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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    PG Cert: 9 months; PG Dip: 18 months; MSc: 27 months

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

We have designed our Medical Ultrasound course for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Our lectures are organised in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements so that you can take the course while still working. In accordance with accepted good practice, the course integrates theory with practice, meaning that you will perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations as you learn.

Key benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
  • Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the programme.
  • Located in the heart of London and part of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, the course attracts students from a variety of disciplines.
  • Practice focused: You will develop and apply diagnostic ultrasound imaging skills in your clinical training placement.
  • Substantial student-tutor contact time supplemented by e-learning.


The programme, accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will teach you how to use ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. You will be taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and develop an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the programme, we will assess your clinical practice. This does not just mean technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management – in terms of the patient, your technology and your personal qualities. We will also discuss medico-legal, ethical and professional issues.

Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, you will develop an understanding of current techniques and proficiency in medical ultrasound. You may choose clinical modules in obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. You can take a work-based module to meet your individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. These options allow you to build a personalised, proficiency-based learning programme.

This Medical Ultrasound programme is ideal for healthcare professionals wanting to develop new skills in ultrasound, experienced sonographers extending proficiency in a specialist area, or clinicians who wish to utilise ultrasound imaging in clinical practice.

You can choose to take the 60-credit PG Certificate, which is only 9 months, the 120-credit PG Diploma, which lasts 18 months, or the 180-credit MSc, which lasts 27 months and involves an extended research project in your final year.

Course purpose

This Ultrasound programme is for radiographers, doctors, midwives, clinical scientists and other professionals wishing to practice clinical ultrasound. The programme provides knowledge to enable integration of theoretical concepts with ultrasound proficiency. Students may exit with the 60 credit PG Certificate, the 120 credit PG Diploma or progress to the MSc.

Course format and assessment


You will have approximately 132 hours of academic teaching on a block release pattern. You will undertake a minimum of 21 hours a week of supervised scanning throughout the course. A member of the programme team will visit you at your workplace to support you and observe your work. We will expect you to undertake around 15 to 20 hours of independent study per week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You will be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework
  • Written examination
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence and Clinical Assessment, where appropriate

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Career prospects

The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS or the Independent Sector and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use ultrasound scanning proficiency as part of their clinical examination of patients.

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