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Cardiac Ultrasound MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Code
PGB120
Start
October 2017
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£8,500 (UK/EU)
£12,500 (INT)
Course leader
Neville Hall

Following the British Society of Echocardiography syllabus, this Cardiac Ultrasound course meets the practical, theoretical and technical demands of a specialised career in healthcare.

Why study the MSc Cardiac Ultrasound at Middlesex University?

Taught by industry recognised experts, this course provides a solid grounding in research methodologies, experimental design and statistics — delivering all the transferable skills required for a career executing specialist cardiac ultrasound procedures.Following the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) syllabus, you will be equipped with the advanced theory and practice of cardiac ultrasound and signal processing.

With a significant leaderships and management component, the course teaches the management, legal and ethical concepts required of leadership positions. Our specialist laboratory, run by experienced practitioners, also houses a wide range of diagnostic equipment that you can access not only during classes, but also for independent study and research.

This course is designed for healthcare practitioners, including sonographers and physiologists, already working in the field of cardiac ultrasound. However, it is also suitable for graduates, who are interested in a research or an academic career, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for further study at doctoral level.

Course highlights

  • Opportunity to gain expert understanding of the latest scientific laboratory equipment including use of the clinical skills laboratory and echocardiographic machines
  • Industry-experienced tutors that are hands-on and supportive — all our teaching staff are involved in research and many are pioneers in their own field
  • Work-based experience that can contribute towards the award
  • Suitable preparation for the national examinations in echocardiography
  • Free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MSc Cardiac Ultrasound?

This course covers theory and practice of cardiac ultrasound and advanced signal processing. It also boasts a significant leadership and management component — teaching the legal and ethical issues related to biomedical research and clinical practice.

As part of the course, you will gain a solid grounding in experimental design and statistics and an opportunity to undertake an independent research project under guidance and supervision of an academic.

What will you gain?

You will gain advanced technical knowledge and skills in cardiac ultrasound. The programme will prepare you for a leadership or management role, and provide the solid foundation in research methodologies required for biomedical research.

Following the core BSE syllabus, this course is suitable preparation for the national examinations in echocardiography.

  • Modules

    • Advanced Signal Processing (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with a specialised body of current knowledge in the field of signal process methods used in clinical physiology, exploring concepts of signal processing for diagnosis and monitoring. Gaining confidence in the interpretation of diagnostic information, students will become familiar with specialised and advanced techniques and technologies. The module leads students towards a greater understanding of new methods for analysis of physiological signals.

    • Biomedical Ethics and Law (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The purpose of this module is to provide insight into a range of ethical and legal issues that relate to professional practice, research with human and animal subjects and to human reproduction — particularly various forms of reproductive technology. It will equip students with a broad overview of the relevant current UK ethical and legal regulations for research using human tissues. The ethical issues present in the rapidly developing area of genetic technology, including genetic testing and selection, genetic engineering, and the concept of genetic disease, will also be explored.By applying theoretical considerations to practice, the module will then explore ways in which, ethical and legal issues can be critically analysed and addressed.

    • Cardiac Ultrasound Practice (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips students with the advanced knowledge of echocardiography required for current clinical practice.

    • Cardiac Ultrasound Theory (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces students to the underpinning theory of ultrasound and imaging.

    • Clinical Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is concerned with the development of advanced clinical knowledge and practical skills required for specialist clinical practice. It also aims to further develop the practitioner’s clinical decision-making and critical analytical skills.

    • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with the tools required to design effective and efficient experiments and to test scientific hypotheses. The module will also equip students with the tools necessary for statistical analysis in a hypothesis testing context.

    • Laboratory Leadership and Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of, and the tools to apply current theories and approaches to leadership and management in order to enable them to effect positive change in a team or organisation that they lead or manage.

    • Research Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop skills in the planning and execution of an analytical study and in the critical evaluation of real research results, drawing on knowledge acquired from other modules. In addition, the module will develop student’s communication skills to enable them to communicate their findings both in written and oral form.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc Cardiac Ultrasound degree taught?

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to build up your skills and knowledge – mainly through lectures, seminars and laboratory and practical sessions.

You will take part in case study-based discussions, practical sessions, and in-class activities. You will supplement all this with your own guided and independent reading. The mix of delivery modes will be varied and suitable to the content being delivered.

The programme will help suitably qualified healthcare practitioners, such as cardiac physiologists, cardiac sonographers, echocardiographer or medical doctors, to perform and interpret echocardiograms and ultrasound imaging of the heart and blood flow.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can an MSc Cardiac Ultrasound support your career?

This course is designed for healthcare practitioners, including physicians, nurses and physiologists, already working in the field of cardiopulmonary ultrasound.

Graduates of this master’s degree will be qualified to work as specialised cardiac physiologists or other healthcare professionals in the NHS or aboard.

The course is also suitable for graduates, who are interested in a research or an academic career — providing the knowledge and skills required for further study at doctoral level.

Graduates can progress into careers in organisations such as:

  • NHS
  • General Electric Co
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Siemens
  • Medtronic

Rosalind Webb

Rosalind Webb has over 10 years experience working in the field of cardiac ultrasound. Is a member of the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE). Has many years of experience teaching cardiac ultrasound to cardiac physiologists and medical practitioners.

Professor Richard Bayford

Prof Bayford has many years experience of teaching signal and imaging processing to undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests include development of new multimodality instrumentation for Nanoparticles imaging and therapy, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Tele-medical systems.

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