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Vascular Ultrasound MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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This is a part-time course for clinical scientists, radiographers, doctors and other health professionals who want to practice vascular ultrasound within their professional role. The programme integrates the underlying theoretical concepts with the professional practice of performing vascular examinations.

Key benefits

  • Expert teaching by leaders in the fields of physics and vascular ultrasound with guest lecturers delivering sessions on specialist topics.
  • The course provides a thorough grounding in the physical principles and clinical skills needed to work in vascular ultrasound.
  • You will receive substantial lecture and tutor contact time, supported throughout by e-learning.
  • Classroom teaching is supplemented by sessions at the King’s Vascular Laboratory and the Chantler Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre on the Guy’s Campus.
  • Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

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

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



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Course detail


The Vascular Ultrasound course aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles and practices of vascular ultrasound. This course 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. Developing your clinical proficiency is, therefore, an integral part of the course.

The course offers you some flexibility over the choice of modules and whether to study for a full master’s qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. The MSc pathway is a 27-month course that requires modules totalling 180 credits including a research project worth 60 credits.  The Postgraduate Diploma pathway can be studied over a period of 18 months and requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate route is a nine- month pathway that requires modules with a minimum total of 60 credits to achieve the award.


The course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo, St Thomas’ and Guy’s Campuses and King’s College Hospital. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Academic Contact Hours

Work Based Learning

Study Time

132 hours in total on a block release pattern

Minimum 21 hours per week of supervised scanning for all clinical pathways throughout the course

15-20 hours per week

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical   examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include, coursework assignments, written   examinations, Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE), presentations, case studies,   reflective diaries, assessment of clinical proficiency in practice and clinical portfolio of evidence and   clinical assessment where appropriate. 

Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the programme team.

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.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by Office for Students.
Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc – modules totalling 180 credits
  • PG Dip – modules totalling 120 credits
  • PG Cert – modules totalling 60 credits
Required Modules

Vascular Ultrasound MSc, PGDip and PG Cert Study Pathways

You are required to take:

  • Fundamentals of Ultrasound Practice (30 credits)
  • Vascular Ultrasound (30 credits)

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.


Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules

Vascular Ultrasound MSc and PG Dip Study Pathways

You are required to take:

  • Research Methodology (30 credits)


Optional Modules

Vascular Ultrasound MSc and PG Dip Study Pathways

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from one of the following optional modules:

  • Advanced Vascular Ultrasound (30 credits)
  • Further Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency (30 credits)

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 3

Required Modules

Vascular Ultrasound MSc Study Pathway

You are required to take:

Research Project (60 credits)

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.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Vascular Ultrasound Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:2 Bachelor’s degree with 2:2 honours or a professional qualification in radiography, nursing, midwifery or medicine. Applicants must have a suitable clinical training placement for the duration of the programme.
International requirements  

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.

Note: 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.
Other requirements   Entry is subject to satisfactory references and interview. Interviews will be held in three blocks throughout the year. You must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal 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. 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

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 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.

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 also 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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,100 per year (MSc, 2019/20); £4,100 per year (PGDip, 2019/20); £4,100 per year (PGCert, 2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,500 per year (MSc, 2019/20); £8,500 per year (PGDip,2019/20); £8,500 per year (PGCert, 2019/20)

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 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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