysis (optional) on our Module Directory

Postgraduate Research Methods (optional)

To scrutinise the knowledge that informs evidence based practice, health and social care professionals need to be critical thinkers who are research-literate. This module explores the different ways that health and social research is carried out, with a focus on critical appraisal, research design, data collection and analysis. The module covers qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. This learning enables students to embark more confidently and creatively on their own dissertations, as well as helping them to engage more critically with the research of others.

View Postgraduate Research Methods (optional) on our Module Directory

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

TBC

International fee

TBC

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2019 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Applying

If you are intending to follow a modular programme, please email sres@essex.ac.uk. You will be guided through how to apply and we will refer you to the relevant programme or module lead to discuss your plans.

From this discussion, a formal outline of the most suitable modules for your professional and personal circumstances will be produced. Although your plans may change over time this formal document helps us plan delivery of modules over the coming years, and where relevant it helps your sponsor to plan funding arrangements as appropriate.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We recognise the importance of your previous academic learning and professional experience, and you can use both to gain credit value towards the specific programme you are interested in, known as Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.

APEL is dependent on many factors. If you are interested in this option please email us at sres@essex.ac.uk before you apply. It is necessary to highlight any prior learning before you apply as the modules you wish to study may be dependent on this. For further information on our AP(E)L procedure, please review the University’s Quality Enhancement information.

Application forms and supporting documents

MSc Programme application

Module application

If you are interested in applying for a specific module, you will need to complete the module application form:

Your application and funding

If you are being funded by your employer, please obtain your line manager’s signature once you have completed the application form including how payment will be made and, if you work within the NHS, forward to your Education Liaison Manager for processing.

If you are self-funded, please complete the application form providing the required information and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct you on how to make payments.

If you are being funded by a charitable organisation, please complete the application form, with the signature of the person providing the funds and the way in which they will be paying, and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct your sponsor on how to make payments.

Once we have received your signed and completed application form we will write to confirm if you have been successful in gaining a place.

Module contact: Sue Innes (inness@essex.ac.uk) and Ian Mounteney (imount@essex.ac.uk or call 01206 873348).

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