Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Staff member? Login here

Course overview
(MSc) Master of Science
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism

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 or SE722-7-SP Core with Options 15 Core with Options Core with Options
02 SE715-7-AU Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Core 15 Core Core
03 SE709-7-FY SE709-7-AU Core 30 Core Core
04 SE710-7-SU or HS909-7-FY or SE714-7-SU and SE718-7-AU Compulsory with Options 30 Compulsory with Options Optional
05 HS945-7-FY or HS927-7-SP and HS900-7-AU or HS908-7-SP and HS900-7-AU Compulsory with Options 30 Compulsory with Options Optional
06 SE719-7-FY Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Clinical Skills Experience - Scanning Record Core 0 Core Optional
07 SE730-7-FY Dissertation Core 60 Optional

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

Assessment methods

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

Learning methods

Assessment methods

C: Practical skills

Learning methods

Assessment methods

D: Key skills

D1: Students will be able to choose the appropriate method of enquiry in order to address a range of practical and theoretical problems.

D2: Students will be able to: Use the Internet; Use word processing packages; Use presentation packages;

D3: Students will be able to: Read and interpret tables of data and statistics; Use statistics to analyse data;

D4: Students will be able to choose the appropriate method of enquiry in order to address a range of practical and theoretical problems.

D5: Work in a team with others to agree and work towards goals; Work successfully with other disciplines; Practice reflectively and facilitate this in others

D6: Learn from feedback and respond appropriately and effectively to supervision and guidance; Work pragmatically to meet deadlines; Critically evaluate own performance and to practice reflectively

Learning methods

D1 is supported in small group class discussions
D2 is introduced in the pre-registration induction day. It is covered in on-line teaching demonstrations and supported laboratory work.
D3 is supported in lectures and supported laboratory work
D4 is promoted through the extensive use of enquiry-based learning methods
D5 is supported by small group work with further support from the practice-supervisor in the workplace
D6 is supported by structured feedback on coursework, the enforcement of tight deadlines and the encouragement of reflection in the development of the personal portfolio

Assessment methods

D1 is assessed primarily through essays.
D2 is assessed through the requirement to word-process essays and to cite references from internet sources in essays. There is also a range of practical assignments to assess use of IT.
D3 is assessed through coursework including practical assignments.
D4 is assessed through coursework.
D5 and D6 are assessed through portfolio work that encourages experiential learning and reflective practice.


The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: