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The award
PG Dip

How long you will study
18 - 24 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 4000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 8000 per year

All study options

About Medical Ultrasound at City, University of London

Our flexible Medical Ultrasound course is designed for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for a range of health care professionals who have experience in radiography, nursing, midwifery or other related professions.

The course enables students to achieve the academic qualifications and clinical skills needed to pursue a career in ultrasound or to develop current skills further.

Students need a clinical placement in a recognised department, to engage in a wide range of ultrasound examinations for the duration of the course.


City's Medical Ultrasound course offers flexible study options for healthcare professionals undertaking obstetrics, gynaecology and / or abdominal ultrasound training and for those wishing to develop their skills further using work based learning options.

Our expert staff provide a supportive environment, encouraging students to develop their academic abilities and clinical skills in preparation for working as a sonographer. Students learn a range of subjects to enable them to explore the underpinning knowledge of safe, effective and evidence-based ultrasound practice, with which to help them develop clinical skills in their own department. Teaching is also supported by specialist guest speakers who provide current, relevant course material.

Students can achieve competency to practice if they successfully complete both academic and clinical components of the programme to PgC level or above.


The course is accredited by CASE (Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education), allowing you to practice ultrasound in the UK and some overseas countries, on successful completion of the programme.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you must have:

  • hold a minimum of a lower second-class honours degree, or the equivalent from an international institution, in radiography, nursing, midwifery, or another relevant subject.
  • an appropriate professional qualification in radiography, nursing or midwifery may be accepted, subject to successfully demonstrating the required academic level by completing a pre-course assignment (early application is recommended).
  • a clinical placement in a recognised ultrasound department for an average of three days per week. This placement must be arranged prior to applying for the course, as the institution is unable to assist with arranging placements.

English requirements

In addition to the listed entry requirements, if your first language is not English you will also need IELTS: 7.0 with at least 7.0 in all components.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

September 2018

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office.

  • Ensure you have a clinical placement and meet the entry criteria
  • Submit an application online - links below
  • Applications will be reviewed in June. (Non-standard entrants need to submit applications by April to allow time for review)
  • Interviews may be arranged in June or July.
  • Decisions will be made when applications are reviewed.
  • Pre-course information will be sent to successful applicants in August.
  • Teaching and learning

    A blended learning approach is used: linking academic theory to clinical practice via work-based learning; formal key note lectures; seminars; film viewing tutorials; demonstrations/workshops; e-learning; shared learning; self-directed study and online case discussions. Participation in the learning is an essential component of the course.

    The programme team consists of academic staff, many of whom are still practicing clinically. Guest lecturers are invited to share expert knowledge on a range of topics, such as fetal cardiology, fetal medicine and contrast ultrasound.

    The department's academic staff are highly regarded across the institution, with our current programme director, Gill Harrison, winning the institution's prestigious Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

    Activities include online lectures and quizzes, lectures, tutorials, workshops and skills suite activities, group activities and group work, games and online case discussions.

    A variety of assessment methods are used to cater for a range of learning styles and provide a link between theory and practice.

    Assessment methods include

    • objective structured examinations
    • online case discussions
    • oral and/or poster presentations
    • written assignments
    • clinical portfolio
    • clinical competency assessments.


    As a student on the Medical Ultrasound course you will learn the underpinning theory of ultrasound production, safe and effective practice, normal and abnormal ultrasound appearances and associated imaging pathways.

    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.

    Modules will take place over one or two days per week, depending on the selected module options. The time in lectures varies, dependent on the nature of the module.

    Core modules

    Core modules and specific named clinical modules have a blended learning approach, with online lectures, online quizzes and discussions supported by lectures, tutorials and workshops. The average contact time per module is approximately 30 to 35 hours.

    • Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Practice (15 credits), yet to be confirmed
    • Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits), yet to be confirmed

    Students progressing to MSc must undertake:

    • Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module (15 credits)
    • Dissertation module (60 credits)

    Elective modules

    Students can then select a range of clinical modules such as:

    • Obstetric Ultrasound (30 credits)
    • Gynaecology Ultrasound (15 credits)
    • Abdominal Ultrasound (30 credits)
    • Work Based Learning in Practice (includes clinical areas such as early pregnancy, small parts, DVT scanning) (15 credits)

    You must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma.

    Students progressing to MSc must undertake:

    • Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module (15 credits)
    • Dissertation module (60 credits)

    The most common route is for students to take the two core modules and 45 credits of clinical modules in year 1. For example:

    • Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound Practice (15 credits)
    • Developing Advanced Practice (15 credits)
    • Obstetric Ultrasound (30 credits)
    • Gynaecology Ultrasound (15 credits)

    Modules are spread throughout one to three terms in year 1.

    In year two many students undertake the remaining 45 credits in term 1 (September to December), with a view to completing the PgDip in 18 months. Modules are often:

    • Abdominal Ultrasound (30 credits)
    • Work Based Learning in Practice 2 (includes clinical areas such as early pregnancy, small parts, DVT scanning


    • Foundations in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis module

    Students progressing to MSc the begin the

    • Dissertation module

    Some students take a short break of 6 months between completing the PgDip and starting the MSc.

    The maximum registration period is 5 years.

    Download the relevant programme specification

    Career prospects

    On completion of a postgraduate certificate or diploma you can apply for jobs as an autonomous practitioner, working in the NHS or private practice. Many of our graduates have become advanced practitioners, developing additional skills during their career, whilst others have travelled to overseas to enhance their careers.

    MSc graduates have also become managers of ultrasound departments, leading service change and developing services to improve patient care. A number of graduates have developed their role in specialist areas, where they undertake research and training and engage in dissemination of their work at national and international conferences and in peer review publications. Some of our graduates return to provide keynote lectures to future generations of ultrasound students or even take on the role of Programme Director running ultrasound programmes.

    You can also become an independent practitioner, setting up your own company, providing services to local populations or travel the world and experience different ways of working. Most sonographers are employed at band seven in the NHS.

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    Study options for this course

    Notes about fees for this course


    Full-time: 8,500*

    Part-time: £4,250 per year*


    Full-time: 17,000*

    Part-time: £8,500 per year*

    More about fees

    MSc (180 credits, two year course plus dissertation)

    Home/EU part-time 2018/19: £4,250 per year
    Non EU (overseas) part-time 2018/19: £8,500 per year

    PG Diploma (120 credits, two year course)

    Home/EU part-time 2018/19: £4,000 per year
    Non EU (overseas) part-time 2018/19: £8,000 per year

    PG Certificate (60 credits, one year course)

    Home/EU part-time 2018/19: £4,000 per year
    Non EU (overseas) part-time 2018/19: £8,000 per year

    PG Certificate (60 credits) + 1 module (2 clinical areas e.g. Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Abdominal and Gynaecology)

    Home/EU part-time 2018/19: £4,400 per year, TBC
    Non EU (overseas) part-time 2018/19: £9,000 per year, TBC.

    *Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. 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).


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    A clinical placement is required in a recognised ultrasound department, to provide a wide range of clinical experience and supervision. Students should have their own clinical placement arranged prior to application, with supervised training arranged for an average of three days per week.

    The placement needs to provide support for a wide range of clinical examinations. In addition to hands-on clinical experience you need a named clinical supervisor/assessor to provide support during the course. The supervisor must attend supervisor training and provide regular updates on your clinical progress to the clinical co-ordinator.

    Academic facilities

    The ultrasound clinical skills suite is equipped with a real-time ultrasound machine and simulators. The facilities are used for tutorials, self-directed study and formative monitoring of clinical skills.

    Students have access to the MedaPhor simulator during the working week and remote cloud based access to tutorials and resources.

    Using a flipped classroom approach to teaching and learning ensure that a range of online lectures are available for learning and revision.

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