Sheffield Hallam University
Medical Ultrasound Practice MSc
Sheffield Hallam University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Course summary

  • Become a competent ultrasound practitioner working towards advanced clinical practice.

  • Study a course accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education.

  • Graduate with eligibility to apply to the SCoR Voluntary Register of Sonographers.

  • Gain hands-on clinical experience and robust theoretical knowledge.

On this course, you'll gain the skills, knowledge and professional accreditation you need to become an effective sonographer. You'll work in state-of-the-art simulated clinical environments, and apply your skills to your own practice with a Clinical Supervisor. You'll graduate ready for a rewarding career as an ultrasound practitioner.

How you learn

The course is based around academic taught modules, as well as research and dissertation— underpinned by a minimum of 14 hours of supervised clinical practice each week. You'll also make extensive use of simulated clinical environments on clinical modules.

The structure of the course and modules aims to ensure that you develop into an effective sonographer in areas most useful to your own personal development and employer's service requirements.

You learn through

  • group discussion,

  • student led seminars,

  • e-learning activities

  • workshops and demonstrations.

  • key note lectures

  • simulation

Applied learning

Clinical placements

Alongside your academic learning through the University, you will also be supported in practice by your Clinical Supervisor to help develop your role as a sonographer. You will be expected to complete a minimum of 14 hours supervised ultrasound scanning each week. For each clinical area you undertake, you will be required to complete a clinical workbook that includes an appraisal of your clinical competence in that particular area of ultrasound practice.

During your training you will have two formative appraisals throughout the year and two visits from a member of the academic delivery team. About March/April time you will be expected to visit a different department for a week, this will be organised by the university. Your second formative clinical appraisal will be undertaken at the exchange placement.

Coursework Practical

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

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Academic Qualification Normally, applicants will hold a first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) which is recognised in the UK by a professional standards regulating body such as HCPC, NMC or GMC, for example BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography or Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR), BSc (Hons) Midwifery. Other formally certified qualifications Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants are usually required to provide at least one reference evidencing their capability for postgraduate study. This programme of learning is essentially a work based learning programme so applicants joining the programme must be employed in, or have written agreement for, an appropriately supervised clinical placement. The University is not responsible for finding clinical placements for applicants. Entry into the programme will be determined by the suitability of the clinical placement and access to appropriate workload to support student learning. Level of English language capability If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. Relevant work or work-related experience All applicants are advised to organise, with their clinical sponsor, some observational experience within the ultrasound department prior to the start of the programme. Prior to commencement of the programme you need to ensure you have access to the ultrasound department for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 14 hours per week undertaking 'hands on' supervised scanning. You and your sponsors are expected to enter into a written agreement to meet the clinical and practical demands of the programme by completing a clinical experience form. It is important that both you and sponsor commit fully to the programme. Students must also commit to one day per week during each semester for academic attendance. You are also expected to undertake private study as specified in each module. As soon as your application has been accepted, the programme team encourage you to spend as much time as possible in the ultrasound department. The programme team do not stipulate a specific induction programme for clinical departments but do stress the importance of you having hands-on prior to the start of the programme, and recommend that you spend 1 month (minimum 14 hours per week) in the ultrasound dept. The module leaders send out introductory tasks to new students prior to their first attendance and these include specific tasks about the Ultrasound and associated departments and protocols that they can only find out by spending time in the clinical department. Applicants will need to be motivated and prepared to study independently and autonomously. They must be prepared to embrace the challenges of Masters level study including online distance learning, have access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement and have sound basic IT skills. The programme is intellectually challenging and applicants should be prepared to actively contribute to discussion and debate, critically reflect upon own and others’ practice and; explore and evaluate the evidence base underpinning their ultrasound practice.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Sheffield Hallam University

Founded in 1969, Sheffield Hallam University is located in the city of Sheffield, in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. Sheffield is the UK's fifth largest urban centre, 60% of which consists of vibrant green spaces such as city parks, gardens and countryside. SHU prides itself on the important position it occupies in Sheffield as a pillar of the local economy, workforce, and infrastructure. This is reflected in the fact that almost half of this university’s enrolled students are from low-income backgrounds.

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Where is this programme taught

Collegiate Crescent Campus
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