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Vascular Ultrasound MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert



Vascular Ultrasound is for clinical scientists, technologists, sonographers, clinicians and other health professionals wishing to work in this area. Lectures are delivered in block release in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Core modules integrate the underlying theoretical concepts with professional practice to ensure performance of vascular examinations in accordance with accepted good practice.

Key benefits

  • Clinical expertise of lecturers: the programme is taught by leaders in the field of vascular ultrasound, and external expert lecturers contribute sessions on specialist topics

  • Service focused: the programme provides a thorough grounding in the clinical skills needed to work in vascular ultrasound.  Student-tutor contact time is substantial and is supplemented by e-learning.

  • Classroom teaching is supplemented by teaching sessions at the King's Vascular Laboratory and the Clinical Research Facility at St. Thomas'.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration PG Certificate: nine months PT, January to September. PG Diploma: 18 months PT, January to June of the following year. MSc: 27 months PT, January to March (two years hence).

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Course intake Approximately 10 students PT.

Course leaders Ms Susan Halson-Brown; Dr Colin Deane; Ben Freedman.

Course contact for further information Adela Barnes, Programme Administrator, tel +44 (0)20 7188 8458 • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form at • After applying: use the messaging service at

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor’s degree with 2:2 honours (or overseas equivalent) or a professional qualification in radiography, nursing, midwifery or medicine. Applicants must have a suitable clinical training placement for the duration of the programme. Entry is subject to satisfactory references and interview. 

Note:This programme is only available to overseas applicants who already have a suitable UK/EU clinical placement and are holding a valid work visa that covers them for the entire duration of the programme. Overseas applicants who do not meet the above criteria are not eligible for Tier 4 (student) visa sponsorship due to UKBA restrictions on overseas applicants studying part-time course in the UK.

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by two academics. All applicants who fulfil the entry requirements are interviewed. Telephone interviews are possible for international students by prior arrangement. We aim to process all applications within six weeks. However, during the months prior to the closing date, and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process due to the volume received at this time.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please include details of your clinical training placement and supervision arrangements. If you wish to study a specialist vascular topic in the PG Certificate Ultrasound in Specialist Practice pathway please indicate your area of interest.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016 for 2017 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


The programme provides health professionals with an understanding of the principles and practices of vascular ultrasound. It addresses the practical applications of ultrasound through an understanding of the principles of scientific clinical investigation and facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for clinical practice. The development of clinical proficiency is therefore an integral part of the course. 

The significance of new knowledge acquired by ultrasound practice in the diagnosis and monitoring of medical conditions, its effect on patient care and professional development are explored along with the ethical and medico-legal implications. 

Students may exit with the PG Certificate in Vascular Ultrasound. To progress to the PG Diploma or MSc students must study research methodologies.

Throughout the course clinical practice is assessed; this does not simply cover technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, analysis, communication and management - in terms of the patient, the technology and the personal qualities of the practitioner.

Course purpose

This course is for clinical scientists, radiographers, doctors and other health professionals wishing to practice vascular ultrasound within their professional role. The programme integrates the underlying theoretical concepts with professional practice to perform vascular examinations in accordance with accepted good practice.

Course format and assessment

The programme is offered on a block release basis in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements. Coursework, practical assessment and written examinations assess the modules. Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the programme team.


  • Required Modules

    Core modules (students with an appropriate degree and full SVT accreditation may be allowed exemption from the first two modules / PG Certificate modules):

    • Fundamentals of Ultrasound Practice (Core for PG Certificate)
    • Vascular Ultrasound (Core for PG Certificate)
    • Research Methodology (Core for PG Diploma & MSc)
    • Advanced Vascular Ultrasound (Core for PG Diploma & MSc)
    • Research Project (Core for MSc).
    Advanced Vascular Ultrasound
    Fundamentals Of Ultrasound Practice
    Research Methodology
    Research Project
    Vascular Ultrasound

    Optional Modules

    There are no optional modules in this Vascular Ultrasound MSc. Students may exit with the 60 credit PG Certificate, the 120 credit PG Diploma or progress to the MSc. Students may study a specialist topic as an individually negotiated work-based module as part of the PG Certificate Ultrasound in Specialist Practice. Qualified sonographers may study the Vascular Ultrasound module as a stand-alone module.


Career prospects

The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use their vascular ultrasound proficiency within their patient examination.



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Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,500 p.a (MSc, 2016/17)*; £3,500 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £3,500 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£7,250 p.a (MSc, 2016/17)*; £7,250 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £7,250 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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