Professional course Obstetric Ultrasound in Practice

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Allied Health Professions
Programme leader
Dr Rita Phillips

30 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 2 April 2020


Professional practice forms an integral part of this Obstetric Ultrasound module. This fact is demonstrated by the module design, which enables you to study theory whilst engaging in practice.

This professional practice Obstetric Ultrasound module provides both a comprehensive and in-depth programme.

There will be opportunities to develop evaluative, problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as communication skills, to enable you to apply this knowledge to become a proficient practitioner in the field of obstetric ultrasound. You will be able to deliver a high quality service to your clients.

The syllabus for this module covers all aspects of obstetric ultrasound including; early pregnancy assessments; first, second and third trimester scans; and relevant professional issues.

Entry requirements

A placement in a suitable clinical setting is a prerequisite for this module.



The course syllabus covers:

  • Applied anatomy, physiology and pathology related to the female reproductive system, menstrual cycle
  • Embryological/fetal development, including abnormal fetal anatomy/developmental conditions
  • Interpretation of biochemical, genetic, and other invasive or non-invasive screening/diagnostic tests
  • Issues relating to the holistic preparation and care of the patient
  • Role of ultrasound in the overall management of the patient
  • Range of ultrasound techniques for external and intra-cavity procedures; including transvaginal scanning, transabdominal scanning, Doppler studies (e.g. uterine, fetal umbilical, middle cerebral arteries) and complementary and/or alternative imaging techniques.

Learning and Teaching

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical knowledge to the practice of Obstetric Ultrasound.
  • Utilise relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the relevant organ systems to solve complex problems.
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the legal, ethical and organisational aspects of current ultrasound practice in Obstetric Ultrasound.
  • Critically evaluate contemporary research concerning the aetiology and management of pathologies affecting organ systems in order to inform practice, and implement new approaches where appropriate.
  • Critically evaluate the contribution that obstetric ultrasound makes, compared to other diagnostic tests/procedures, in order to derive a differential diagnosis.
  •  Perform a comprehensive range of obstetric ultrasound procedures both skilfully and safely, demonstrating the skills required of a competent practitioner, and an ability to adapt effectively to new or unusual situations.
  • Justify the contribution of the role of obstetric ultrasound to the overall management of the patient.
  • Make evaluative judgements on the outcomes of ultrasound examination and report the findings accordingly.
  • Make an active contribution within a multidisciplinary professional community by reflecting upon your own and others practice.
  • Engage in effective communication with clients, their families and healthcare professionals, and make appropriate referrals as required.

Study time

Contact time may include any of the following activities: lectures; class discussions; tutorials, synchronous on-line discussion boards; seminars; clinical placement visits;  medical museum visit; laboratory hands-on clinical practice using a simulator and real-life models; VLE using e-Blackboard.

Lectures will be provided by the Course Team and by external clinical specialists. Classroom sessions will also include hands-on scanning supervised sessions and review of cases.

Discussion groups will be organised covering a range of relevant topics.


Assessment for the module incorporates both clinical and academic processes i.e. both cognitive ability and professional competence are assessed (at Masters level).

Component A : Practice based assessments to include production of portfolio.

Component B: Written assignment.

Prices and dates

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.


You will need to download and complete the form below. Once this is completed, please upload it onto your CPD Portal. This form will be used to inform the Module Leader of your suitability for the module. Your application will not be processed until this form has been received.

Clinical Placement Form

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