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Obstetric Ultrasound

Professional Diploma Obstetric Ultrasound
Course Overview
Professional Diploma with an exit strategy if required, whereby a student can exit with the 10 credit Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Professional Certificate. This Diploma also facilitates returning Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Professional Certificate students with the option to progress to Professional Diploma via the Recognition of Prior Learning mechanism and surrender of previous Certificate.

The Diploma combines two modules RDGY41000 Early Pregnancy Ultrasound and RDGY41080 (Fetal Biometry, Liquor and Placenta).

Following completion of the Diploma there is an option to progress to the Graduate Certificate Obstetric Ultrasound by taking a third module (Fetal Wellbeing or Gynae Ultrasound). In order to do this the Diploma graduates will be required to apply to the Grad Cert programme and apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for the 2 modules already completed.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be obstetric and gynaecological trainees at Senior House Officer, Registrar or SPR level, consultants specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, with approval to practice in Ireland; midwives registered with An Bord Altranais or the UKCC, who provide antenatal care; or Radiographers with the approval to practice Radiography in Ireland or Northern Ireland, who currently practice ultrasound.

Other professionals are considered on individual merit (eg general nurses or general practitioners), but must be actively scanning in order to undertake modules in the Graduate Certificate Programme.

In order to undertake this programme participants must be actively scanning in an obstetric/gynaecological ultrasound department and have a named clinical supervisor. Students must arrange a clinical placement and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 160 hours practicing clinical obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound while undertaking the two modules necessary to complete the Diploma.

It is recommended that participants spend as much time as possible performing clinical ultrasound examinations while undertaking ultrasound modules. Students will maximise their potential to develop high level clinical and academic skills in ultrasound by exceeding the minimum clinical hours stated for each module. Applicants should be computer literate and have continuous internet access for the duration of this programme.

Participants must provide written evidence of an agreement with an obstetric/gynaecological ultrasound department to provide clinical ultrasound experience and supervision throughout the programme. This agreement must be signed by the named clinical supervisor.

International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.


Duration 12 Months. Delivery 2 contact days at UCD, online intervals.

Compulsory Study Day 1 - 24th January 2020
Compulsory Study Day 2 - TBC July 2020

Further enquiries

Academic Programme Coordinator
Dr Mary Moran
School of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

Programme Administrator
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
T: +353 1 716 6545
F: +353 1 716 6547

Application date

Important Dates and Information
The next intake for this course is in January.
Closing date for applications is Friday 17th January 2020.
Successful applicants will be required to attend two days of Introductory Study Days at UCD.

Declaration Forms
All applicants are required to download and complete the declaration form below. The form must be signed by your clinical supervisor.

Declaration of Clinical Placement

How to Apply
Click on the link and follow the steps outlined.

The "Application Type" is Graduate Taught Courses
Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the "Programme Choice", select PD Obstretric Ultrasound Jan PT X735.

Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the "Academic Background" section.

Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing "submit". An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours.

A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here.

You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.

If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: UCD Applications ( or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.

More details on online applications and FAQ here

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: January annually
Closing Date: 3rd January 2020
Compulsory Study Day: 24th January 2020

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