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What will I learn?

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 ultra-sonographers 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.

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 modularized course at level 4 (NQAI 9) employs a blended learning approach in all semesters.

The blended learning approach utilizes 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 synthesizing 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.

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 and management principles.

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 and management principles.

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.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (16 months)

Tuition fees
€26,400.00 (US$ 25,863) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2023

More details

Start date

23 January 2023, 11 September 2023

Venue

UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The normal requirement for entry to a Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme. IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

For international students

International applicants must have written agreement with a clinical ultrasound department to provide clinically supervised practice. This clinical experience must fulfill the programme requirements of a minimum of 3 months pre-course ultrasound practice and a minimum of 1000 hours clinical ultrasound practice during the programme.

IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University College Dublin

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