Start Date
February
July

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IMSO

SATAC Code
4CM224 (External)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • Gain advanced knowledge and practical skills in ultrasound imaging health trends, specialising in vascular sonography.
  • Study a master’s degree developed in collaboration with leading vascular sonography experts to meet current industry demands.
  • Join the only university in Australia to offer a full suite of accredited postgraduate sonography degrees.
  • Learn from award-winning teachers at a university with above world-class research in clinical sciences.1
  • Focus on areas such as management and ethics, or research.
  • Get practical experience from 2,000 supervised vascular ultrasound cases and associated clinical examinations.
  • Apply for registration with ASAR as an Accredited Vascular Sonographer upon completion of the program.
  • Join the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in health.2
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities3, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Snapshot

Snapshot

In three years of part-time study, you can attain a master's degree in vascular medical sonography, with the opportunity to learn advanced clinical skills, or pursue research.

Vascular Sonographers specialise in the circulatory system including the arteries and veins that carry blood around the body.

This program is only taught online, on a part-time basis, over a minimum of three years.

What you'll need

Sonographers require highly developed technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology for examination of the heart.

Applicants are responsible for organising a letter of support confirming their own training position in an ultrasound department to be eligible to apply for this program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a combination of theory and practice, you’ll gain advanced technical skills and a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology. The curriculum explores the circulatory system for signs of disease or obstruction.

You’ll 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 management and ethics, or research.

You'll also be required to complete at least 2,000 supervised vascular scanning cases (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 Rule(s): 2,3
Professional Issues for Sonographers RADY 5024 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Cardiovascular Anatomy and Embryology RADY 5036 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathology RADY 5037 4.5 Rule(s): 3
LEVEL 2
Abdominal Sonography RADY 5013 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6,8
Vascular Sonography RADY 5016 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6,8
Advanced Vascular Sonography RADY 5034 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6,8
Cardiovascular Sonography Portfolio RADY 5035 4.5 Rule(s): 5,7,8,9
LEVEL 3 Rule(s): 1
Research Design and Development HLTH 6014 4.5
OR
Allied Health Research Evidence Translation REHB 5118 4.5
Plus 13.5 Units of electives chosen from the following:
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
Managing Employee Performance and Rewards BUSS 5398 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, as well as to 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 (Vascular)

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. Practical learning is a major focus, with students embarking on 2,000 vascular ultrasound cases and associated clinical placements.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation (2018), 100% of our assessed research in public health and health services was rated at world-class or above.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, UniSA has become a renowned centre of innovation in the sectors driving Australia's future forward, including health.

This degree is only offered online, with attendance at an on-campus final clinical assessment.

Real-world connections

Learn from world-class researchers and experienced medical sonography professionals via our online discussion forum and virtual classrooms. These virtual classes give you the opportunity to build important industry networks and relationships.

During your studies you’ll complete 2,000 vascular ultrasound cases and clinical examinations supervised by practicing clinicians – an opportunity to further develop your professional skills and industry connections.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing 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 individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

There is a current shortage of specialised sonographers in Australia and New Zealand.As a graduate, you can find work as an accredited Vascular Medical sonographer in metro, rural and remote locations, including:

  • vascular laboratories
  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • tertiary education providers.

Medical Sonographers perform a broad range of tasks and duties, including:

  • Explaining procedures to patients, answering questions and ensuring patient welfare throughout the exam.
  • Examining referrals from, and writing reports for, Doctors.
  • Operating equipment to ensure the interior images are clear.
  • Positioning patients, equipment and screens for maximum exposure and clarity.
  • Selecting the images needed for diagnostic purposes.

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 Vascular Sonography category. Evidence of scanning experience in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting is required for such accreditation.

Industry facts

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Employment for medical imaging professionals is projected to increase by 15.1% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Check you meet the full entry requirements for this program.
  • 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 spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

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