Postgraduate Course

MSc Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

MSc Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Overview

The details
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
October 2018
Part-time
6 years
Colchester Campus

Please note, the course duration is between 1 and 6 years depending on the pathway chosen.

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 Southend 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 new School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This will not change the content of the course but provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. This will allow us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

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

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

Example structure

Total credits: 180

  • Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging
  • Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Clinical Skills Experience - Scanning Record
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Plus one from the following:

  • Research Design and Critical Appraisal and Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
  • Research Design and Critical Appraisal and Statistical Analysis
  • Postgraduate Research Methods

Plus one from the following:

  • Work Based Learning
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Injections
  • Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy and Skill Extension for Musculoskeletal Injection Practitioners - Ultrasound Guidance

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.

2018 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018

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 require an invoice for your module fees, please include invoicing details on your application form.

If you are self-funded, please complete the application form providing the required information and forward to our contracts administrator, payment will be sent approximately two weeks before the module start date.

If you are being funded by your employer, and require an invoice for your module fees, please include invoicing details on your application form. 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 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/Mel Wiltshire

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