Medical Ultrasound MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Medical Ultrasound MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Medicine


Post- graduate




Preston and Online

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The School of Medicine
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE


  • Duration:

    PGDip: Full-time; 18 months; Part-time; 36 months. PGCert: Full-time; 9 months; Part-time; 18 months

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston and Online

  • Start Date:

    September 2020

  • Award Type:


  • Status:

    Subject to approval

Why study this programme?

Many of our courses will start in January and September and online/virtual delivery may be available. Please speak to our team to find out more on

The medical ultrasound programme is designed to be flexible to suit variety of healthcare professionals and students aiming to start a career in ultrasound. The traditional route allows students to get an ultrasound qualification (PG-Cert, PG Dip, or MSc Medical ultrasound) by selecting abdominal and ObGy modules.

The multiple optional modules provide professional development opportunity to those already working in the healthcare. The students can choose a module according to their professional needs to study in their own time and at their own pace. For example, those working in physiotherapy, rheumatology, orthopaedics, pain therapists and rehabilitation medicine might wish to focus on musculoskeletal modules while GPs, acute physicians and emergency medicine trainees might select PoCUS modules. (NOTE: SOME OF THE MODULES MIGHT NOT BE OFFERED IN EACH SEMESTER).

The course is taught by highly experienced clinicians in the UCLan School of Medicine’s state-of-the-art facilities, using the latest equipment and phantoms, as well as online. There is great emphasis on students acquiring sound understanding of the physics underpinning ultrasound and on gaining excellent clinical skills.

Please note that:

  • Any of the optional module might not run if the minimum number of expected students is not met.
  • Sonographer or Ultrasound Practitioner are not protected titles in the UK and students after completing medical ultrasound programme on its own are NOT eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Some employers require HCPC registration and as such, employment may not be possible in certain NHS trusts and some private sector organisations. Although many organisations already employ sonographers from non-traditional backgrounds, there no guarantees to it and university cannot advise on employment issues. Details on employment for sonographers can be found at the SCoR website.
  • Students of the Medical Ultrasound programme at UCLan may wish to take student membership of the Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR) whilst in training. We also advise applying for registration with the SCoR's Voluntary Register of Sonographers on completion of the programme.

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Entry Requirements

  • MBBS, MBChB or MD qualification. 


  • A degree in allied health subject. 


  • Relevant professional qualification for example a degree in Anatomy, Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Physician Associate Practice.

Non-standard applicants are welcomed. Recognition of Prior and Work-Based Learning in accordance with University regulations may be available. 

International candidates must have enough competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent). 

All eligible applicants will be interviewed. The international applicant can be interviewed via SKYPE / TEAMS.

Programme at a Glance

This programme is subject to re-validation.

MSc Medical Ultrasound Traditional Route for a career as sonographer / ultrasound practitioner:


  • MB4401 Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Imaging (20 Credits)
  • MB4400 Abdominal Ultrasound Imaging (40 Credits)
  • MB4408 Obstetrical Ultrasound Imaging (40 Credits)
  • MB4012 Gynaecology Ultrasound Imaging (20 Credits)
  • MB4066 Research Methods (20 credits) OR
  • MB4060 Evidence-Based practice (20 credits) AND
  • MB4022 Dissertation (40 credits) OR
  • MB4003 Professional project (40 credits)

CPD Route optional modules


  • MB4404 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging: upper limb (20 Credits)
  • MB4402 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging: Lower limb (20 Credits)
  • MB4405 Peripheral Vascular Scanning (20 Credits)
  • MB4008 Scanning for DVT (20 Credits)
  • MB4406 PoCUS (Level 1) (20 Credits)
  • MB4407 PoCUS (Level 2) (20 Credits)
  • MB4403 Third Trimester Foetal Surveillance (20 credits)

Download the programme flowchart

Further Information

It is the responsibility of all home and international applicants to arrange for a minimum of two days a week of clinical placement within radiology / ultrasound / ObGy department and a mentor responsible for clinical supervision for the duration of course / module. The details of the placement and supervisor should be submitted with the application. The international students can arrange for placement in their own country in consultation with course lead.



The course will be taught at UCLan’s Preston campus and will consist of lectures, tutorials, group discussions, case presentations and practical hands-on sessions on ultrasound phantoms and volunteer patients. There will also be keynote lectures from guest speaker experts in the field including Radiologists, Cardiologists, Emergency Medicine Consultants and Anatomists.

Hands-on sessions will take place in the state-of-the-art clinical skills suites with the latest ultrasound equipment including:

  • GE Logiq P9 ultrasound machine
  • GE VScan Extend hand held portable ultrasound machines
  • GE Logiq-E ultrasound machines
  • A range of high and low frequency transducers including hockey stick transducer for MSK
  • State of the art trans-abdominal phantoms and vascular access simulators for learning vascular access and placement of central lines.

In addition, WiFi ultrasound transducers are available to connect to personal smart phones or iPads for scanning, storing and sharing ultrasound images from phantoms.

There will be emphases on continuous formative assessment throughout the module and specially at the end of each block of learning. The summative assessment will include a variety of methods suitable for the needs of diverse learners and is designed to assess learning in multiple ways and at different levels. The summative assessment will include both written and practical components to assess knowledge of ultrasound in the speciality. The theoretical knowledge assessment will include but is not limited to: case discussions, diagnosis and report writing from video clips, short essays and MCQs. The practical assessment will include assessment of professionalism, assessment of hands-on skills and knobology, communication skills, safety issues about ultrasound, and performing the scan in accordance with National occupational standards.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400



Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250 (UK/EU); £18,000 (International)
Part-time: £880 per 20-credit module (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Professional Accreditation

Royal College of Surgeons
Centre accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons


Students have the opportunity to select an optional professional placement module to gain real patient experience in a busy healthcare environment.

There is a national shortage of sonographers both in the NHS and privately. This is a very rewarding career with a generous starting salary of over £30k.