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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Foot and Ankle PgCert

Location

Brunel University London University

Start date

September

Subject area

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Mode of study

12 Months part-time

Fees

2024/25

UK / EU £5,775 (part-time)

International £11,805 (part-time)

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Overview

Ultrasound imaging of the foot and ankle region within musculoskeletal healthcare is a rapidly developing area of clinical practice. A significantly increasing number of allied health and medical professionals are utilising it to assist differential diagnosis, impact patient pathways and guide procedures.

Developing a core competency in your ability to visualise and interpret common musculoskeletal pathologies of the foot, ankle and lower leg regions is increasingly important from a clinical governance perspective when utilising ultrasound imaging in clinical practice.

This CASE accredited course will provide you with a demonstrable competency in this fantastic new addition to your skills.

This is a unique course developed by Brunel University London in partnership with the highly regarded teaching team from The Ultrasound Site and provides a unique opportunity for medical and allied health professionals.

The Brunel London University campus at Uxbridge is conveniently located, approximately a 15 minute drive from London Heathrow Airport, close to the M25 with parking available on site and a short walk from Uxbridge tube station on the London Underground. There is also on-site hotel accommodation at the Lancaster Hotel and Spa for those staying overnight.

Your clinical lecturers from Physiotherapy, Radiology, Podiatry and Rheumatology backgrounds have a unique skill set of working across NHS MSK community clinics, private practice and Radiology services. You will have access to high quality ultrasound systems in small groups, alongside fantastic learning facilities on our Uxbridge campus.

Please be aware that for us to consider your application you will need to upload a completed form to your Brunel myApplication portal. We use this form to collect more  information about applicants’ professional readiness to complete this course successfully. You can find the form under the section ‘UK entry requirements.

Applications open for September 24/25, dates coming soon!

To apply please complete this form

Got a question about this course? Check out our FAQs as well as our Work Based Learning page.

Course dates

 

2023/24

Module 1

22, 23 and 24 September 2023

3 and 4 November 2023

5 December 2023

Module 2

20 and 21 January 2024

14 and 15 March 2024

 

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Course content

This programme comprises of two different modules. On successful completion of both modules, you'll graduate with a PgCert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Foot and Ankle.

Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice module also includes a practice based learning experience and assessment. Before commencing the experience, you'll be required to arrange a clinical mentor. 

This course can be studied 1 year part-time.

This course can be studied 12 Months part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Our exciting range of modules are currently under review and may be updated for 2024.

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Careers and your future

On successful completion of this course, you'll be able to demonstrate a competency-based award in musculoskeletal ultrasound to employers. This will enable you to work autonomously as a musculoskeletal sonographer in a number of different clinical settings.

Our Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PgCert programme will equip you with the skills needed to work within focused sonography roles in radiology settings. You’ll also be able to incorporate these skills within your current clinical practice. This could open up a new career path alongside your established clinical work.  

Watch this video to hear first-hand from our musculoskeletal ultrasound students and how this course is helping them in their field of work.

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UK entry requirements

2023 / 2024 entry

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Health Care related subject that is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC). After you apply email the Admissions Office with your HCPC or GMC registration number. We need this to assess your application.

  • It is mandatory for applicants to complete this form in full as part of their application. Once complete, please upload this to your My Applications portal 
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 68% (63% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 98 (min 23 in all areas) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry

UK

£5,775 part-time

International

£11,805 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by UK based clinicians working in the NHS and private sectors, in both point-of-care musculoskeletal clinics and radiology sonography roles.

You’ll also benefit from guest lecturers who have expertise in a range of specialist areas including podiatrists, medical physicists, radiographers, consultant musculoskeletal radiologists and consultant rheumatologists.

This offers you an exciting combination of clinical expertise, bringing together the different clinical domains where musculoskeletal ultrasound is used. You'll not only learn the core skill of musculoskeletal ultrasound image generation, interpretation, and reporting but there's also a strong emphasis on clinical relevance, clinical reasoning, and you'll learn the impact this can have on patient care.

All of our team remain in clinical practice and currently work in hospitals and other clinical settings, so they'll be teaching you up-to-date scientific knowledge and musculoskeletal ultrasound skills. Our lecturers are also active in research and often contribute to the development of professional guidelines, so you know you’re being taught by practicing clinicians with a high profile in the sector.

Our teaching approach is diverse and you’ll benefit from lectures, tutorials, practical sessions (small groups), study guides and our computer-based learning packages.

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Assessment and feedback

During the course you'll be assessed in a variety of ways and you'll be assessed differently for each module.

The Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound module will be assessed via:

  • Completion of mandatory online lectures with multiple choice questions
  • Practical Exam and VIVA
  • Physics multiple choice and short answer question paper.

Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice will be assessed through:

  • VIVA case study presentation
  • Logbook submission of 250 scans, including an audit of 100 supervised scans
  • Practice based learning assessment 
  • Final assessment of practice based learning from mentor

As part of the final assessment for the ‘Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice' module, you'll be required to perform a practical ultrasound scan examination on three different patients.

This is assessed by your mentor, as well as an independent assessor. You'll need to provide the details of up to three independent assessors for the final exam, one of which will be selected by the University. Both the mentor and independent assessor are required to sign the relevant agreement prior to you starting this module.

To apply please complete this form

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