Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

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Course overview
(Postgraduate Certificate) Postgraduate Certificate
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate Certificate
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Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

Mrs Lorelei Maria Waring

Senior Lecturer and Musculioskeletal Ultrasonographer

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 27 January 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 SE708-7-AU Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging Core 15 Core Core
02 SE715-7-AU Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Core 15 Core Core
03 SE709-7-FY Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice Core 30 Core Core

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

1. To provide students with critical understanding of the key concepts underlying musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging

1. To facilitate students’ acquisition of practical musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging skills

2. To ensure students acquire a range of transferable employment related skills

3. To enable students to evaluate and respond to professional considerations related to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.

4. To provide students with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop their own evidence-based practice

5. To enhance students understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

Learning methods

A1-5 are covered in lectures and seminars, which introduce the material in a structured manner with opportunity for class discussion. Many of the teaching sessions adopt an enquiry-based learning approach

A1-4 and 7 are further supported by practical experience, portfolio development and extensive filmed material via a Virtual Learning Environment.

A6 is supported by small group tutorials and portfolio development

A1-3 are further supported by the contribution of visiting lecturers who are leading practitioners in local health economy, informal small group and individual tutorials

A5 and A6 are further supported by preparation and undertaking independent research

Assessment methods

A1-4 are assessed by coursework, practice based learning (including examinatin in the clinical environment) and logbooks

A7 is assessed through coursework and practice based learning

A5 and A6 are assessed through essays and practical assignment and completion of a dissertation based upon original research

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Systematically gather and critically review evidence.

B2: Translate research evidence into practical activities in patient care (evidence-based practice)

B3: Write well-structured and well-argued essays.

B4: Plan, undertake and report an independent research project to a high professional and ethical standard

Learning methods

B1-4 are explicated in seminars primarily and opportunities to practice imaging and assessment techniques

B2 is enhanced through the development of the work-based learning portfolio

B3 is on-going throughout the course and enhanced via formative feedback about coursework

B4 is supported through lectures followed by small group work and individual supervision of the dissertation

Assessment methods

B1, B2 and B3 are assessed through coursework

B4 is assessed through a Research Dissertation based on independent research

C: Practical skills

C1: Perform advanced and systematic search for information relevant to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging

C2: Critically apply theoretical understanding to the clinical imaging process of patients thereby contributing to the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders

C3: Plan and present their work in an appropriate manner

C4: Carry out, with supervision, health research to a high professional standard

Learning methods

C1-2 is supported by lecture, practical demonstrations and supported enquiry based learning

C3 is ongoing throughout the course and is supported by structured feedback on formative and summative coursework

C4 is supported by workshops and individual supervision

Assessment methods

C1-3 are assessed initially in coursework, practical examination in the clincial environment and logbook development

C4 is assessed by a research dissertation

D: Key skills

Learning methods

Assessment methods


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