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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Radiography (Ultrasound: Abdomen and Pelvic, Gynaecological and Obstetric)








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Day


This programme of study is only applicable for course commencing February 2016

This course is being set up in response to Malta’s health services needs as well as the professional need for radiographers and other health care professionals (HCP) to gain specialisation in Ultrasonography in general, in this case, in the fields of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Abdomen and Pelvis. By raising the knowledge and skills level in this area, the course has the objective of producing highly trained ultrasonographers who are required to be part of a service delivery.

The M.Sc. in Radiography (Ultrasound) provides the opportunity for ultrasonographers to respond to the dynamic needs of professions, the health service and its users. To this end the programme develops professional competencies by integrating the following domains: high level clinical skills; specialist theoretical knowledge; and advanced skills. Healthcare professionals who provide ultrasound imaging services need to be highly educated in a wide variety of skills in order to practice, manage and direct this rapidly evolving field.

This programme of study will cover the whole of the abdomen and pelvis, gynaecology and obstetrics ultrasound. Due to the regions being studied, which include a significant number of organs and possible pathological conditions the course programme can only be delivered to a minimum of postgraduate diploma level. This will ensure that students will be safe practitioners on successful completion of the course programme.
LEARNING OUTCOMES On completion, the students will be able to demonstrate mastery in acquiring, interpreting and reporting on appearance obstetric, gynaecological and medical abdominal ultrasound examinations.

The objectives of the programme are to enable students to:

• Compile knowledge in the scientific principles, anatomy, physiology and pathology related to ultrasound imaging and develop advanced practical skills
• Critically appraise an individual’s clinical presentation and need for an ultrasound examination and select an appropriate technique
• Acquire, interpret and produce a written report on clinical appearance of ultrasound examination competently
• Critically evaluate clinical and other relevant medical information to determine when additional examinations and or procedures are necessary
• Critical evaluate ultrasound examinations for technical and diagnostic quality
• Assess and respond in the appropriate manner to an individual’s physical and psychological needs before, during and after an ultrasound examination
• Discuss complex information related to ultrasound imaging with other health care professionals involved in the management of the patient with the aim of improving the patients' health status
• Propose and set up research studies in the field of ultrasound imaging.

The course will facilitate:
a) Subject knowledge, and understanding:

• Demonstrate an in-depth, specialist knowledge of normal, variant and abnormal ultrasound appearances and techniques as relevant to the area being scanned
• Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and techniques of current ultrasound practice
• Critically evaluate current issues, research and evidence based practice related to ultrasound scanning
• To be a reflective practitioner in working and to develop inter professional relationships
• To develop and acquire decision making skills especially when encountering complex and unpredicted pathologies and situations
• Critically reflect on practice and role and limitations of ultrasound in the management of patients

b) Intellectual development by:

• Proposing specifications for the selection of ultrasound devices in relation to clinical requirements taking into considerations current and future developments.
• Planning and managing quality assurance programmes.
• Being knowledgeable of appropriate ultrasound techniques in demonstrating normal, normal variants and pathological appearances of ultrasound images.
• Planning, set up and review ultrasound imaging protocols.
• Research, synthesize and disseminate information.
• Using evidence based practice and be a reflective practitioner
• Being knowledgeable of the management of disease and treatment options.
• Being cognisant of medico-legal aspects.

c) Key/Transferable Skills by:

• Taking responsibility for the planning and execution of their learning.
• Communicating effectively with patients and other health care professionals using a range of media.
• Developing and appraising their use of Information technology.
• Apply ethical principles and use safe practice.
• Designing and participating in research.

d) Other skills relevant to employability and personal development by:

• Managing and organising their time to meet deadlines.
• Working independently and as part of a team.
• Identifying and maximizing use of appropriate resources (human & physical) to enable the successful completion of a task.
• Critically reflecting on their learning and demonstrate how it can be transferred to practice.
• Being actively involved in the selection and procurement process of new equipment and the evaluation of equipment, techniques, quality assurance and protocols.
• Undertaking, unassisted, appropriate procedures to a competent level and providing a report based on the findings.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Qualified ultrasonographers may acquire positions in all parts of the health sector in Malta as well as overseas. Suitable employment may be found with the local health services, specialist health services, company health services, industry as well as in private institutions. Career prospects are diverse, with significant opportunities for professional development and specialisation

Holders of this degree are eligible to register for further studies leading to doctoral degrees in Malta and/or in higher education institutions worldwide.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The course is intended for students who are registered with the relevant professional council and either currently practicing in radiography or another profession related to the route being offered, or in the case of medical doctors, in possession of or currently following a specialisation programme in a relevant area.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a degree from this or another university which the Board considers as comparable to the degree indicated in sub-paragraph (a).

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of being in possession of the licence to practice in the register of the profession concerned, as kept by the relevant regulatory council.

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of work experience following registration with the relevant regulatory Council, in the proposed area of study or area of specialisation, if applicable. The minimum number of years of experience required shall be indicated at the time of the call for applications.

The Board shall recommend to Senate the number of applicants that may be allowed to register for the Course, depending on the availability of resources. The Board shall announce the areas of study/areas of specialisation and the number of available places at the time of the call for applications. The maximum number of applicants that can be admitted into the course is 15 students, 12 of whom will be MDH health care professionals funded by MDH.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class,
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study, and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants may be required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.


Last Updated: 4 January 2017
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