January 2018 | Eanáir 2018

Professional Diploma in Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound

Wed, 3 January 18 16:15

The UCD Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging Group invites applications to its new online Professional Diploma in Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound.  Closing date for applications to the next intake is Friday 5th January 2018.  

The programme adds to the Group’s extensive portfolio of ultrasound and speciality imaging programmes that support maternal and fetal health.  With the exception of two introductory study days at UCD’s Belfield Campus, the twelve month programme is delivered entirely online to accommodate those with a busy clinical schedule or who work across the country.

The programmes is aimed at obstetric and gynaecological trainees at Senior House Officer, Registrar, Specialist Registrar or Senior Registrar level, consultants specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, with approval to practice in Ireland; midwives registered with An Bord Altranais or the UKCC, who provide antenatal care; or Radiographers with the approval to practice Radiography in Ireland or Northern Ireland, who currently practice ultrasound.  Other professionals are considered on individual merit (eg general nurses or general practitioners), but must be actively scanning in order to undertake modules in the Graduate Certificate Programme.

To undertake this programme, participants must be actively scanning in an obstetric/gynaecological ultrasound department and have a named clinical supervisor. Students must arrange a clinical placement and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 160 hours practicing clinical obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound while undertaking the two modules necessary to complete the Diploma.

It is recommended that participants spend as much time as possible performing clinical ultrasound examinations while undertaking ultrasound modules. Students will maximise their potential to develop high level clinical and academic skills in ultrasound by exceeding the minimum clinical hours stated for each module. Applicants should be computer literate and have continuous internet access for the duration of this programme.

Participants must provide written evidence of an agreement with an obstetric/gynaecological ultrasound department to provide clinical ultrasound experience and supervision throughout the programme. This agreement must be signed by the named clinical supervisor.

Programme Pathways

The Diploma comprises two modules (RDGY41000 Early Pregnancy Ultrasound and RDGY41150 Gynaecological Ultrasound). Following completion of the Diploma, there is an option to progress to the Graduate Certificate Obstetric Ultrasound by taking a third module (Fetal Biometry, Liquor and Placenta). In order to do this the Diploma graduates will be required to apply to the Grad Cert programme and apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for the 2 modules already completed.

The Professional Diploma programme offers an exit strategy, if required, whereby a student can exit the programme with a 10 credit Professional Certificate in Early Pregnancy Ultrasound.

How to Apply

Further information on the programme can be found here.  To apply for the programme, please use the University online application system (www.ucd.ie/apply).

  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select PD Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound JanPT
  • Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section. 
  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary.  The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: UCD Applications (onlineapps@ucd.ie) or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.

International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.  Information on studying at UCD as international students is available here.

Academic Programme Coordinator

Dr Mary Moran

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
UCD Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging,
UCD School of Medicine,
UCD Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin,
Belfield, Dublin 4.

e: moran.mary@ucd.ie


Our Graduate Taught Programmes

The UCD School of Medicine offers an extensive portfolio of over fifty graduate taught programmes ranging from Professional and Graduate Certificate through to Diploma and Master’s Degree level across a range of biomedical and clinical specialties.

Our programmes are delivered by academic experts in their fields with extensive clinical experience and by clinical staff drawn from our extensive adjunct faculty.

Our programmes are designed to support continuous professional development of healthcare staff as well as provide specialist education to a generalist audience including those working in healthcare support roles.

Our programmes are delivered on a full-time, part-time or on an occasional basis at our Belfield campus, at our specialist clinical training sites, and in some instances, online to accommodate those with busy clinical service commitments.  Programmes typically commence with a September and/or a January intake.

To explore our Graduate Taught Programme Portfolio further, please see http://www.ucd.ie/medicine/studywithus/

To apply for a programme, please see www.ucd.ie/apply