Professional/Short course Obstetric Ultrasound in Practice

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Twelve months
Primarily online
Course Director
Dr Rita Phillips

30 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


Professional practice forms an integral part of this 30 credit 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.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) 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.

Entry requirements

This module will cover whole of obstetrics ultrasound including early pregnancy assessment, first trimester dating and screening scan, second trimester fetal anomaly scan and third trimester fetal growth scans and Doppler examinations.

There is an option to study any specific aspect of the above mentioned area of obstetrics for example third trimester or early pregnancy assessment by enrolling on a Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (UZYSPPM-15-M) (Obs) (15 credits) which is a shorter module and runs between 10 January and 5 September.

To enrol onto the course, applicants need to:

  • have a recognised Bachelor of Science Honours Degree
  • be employed and have already organised access to an appropriate clinical work placement in the UK of at least two days (15 hours) a week in order to fulfil the practical requirements of this course
  • a commitment from the department manager to support clinical learning.
  • an appropriately qualified individual who will act as clinical appraiser (supervisor and assessor) who will need to attend a training day taking place on Friday 25 Februar 2022
  • completed and submit a clinical placement audit form with your application to provide evidence of a placement. Please note that UWE Bristol does not offer clinical placements, so the student will have to negotiate a clinical placement in an ultrasound department before applying for the course.

International students will require all of the above and a Tier 2 visa.

If you are new to ultrasound practice, you must also enrol onto the Fundamentals of Ultrasound Technology and Professional Issues in Medical Ultrasound which are compulsory modules in the first year.

The course is part time and requires attendance over five blocks in total and incorporates a blended delivery which will include online content, webinars, face to face seminars, simulation and independent studies.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards the MSc Medical Ultrasound..



The course syllabus typically 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.

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).

  • Practice based assessments to include production of portfolio.
  • Structured Oral Presentation and Examination (SOPE).


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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

Please click on the Apply Now button to apply for your CPD module, which you can take as a stand-alone course or as part of an undergraduate 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 (DOCX)

Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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