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Medical Ultrasound MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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We have designed our Medical Ultrasound course for radiographers, doctors, midwives, scientists and others who want to practice clinical ultrasound in their professional roles. Our lectures are organised in block release, in conjunction with compulsory clinical placements so that you can take the course while still working. In accordance with accepted good practice, the course integrates theory with practice, meaning that you will perform diagnostic ultrasound examinations as you learn.



Key benefits

  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).
  • Expert outside speakers contribute extensively to the course.
  • Located in the heart of London and part of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, the course attracts students from a variety of disciplines.
  • Practice focused: you will develop and apply diagnostic ultrasound imaging skills in your own clinical training placement.
  • Substantial student-tutor contact time supplemented by e-learning.

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 25 PT.

Course leaders

Ms Susan Halson-Brown, Programme Director


Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Life Course Sciences



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Course detail


The course, accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), will teach you how to use ultrasound imaging in clinical practice. You will be taught the principles and practice of ultrasound science, the practical applications of ultrasound and develop an appreciation of the principles of scientific investigation. Throughout the course, we will monitor and assess your clinical practice. This does not just mean technique, but also knowledge, comprehension, communication, analysis and management – in terms of the patient, your technology and your personal qualities. We will also discuss medico-legal, ethical and professional issues.

Through an introduction to the physics, equipment, safety and relevant professional issues alongside clinical modules, you will develop an understanding of current techniques and proficiency in medical ultrasound. You may choose clinical modules in obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound, general medical ultrasound or vascular ultrasound. You can also take a negotiated work-based module to meet your individual needs within the PG Certificate in Specialist Ultrasound Practice. These options allow you to build a personalised, proficiency-based learning programme.

This Medical Ultrasound course is ideal for healthcare professionals wanting to develop new skills in ultrasound, experienced sonographers extending proficiency in a specialist area or clinicians who wish to utilise ultrasound imaging in clinical practice.

You can choose to take the 60-credit PG Certificate, which is only nine months, the 120-credit PG Diploma, which lasts 18 months, or the 180-credit MSc, which lasts 27 months and involves an extended research project in your final year.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London St Thomas’, Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses.

Course accreditation

The course is accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


You will have approximately 132 hours of academic teaching on a block release pattern. You will undertake a minimum of 21 hours a week of supervised scanning throughout the course. A member of the programme team will visit you at your workplace to support you and observe your work. We will expect you to undertake around 15 to 20 hours of independent study per week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You will be assessed through a combination of:

  • coursework
  • written examination
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence and Clinical Assessment, where appropriate.

Coursework contributes approximately 50% and examinations approximately 50% to your final mark. 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.  However, they are subject to change.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc – modules totalling 180 credits

  • PG Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits

  • PG Cert – modules totalling 60 credits.

Required Modules

Year 1 – MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert

You are required to take the following module:

  • Fundamentals of Ultrasound (30 credits)


Optional Modules

MSc, PG Dip and PG Cert

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology (30 credits)
  • General Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Learning in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits) – not available for PG Cert students

If you are a PG Cert student, the modules you take will lead to different awards. The awards are: Medical Ultrasound (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Medical Ultrasound (General Medical) or Medical Ultrasound (Management of the Ultrasound Service).

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 2

Required Modules

MSc and PG Dip only

You are required to take the following module:

  • Research Methods (30 credits)


Optional Modules

MSc and PG Dip only

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (30 credits)
  • General Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Vascular Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Negotiated Learning in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Further Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound (30 credits)


Year 3

Required Modules

MSc only

You are required to take the following module:

  • Research Project (60 credits)
Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements 2:2

Bachelor's degree with 2:2 honours or equivalent in a life science, radiography, nursing or medicine. All applicants must have written confirmation of a suitable clinical training placement. Those with full SVT accreditation may be exempt from the first year. Qualified sonographers may take the Vascular Ultrasound module as a stand-alone module. Entry is subject to satisfactory references and interview. 


International requirements  

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.

Overseas applicants are only eligible to apply for this programme if they 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 this programme due to UKVI restrictions on overseas applicants studying part-time course in the UK.

English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Your application will be assessed by two academics. All applicants who fulfil the entry requirements are interviewed. We aim to respond to 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

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).  Please include details of the modules you wish to take, your clinical training placement and supervision. If you intend to take the negotiated module please indicate your area of interest.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline will pass on 30th September. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 23rd October 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 23rd November 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time Home fees: £4,250 (per year (MSc, 2020/21); £4,250 per year (PGCert, 2020/21); £4,250 per year (PGDip, 2020/21);
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,850 per year (MSc, 2020/21); £8,850 per year (PGCert, 2020/21); £8,850 per year (PGDip, 2020/21);

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

•             If you receive an offer before September, payment is due by 30th September.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st September and 30th September, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st to 31st October, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st November and 30th November, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer in December, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books, if you choose to buy your own copies
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

The majority of our graduates go on to work as a sonographer or ultrasound practitioner in the NHS or the Independent Sector and become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use ultrasound scanning proficiency as part of their clinical examination of patients.


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