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Course content

Please note: this course is open to part-time entry only in 2017/18

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 practitioner 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.

Professional recognition

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

Course structure

Please note: this course is open to part-time entry only in 2017/18

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

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

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. 

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.

The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.

The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.


  • Professional portfolio (15 credits)
  • Science and technology of medical ultrasound (15 credits)

Plus a further 30 credits from the optional module list below.


60 credits from the optional module list below

Optional modules

  • Obstetric ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Abdominal ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Gynaecological ultrasound (15 credits)
  • First trimester ultrasound scanning (15 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound (upper limb) ultrasound (15 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound (lower limb) ultrasound (15 credits)
  • Vascular ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Research methods for practice (15 credits)

Further information about all modules is available on our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) website.

Masters dissertation

This module provides an opportunity to conduct a project that is of importance to your professional practice and of relevance to your own workplace or organisation, with the ultimate aim of influencing and impacting on the care provided to those using this service.


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


The course is designed to support the development of advanced clinical practice for all healthcare practitioners who use ultrasound in diagnosis.

Visit the Medical Ultrasound Programme MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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