MSc Ultrasound

Course Features

  • Develops professional competencies by integrating clinical skills with specialist theoretical knowledge.
  • Incorporates in excess of 1000 clinical hours.
  • Immersive, innovative blended learning curriculum, based on continuous assessment.
  • The blended learning approach facilitates the development of universal skills including information literacy, self-directed learning, teamwork, problem solving, leadership, communication, self-evaluation and applied research.

Course Overview

The aim of the MSc (Ultrasound) is to develop ultrasonographers who can respond to the dynamic needs of the profession, the health service and its users. To this end the programme will develop professional competencies by integrating the following domains: high level clinical skills; specialist theoretical knowledge; and advanced key skills.  These embedded advanced key skills include simulator and practical training, teamwork, problem solving, leadership, communication, self- directed learning, information literacy, self-evaluation and applied research.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is mainly suited to radiographers and midwives. In order to apply, applicants must be employed by or attached to a clinical ultrasound department for the duration of the programme.

Detailed Course Overview

Healthcare professionals who provide ultrasound imaging services need to be highly educated in a wide variety of skills in order to practice, manage and direct this rapidly evolving field. This modularised course at level 4 (NQAI 9) employs a blended learning approach in all semesters.

The blended learning approach utilises a broad ranging of teaching and learning methods. Students receive didactic lectures coupled with image based tutor sessions with experts in the field. The students also participate in practical scanning labs, both on a Medaphor Simulator and human subjects. Some topics are taught through Problem Based Learning (PBL) which consists of carefully selected and designed ultrasound problems that demand from the learner acquisition of critical knowledge, clinical reasoning, and problem solving proficiency, self-directed learning strategies and teamwork skills. 

There is decreased attendance at UCD in the final semester, with a focus on synthesising knowledge and developing clinical expertise. This provides students with an opportunity to use their self-directed learning skills while continuing to be supported by online lectures; clinical supervision; contact with module coordinators; and monthly face to face sessions at UCD.

What Will I Learn?

Course Structure

The Course is structured in a modular format. All MSc Ultrasound students must select Technology of Ultrasound 1&2, as well as core additional clinical modules determined by the context selected below. The clinical modules selected must reflect the clinical experience and supervision available to students in their clinical ultrasound department. Schemes of modules, which reflect the contexts within which sonographers normally practice in Ireland are outlined.

Context 1:

A hospital with a clinical ultrasound department, which receives a large number and variety of referrals for abdominal, gynaecological and vascular ultrasound. Recommended scheme of modules: Technology 1&2; Abdominal Ultrasound 1,2&3; Gynaecological Ultrasound 1&2; Vascular Ultrasound 1,2&3.

Context 2:

A hospital with a clinical ultrasound department, which receives a large number and variety of referrals for abdominal, gynaecological and superficial structures ultrasound. Recommended scheme of modules: Technology 1&2; Abdominal Ultrasound 1 ,2 & 3; Gynaecological Ultrasound 1&2; Superficial Structures 1, 2 & 3.

Context 3:

A hospital with a fetal assessment unit or an obstetric ultrasound department, which receives a large number and variety of referrals for obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound. Recommended scheme of modules: Technology 1&2; Obstetric Ultrasound 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6; Gynaecological Ultrasound 1&2.
(NB: This scheme is normally selected by midwives).

International Applicants

International applicants must have written agreement with a clinical ultrasound department in Ireland to provide clinically supervised practice for the duration of the programme. UCD cannot arrange the clinical placements required for this programme. Three months pre-course clinical experience must be obtained and this may take place in the student's home country prior to the programme. The 1000 hours clinical ultrasound practice required during the programme must be in an Irish hospital.  

  • Information on studying at UCD as international students is available here

Am I Eligible for this Course?

Overview

This course is mainly suited to radiographers and midwives.  In order to apply applicants must be employed by or attached to a clinical ultrasound department in Ireland.

A clinical ultrasound supervisor with postgraduate ultrasound qualifications must provide written agreement to supervise the applicant.  Applicants must provide evidence from their employer that they are in a position to gain a minimum of 1000 hours clinical ultrasound experience, divided proportionately between the specialisms they have selected to study.

NB: In addition applicants must submit a logbook, which should demonstrate a minimum of three months pre-course ultrasound experience.  The Declaration of Clinical hours document and the Record of Clinical Experience document are available under the Application Details tab (below).

How/Where Will I Learn?

‌ All relevant dates (including student induction and clinical supervisor study day) can be found here: Attendance Dates 2019-2020