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Cardiac Ultrasound MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Learn about the course below
Code
PGB120
Start
October 2021
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,400 (UK) *
£14,500 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Aléchia van Wyk
Lesley Davies

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/PGDip/PGCert 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.

*Please note this course is subject to review.


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What will you study on the MSc/PGDip/PGCert 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

  • 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 (15 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Clinical Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Advanced Clinical Skills (30 credits) - Optional

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

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Cardiac Ultrasound taught?

This programme will be delivered in a blended learning format using live interactive teaching sessions via a number of learning platforms such as Kaltura, newrow, Adobe Connect or Zoom. These sessions will be recorded so that you can return to this learning in your own time and study at your own place. Learning may be supplemented by pre-recorded lectures, demonstration of laboratory techniques or data analysis activity where you can access the information at any point. Practical sessions will either be virtual or via tool kits delivered to your home. This wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to build up your skills and knowledge

You will take part in online case study-based discussions, online workshops 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.

Where the situation permits, there may be scheduled face to face activities where you may come to campus or another venue for your sessions. This will clearly be communicated to you beforehand. We are committed to equipping and accommodating learners fully online where they cannot reach campus, and where a second lockdown is in place. In such event, the fully online scenario will be in place to provide and support your learning.

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.

Assessment

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Teaching and learning - changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: Course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week per level:

7 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week per level:

37.5 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week per level:

1.5 hours

Scenario 2: Course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week per level:

7 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week per level:

38 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week per level:

1.5 hours

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week per level:

4 hours per day for a total of 2 days

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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How can the MSc/PGDip/PGCert 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

Professor Richard Bayford

Professor 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.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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