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Start Date
February
July

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IMSOF

SATAC Code
4CM549 (External)

Study as
Part-time

Mode
Online

Fees
$AU 27,900 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2020

Degree overview

  • Broaden your career opportunities by extending your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of ultrasound imaging health trends.
  • Pursue a clinical project or research pathway in your final year.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world standard research in Clinical Sciences1.
  • Focus on areas such as fetal echocardiography, obstetrics, advanced musculoskeletal sonography, management and ethics, or research.
  • Suitable for health science, medical radiation and other allied health professionals employed in a suitable practice with access to clinical ultrasound experience.
  • Gain practical experience when you complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience and associated clinical examinations.
  • Apply for registration with ASAR as an Accredited Medical Sonographer upon completion of the program.
  • Learn from award-winning staff who are active in their professional areas of expertise.
  • Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy.
  • Benefit from flexible study options.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Nayana Parange .jpgIf you are a medical radiation or other allied health professional and want to broaden your career prospects, this master degree may be for you.

In just three years of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of medical sonography, with the opportunity to learn advanced clinical skills, or pursue research. This is great news for students who want to study in among work and other life commitments, giving you the freedom to learn wherever, whenever. 

General sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of physics, anatomy and pathology for the examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, musculoskeletal systems, reproductive organs and pregnancies.

Practical learning is a major focus, with students embarking on 2,200 hours of ultrasound training and associated clinical placements. This degree in only offered online, with attendance at an on-campus final clinical assessment. 

This qualification may also suit qualified sonographers seeking to upskill in an area of interest.

What you'll need

Applicants are responsible for organising their own training position in an ultrasound department in order to complete the required scanning experience.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a combination of theory and practice you will gain advanced technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology.

You will acquire:

  • advanced knowledge in a specialist area of medical sonography
  • critical thinking and analytical skills for effective practice as a medical sonographer
  • foundational research knowledge

You can choose to study areas of your interest, including fetal echocardiography, obstetrics, advanced musculoskeletal sonography, management and ethics, or research.

You will also be required to complete at least 2,200 hours of supervised ultrasound scanning experience (verified by an ASAR accredited sonographer or equivalent).

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
LEVEL 1
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation RADY 5030 4.5
Professional Issues for Sonographers RADY 5024 4.5
Abdominal Sonography RADY 5013 4.5
Superficial Parts Sonography RADY 5015 4.5
LEVEL 2
Obstetric and Gynaecologic Sonography RADY 5014 4.5
Vascular Sonography RADY 5016 4.5
Musculoskeletal Sonography RADY 5029 4.5
Clinical Sonography Portfolio RADY 5026 4.5
LEVEL 3
RESEARCH PATHWAY
Qualitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5151 4.5
OR
Quantitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5152 4.5
AND
Minor Thesis 1 HLTH 6014 4.5
Health Science Minor Thesis 2 HLTH 5186 9
PROJECT PATHWAY
Minor Thesis 1 HLTH 6014 4.5
OR
Allied Health Research Evidence Translation REHB 5118 4.5
Plus 13.5 Units of electives chosen from the following:
Fetal Echocardiography RADY 5027 4.5
Advanced Musculoskeletal Sonography RADY 5025 4.5
Advanced Vascular Sonography RADY 5034 4.5
Health Ethics HLTH 5002 4.5
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Health Science Advanced Skill Project HLTH 5184 9
Health Science Advanced or Extended Practice Report HLTH 5147 4.5
Breast Sonography RADY 5002 4.5
Managing Employee Performance and Rewards BUSS 5398 4.5
Advanced Obstetric and Gynaecologic Sonography RADY 5031 4.5
Qualitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5151 4.5
Quantitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5152 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Master of Medical Sonography (General)

Why this Degree

This degree is the only one of its kind in South Australia, and UniSA is the only university in Australia to offer a full-suite of accredited postgraduate sonography degrees.

We have a well-established history of teaching sonography and are recognised both nationally and internationally for our sonography specialisations.

Benefit from the flexibility that comes with online learning – we offer accessible digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way. Together with practising teaching staff who are experts in their field, you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

You can also use this qualification as a pathway to further research studies, and our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 100 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above1. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, such as health and biomedicine. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

 

Real-world connections

Learn from world-class researchers and experienced medical sonography professionals via our online collaborative environment.

These important virtual classes offer the opportunity for you to learn from clinicians in the field, and also enables and encourages the building of important industry networks and relationships.

During your studies you will complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience and clinical examinations where you will be supervised by practicing clinicians. This is an opportunity for you to further develop your practical skills and to network.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Career outcomes

Your career

There is a current shortage of specialised sonographers in Australia and New Zealand1. Sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology for examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, musculoskeletal systems, reproductive organs and pregnancies. As a graduate, you can find work as an accredited medical sonographer in metropolitan, rural and remote locations, across settings including:

  • hospitals
  • private practices
  • tertiary education providers 

As a masters graduate you may also choose to pursue a career in research – if you do choose to pursue a career in research you can further your studies with a Masters by Research or a Doctor of Philosophy qualification.

1Parliament of Australia, Diagnostic imaging workforce.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program enables graduates to apply for full professional accreditation from the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) under the General Sonography category. Evidence of scanning experience in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting is required for such accreditation.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

As Program Director, I am fortunate to lead a strong team of academics who have a diverse range of industry experience, along with national and international professional affiliations. My strong interest in education research fuels my focus on arming students with the knowledge and capabilities required for lifelong learning which are essential in the industry, such that they will continuously seek the best practice evidence for translation into their professional roles.

Ms Brooke Osborne

Program Director

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Through studying medical sonography at UniSA I developed a range of niche skills that are highly sought after by specialist doctors. For example, I'm one of only two sonographers in Adelaide who perform high level detailed scanning for endometriosis surgical planning.

Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
Employment: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

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Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
<br />Employment: Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners