This module will enable the student to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake ultrasound imaging of abdomen and non-gynaecological pelvis independently and safely. It will provide the knowledge and understanding to enable the student to differentiate between normal and abnormal ultrasound appearances and to utilise problem solving skills to provide a differential diagnosis.

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About this course

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The purpose of the module is to equip the student with the core knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake ultrasound imaging of the organs contained within the abdomen and non-gynaecological pelvis. The module seeks to assist the student to develop the skills to perform differential diagnoses on the ultrasound images, which they produce in the clinical department.

Linked programmes

PgCert/PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice, PgCert/PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice


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Module runs over a 12 week period in total. Students are expected to attend all classes and complete all coursework associated with the module.

Exact Teaching dates are as follows:

Tuesday 30th January 2018 Face to face tutorial starting at 4pm

Tuesday 1st May 2018 Face to face tutorial starting at 4pm

Monday21st May 2018 OSCE Assessment 6pm

Please note all dates are Tuesday except Monday 21st May

On line tutorials commencing at 7pm

Tuesday 27th Feb 2018

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Tuesday 24th April 2018

In addition, your manager will nominate a Clinical mentor. A mandatory mentorship-training day will take place on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at Ulster University. Please ensure this information is given to your line manager as soon as possible.

Students are required to spend a minimum of 14 hours per week for the duration of the module undertaking diagnostic ultrasound scanning in the clinical environment under the supervision and with the support of a suitably qualified clinical mentor.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have previously completed the Pre-Requisite module RAD808 - Science and Technology of Medical Ultrasound:

Applicants must also:

(a)(i) Have a second class Honours degree or better in an Allied Health Profession subject from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) Have an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; and

(iii) Where applicable be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

(iv) Where applicable have continued employment in an area relevant to the chosen modules.

(v) Have a minimum of one year's post-qualification experience (excluding course attendance).

(b) Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and for non-native English speakers, IELTS 7.0 (with no contributing band at less than 6.5) or, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b):

(c) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Start dates

  • 30 January 2018
How to apply


How to apply

Interested self-funded candidates should make a direct application using the University's online application system which can be accessed via the University homepage or by using the following link: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline.

Anyone who will be receiving a Commissioned place from the Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland via their HSC Trust should contact their Line Manager in their Health and Social Care Trust in order to obtain a Commissioned Application Form. Please DO NOT apply directly via the University online application system.

Commissioned application forms are distributed from Ulster to HSC Trust representatives normally in July/August for Semester 1 modules and November/December for Semester 2 modules.

Start dates

  • 30 January 2018

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Fees information

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Module Co-ordinator:​

Gillian Graham

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8455

E: g.graham1@ulster.ac.uk

Faculty contact regarding admissions and application process:

Mrs Julie Nesbitt

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6029

E: jh.nesbitt@ulster.ac.uk

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Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences