Medical Ultrasound PGCert/PGDip

Medical Ultrasound PGCert/PGDip

School of Medicine


Post- graduate





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


  • Duration:

    PGDip: Full-time; 12 months; Part-time; 24 months. PGCert: Full-time; 6 months; Part-time; 12 months

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  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September 2020

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Why study this programme?

The multiple optional modules provide students with the flexibility to study in their own time and at their own pace. They have the choice of either working in their own speciality or opting for a speciality based on market demand, studying either full-time or part-time.

Those working in physiotherapy, rheumatology, orthopaedics, pain therapists and rehabilitation fields might wish to focus on musculoskeletal modules; GPs, acute physicians and emergency medicine trainees might select PoCUS modules. We also offer Vascular and DVT modules for those working in these departments.

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. There is great emphasis on students acquiring sound understanding of the physics underpinning ultrasound and on gaining excellent clinical skills. The clinical placement module is specifically designed for those students who do have the access to work-based learning and will equip students with the skills and competencies for working in a multi-disciplinary environment as an ultrasound practitioner.

Please note that:

  • Any student opting for an exit award at PGC level will need to provide the evidence of three days per week clinical placement for six months and a consent letter from a clinical supervisor whose academic qualification is “CASE” accredited.

  • 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.

Entry Requirements

  • MBBS, MBChB or MD qualification. 


  • A degree in allied health subject. 


  • An appropriate professional qualification such as a Diploma in Radiography; Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Midwifery or any other allied health diploma with experience in using ultrasound within speciality may be accepted. However, this will be subject to successfully demonstrating the required academic level by completing pre-course assignment and or interview. 


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


  • Intercalating medical students after 3rd year MBBS

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 and assessed for the above, the international applicant can be interviewed via SKYPE.

Programme at a Glance

  • MB4401 Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Imaging (20 Credits)
  • MB4400 Abdominal Ultrasound Imaging (40 Credits)
  • MB4403 Professional Placement Module Medical Ultrasound (40 Credits)
  • MB4404 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (20 Credits)
  • MB4402 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (Advanced) (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)

PGCert Medical Ultrasound
Requires 60 credits at Level 7
Must include MB4401

PGDip Medical Ultrasound
Requires 120 credits at Level 7
Must include MB4401 and MB4403

Further Information


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


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.