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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Medical Ultrasound Programme

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Study ultrasound on a validated course with a long established tradition for excellence. You develop the ultrasound scanning skills required in a range of roles including allied health professionals, midwives, nurses, GPs and medics.

Key points
• Study on a professionally accredited course.
• Develop your skills in ultrasound scanning and enhance your career prospects.
• Learn in an ultrasound teaching suite that replicates the work environment including a new ultrasound simulator.
• Build your knowledge of ultrasound as you work allowing you to link theory to practice.


Part-time – typically 12-24 months for each award stage, plus a dissertation for masters

Full-time – typically nine months for each award stage.

For the part time postgraduate certificate and diploma routes, you attend on a day release basis, normally a Tuesday. The stand alone modules have a mixture of taught sessions and distance learning.

Full awards start in September and the stand alone modules start in September and January.

Professional recognition

The ultrasound route is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.

2014/15 academic year

Typically £3,000 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages

Some of the modules on this course may be funded by the Department of Health.

Course description

Develop your knowledge and skills as sonographer on a course that is validated by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

The course is designed to meet the continuous professional development needs for people that complete medical ultrasound examinations. It develops the ultrasound scanning skills for a range of professionals including allied health professionals, midwives, nurses, GPs and medics, and can be tailored to meet your individual training needs.

On this course, you
• develop your skills to become an autonomous practioner able to undertake advanced practice safely and ensuring clinical competencies achieved meet National standards.
• have the opportunity for inter-professional learning and sharing of best clinical practice.
• develop critical, analytical and evaluative skills and incorporate them into the clinical environment thus encouraging evidence based practice.
• undergo a rigorous academic experience, challenging you to explore, reflect on and conceptually analyse your professional experience.

The course leads to one of the following awards
• MSc/PgDip Medical Ultrasound
• PgCert in Obstetric Ultrasound
• PgCert in Abdominal Ultrasound
• PgCert in Gynaecological Ultrasound
• PgCert in Vascular Ultrasound
• PgCert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
• PgCert in Focused Scope of Ultrasound

Studying individual modules
You can study the ultrasound scanning short course which provides the theoretical underpinning and clinical competencies in a narrow area of ultrasound. This module can be tailored to a range of ultrasound practice and is suitable for a range of practitioners. Examples include first trimester ultrasound scanning, deep vein thrombosis scanning, head and neck ultrasound and musculoskeletal ultrasound. You are assessed by the course team.

Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.


• assignments • oral presentations • professional portfolio • short examinations • scientific poster project

Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education

Entry requirements

This course is open to health professionals using ultrasound in diagnosis. It is an in-service course and you must be employed in a clinical setting or have written agreement for appropriately supervised clinical placement. We are not responsible for finding clinical placements for students.

We consider each candidate individually according to their ability to meet the demands of the programme. Normal entry requirements are one of the following

• a pass degree in radiography or equivalent professional qualification
• Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR) or equivalent professional qualification and proven ability to cope with the academic demands of postgraduate study

We normally expect you to be state registered or have evidence of relevant academic and clinical expertise.

You must also declare
• any disciplinary proceedings taken by earlier employers or educational establishments
• any investigation relevant to you under the Children Act 1989 or other associated legislation


Course content


• professional portfolio • science and technology of medical ultrasound • plus clinical modules


You study a range of clinical modules

Clinical modules

• obstetric ultrasound • abdominal ultrasound • gynaecological ultrasound • first trimester ultrasound • musculoskeletal upper limb ultrasound • musculoskeletal lower limb ultrasound • vascular ultrasound

MSc Medical Ultrasound

To gain your MSc you need to complete a dissertation. You also need to have completed a research module within the last three years.


The course is designed to enhance the career of all healthcare practitioners who use ultrasound in diagnosis.

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