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  Echocardiography - PGCert

University of Leeds    School of Medicine

Part time September PGCert 1 year part time
Medicine (26)

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Embark on a rewarding career in healthcare with the PG Cert in Echocardiography. This programme equips you with the expertise to excel in the high-demand field of cardiac sonography. Through a comprehensive curriculum, you will delve into the intricacies of echocardiography, mastering the use of ultrasound to diagnose various heart conditions. The course structure includes two modules: Fundamentals of Echocardiography and Echocardiography Pathology, providing a solid foundation in theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Taught by esteemed academics and industry professionals, you will gain insights from the forefront of research in cardiac ultrasound. To qualify for this programme, you need a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent, ensuring a diverse cohort of healthcare professionals. Upon completion, you will possess the ability to critically evaluate subject knowledge, develop management plans for cardiac conditions, and work collaboratively in a multi-professional team. Join us in shaping the future of healthcare and making a real impact in the field of echocardiography.

About the course

Demand for cardiac sonographers currently outweighs supply, meaning you’ll be in a strong position in your future career. Echocardiographers work in a challenging and stimulating hospital environment, combining patient care with analytical problem solving to ensure excellent healthcare and patient support.

Echocardiographers use ultrasound to image a patient’s heart. This is done using a transducer that sends ultrasound waves through the patient's chest to view structures in the heart, such as its valves, chambers and other vessels. The readings are sent to a machine that translates them into a live image, which can be recorded and used to diagnose a variety of conditions.

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Entry Requirements

GCSE English language and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent

Relevant undergraduate degree in a related field including BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) or equivalent e.g. HNC/D Medical Physics & Physiological Measurement (MPPM). Degree at 2:2 or greater.

Applicants would normally be from within a clinically related area but applications are welcomed from people without this type of experience. For those without experience it is advised that you contact the team for further advice prior to application.


UK: £4,500 (Total)
International: £10,333 (Total)

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Leeds

Student Profile

Zoe Needham

I enjoyed studying on the Science and Technology of Ultrasound module as it provided me with the fundamental knowledge about physics of ultrasound which I could relate to my everyday practice. The classes were interactive and encouraged you to really think about the physics involved in echocardiography. Studying on the module has really helped me put theory into practice and I now understand the science behind image optimisation!

Zoe Needham – Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist,
Harrogate District Hospital

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