Benefits of this course
A combination of core and elective modules will allow you to build your professional knowledge while also pursuing your own areas of interest.
Our innovative mix of blended learning activities is designed to enable you to drive your own study and develop as an independent learner.
The flexible modular structure allows you to work to postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or full master’s level.
If you continue to MSc, a core module in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis will equip you with essential critical, research and analytical skills to plan and complete your dissertation and develop essential skills for life-long independent learning and career development.
You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.
- Master of Science (MSc)
- Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
- Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
Who is this course for?
If you are a healthcare professional with a qualification in radiography, nursing, midwifery or other related disciplines, this programme will provide the academic qualifications and clinical skills you need to specialise in medical ultrasound.
You can select to apply for one of the three available exit points for this course.
Master of Science (MSc)
- Part-time: 3 years
Total credits: 180
- Core modules: 3
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
- Part-time: 2 years
Total credits: 120
- Core modules: 2
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
- Part-time: 1 year
Total credits: 60
- Core modules: 2
You can also apply for PGCert with an additional module in two clinical areas e.g. Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Abdominal and Gynaecology.
This option is worth an additional 15 credits.
You will be able to select from a number of clinical options including obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound.
Additional clinical areas can be studied via work-based learning modules, if appropriate clinical support is available within the students' clinical department.
The course is also designed to develop transferable skills to support clinical practice development.
Students undertake the compulsory modules RDM033 (ultrasound physics) and RCM022 (Developing Professional Skills in Ultrasound).
Those progressing to MSc must take either a 15 or 30 credit research methods module.
Students take clinical modules to the value of 75 credits (60 if the 30 credit research methods module is chosen) and a 60 credit dissertation module.
Students undertake the compulsory modules RDM033 (ultrasound physics) and RCM022 (Developing Professional Skills in Ultrasound) and clinical modules to the value of 90 M level credits.
Example module choices for a typical PGDip: 30 credit Obstetric module, 15 credit Gynaecology module, 30 credit Abdominal module and 15 credit Work Based Learning module.
Students undertake the compulsory modules RDM033 (ultrasound physics) and RCM022 (Developing Professional Skills in Ultrasound) and clinical modules to the value of 30 M level credits.
Example module choices for a typical PGCert: 15 credit Gynaecology module, 15 credit Early Pregnancy Work Based Learning module
30 credit Abdominal or Obstetric module.
PGCert + 15 credits Modules
Students undertake the compulsory modules RDM033 (ultrasound physics) and RCM022 (Developing Professional Skills in Ultrasound) and clinical modules to the value of 45 M level credits.
Example module choices for a typical PGCert = 15: 15 credit Gynaecology module,30 credit Abdominal or Obstetric module.
Some modules on this course are also available as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) short courses. Where this is available, links are provided within the module descriptions below.
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The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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Teaching and assessment
Your teaching will be delivered by the programme team, all of whom are experienced sonographers who have specialised in university teaching, and by expert guest speakers from a range of clinical disciplines.
Our university facilities include a clinical skills suite equipped with an ultrasound machine and simulator.
Teaching takes place over one or two days a week, depending on the modules you select.
The programme is Master’s level. It is intellectually challenging and applicants must be prepared to take responsibility for their own learning. Teaching is delivered through a combination of distance online and in person tutorials. A good internet connection and sound basic IT skills including use of Microsoft Word, and Power Point is a requirement.
You will learn though a combination of small group seminars, whole group plenary sessions, online activities and case based learning designed to reinforce the link between theoretical knowledge and clinical practice.
The university does not arrange or provide clinical placements for medical ultrasound training. Prior to applying for a place on the programme you will need to obtain a clinical placement in an ultrasound department meeting the requirements of the programme.
The department must be able to provide an average of three days clinical time per week and a named clinical supervisor. The supervisor must attend City, University of London Clinical Supervisor training at least every three years.
If the department has not sent students to us in the last five years we will need to arrange a meeting with the departmental manager and clinical supervisor.
Sonographer training posts may be advertised on NHS Jobs.
Fees and funding
Fees for academic year 2023/24
Master of Science (MSc) MSc Medical Ultrasound (part time)
Part-time per year
Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) PG Diploma in Radiography (Medical Ultrasound) (Part time)
Part-time per year
Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
PGCert PG Certificate in Medical Ultrasound (part time)
Part-time per year
PGCert PG Certificate in Medical Ultrasound (part time) + 15 Credits
Part-time per year
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of two percent. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
This course is not suitable for students who are not eligible to work in the UK.
School of Health & Psychological Sciences Funding Options
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences (SHPS) is committed to providing financial support to students who show academic and/or clinical excellence. Find out about the funding options available to SHPS Postgraduate Taught applicants.
If you have already received a student loan for a previous undergraduate course, you are eligible to apply for a second undergraduate loan for this course.
Find out more loan options and additional financial support for studying an MSc pre-registration nursing course.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
Successful completion of your chosen qualification will equip you with specialist knowledge, as well as demonstrating your commitment to your profession.
You will be ideally placed to consider progression to a range of specialist, leadership, or educational roles.
How to apply
To apply for this course, you must have:
- a lower second-class honours degree or above in any subject
- an awareness of health or health-related care issues
- GSCEs (or accepted equivalent) in Mathematics and English Langauge with a minimum of a grade 4 pass (C or above).
You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references may be requested. Please see the Entry Requirements page for full information.
As well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend an online interview as part of the selection process, to ensure that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.
Information regarding COVID-19 vaccination
Clinical placements are an exciting and essential part of the training required to become a qualified Nurse.
To protect students, staff and patients during these experiences, we strongly encourage our students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt).
A clinical experience form must be completed and signed by the department manager and returned to Health@city.ac.uk admissions team before you send through a completed application. Applications where the admissions team have not received the clinical experience form will not be considered.
If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office.
When applications open you will be expected to:
- Ensure you have a clinical placement and meet the entry criteria
- Submit an application online.
Following applications you can expect that:
- Applications will be reviewed as they are received. (Non-standard entrants need to submit applications by April to allow time for review)
- Additional information may be sought, or interviews arranged prior to a decision being made on an admission.
- Decisions will be made when applications are reviewed
- Pre-course information will be sent to successful applicants before the programme commences.
September 2023 entry
- Apply online for MSc Medical Ultrasound (MSc Medical Ultrasound (part time)) with part-time study in
- Apply online for PGDip Medical Ultrasound (PG Diploma in Radiography (Medical Ultrasound) (Part time)) with part-time study in
- Apply online for PGCert Medical Ultrasound (PG Certificate in Medical Ultrasound (part time)) with part-time study in
- Apply online for PGCert Medical Ultrasound (PG Certificate in Medical Ultrasound (part time) + 15 Credits) with part-time study in
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
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